Archive for March, 2010

Senior $teals – 1/2 off package

Firstlight Photography has been working with more and more teens that are paying for their own senior portraits so we decided to do a huge promo.

Reserve your shoot by April 30, 2010 and for $150 you will get the following:

  • 1 1/2 hours of photography
  • Online gallery
  • DVD with full resolution and facebook/myspace sized images with retouched images and copyright release
  • $75 in print credits (good for standard or premium prints only)
  • 5 retouched images (i.e. blemish removal, teeth whitening, effects, texture overlay)
  • Pierce County locations don’t incur a travel fee

Here’s How You Can Save Even More…

Bring a friend for an additional $50.  We’ll spend 1 1/2 hours total but your friend gets all of the benefits listed above.  Buddy shoots are wonderful because having your best friend along puts you at ease.

More Info

As time permits, we can hit a few of your favorite locations for shots.  Wardrobe changes are permitted – we don’t limit this.  It is your shoot!  All you need is a ride to your location(s) of choice.  We recommend that seniors bring a parent or older sibling along for the shoot.  Of course friends are welcome too.

For more info or questions just give us a call @ 253.335.7958 and ask for Kier or Mitzi.

March 24, 2010

Firstlight Photography has hooked up with Free University to offer a couple of basic photography classes. We are also very proud that one of our photographs was chosen to be used for the cover of the first Free University course catalogue.

We will be teaching you basic operation of that really cool camera you bought, but can’t figure out how to really use.  We take about 2 hours and go over some basic photography principles and camera operation.

It doesn’t matter if you have a point & shoot camera or a more advanced SLR, I’ll help you get the most out of your camera.

Classes will be in the Puyallup South Hill area from  6:30 – 8:30 on April 21st & June 16th.  Contact Free Universtiy WA to register.  There will be a fee of $5.00 to register for the class.

For more information, please contact:
Robyn Liss at the Ubiquitous Journey on South Hill.
Telephone: (253) 445-6128,
Mailing Address: PO Box 731517,  Puyallup, WA 98373-0015.

March 22, 2010

The best part

of our home studio is the extra love and attention you get from the furry critters.  Bug, the dog matriarch of our family, LOVES when we have clients over.  When the lights go on you will see her milling about getting ready to nonchalantly strike a pose.  She is one stealthy dog.

Canoodling with Tricia during a break

March 17, 2010

Twu Wuuuv

Four years ago today we were married on Camano Island wearing our jeans and Chuck Taylors.  Our wedding was amazing.  We let our young children plan the day and they didn’t disappoint.  We had no worries, no timeline to follow and we had a great photographer who also happens to be Kier’s best friend.  My best friend was ordained online and married us in the wilderness.  I loved our wedding.  Nothing but wonderful memories.

Hey, we’re a great team and your photography rocks!

Who would have thought that Kier and I would become so proficient in all of the ins and outs of weddings?  Kier brought with him a lifetime of photography experience with plenty of weddings under his belt, but he didn’t focus on weddings until I told him he was missing the boat!   We both love what we do.  Getting to know our couples is an adventure and getting to take pictures on such an important day is really the ultimate compliment.  My favorite part is seeing how different people celebrate.  Learning about all of the variety of traditions  and watching people start their own (or fling all tradition out the window) is just plain awesome.

Most of all we have fun

These are some of my favorite shots of Kier at weddings.  Yes, that is him stealing a cupcake.  We luuuv Hello Cupcake! That is also Kier running as if he were under siege.  OK, he is just trying to get set up to get more shots of the couple leaving, but you get the point.  I think sometimes he regrets giving me a camera.

March 16, 2010

Special Delivery!

Tricia Fisk, wedding planner extraordinaire, from Weddings Realized is such a fun client.  She and her husband Chas have stopped by our home studio twice for a 6th and 7th month maternity photo session.

Having Fun @ Your Shoot

These pictures show a couple not afraid of a good time.  At Firstlight Photography we want you to have fun during your session.  We never take ourselves too seriously – and we won’t let you!  Our goal is to get natural shots.  For our shy clients we pull out the studio dogs.  Actually, who are we kidding?  The dogs love to have their pics taken so much that sometimes we need to put them in our office.

Takin’ it on the Road

At 8 months we are heading to the Fisk’s home to do some nursery photos and hopefully – weather permitting – some outdoor shots of this super fun couple.

We can’t wait to take the baby photos!  We love this couple.  For more maternity photos visit our main website!

