Living in the Pacific Northwest is amazing and it is a special treat when our couples want to get out and do a session somewhere that highlights just how amazing it is here. Sure, you can do engagement photos at the Pt. Defiance Rose Garden and stand in line for spots with 100 other couples on a sunny (maybe) spring day or you can take a hike… go climb a mountain… do something AMAZING! When Jamie & Brian told me they wanted to do photos on Mt Rainier I was beyond thrilled. Sure, it was fall and our normally unpredictable weather is even more unpredictable, but they just considered it all part of the experience. We really had a great time spending the day driving around to different locations.
A couple of weeks ago we got a call from one of our clients letting us know that they were getting an exchange student from Italy and that they wanted to book a senior portrait session for her up on Mt Rainier. Living so close to one of the most amazing places on earth offers so many opportunities. We spent the day driving around the mountain and stopping at various places to take photos. As is typical in the PNW we had to deal with some rain and because of the clouds and the rain Mt Rainier wasn’t actually out most of the day, but it didn’t matter.
I’ve always really loved taking pictures of people, ever since I was in High School on the yearbook & newspaper staff and that’s continued today. Even after 17 years in business the thing I love to do when I have spare time is to head out into nature to hike and take photos and living in the Pacific Northwest we get a fair number of people that want to take their engagement photos up on Mt Rainier and some other amazing locations. If you’re looking for engagement photos, senior portraits, family photos or just want to get out and get some cool photos just for fun get in touch and we can help make that happen!
During a recent hike on Mt Rainier I ran into a group of women that asked me to take a group photo of them. They hadn’t planned on doing a serious hike, but they liked my photo of them they ended up tagging along with me and we kept taking photos and it got me thinking that it would be a lot of fun to combine a photography lesson and a hike, so if you have a camera you’d like to learn how to use a little better and love nature we can combine the two for private or small group photography lessons. If you’re interested contact me directly at 253.335.7958 or fill out the CONTACT FORM on our web site.
I’ve known Tricia for a long time, since she just before she had her first baby, for this maternity (her 4th) she joined forces with her sister and we headed out toward Roslyn(From Northern Exposure fame) and Ellensburg for some cool settings. We had a great day and here are a few of their photos.
Jeff & Dustin are a really fun couple. They’re getting married in the back yard of their new house, so wanted to do their engagement session in the new house. I found out that Dustin is a bit of a YouTube celebrity and a friend of ours calls him “my favorite YouTube Beauty Guru”. Check you his YouTube Channel – click HERE.
We were dreading the weather forecast, it called for rain and was pouring on my way to meet them. By the time we met it was down to a light drizzle and a few minutes into the shoot it stopped and we had some blue skies by the end. This has happened a few times, we always head out in hopes of dodging our Pacific NW weather and more often than not we luck out.
Kyle & Jamie had a very intimate wedding ceremony at Clearwater Resort & Casino in Poulsbo, WA with their best friends & family. They love beer so much that rather than a blending of the sands ceremony during the wedding they made a Black & Tan for the couple and wedding party to share. Once they were married there was a brunch followed by a tour of breweries in the Poulsbo area. It was a first for us and a LOT of fun for everybody involved.
Bainbridge Island Brewing
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.
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!
Strike a Pose…or Two
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!
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. 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.
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.En 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.
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.
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.
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.
At Firstlight Photography we get invited to photograph amazing weddings, but this Valentine’s Day we experienced a first. We felt like Charlie peeling back that golden ticket and gaining entrance to the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory. Theo Chocolate was giving away a wedding to be set INSIDE the historic factory. A pop-up elopement on Valentine’s Day – and we were able to photograph this one-of-a-kind wedding!
We got in touch with the Drew Zandonella-Stannard, the Marketing Manager at Theo Chocolate, and asked her just how this genius plot was developed.
Was this the first wedding at Theo?
“We’ve had many proposals and a few weddings inside the factory, but this was the very first wedding giveaway we’ve done on Facebook especially for our fans. And it definitely was the first wedding to take place on Valentine’s Day and on our factory floor, no less!”
What was the inspiration for the Feb 14th wedding giveaway?
“At Theo, we believe in celebrating love in all its many forms. We wanted to do something different and fun for our social media fans on Valentine’s Day and thought that giving away an elopement inside of our chocolate factory with generous local partners like Firstlight Photography, Hotel 1000, Terra Bella Flowers, and Westward restaurant would make for an amazing and unique experience.”
What stood out about the contest winners’ story?
“Each one of the couples who submitted their love stories to us were special. It was extremely difficult to narrow it down to the final four! In the end, our Facebook fans chose Brenda and Andrew. It was such an honor to witness their commitment to each other as well as their love for their baby to be. Plus, the Seahawks jerseys they wore in their profile photo were a huge hit!”
Brenda, the beautiful bride, shared details of Andrew and her story and how she was able to secure a truly unique wedding.
How did you learn about the Valentine’s giveaway?
“A friend of mine told us about the competition. Her mom had sent her the information. Funny side note, she lives on the east coast – the power of social media and subscription lists. I entered us and actually didn’t tell Andrew until we were selected!”
