Alicia’s Quinceañera Session at Woodinville Lavender Farm

Alicia is like any other teen who loves shopping, music, fashion, hanging out with friends and occasionally gets in parental trouble which results in her cell being taken away.  At her young age, Alicia is also super quirky and growing into a mature young lady.  Encouraged by her father, a professional dancer for Bailadores de Bronce she started learning Mexican folkloric dancing from a young age, something that she really enjoys and has allowed her to expand her cultural boundaries.  Congratulations Alicia!!!

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Venue: Woodinville Lavender Farm

Formal Dress: Celeste Boutique

Hair & Make-up: Hanna Mazur

Seth and Kelsy’s Rustic Wedding at Swans Trail Farms in Snohomish

Filled with love, lots of smiles and a few tears of joy, Seth and Kelsy said “I Do” on a perfectly cool and cloudy day in Snohomish, Washington.  A relieve considering only days before and days after their wedding the area was going through record breaking summer heat.

Surrounded by their closest friends and family, the dancing continued into the night and ended with a fabulous exit.

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Venue: Swans Trail Farms

Make-up: Santana Salon & Spa

Dress: Hermosa Bridal

Cake Artist: Simply Sweet Cupcakes

Catering: Kelly’s Southern Style BBQ

DJ: Puget Sound DJ

Flowers: Gig Harbor Women’s Correctional Facility

A Handmade Heirloom and Keepsake Box

For months I had been searching for a unique and beautiful wooden box to provide my clients.  One of the things that was very important to me was the craftsmanship quality, attention to detail, and I wanted it to be handmade.  I didn’t just want a to give my clients a factory item.

A few weeks ago while browsing Etsy, I came across Live Grain.  It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with Ben’s work. I contacted him as soon as I read he did custom work.  He worked with me to get the measurements I needed and the design I was looking for.  His response was quick and the customer ordering and communication was crazy smooth.

Below are photos of my demo box.  It sits on my desk and I can’t get enough of how beautiful it looks.

You can connect with Ben at Live Grain or via Facebook.

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Amanda’s Sweet Sixteen

Beautiful Miss Amanda celebrated her Sweet Sixteen a few weeks ago.  Coming from a gene pool of Seahawk fans, it was only natural for her to incorporate her love of football and the Seahawks in her photo session and her party.

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A Stylized Mexican Wedding at Dairyland – Snohomish, WA

Last July I got to collaborate with a small group of talented wedding vendors who helped me bring my Mexican wedding vision to life.  For a months I had fantasized about putting something like this together.  I wanted to display the vibrant colors and also incorporate the traditional Charro suit and Mexican dress to give it a traditional Mexican feel.  Below is the result of weeks of hard work and dedication by all of those who participated.  Be sure to check them out, their information is listed below.

Cake: The Cakewalk Shop

Chairs and Tableware:  ABC Special Event Rentals by CORT

Coordinator: Wild Spirits

Bridal Dress & Shoes: Hermosa Bridal Boutique

Flowers: Delightful Details

Hair: Santana Salon & Spa

Make-up: Zulema Rubio

Mexican Chairs: Mi Mexico Restaurant

Stationery:: Citlali Creativo

Table Linens: Energia Events & Decor

Tux: Private Label Bridal

Venue: Woodland Meadow Farms and Dairyland

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A Bubble Gum Pink Quinceañera…And The Case of A Shy Photographer

Some time in February or March of this year I was browsing online at a number of beautiful and carefully put together stylized wedding sessions, and I started thinking that this same idea could be applied towards Quinceañeras.  After several of weeks of thinking about it endlessly, I began to plan for a stylized Quinceañera session.  Never mind that I didn’t really know what style I wanted; I had never put together anything like this before.  Up to this point the only thing I had been able to coordinate was my outfit for the day!

I’m a very timid person (although that changes when I’m behind the camera), but the idea of calling other vendors and asking them to collaborate and spend their precious time and resources, had me almost hyperventilating even before I typed the first sentence of the email or keyed their phone number on my phone.  I mean, who would even want to work with me?!! As artists I always struggle with the “I’m I good enough” thoughts.  And there I was…finding every excuse under the sun…hesitating.

Lots of emails later….and to my surprise all of the vendors I contacted agreed to participate and my “I’m I good enough” anxiety slowly wore off, only to be replaced by “How in the blank I’m I going to pull this off”, but that also passed.

At the end, I settled for an elegant look with light pink, gold and white tones.  To top it off, the photos were published in three different blogs and a few of the photos were pinned hundreds of types on Pinterest.  I’m so grateful to all of the vendors below for trusting in my work and my vision, but most of all for helping get out of my comfort zone and for making wonderful relationships.

The Cake Walk Shop

Paper Fling

AA Party Rentals

Lynnwood Convention Center

Flora D’ Amore Floral Artisty

Hermosa Bridal

Santana Salon and Spa

Energia Events and Decor

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Kevin and Kelsie’s Wedding in Anacortes, Washington

During the summer I was given the opportunity to be a second photographer for Berryessa Photography.  I’ve lived in Seattle for a little over 3 years since my move from Iowa, and this was my first time visiting Anacortes.  I enjoy seeing new places and the Pacific Northwest is filled with natural beauty, and helping to photograph Kevin and Kelsie’s wedding was an added bonus.  I made it a point to arrive early and I did a little bit of location scouting.  The sky was blue and it reflected perfectly on the water which added to the beautiful day.

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