March 11, 2010

One thing I really have never done is a product review, but 2 days ago I bought a new camera strap after seeing a fellow photographer using one at the basketball tournament last week.  I’d heard about the company, BlackRapid, for the first time a few months ago, but I didn’t order the strap at the time.  I’m one of those people that like to touch a product before I buy it and when I went to Glazers in Seattle they were out.  That was the end of it until last week.

What is so great about the BlackRapid Strap?  It’s the closest thing I’ve ever found to the perfect camera strap.  Most straps are designed to wear on your shoulder and they tend to slip off any time you do just about anything.  You spend a 14 hour day shooting basketball games, run around shooting a wedding or go hiking with your camera and it’s a constant fight to keep it from falling off your shoulder.  “why don’t you wear it across your body, like a messenger bag?” you might ask.  Well, I’m kind of a big guy, 6’5″ and let’s just say I’m not skinny, so most camera straps will not comfortably fit across my body like that, then pulling at the strap to get the camera up to your eye becomes a lot more difficult.  The BlackRapid Strap fixes all of that.  First of all, the length adjusts to be plenty long for a guy like me to wear and the strap attaches to a swiveling attachment that screws into the tripod socket either on your lens or camera body.  This attaches to a moving clip on the strap that allows you to pull the camera up the strap to shooting position, then just drop the camera when you’re done shooting and it rests comfortably at your side.

Check out the video below, or go to their WEBSITE for more information.  I love this thing and while it’s a fair bit more expensive than other straps, if you spend a lot of time with your camera you can’t go wrong. I’ve only had it for 3 days now and the first day I spent 8 hours following a corporate group around Naval Base Kitsap and on a tour of an aircraft carrier and it made all the difference.  I never once had to worry about dropping my camera while climbing up and down steep ladders and my camera was always ready to go.    The BlackRapid Strap leaves your hands totally free when not shooting, leaving you free to haul other stuff around, move your tripod, or just about anything else you might need to do.

There are 3 versions of the single strap, 2 offering different levels of storage for CF cards or batteries in the strap and one that you can attach different sized pouches to.  The RS-5 has a large storage compartment with a magnetic closure, so if you need to grab new batteries or a fresh CF card in the middle of a wedding it won’t make a bunch of noise.  There is also a version that you wear over your shoulders that supports 2 cameras, one on each side.  This is great if you regularly use 2 cameras!

Not only do these straps work incredibly well, they are very well made and they are MADE IN THE USA! Check out their web site for a dealer near your or go to B&H Photo to order one.  (make sure your order an extra ConnectR-2)


March 10, 2010

We’re back at the WIAA 3A state high school basketball championship this week.  The day started off with Lynnwood playing the Prairie girls.  It was an exciting game and could have gone either way until the very end when Prairie kicked it up a notch and won the game 47 to 38.  Much different from the game currently going on, Holy Names 30 – Yelm 12 in the 2nd quarter.  I hate to say it, but I’m pretty sure how this game will end.

If you’d like to follow the games, you can check the brackets HERE

March 04, 2010

I just got done shooting the first game of the 2nd day of the WIAA State Basketball Championship, Stanwood vs Auburn HS.  It was an exciting game, although it didn’t start out that way.  In the end, Stanwood won by just 4 points in the last few minutes after leading by as much as 16 points in the 2nd half.  This begs the question: “Did they win or did they just not loose?”

March 03, 2010

Here we are again, day one of the WIAA State 4A Basketball Championship and it’s off to a big start.   Although I’ve shot sports for years and I really love shooting this tournament I do not pretend to be a sports writer, or really much into sports at all. I do enjoy watching basketball and at this tournament there is some great basketball being played.  Another highlight is what Federal Way High School’s head coach, Jerome Collins, is wearing.  He didn’t dissapoint, check out this gold suit!

Oh, Federal Way beat Stanwood 64-44.


We’ve just been notified that South Sound Wedding & Event magazine has featured one of our weddings on their web site.

The wedding was shot on Friday, March 13th 2009 and it was one of the most unique weddings I’ve ever gotten to shoot.  From the bouquet with no flowers, to the bridal party with no women it was nonstop fun with a great cast of characters.  To see the article, just click HERE.  The wedding was also featured on Offbeat Bride a few months ago.  See that article HERE.

“Tiffany’s advice to future brides, “Wedding planning can be as easy or as stressful as you make it. I read, ‘your wedding is not a competition,’ and that really helped me. I didn’t need to outdo anyone to make my wedding special.”