Family Favorites from 2018!

This year I thought I would break out the family, kid, and newborn photos from the wedding photos. We photographed quite a few more families and newborns than we have in the past. A lot of that is due to many of our wedding and past family photo clients recommending us to friends and family, so a BIG shout out and thank you to those of you who recommended A.Lorae Photography this year.

I know that people often dread family photos. I liken it to when I was younger and we would fight about getting out the door to church. Usually families arrive a bit frazzled – you’ve been trying to get everyone out the door, dressed into clothes that they don’t necessarily want to wear, hair and (sometimes) makeup perfect.

My hope is that after you do a family photo shoot with me, everyone in the family is willing to give it another shot in a year or two when you want to do the next one. Hopefully it’s been painless, and maybe even fun. Most of all, I hope that you have photos that the whole family loves and can be proud of for years to come. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to get all of the holiday cards at the end of the year to see which photos you chose to use.

Thank you to all of you who gave me the privilege of photographing your family this year. It’s so cool to see your families growing – kids being born, kids getting older, parents getting better with time. I look forward to many more photos over the years! Happy 2019!

Family Favorites from 2018!

Wedding Favorites from 2018!

Every year I like to look back through the photos that we’ve taken and share some of my favorites from the year.  This year (as it seems every year) we were privileged to photograph some incredible couples.  We were a little more local in Tacoma and South Sound for a lot of them, but also had the opportunity to travel to new places – getting to spend a weekend with a fun couple and their friends and family in Durango, CO.  In Durango the mountains and the aspens provided a backdrop for Loren and Kate that was second to none.  We also got a money shot in Bellingham of Erin and Patrick under a double rainbow during the rainiest wedding day we’ve ever had.  We spent our last wedding of the year, shooting Johanna and Elliot on the 11th Street bridge and at Courthouse Square, a venue I’ve been wanting to shoot for a year or so now.  It didn’t disappoint.

We want to say thank you to all of the couples that we got to work with this year. We know that when you chose A.Lorae you put your trust in us. You allow us to step into your lives – into some of the most intimate moments of one of the most important days in your lives. You take the time to get to know us and allow us to get to know you. You show us your traditions and you trust us to honor and respect them. While we want you to love your photos, we also want to know that we merited that trust.

Thank you for bringing your love, your laughter, and your light to our photography this year. Happy New Year!

Wedding Favorites from 2018!

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

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.

Little girl on a folding chair, peaking through the back at the camera.
You have to keep yourself entertained.

Little boy looking straight into the camera, eyes wide, with a sucker in his mouth.
This is what happens when you eat 30 suckers.

Getting Close: The magic of the wide-angle