Lacey and Payam had a beautiful wedding day at the Seattle Tennis Club. They are a great couple and it was amazing to watch the way they look at each other. It was truly a pleasure to be part of their day as they were married and celebrated with their friends and family!Read More
Lily and Fu are some of the nicest people I have met. They were married at Ray's Boathouse in the Ballard are of Seattle. It was a very fun day for me!Read More
Aimee and Joel are a great couple. They both light up when they are around each other. They had a beautiful ceremony at the Lake Union Cafe, which is one of my favorite places to photograph a wedding. I think it has the coolest ceiling and chandeliers in Seattle. Before the ceremony, we went to Gas Works Park and the Washington Park Arboretum for portraits.Read More
Beautiful images from Faith and Brandon's Shilshole Bay Beach Club wedding! Edit: Since this has been published, the name has changed from the Shilshole Bay Beach Club to the Ballard Bay Club.
Beautiful flowers on the arch with a view of the bay.
Giving the groomsmen pocket knives as a gift naturally leads to a knife fight to see who get to survive to be the best man.
All of the tables were named after their favorite hikes.
Brandon and his mom just before the wedding. Very cool.
Wedding kiss (photo by Alyssa Parris).
Food at the Shilshole Bay Beach Club wedding venue is fantastic.
A few tears for the toast.
The view from the Shilshole Bay Beach Club wedding venue.
First dance (photograph by Alyssa Parris).
Kate and Peter's wedding photography at the Tyee Yacht Club sometimes called the Yacht Club on Lake Union as well as a stop at the beautiful Gas Works Park!Read More
Chinwe and Al had a beautiful wedding at Holy Family Catholic Church and reception at the Bellevue Hilton. Below is their slideshow. Individual images will be posted soon!
Cheryl and Gabe's wedding at the Sanctuary at Admiral with a Salty's wedding reception.
Below is a slideshow of 8 minutes and nearly 300 images of some of my favorite wedding and portrait photographs from 2011. Happy 2012!
Diana and Brad had a beautiful and interesting wedding at Ray’s Boathouse in Seattle. They combined beautiful flowers, couture gown, amazing shoes, the beautiful views at Ray’s, a Jedi to guide you to your seats and a R2-D2 robot for a cake. How cool is that?
Venue: Ray’s Boathouse
Officiant: Rabbi Rick Harkavy
Wedding Planner: Solomon Events
Video: Cabfare Productions
Diana had some awesome red wedding shoes!
A couple portraits of the bride and groom. The first one is on the street in the U district in Seattle, while the image on the right and below are at Golden Gardens.
I love little kids at weddings!
Constructing the R2-D2 cake!
Candid and portrait are two words that don’t always seem to go together. In this case, I made this portrait of Diana while she was talking.
I love how happy Brad is while he looks at Diana during the wedding!
Lightsaber and R2-D2 cake. To steal a line from DJ Canon Snyder, “You may now cut your first piece of…robot!”
Diana & Brad waving goodbye to their guests!
Jane sent this comment over the other day, and I had to post it because it makes me happy!
We've been showing our pictures to friends and family and they'll make comments like "Oh wow, I didn't notice how beautiful the church was" and we'd respond "It wasn't! Our photographer, Cory, just has some magical powers to make everything look like a million times better!"
Here is the compliments that I received from Carly and Brian yesterday. Very cool of them to send this over!
Thank you for doing such an amazing job on our wedding albums!! You really are the best in the biz and we could not be happier with what you put together!! :o) We appreciate your attention to detail and care... it definitely shows. Wedding photographs are so special and important to have done right. You captured our wedding perfectly and with a beauty and grace that only you could create. The best part is that we get to relive the day over and over again because you did such a lovely job!! My mom took the parent photo album to work today to show off because she couldn't resist!! Her friends and colleagues are so impressed with what a fab product you put together!
We appreciate everything you put into being our wedding photographer and could not be happier that we found and hired you for the big day. Please know that we will absolutely recommend you to others as the best wedding photographer in Seattle!! You will always be a part of our special day and we sincerely thank you for absolutely everything. :)
Take care and hopefully talk to you soon, Cory!
Carly and Brian Twiggs
Here is my favorite image from their wedding during the toast that Brian's brother gave! You can see their wedding images from Shilshole Bay Beach Club at the original blog post here!
Here is one image of Ericka and Kevin that I found while editing their wedding today!
Here are a couple of quick photos of Carly & Brian's wedding albums. The large one in the back is a 16x12 album with clear cover revealing a metallic print. They also have 12x8 parent books and a pile of 5x4 softcover duplicate books to give to family and friends! You can see the album design here.
Chris & the guys.
This is an image taken by my amazing daughter Alyssa Parris.
Another great image by Alyssa.
Chris’ hands during the ceremony as he waited for Jane.
Jane laughing as Chris raps her a wedding song.
Chris raps for Jane during the wedding. He was good, too!
Chris and Jane holding hands after the wedding.
Jane playing a wedding game. She was able to figure out who was Chris by feeling his shoulders!
One of the groomsmen singing to the bride and groom. Jane and Chris had to kiss every time anyone sang the word “love”.
