Archive for January, 2010
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and the winner is…

Okay, we are not sure.  We love both designs that Camron from Level 70 Design did for us. We’re very impressed that he gave us what we wanted when we ourselves weren’t quite sure.  Which one of the designs do you think should be the new face of Firstlight Photography weddings?

What do you think?  We are considering including the word “weddings” on this page.  Is it needed or is the bride a dead give away?

option 1 or option 2?

OPTION 1

OPTION 2

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January 28, 2010
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the other half

This picture was taken at Union Station during the first wedding that my husband Kier and I worked together.  As the behind the scenes person at Firstlight Photography I decided now that our kids are getting older,  it was time to join in the fun of taking photos.  Since I was a child I have always had a camera and a love for photography but Kier has worked hard to teach me the technical aspects I used to just “fake.”

other duties as assigned

The thing that has surprised me most about shooting weddings is all of the “other duties as assigned” that pop up.  I can’t tell you how many flowers I have pinned on the gents – not to mention a few bridal bouquets have required a quick fix.  I find people.  I find rings.  I give guests directions via cell (for those that know me well – this is down right scary).  I straighten ties.  I help repair unfortunate accidents that sometimes happen to cakes.  I work with the wedding planners to ensure we understand the timing of the event.  I even take the family dog for a walk around the grounds.  I feel lucky to be invited to the best parties around the Puget Sound – and I enjoy being able to help smooth out the wrinkles that always pop up and make things interesting.  I travel with my McGyver Bag of tricks and supplies.  It comes in very handy.

Mostly I take photos.  I take this picture at every wedding I shoot with Kier.  I am usually in the background when he is doing portraits so you can see my perspective below!  I just can’t resist this shot.

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bartering we will go

It has been a long time coming, but Firstlight Photography is getting a shiny new website!  The barter system is alive and well and our web story is living proof.  Last fall I shot a wedding for a fabulous couple and we were able to work out a trade for services.  The groom has done some amazing coding but I have been struggling with the overall design when my pal Camron of Level 70 Design stepped in to do some mock ups for us.  We love our network of incredibly talented friends (including Kieran and Sherri Murray and their exuberant take on social networking).  I can’t wait to see what Camron does for our weddings page!

door #1 or door #2?

The below mock ups are two different takes on one commercial photography page (to see our current page click here).  Which one tickles your fancy the most?  Please post your comments and help us make a decision.  The overall look will find its way onto our wedding, portraitsports pages.  Our new web will also feature landscapes.

Visit us on facebook and become a fan and we’ll keep you updated on our web and upcoming specials.

DOOR #1

DOOR #2

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January 23, 2010
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it is in the details

John and Adrienne had an amazing rustic chic barn wedding in the family orchard.   I love the vintage feel and the attention to detail.  Comfortable elegance at its best.

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January 20, 2010
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BEFORE

know what you are getting

One of the most important things you can do before you hire your wedding photographer is to ask about his post production experience.  What are you looking for?  If you don’t know, make sure you ask lots of questions when you review portfolios.   What comes with your package?  Make sure you know before you sign your contract.

candidly speaking

When shooting candids the intent is to capture the fleeting moment – which means you sometimes get the wall outlet and power chord in your shot too.   At Firstlight Photography all of our images receive the basic color and exposure corrections but we also do a lot of other editing you might not notice (which means we have done our job).  Aside from aesthetic changes, see if you can find the missing objects in the AFTER image.  In addition to “erasing” several objects, the post production work involved a layering, vignette and other techniques that we like to experiment with for that perfect album photo or canvas print.

AFTER

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January 20, 2010
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the grass is greener

It was a dry summer as can be seen from the before photos take at the Meridian Habitat Park in Puyallup.  I know my bride was very disappointed that the grass was so brown so I decided to surprise her with a little bit of Photoshop magic.   Below you will see the before and after images – and not a drop of water was used in this eco-friendly photo editing work.

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January 19, 2010
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Puyallup, WA – JAN 19th 2010 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, just announced Firstlight Photography has been selected to receive the 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards™ for Wedding Photography!

The annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ recognizes and celebrates excellence in quality and service within the wedding industry, as determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 500,000 newlyweds.

Firstlight Photography is among the top five percent of all vendors in the WeddingWire community, which includes over 100,000 wedding professionals across the US and Canada. Awards were given to winners across 19 different service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers.

“We are excited to recognize and honor the success of the top wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Community” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “The annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program has given us the unique opportunity to highlight the best wedding professionals in each region as reviewed by brides and grooms who have utilized their services in the past year.”

We are happy to announce that Firstlight Photography is among the very best Wedding Photographers within the WeddingWire Network, which includes WeddingWireand Martha Stewart Weddings. We would like to thank our past newlyweds for nominating us for the 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards™.

For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today .

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Bride at Chambers bay - Sunset

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January 18, 2010
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Firstlight Photography loves its babies!  And we love doing birth announcements for you.  As part of your maternity/baby packages, we can customize your birth announcements.  We have many options to fit your budget.  For more infomation contact your local maternity photographer at Firstlight Photography.

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January 14, 2010
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By the end of the week we’re all feeling more than just a little stressed out and Robyn at Ubiquitous Journey in Puyallup has the perfect solution.  Come by her store, located on Meridian and 152nd, on Friday’s between 11:00am -2:00pm and have a cup of tea, relax and have a look around.  When you’re done with the tea, you can get an amazing chair massage from Candi Duncan L.M.P. from A Touch To Heal Therapy.  The massage will cost you only $1.00 per minute AND if you spend $10 in Ubi’s you will receive 10% off of your massage.  You really can’t beat the deal and there is lots of really great stuff at Ubi’s, so spending the $10 won’t be a problem at all.

Besides offering a great selection of organic teas she is also our local spice merchant with a great assortment of organic spices at very reasonable prices and believe me, they taste way better than the bottled spices you’ll find at the local grocery store.  My favorite purchase recently has been my bamboo T-Shirts, they’re organic and they’re really soft.  You can also view a few of my photographs while you’re there.  Now, you can’t beat that.

Ubiquitous Journey
15011 Meridian E. Suite C
Puyallup, WA 98375
253.445.6128


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January 06, 2010
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For most of my life my two biggest obsessions have been airplanes and photography and I love it when those two obsessions meet.   This DC-3 showed up at Thun Field in Puyallup recently and last night I just had to go take some photos of it.  It didn’t matter how cold and wet it was, I really wanted to get out there.  I figured the mistwould do great things with the lights at Thun Field.  This is really one of the nicest DC-3’s I’ve ever seen and if my my information is correct it is the property of the Thun family.  Well, they did a great job and I’m so glad it is there for me to photograph.