Rebecca and Jerod Wedding, August 25, 2012

August 15, 2014

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This was a fun wedding that we got to be a part located in Washington State. It was held indoors on a beautiful day. Here are some of my favorites from this memorable day.





Baby Puppy Love With Baby #2

June 24, 2014

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Our second baby recently had a photo shoot with our golden doodle dog just like the photo taken with our first baby. Take a look! Kaycie is 9 months old and Kona (the golden doodle) is 5 years old. Goldendoodle’s are such loving dogs!





When Magnets and Pictures Merge

September 11, 2013

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Take a look at your refrigerator for a minute. What do you have holding up your kid’s latest piece of art or that important document for work? If yours is like most homes, it’s probably a free promotional magnet you picked up somewhere that means nothing to you.

I’ve recently discovered something I love in my home, and that’s the beauty of custom photo magnets. I’ve gotten rid of the tacky “Call Joe’s Towing” magnets cluttering up my fridge and swapped them out for great pictures of my family, which double as a functional magnet. If you haven’t made the switch, or if you’re looking for a new product to offer photography clients, here’s some reason to consider doing so now.

Magnets and Photographs Work Wonderfully Together

Part of the reason that I love this idea is the fact that my fridge already has a photograph or two on it. Magnets that double as photographs will merge this, so less of the real estate on the fridge is taken up. Now I can still have the photo while using it to display the latest treasure that my kid brought home from school.

Today’s Photo Magnets Offer More Options

It took a while before I was willing to purchase a photo magnet because I was remembering the ones my mom had on her fridge when I was growing up that would easily peel away from the magnetic surface. Photo magnets have come a long way since the days of a photograph pasted and laminated on a magnetic sheet. Today’s photo magnets are professional looking and more of an asset to your home.

But let’s consider something even more practical. What’s one of the most important things to have on your refrigerator, outside of the number for Poison Control and the important artwork from kids or grandkids? In most homes, it’s the shopping list, typically kept on a notepad. Everyone needs a notepad, and a magnetic notepad is simple to keep track of.

Now, imagine if that notepad could be customized with generic flowers or butterflies but with your favorite image. This would not only be a lovely addition to the home, but also a practical one. I would imagine photographers who offered this to their clients would have a lot of interest.

Photo gifts are a dime a dozen, and magnets are one of a long list of these. I’ve found them to be practical and attractive in my own home. If you’re a photographer looking for a new idea for your clients or just someone wanting to display your own pictures in your home, consider photo magnets or magnetic notepads as an affordable and attractive option.

Puppy / Baby Love

August 5, 2012

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Kona, our goldendoodle puppy dog giving our almost 8 month old daughter, Kylie, puppy kisses and lots of love! They love each other so much!

John and Becky Wedding

October 5, 2011

John and Becky got married in the Rose Garden area of Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Washington. It was a beautiful afternoon with a wonderful event. They got married on September 17, 2011.

Arrielle and Mason Wedding

December 10, 2010

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These two got married on November 22, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. It was a magical night as there was snow falling from the sky all night long. After the ceremony we went over to Pike Place market to take photos with the lights and the snow.

Palm Trees, Blue Sky, and Black Sand

November 22, 2010

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On the Big Island in Hawaii, you will find this black sand beach. I love the contrast in this picture with the blue sky, green palm trees, and the black sand. According to wikipedia “Lava, erupting onto a shallow sea floor or flowing into the sea from land, may cool so rapidly that it shatters into sand and rubble. The result is the production of huge amounts of fragmental volcanic debris. The famous ‘black sand’ beaches of Hawaii, such as Punaluu Black Sand Beach, were created virtually instantaneously by the violent interaction between hot lava and sea water.”

I believe I was at the Punaluu Black Sand Beach in this photo.

Goldendoodle Puppy Doing Tricks

September 6, 2010

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Kona is 1 year and 3 months old in this video doing a wide variety of tricks. She is very smart. Some of the tricks she does include crawling, playing dead, rolling over, counting, sitting up, and peek a boo.

Mandy and Colin – August 21, 2010

August 24, 2010

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Here are a couple photos taken from Mandy and Colin’s wedding this past weekend.  They got married at Tumwater Falls Park located near Olympia, Washington.

More to come!

Wedding Photography Image Suggestions

August 5, 2010

If you are a photographer just starting out  with wedding photography and are looking to get an idea of certain shots to take at weddings, the list below will give you a good start!

  • Bride shoes with the bride’s dress in the background
  • Groomsmen looking tough as they walk towards the camera
  • Group formal with the bride and groom in the middle and men on one side and the women on the other
  • Bride with each of her bridesmaids
  • Groom with each of his groomsmen
  • Walking group shot in line (You can tell them that the only rule is to not look at the camera. Have them look at each other while talking about what they are going to do at the reception.)
  • Have the bride and groom take a walk
  • Have the bride and groom sit on a bench and chat

This list is just an idea to get you started. There are tons more possibilities out there. Be creative!

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