Best of 2017!

Champagne toasts and sparklers led us into the 2017 New Year and in just a few hours I was on my way to the coldest shoot I’ve ever done.  The year for A.Lorae Photography started out with a beautiful outdoor wedding in below freezing temps and ended with a senior photo shoot in shorts and a t-shirt.  In between there were concerts, protests, new babies, birthdays (1st and 90th), friends, family, new pets, adoption books, and more than a few weddings.  So thankful for all of the amazing people and things that I got to photograph this year!  I hope you enjoy some of my favorites as much as I enjoyed taking them!

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Best of 2017!

Seattle Pride 2016

All the colors of the rainbow today at Seattle Pride Parade!  As always, it was an outpouring of love, acceptance, and so much joy.  The LGBTQ community and thousands of supporters were there to CELEBRATE!  Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day – from drag queens to corporate sponsors to spectators to a cute family that gracefully allowed me to snap photos over their heads – I love them all.  Enjoy!

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Seattle Pride 2016

JDRF One Walk – Tacoma, WA

A.Lorae Photography got the privilege of photographing the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s One Walk this morning.  Jill and I were up and out before the coffee shops even opened and despite the rain, hundreds of supporters and walkers were as well.  It was a very rainy day, but everyone seemed to make the best of it.  The teams and the corporate sponsors made for a fun atmosphere.  The DJ was wonderful as well.  Enjoy the photos!  The entire album can be seen at: http://www.aloraephotography.com/Client/Other-Shoots/JDRF-One-Walk/

JDRF One Walk – Tacoma, WA

Images from Seattle Pride 2015!

I don’t know that there are many events in Seattle that bring out so many colorful subjects. . . in all senses of the phrase.  We spent the day celebrating with thousands upon thousands of people lining the streets of downtown.  I don’t need to write much. . .the photos speak for themselves.  Just wanted to share all of this happiness in imagery!  Happy Pride everyone!

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Images from Seattle Pride 2015!

Track and Field Photos from the 2015 Tacoma Invitational at Lincoln High School

This last weekend Jill and I got to do something a little different than our normal shooting.  We got a chance to spend all day being inspired by hundreds of track and field athletes from over 30 Washington State schools!  Jill was a track athlete, so she was feeling right at home and knew what to expect.  I was never a track and field athlete though, so the whole scene was new to me.

I was totally inspired by these youth – I put a post up about it on the A.Lorae Photography Facebook page already.  All day long we got to capture photos of youth who are not only building their physical strength, but their emotional and mental toughness.  I love sports for that reason.  It’s not the only vehicle for that growth, but it is a great one.

I want to tip my hat to Duane Lee, the Lincoln High School Track and Field Head Coach, and his staff who put on a great event and asked us to photograph it.  I also want to thank all of these amazing athletes that allowed us to capture their photos.  Enjoy!Gig Harbor girls celebrate after their 4x400 Relay Runner from Emerald Ridge Female Lincoln HS runner in the 4x400 race.Runners from Gig Harbor HS pass the baton in the 4x400 Women's race. Wilson female runner during the 4x400.
Female Lincoln HS runner in the 4x400 race. Female runner from Stadium HS getting ready for the 4x400. Coach from Bellarmine congratulating his male athlete after the 4x400. ALoraePhotography_TacomaInvitational_20150411_17-32-22 Foss and Franklin Pierce runners just after the baton hand off during the 4x400. Female Spanaway Lakes runner who set a PR. Female runners from Bellarmine and Raymond High Schools take a turn in the final lap.Female runner from Northwest Christian HS coming to the finish line.
Female runner from Lincoln HS. Female Long Jumper from Vashon Island. Pole vaulter.
Female long jumper from Tumwater HS landing in the sand. Female long jumper from Curtis HS flying through the air. Female runner from Sequim HS in the relay. Male runner from Enumclaw HS. Male runner from Leschi HS. Female long jumper from Sequim HS. Women's relay team from Mt Tahoma HS huddled up before their run. Female long jumper in the air. Female long jumper from Vashon High School landing in the pit. Boys heat coming to the finish line in their lanes. Female high jumper from Curtis HS at the top of her jump. Female high jumper from Puyallup HS coming over the bar. Female high jumper from Spanaway Lakes HS stretched out over the bar. Male pole vaulter coming over the bar. Female long jumper from Lincoln HS. Coach helping his athlete up. Long jumper from Eatonville HS. Long jumper from Northwest Christian HS. Female runner from Puyallup HS. Male pole vaulter. Female high jumper from Mt Tahoma HS coming over the bar. Male runner from Foss High School in full stride. Female javelin thrower from Stadium High School, WA. Female javelin thrower from Northwest Christian High School in mid throw.Female runners during the hurdles. Coach talking with his javelin athlete.
Female javelin thrower in mid throw. Female shot put athlete from Enumclaw High School. Female pole vaulter from Bellarmine High School. Female shot put and javelin athletes going up to the field. Male high jumper clearing the bar with no problem.Male distance runner from Northwest Christian High School.
Female runners from various WA High Schools. Female runners from various WA High Schools. Female pole vaulter from Tumwater High School. Male high jumper from Puyallup High School coming over the bar. Male high jumper from Lincoln High School coming over the bar.Female runners from various WA State High Schools.
Male runners from various WA State High Schools running under the Lincoln Abes home sign. Female runner. Female triple jumper from Emerald Ridge High School. Female runner from Lincoln High School  waiting for the relay to start. Female triple jumper from Vashon High School. Male long jumper from Spanaway Lakes High School. Male long jumper from Stadium High School. Male runner from Lincoln High School waiting for the relay to start. Female runner from Tumwater High School. Female runners on the high hurdles.Male athletes from various Washington High Schools in the 100m race.
Female runners getting set for the high hurdles. Female runner from Bainbridge Island getting ready for the high hurdles. Male hurdlers from various WA State high schools at the starting line.Female runner from Curtis High School in the blocks.
Male hurdlers coming over the high hurdles. The field and stands at the Tacoma Invitational, home of the Abes. Female runner from Lincoln High School. Female runner from Sumner High School. Numbers from the track lanes and half of a runners body in full stride over the finish line. Lincoln and Puyallup male runners coming over the finish line in the relay. Male runner from Raymond High School. Male runners from various WA High Schools coming down the stretch.

