Archive for September, 2015

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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September 25, 2015
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We were beyond thrilled when Refinery29, a fashion and style website, contacted us for a feature one of our amazing wedding couples – Hally and Lou.  Both were gorgeous tattooed brides that chose dresses to highlight their artwork.  This post is a true testament that the perceptions around tattoos are changing.  No more cover up makeup.  Brides are proud to show off their ink!

The Refinery29 post highlights 10 beautiful brides who refused to cover their tattoos up.  We were so pleased they let us photograph their big day!

About Refinery29

Refinery29, the fastest growing independent fashion and style website in the United States, is a lifestyle platform that delivers nonstop inspiration to help women live a more stylish and creative life. It connects over 21 million monthly visitors and 1.9 million email subscribers with 24/7 programming covering everything from shopping and beauty to wellness and celebrities, giving readers all the tips, tricks, and tools they need to live a more beautiful life — and share it with the world.

About Firstlight Photography

We are a husband and wife duo that is so very fortunate to do what we love.  The most amazing people choose us to photograph their engagement and wedding day. 

We offer a wide range of services and products and custom design each package.  How does this work?  It is as easy as 1,2,3.

1.  We’ll meet over coffee or Skype and review your wedding ideas
2.   With you, we craft a wedding schedule that helps you design a package
3.  Several weeks before your wedding we contact you and make any necessary updates

Throughout the time leading up to your wedding please feel free to contact us with questions or referral requests.  We’ve been part of hundreds of weddings so we are prepared and always happy to lend a hand.

Our photography studio is located between Seattle and Tacoma.  We cover Washington, Oregon and California but that is just the beginning.  You can book us for your destination wedding or event.

In addition to wedding photography we also provide photo booth services, corporate photography, lifestyle photography and boudoir/pinup photography.

September 19, 2015
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Come visit Rein Fire Ranch on September 27th for their fall Open House!  Preview their remodeled barn, and meet some of the Northwest’s most creative design, culinary and exemplary event specialists.

Details

Sunday, September 27th
Noon to 5pm
27615 340th Ave SE
Ravensdale, WA 98051

If you are planning a wedding, special event, or are an event planner, please join us.

Please RSVP to Rein Fire Ranch by Sept 18th at info@reinfireranch.com

Here is a sneak peek at just a few of the giveaways!

The vendors that will be attending are:

Firstlight Photography

Scooter’s Custom Catering

Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering & Events

Anchored Memories Productions

Paisley Petals

Simply Celebrations & Events

Wanna Cupcake?

Rachele Erickson Photography

Country Wagon

Pour Girls & Some Guys

Royal Restrooms of Washington

About the Venue

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).

Stop by and say hi to Kier and Mitzi of Firstlight Photography!

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You don’t want to miss out on the giveaways!

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September 08, 2015
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Getting married is a process that is filled with oodles of decisions.  We recognize it can be daunting.  As a husband and wife wedding photography team,  it our mission to help engaged couples sift through options and breathe.  After all, a wedding is a celebration.  We stand beside you and remind you of this along the way.

seattle wedding photographerEarly on we began sitting down with clients and what did we see?  Deer in the headlights. Lots of blank gazes.  When we start talking about the flow of the wedding we realized that for most couples this whole wedding planning world is a new and scary space.  We were not speaking their language…yet.

So to break it down we meet with couples over coffee and review our work via our books and tablets.  Most couples secure their venue and then find their photographer.  So, we come into the picture at the very early stages.  This is important because you typically secure your wedding photographer before a planner is even considered.

Couples want to figure out their overall budget.  Often times they come to us with a set amount of time they want us to spend at their wedding.  To ensure we don’t miss something important or are booked for too long, we like to ask a few questions and sketch out a very crude outline of the wedding day.  This sketch has become our best tool.  With it we have found that we are able to help couples figure out what they actually need for their day and it helps us ensure that things stay on track.

We realize that reviewing the day of events leads to a lot of procedural questions – it gets the couple thinking.  We strongly encourage couples to do what it is they want and expect from their day.  We tell them what traditional components are (some don’t know – which really shows how much weddings are changing) and then we share what new and creative ones we have seen over the years.  Wedding Wire offers a great perspective on The Top 10 Things You Don’t Have to do on Your Wedding Day.

Our initial meeting provides the chance to get to know one another and allows us to develop a feel for the wedding, the couple’s style and personalities.  We start with an estimated wedding ceremony time.  From there we can build an outline of the day.  Even if the couple isn’t sure, we can develop a very rough timeline.  Since we are in the early stages there is plenty of time for refinement.

We stay in contact with our couples and continue to refine the wedding day schedule.  We all go into the wedding day very prepared.  And the couple gets a custom fit package that meets their every need.

As the wedding plans progress we coordinate with a variety of wedding vendors.  We will have more on this in an upcoming blog that highlights the whole vendor/day of process!

We are currently booking consultations 2016 and 2017 weddings.

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.

boudoir 4Privacy

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.

Other

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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September 07, 2015
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In between summer weddings we are having fun with engagement sessions.  Congrats Danelle and John.  We can’t wait for your wedding!

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Engagements sessions are a great way for couples to get to know their photography team and to have the opportunity to become more relaxed in front of the camera.  When we arrive for your wedding you are more at ease since we have already worked together.

Wondering what to wear for your engagement session?  We will help you with wardrobe questions and we have visual guides thanks to Pinterest.

Interested in engagement photo ideas?  We have that too!

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September 07, 2015
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Here is a sneak peek of several wedding photos from Hally and Lou’s Salish Lodge wedding.  With a backdrop of the lodge and Snoqualmie Falls, Firstlight Photography knew this wedding would serve up amazing images.  Working with this couple and the wedding venue was a real treat.

Seeing both brides as they appeared in their gowns was a breathtaking moment.  Two elegant brides with the most amazing dresses – what is not to love about this day?  Their love shines through and it truly shows in their photographs.

We are honored to be able to photograph the weddings of some of the most amazing people.  It truly is a labor of love.  Thank you to all of our clients for letting us be responsible for capturing your wedding photography.  Truly this is a job we take very seriously.  We know we get but one chance to deliver and we work our hardest to exceed your expectations.

Contact Kier and Mitzi to schedule your consultation.  We will help you outline your wedding day schedule.