Your profile story garnered quite a following. What did you do to rally the social media troops?
“We shared several times each day and sent messages to almost all of our facebook friends asking them to like and share. We had friends that took it upon themselves to do the same.”
What is the Andrew and Brenda story? How did you two come to be?
“My fiancé and I met when we were in junior high. We were inseparable until senior year of high school when we parted ways as many young people do. I went to college, and he stayed around our hometown working. Four years passed and we both had been down some pretty broken paths filled with heartache. On July 4, 2009 we saw each other and all of those young love feelings came flooding back. We were again inseparable. Things moved pretty quickly for us and we ended up moving in together within a few months. We have spent the last (almost) six years rebuilding our relationship into the great thing that it is today.
We are that couple that doesn’t go a day without seeing each other. We have two dogs, and a house and live in our hometown. Things have been great for us for a while. We have spent the last few years traveling being reunited. Last fall we found out we are pregnant with our first child – a boy! Our baby is due June 7, 2015.
We are so excited and basking in the fact that we have become so much closer already. Lucky for us, there’s more to come. While in Hawaii in December, Andrew proposed to me on the beach near a small lagoon. We were not sure when we would have a chance to have a wedding with a baby on the way, and were excited to win the Theo competition. We have always loved our story, but having the Theo Chocolate wedding makes it that much more unique and special. We are so thankful for the life that we have together.”
There were only a few days from being announced winner to saying your “I Do’s” How did this play out for you?
“On Friday of the competition, I took a risk and bought my wedding dress. It’s not returnable, but I figured that we planned to get married regardless of if we won the competition. Luckily, my dress was only $200. I am a planner. I can’t stand not having a plan. So, naturally, I planned everything out in my head as the competition was going on. If we win, this, this, this and, this needs to occur. Luckily, we didn’t have to do much because Theo took care of most everything!”
What will you remember the most from your wedding?
“I think what we will remember most from our wedding is the unique situation. We have been hearing so much about it even a month later because people are just amazed at the situation. It has, I hope, been a great advertising piece for Theo. I especially think this because we live in Kitsap County, so people do not know of all of the shops in Seattle. We have an amazing wedding story, thanks to Theo. We were so grateful for the entire thing and were treated like royalty!”
Dress & Shoes
The dress was purchased at Benita’s in Silverdale. Since middle school Brenda has been shopping there for dance and pageant dresses. Her dress had to fit over her pregnant belly so her sister and good friend met at Benita’s and the staff pulled five options. Brenda knew at first sight which dress stood out. She tried it on first because she fell in love with it immediately. She did try on the other dresses, but went with the first dress of the day.
Brenda wore sparkling diamond hoops that were a Christmas gift from Andrew. Her grandma asked her to incorporate a ring that belonged to her grandfather. He found the stone in the mountains of Wyoming. Brenda showcased the ring in the bow on the back of her dress.
She found her shoes at Benita’s and went with a sensible low heel since she was pregnant and wanted to be as comfortable as possible on her big day.
Terra Bella Floral Design and Mercantile provided the wedding flowers. Terra Bella Floral Design and Mercantile hosted a pop-up shop inside Theo Chocolate on Valentine’s Day. Their selection of floral design is unique and artful. They are a sustainable flower shop, sourcing local, organic and consciously grown flowers.
About Theo Chocolate
Theo Chocolate is proud to be the very first Organic, Fair Trade certified bean-to-bar chocolate maker in North America. Since 2006, the company has been making mind-bendingly amazing chocolate. Many people would be surprised to know that on a good day, they can make up to 55 THOUSAND chocolate bars at the Seattle factory!
Theo Chocolate has lots of exciting things brewing for the future, including exclusive tasting events, chocolate making classes, and special tours. Folks who are interested in keeping up with all of the latest happenings can follow @theochocolate on social media and check out the Events Page.
About Firstlight Photography
Firstlight Photography is a husband and wife team. Kier and Mitzi spend their time doing work they both love. Services provided include wedding photography, boudoir and pin up photography and corporate events. The studio is located between Seattle and Tacoma with frequent travel throughout Washington, Oregon and California. Call Firstlight Photography for a phone consultation or meet over coffee to talk about your photography needs. Firstlight Photography works with each client to devise custom fit packages. A 15% military discount is offered on all services.
Ready. Set. Book.
We know it isn’t even Christmas yet, but Firstlight Photography has scheduled four dates for specially prices boudoir sessions! The dates are January 11, 17, 30 and 31st.
Packages start at $450 (a $200 discount) and include full hair & make-up, private online viewing of photos & 5 retouched 8×10’s with digital copies. We can also produce great books for special gifts.
But Wait! I Need More Details…
We have some amazing venues and locations scouted out for your sessions. We are heading to Centralia, WA because it is chock full of diverse, historic and amazing locales. Can you say train depot? Pool tables? Brick exposure? Vintage goodness?
Why Should I Schedule Now?
Two words. Valentine’s Day! Get your photo session done and we will have your special V-Day gift ready for your special someone.
Please call us for your consultation. We are ready to talk about your ideas and answer questions. You can reach us at 253.335.7958.