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!
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!
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/
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!
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!
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.