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October 04, 2016
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Firstlight Photography is proud to announce the launching of their new Photo Both, GONNA SNAP!

GONNA SNAP! is an open air photo booth that comes with a big trunk of great props for your guests to use for their photos.  We then print your photos right there and you can text or email your photos to yourself while you wait for your prints.  All of your images are then available online for future downloading and print ordering.

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January 19, 2016
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We are giving away a few sets of tickets for this premiere wedding show that happens this Saturday!  Just visit our facebook page and comment that you want tickets and we will enter you in a chance to win.

Getting married? See the best wedding professionals at the South Sound Wedding Show on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 at the Marcus Pavilion at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey (Olympia area).

Text courtesy of the show producer, Paula Lowe of Expressions Media, LLC

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January 13, 2016
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As Seattle area wedding photographers we work at amazing wedding venues in Washington and beyond.  Wedding venues that offer a mix of outdoor and indoor spaces are the most flexible for couples – and they offer the most diverse backdrop for your wedding day photos.  Kalley and Eric were married at Green Gates at Flowing Lake in Snohomish, Washington.  

gg seattle wedding photographerThis venue has a fantastic open bluff that overlooks the Cascade Mountain Range and shoreline.  The reception was held in the open air covered barn structure that, once night falls, literally glows with rustic romantic twinkly lights.gg firstlight photography weddingWe fell in love with the venue and admire the owner’s vision and hospitality for clients and vendors.  We are proud to list Green Gates at Flowing Lake as a preferred vendor and are so excited to be one of their preferred vendors.  

We asked Kerry & Debbie Horner a few key questions we know couples have when trying to locate a venue.

gg rustic wedding chicHow long has your venue been open?

The very first wedding at Green Gates was for our daughter’s best friend. We hosted her wedding because she is like a daughter to us. That was in 2009. When she posted her photos online, we were flooded with inquiries from people we didn’t even know. That’s when we knew that this place was something special, and we had to share it with others.

gg best seattle photographerWhat is your typical wedding season start/end time frame?

Until the extensive renovations to the big barn are completed – which will enable us to offer the venue year-round – we are a seasonal venue. Our season begins mid-May and goes until mid-October.

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Do you allow outside catering (outside of your list of preferred vendors)?

We do currently welcome outside professional caterers. If we ever decide to adopt a mandatory list of caterers, we will offer a wide variety and number from which to choose.

gg seattle wedding photographersPlease describe what your role is on the day of the wedding.  

We are very hands-on and available during the entire event because we want our clients to have the reassurance that we care about their event being as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.

When we were at your venue we heard you talk about how you designed the grounds to be very photogenic.

Green Gates is a photographer’s playground. With every new project and addition to the venue, we are mindful of the visual allure and photographic memories that will ensue. The photographs are the lasting memories of a couple’s special day. Practically every square foot of the grounds at Green Gates offers a gorgeous and unique backdrop.

What has been the biggest surprise about being a wedding venue operator?

We are constantly delighted and amazed at how we are all so inter-connected. We meet people from all walks of life, from all over the U.S. and even from other countries. Somewhere along the line, we discover that we have friends, family, or experiences in common.

For more information contact Kerry and Debbie.  You might want to hurry  –  2016 Saturdays are nearly all booked.  There are currently several Fridays and Sundays still open.gg seattle wedding venues

gg firstlight photography wedding photographyWedding Vendors Featured in Photos

Photography – Firstlight Photography

Planning & Coordination – Elements NW Events and Weddings Jennifer Vandeventer

Venue – Green Gates at Flowing Lake

Spirits – BevMo

Catering – Barry’s Catering

DJ – “Nick at Night” Nick MacDonald

Transportation – Rainier Limousine

November 03, 2015
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Recently Firstlight Photography was given a tour of the Emerald Downs wedding venue and instantly placed it on our preferred vendor listing.

The sweeping vistas of the tracks with a backdrop of Mt Rainier are breathtaking.  We didn’t realize the diversity of this Seattle area wedding venue.  At Emerald Downs you can have an intimate outdoor wedding or one to accommodate 800+ guests.

Truly the biggest asset is the knowledgeable staff that assist couples with the important details.  As vendors, we love detailed and helpful venue staff.  It makes for a cohesive day and happy couple.

At Emerald Downs the tables, linen and china are included in the packages – as are bar and wait staff.

The venue is one of the most versatile in the region – it has indoor and outdoor options and, it sure can accommodate the masses.  What struck us was the price point.  Emerald Downs is, hands down, one of the best values in King County.

We want images at this venue so if you book your wedding at Emerald Downs and decide to hire Firstlight Photography and book us by March 2016, we will provide an extra hour of photography service as our gift.

