I feel like I need to let you in on a secret. It’s just something that seems to come up a lot and each time it makes me excited, fills me with anticipation and genuinely renews my love relationship with photography. It is every time I meet a couple and one or both of them tells me how much they don’t like having their picture taken. I know those statements are always fraught with background. Bad experiences, insecurities, shyness, plus about a million other possibilities. And you know what? I’m not different. But the true gift is when I can look through a session and instead of seeing each of the two as individuals I only see them as a couple. The relationship and love that they share is louder than any believed imperfections. That connection is what I love. I look at these photos and I see joy, connection, love and a two very beautiful people. Thanks for dodging the rain and enjoying the moment with me Archie & Erika. I look forward to your wedding!
Just finished up the first day of the Northwest Bridal Show. It was definitely a rocky start as I showed up and all of my photos that I had hung the night before were in a heap on the floor. So sad. However, in the face of some serious frustration (it fell 4 more times after I hung it back up with various brainstormed ideas) the kindhearted people at the Casino brought out these four easels and help me set it all back up. I realize it wasn’t exactly how I envisioned my morning playing out, but it is seriously heart warming when others are so kind, helpful and cheerful in their thoughtfulness. I was invading space and giving out hugs like crazy. My wonderful good friend (and former bride) Dana came out to help me woo the brides and in the end it was a great day. I do love hearing the stories, questions, and excitement from brides working out all the details to make their day fabulous. Cheers to a fun first day and on to the next.
It it not as often these days that I have the opportunity to shoot inside a Cathedral. They truly are remarkable. Such classic beauty in the architecture, elegance in reverence and history that permeates the walls. Holy Rosary Parish in Tacoma is truly lovely. Maryanne & Adam’s wedding was simple joy mixed with old style grandeur. My favorite of the day was the surprise classic car that her parents had waiting for them to whisk the newly married couple to the reception. It was perfect!
I am now officially jealous of a 7 year old. Addison’s best buddy has her birthday in October and therefore could celebrate her day EVERY year at the pumpkin patch! All that fall deliciousness wrapped up in golden sun, scarecrows, gourds galore and corn mazes? My favorite. I’m seriously thinking of moving my birthday so that I too can live the dream. It is technically my half birthday so maybe I should just amp up that trend a bit. Here’s hoping they don’t check my license when I show up with balloons and cake.
What could possibly make the pumpkin patch any more incredibly fun that it naturally is?? Three best girlfriends in glitter party hats exploring every inch. Shannon may actually un-invite me from next year’s festivities for this one, but it just makes me smile. I can hear her laughing from here. We ended with a day at the races. Duck races. Who knew?
Happy, happy Birthday sweet girl.
I had the opportunity to travel back to Chelan with Brittany, Sam, John & Christi (some of my most favorite people) to enjoy the sun, some relaxation, a wonderful Mexican dinner, and oh yeah some additional wedding portraits. This was the kind of day that just reminds me of how much I truly delight in being the observer to a couple’s genuine love, adoration and joy in one another. Watching the play of emotions, the unique dance of appreciation for the differences each brings to the relationship and of course the fun. Because if there is a wedding happening, there will most definitely be fun. Oh Maggie, you didn’t make it easy, but look how pretty you look.
It’s just a special kind of exhilarating excitement to be ‘in’ on a secret. A surprise moment that you know will catch someone unawares and result in momentous moment of joy. Yep, it’s pretty dog gone fun and I’m totally on board, camera in hand, anytime you want to loop me in. Texting back and forth with Austin before the proposal was almost as much fun as the event. He was so excited and I couldn’t help but catch the enthusiasm. I was also super grateful for his detailed description of his clothing choice of the day because as it turned out blue gingham wouldn’t have narrowed it down. It was like the Monday uniform for guys (so maybe only 3, but still.) I followed them around in true stalker fashion as they strolled & bought some fresh market flowers. The shocked amazement on Jenn’s face was perfection. It really made me wish I had a photo of my face when Mike proposed. You just can’t fake that kind of awestruck happy. Since we were already enjoying such a fabulous day, she said yes, and their dinner reservations weren’t for a few hours we of course had to head out for a few more photos. I love that Jenn would randomly jump for joy (literally) or squeal with happiness as we traveled, just needing to gush her excitement. Oh, if only everyday could have such delightful surprises.
I clearly overestimated my ability to get things done on my birthday. I enjoyed a wonderful day with family and away from the computer and so the winner had to wait a day to be announced. Through the wonderful mystery of the random number generator online I’ll be sending a shiny new copy of Eat More Dessert to Sarah Morris. I’m sure she will be baking up some fabulous creations in the next few weeks. It’s hard to resist the tempting pages once you start flipping. Trust me on this one. To grab a copy for yourself head on over to Amazon. You will not be disappointed.
Celebrating our winner with some happy flips and fancy fun!
As I sit here Easter Sunday more aware of the enormous gift Jesus gave each of us, it is reinforced tenfold in the beauty of a newborn baby. Perfection, hope, joy, love all wrapped up in a bundle that asks for nothing except your willingness to accept, take hold and keep close to your heart. I know this might simplify the enormity of what Christ accomplished for us this day, but it’s the simplicity that makes it the more amazing. Take hold, accept and keep His promises close to your heart. Happy Easter
It was six weeks of what felt like 5 months of labor, but it is finally ready to be enjoyed by all! I had an absolute blast working with Jenny Keller of Jenny Cookies photographing her amazing creations for her new book. I have to say, I am a terrible baker. There’s just not much forgiveness in the measuring and that’s a tough one for me. That said, I have tackled quite a few of Jenny’s delicious recipes with sweet success (yes, that was intentional!) She shares her recipes, her how-to’s and personal insights with humor and transparency that makes it a delight to read. Did I mention how lovely the book is?! It’s so very pretty. Pretty like sparkling dew drops in the sun. Pretty like the perfect Mother’s Day gift! In light of my super happy heart and giddiness over seeing my photos printed in such a beautiful book, I feel the need to give a copy away. One lucky reader will receive a copy of Eat More Dessert so you can began creating masterpieces in your own kitchen. Ready to learn how? It’s as easy as Jenny’s cake pop recipe. Two steps: leave a comment (by clicking on the ‘comment’ link at the top) and sharing your favorite thing to bake & head over to ‘like’ KCB photography on Facebook. Easy, right? Now get going! Contest ends 4/19. Winner announced 4/21. Can’t wait til Monday? Not to worry, just head on over to Amazon and order your copy today!
Yes, this is blatant bragging. Don’t be surprised if it’s highlighted with sparkly glitter and smiley faces in my copy.
I just had to include a few of my favorite images from the shooting. It really was so much fun! Not to mention all those yummy desserts that had to be eaten after every shoot. Oh, the perils of the job.