To purchase any of the photos from the Tacoma Invitational, please go to http://www.aloraephotography.com/Sports/Tacoma-Invitational.  Also, if you are an athlete or a parent of an athlete that appears in this post and would like to have your photo removed, please contact me at amy@aloraephotography.com and I will take it down immediately.

Track and Field Photos from the 2015 Tacoma Invitational at Lincoln High School

Getting Close: The magic of the wide-angle

Last week I was watching a video of a photographer, Mel DiGiacomo, that caught my attention and inspired me to do a blog post on b&w photos taken up-close with a wide-lens.  He was talking about the magic behind those photos – the life that you can capture when you’re up-close and personal with your short little lens. . . and it got me thinking.

I don’t think that they are the photos that I’m talking about are the ones that catch your eye the first time through.  I do think, though, that they are the ones that you see as you are flipping through the set on a rainy day and you think, “Wow!  I love that photo!  I never saw that one before.”

We love them because they tend to capture people’s personalities . . . to capture them with a different perspective, but a perspective that we love.  We love them because they are close, moving, drawing us in to that person or those people as if we were sitting at a table with them, laughing and enjoying life, or talking over something serious.  It evokes emotion.

So, with that in mind I have put together a collection of some of those photos that I love.  For those of you that own these photos or are the subject of the photo, maybe it will be the first time you’re really seeing them, or maybe they are the ones that you have fallen in love with.  More than anything, I hope they evoke some emotion, that they are the ones you sit back in your chair and stare at for awhile.

Salvadorean woman, laughing, holding toddler in the doorway
My friend, Karla, holding my namesake, Amy, in Regalo de Dios, El Salvador.
Two women dancing, one of them pregnant, dressed in traditional Ethiopian wedding attire.
Two aunties dancing, waiting for the bride.
Bride and groom dancing at the wedding reception.  Taken down low, wide angle lens.
Bride and groom starting things off at the reception for this Habesha wedding.
Groom with "I survived a Habesha Wedding" t-shirt on, dancing with his bride.
Bride and groom dancing away the evening, ring bearer on his phone.
Five older, Ethiopian women dancing at the reception, mother of the bride in the middle.
Traditional Ethiopian dance at a Habesha wedding. The mother of the bride in the middle.
Many playing tuba walking through the woods.
Leading the procession out of the wedding in the woods.
Kids sliding towards the camera on the hardwood floor at a wedding reception.
Kids sliding towards the camera on the hardwood floor at a wedding reception.
Littlest girl in the family trying to slide on the hardwood floor.
Littlest girl in the family trying to slide on the hardwood floor.
Little boy standing against a metal door holding up five fingers.
The cutest ring bearer. He was 5.
Bride in her wedding dress getting ready to see her groom.
Bride holding her necklace just before going up to see her groom for the first time.
Bride in the front seat of the car looking back at the groom in the backseat.
On the way to family photos after the first look and a few quiet moments together.
Several women around a table, toasting the bride, who is standing. Mojitos.
Toast to the bride at Mojitos after a fun night of Zumba!
Two women helping the bride button up her wedding dress while she looks in a mirror across the room.
Up close with the mother of the bride, and sister-in-law, getting the bride ready.
Bride looking down at her wedding dress, sitting on vintage couch.
The bride, just before the first look.
Bride facing her maid of honor, smiling, getting dressed for the wedding.
Bride and maid of honor getting ready for the wedding!
Bride sitting on the bed while her maid of honor puts her shoes on her, flower girl sitting on the floor next to her doing the same.
Everyone getting their shoes on.
Bridesmaid with her hair down, dancing.  Another bridesmaid is behind her dancing at the table.
Bridesmaids having fun the morning of the wedding!
Little boy on a swing, swinging towards the camera.
Swinging for the camera.
Two members of the bridal party coming out of a human tunnel during a traditional dance.
Coming through the tunnel at a Southwest wedding.
Three women up close at a birthday party.
Three friends celebrating my birthday up close.
Little girl with blonde curly hair with a huge smile on her face.
I can’t handle all of the joy in this smile.
Bride and groom descending stairs, bubbles in the air, at Fremont Abbey.
Bubbles trailing behind the bride and groom on their way out.
Grandma sitting at a table in a very cluttered dining room.
My sweet, sweet grandma on the first day that I got my 10-22mm.
Man and woman in a car, both with sunglasses on being coy.
Does this kind of cool need a caption?
A man and a woman sitting on a porch with a German Shepherd sitting in between them.
They could be the cutest couple you ever saw, with the coolest dog ever.
Little girl, coloring at a table.
Margarita coloring.
Little girl, up close, smiling with huge, beautiful eyes.
Amy Jill.
Three Sudanese kids sitting on the floor.
The baby is worried about what that little boy is going to do next.
German Shepherd and French Bulldog facing off over a ball.
You shall not pass. Even for your ball.