October 31, 2015
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Firstlight Photography is hosting exclusive photography sessions during BurlyCon, the burlesque Education and Social Convention held each year in Seattle.  This year and we are offering amazing rates in our once/year sale!

We are scheduling photography sessions on November 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th.  Do you need updated head shots or product photography?  Or, is it time to get your boudoir or pin up session under wraps in advance of the holidays?  We can provide you with professional quality performance photos.

To reserve your session is easy.  Just block out a remaining appointment.  You will want to hurry as these rates only apply November 12-15th.

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Do you need Hair & Make Up? You are in luck!  The BurlySpa is your one stop shop for all things beauty related during the convention.  Tousled will be running the spa and we love working with their talented staff.

Tousled Offer and Pricing for the BurlySpa 2015!

Services with an Expert Stylist
Blowout $40
Updo $60
Curls $60
Custom style $60

Makeup $50
Makeup with lashes $60

Manicure $15

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About Tousled

Tousled is a matchmaking service for clients and beauty professionals.

Tousled uses rich content — like verified reviews, photos and videos —to help you not only find your next stylist but also feel confident in your beauty decision.

Services include hair, makeup and nails.  You can also have Tousled on site for your wedding day

About Firstlight Photography

Kier is from Orange County and Mitzi is from just outside Chicago. We share a common love of music and photography. Kier caught the photo bug years ago and Mitzi always had a love of art and a mind for business.

Firstlight Photography is located between Seattle and Tacoma and we frequently travel throughout Washington, Oregon and California. We are a full service photography studio offering wedding photography, boudoir photography, pin up photography, family portraits, senior portraits, corporate photography and open air photo booth services.

September 30, 2015
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My all time favorite thing overheard at a wedding happened at Jesse and Alyssa’s backyard event.

It was quite obvious at first glance that the details were just hit out of the park by Alyssa’s mom Pauline.  When a guest said, It looks like “Pinterest threw up back here,” Pauline wore that quip like a badge of honor.  Her vision was worthy of the finest bridal magazine spread.  It was quite editorial and rich in texture and detail.  And we loved photographing every single element.

The wedding was small and personal with a guest list of 21.  The couple just bought their first home so the bottom line was to keep the wedding affordable yet memorable.  They chose a venue that was quite familiar – Alyssa’s childhood back yard which has a backdrop of Dash Point State Park.

The details were exquisite.  The color palette was muted and highlighted by pops of color from the Pike Place Flowers.  Friends and neighbors were there to lend helping hands to make this wedding very personal.  The catering was done by a family neighbor and a groomsman picked the music.  Alyssa’s mom served as her wedding planner and designer.

To keep costs down, they did some shopping online and sourced items on Craigslist and Etsy. This really paid off and they spent $4,000 for all decorations, food, drinks, and extras.

We can’t get enough of these details!

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List of Vendors:

Photographer –  Firstlight Photography

Flowers – Pike Place Flowers  

Wedding Cake –  Wanna Cupcake? 

Party Equipment – AA Party Rentals and R&R Party Rentals 

September 29, 2015
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Firstlight Photography was pleased to be a part of the recent venue open house at Rein Fire Ranch.

This rustic venue is set in the Sugar Loaf Mountain Valley so the sunsets are superb.  This serene location is versatile.  A rustic barn wedding is fitting here as is a modern elegant wedding.  The grounds are well maintained and the owners make sure events are effortless.

 

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About Rein Fire Ranch

Nestled in the serene Sugar Loaf Mountain Valley this working ranch feels incredibly serene and remote but it is only 45 minutes from Seattle and Tacoma – making it the ultimate wedding venue   It is one of the most breathtaking outdoor ceremony locations in the greater Puget Sound area and is highly customizable for your occasion, from cowboy boots to high heels.  You can even BYOH (Bring Your Own Horses).

September 25, 2015
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Lyn and Taylor are expecting their first child in November and Firstlight Photography was delighted to get to work with them tonight.  They are visiting from California so we were able to sneak in a maternity shoot before they travel home. We couldn’t ask for better weather.  We can’t wait to meet their little one.

Thanks to you both for letting us be a part of this special moment in time.

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You do NOT need to lose 5 more pounds!

Sometimes we hear that a client is just trying to lose 5 pounds and they want to wait for photos.  Even (or especially!) super models greatly benefit from Photoshop.  Firstlight Photography has worked with clients long enough to realize the poses that work to accentuate your positives and those that help disguise anything that you might be self-conscious about.  We work with size 2 clients to size 28 clients and they all tap into their inner sexy.

boudoir 2Getting Prepared for a Boudoir Shoot

If you are after the full Diva pampering session we work with very talented hair and makeup artists.  We have a variety of before and after images to show the true artistry that comes along with this service.   Lipstick, gloss and fake eyelashes make for amazing images.  These are some of the most impactful things you could do to prepare for a shoot.

It Truly is in the Details…

• You will want your makeup to work with your wardrobe choices so it is good to determine a theme prior to the shoot (more on themes below).
• Arrive with your hair down and with little or no product so we can have the most flexibility during the shoot.
• Treating yourself to a mani / pedi is a great way to dress up your shoot.
• Be sure to keep your skin well hydrated by drinking plenty of water several days before the shoot.  Also make sure you are moisturizing your body in advance.
• If you are going to get a wax, we recommend giving yourself several days to allow for the redness to disappear.
• And, if you are sunburned we recommend rescheduling the session.  Wear that sunscreen!

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To get yourself ready you should practice your sexy looks in the mirror for a few days.  It will really help ease your nerves the day of the shoot.  Own your sex goddess stature for the day.  You deserve it!  Again, it is ideal to bring a friend along.  It makes you more comfortable and they offer tons of support!

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Do you feel like being a 50’s pin up?  A 20’s inspired hottie?  Or maybe you just want your makeup done with a little more emphasis.  Picking a theme will help you figure out wardrobe and it will help us get the images you want – even if you weren’t sure at first. We are here to consult with you on ideas well before the shoot.Boudoir Combo Dress Up Time

First off, shoes are always an important factor!  Once you have a theme we can help you build around them.  You should bring clothing that makes you feel sexy and beautiful.  Bras, panties (cheeky and beyond), teddies, corsets, stockings, garters, tank tops, knee highs, sports jerseys, spouse uniform shirts, and a white men’s shirt are all great ideas.  Remember a pair of jeans, a pencil skirt, a fitted V neck tank and other items can be paired with undergarments to make a very sexy ensemble.  It is your comfort level and what is sexy to you and your partner.  In addition we come with our bag of tricks which include a wide variety of jewelry and a range of props for you to use.

Shoot Location

Some clients like to book a luxurious hotel room, a bed and breakfast or even outside in a secluded location for the shoot and others prefer to have an in home shoot.  And then there are the clients that love the urban decay / high fashion shoots.  The choice is up to you.  We have many location ideas so we will help determine what location is right for your shoot.boudoir 7En Route to the Shoot

We recommend that you wear something non-restrictive to the shoot location. Elastic garments can leave lines and redness.

What to Expect at Your Boudoir Session

First off we realize getting boudoir photos can seem intimidating but honestly our clients get over the jitters early on and end up having a blast.  Boudoir sessions are tasteful images that show off your inner sexy.  Since each client has her own comfort level and an idea of what = sexy we will work with you before your shoot to get an idea of what types of images you want captured.  Our sessions produce fun, sexy, flirty, vixen images and you are always in total control of the direction of your shoot.  Again, this is where a friend really comes in handy to help get you over the initial nerves.

Retouching

Boudoir offers so many options for editing.  We edit your images and post them on your secure password protected online gallery.  We will edit our favorite photos with a variety of techniques (black and white, black and white with a punch of color, retro etc).  In addition we offer skin softening, teeth whitening and a variety of other effects to make your pictures even more fabulous.

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Privacy is a concern due to the intimate nature of boudoir sessions. All boudoir images are kept in strict confidence and no images will be shown without permission from the client in writing.  We use only professional labs and album companies that safeguard the privacy of our clients’ images.

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If you have any other questions about what to bring or how to prepare for your session, please let us know. It is totally OK to bring too much. We can pick out the most flattering items once you arrive to your session.  We offer a 15% military discount on services.

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January 20, 2015
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Are you planning a summer or fall rustic outdoor wedding?  Firstlight Photography has photographed over 150 weddings and are adept at photographing outdoor weddings as well as barn / rustic venues.

We come prepared with our full gear including lighting and an assortment of cameras and lenses.  Kier, owner and one of our lead photogs, is equipped with his “murse” (his male handbag, dare we say man purse?) that truly is like the Tardis – bigger on the inside.  We have items that come in handy for the couple and their wedding party and our camera bags weigh in at around 40 lbs each.  So, we spend a fair bit of time working out in the off season!

Lighting and weather conditions change frequently so we are always prepared to ensure our couples get the photos they imagined.  While we always look polished and presentable we do so in a manner that affords us the ability to cover rough terrain.  We sport sensible, waterproof and off road worthy foot gear so we don’t miss a beat.

Are you looking for just the right Washington wedding venue?  We know lots of vendors and have a preferred vendor list on our website.  We would be happy to meet for a consultation to review your wedding plans and help you get a jump start to your big day.