This is actually a candid moment. I walked into the hotel and they were hugging in from of this wall at the Westin in Bellevue.
This image was taken in their hotel room on the 15th floor of the Westin with the lights of Bellevue below.
Here is one image of Jane and Chris that I took on the streets of Bellevue on their wedding night. This was just outside the Westin in Bellevue where they were staying. We also did some images inside the hotel and with their entire bridal party in the streets that night.
For more information about what I did to take this image, see my photography educational blog Cory's Photo School
Vlada and Andrey had an amazing day for their wedding! Beautiful blue skies after almost two weeks of straight rain. Vlada and her bridesmaids got ready in her suite at Hotel Bellevue (formerly the Bellevue Club). Their wedding later was at Heritage Hall in Kirkland with the reception back at Hotel Bellevue.
Wedding negotiation and games.
Vlada watching the activities through the one way glass of the limo.
Vlada walking with her dad to the wedding
The newly renovated ballroom at Hotel Bellevue.
Cleaning up a pile in cash!
When wedding guest attack! The guests decided the wedding photographer in the middle of the circle was a good target!
You can watch the slideshow above or see the complete wedding (and buy prints) by clicking on this link to the cart system!
I have to start by coming clean. I’m a geek. I love stuff, electronics, gear, and feel out of sorts if I’m not in possession of the remote control (preferably matched up to a nice HD TV). When I complete my taxes and it asks for my position at the company, I write in “Photogeek in Chief”. So…I love photo gear. With a rather unhealthy passion.
That being said, I also used to be a Finance Director for a small non-profit. That means, there has to be a reason for every purchase, and the reason has to be more than “I REALLY want it!” (say it in again your head with a nasally whine, it will sound more realistic – “I REALLY want it!”).
So here is some of my gear buying criteria…
- -How does it help me create better photographs, and does it let me do something that my current gear doesn’t allow me to do?
- -Will the difference that this piece of gear will bring to my photography allow me to increase my sales and profits? This usually takes the form of allowing my to create more dynamic work and increase the demand for my services.
- -Will the new piece of gear inspire me to create new and better work? A common thing that happens with gear for me is that it will make me find new ways to use that particular piece. That, in turn, gets me to use the gear in different ways than I normally do.
- -And finally, is it cool? Of course it’s cool, otherwise I wouldn’t have wanted it in the first place!
Once I have all that information, I make a presentation to my Chief Financial Officer. More commonly referred to by myself and others as “Leslie”, or (mostly by me) “hey, beautiful wife".
This normally comes in the form of, “Hey, I was looking at this (lens, flash, etc.) today…”
“Oh. No…” says the Chief Financial Officer.
“…and I’m thinking…” says the Photogeek.
Conversation continues with the big, mean CFO grilling the poor Photogeek (Leslie, I’m kidding!). Then it ends with…
“You know your going to buy. Just do it now instead than worrying about it for a month!” says the beautiful, loving CFO. About a month later, Photogeek buys said piece of gear.
Anyway, that was quite the revealing tangent, wasn’t it? Here is my first in a new series of articles that I’ll call, “My Favorite Toys!”
My first toy that I’m going to talk about is the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L. This may be my most loved lens, and that is really saying something. I use this lens constantly. It makes up about 40% of all the images in my portfolio. I should mention that I use a full-frame camera, so this quite a wide lens.
Here is a photo of the lens itself. (Lovely studio product image taken with a couple of small Canon strobes and a piece of white posterboard).
It is a medium sized, but very dense, rather heavy lens. It is a polycarbonate body that can take some abuse. You can see some signs of past little incidents on the lens hood. I think the lens hood is actually designed to show every time it’s touched by anything. I have the version one of the lens, but there is a version two out. If you look at my criteria for buying above, I can’t come up with a reason to sell my version I and get a version II.
This lens has the rather unique characteristic of being both a wide angle lens and having the ability to have very shallow depth of field. If you don’t know what depth of field is, you can look below and see how the subject is sharp and the background is blurred and out of focus. That is called shallow depth of field while if everything was in focus, that would be a deep depth of field or greater depth of field.
Another great benefit is the amazing low light capabilities. To give you an idea, with each full stop, the lens cuts the amount of light in half. This lens has an aperture of 1.4 which allows you to take images in one-fourth of the amount of light of a lens with the aperture of 2.8.
Now for what everyone wants to see…the samples!
This is an excellent example of what this lens can do. This couple was married during mass at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Seattle. Because the couple was married during mass, they did not know most of the people around them. I wanted them to stand out from the crowd, so I made this photograph with a shallow depth of field with the couple sharp and the surrounding background soft.
This smart groom is watching his waistline on his wedding day. This is another example of the sharp subject and shallow depth of field that I love from this lens.
Groom waiting for his bride to see her for the first time that day. I love the sharpness on his face and the out of focus detail of the bride coming up behind him tells the story.
Wedding couple kissing in an alley at in the U District. I love the
With this image, I used the 24 and a smaller aperture to make the clouds and background sharp. I also used a flash to light up the couple.
This image was taken from a viewpoint at the Olympic Sculpture Park. I used the shallow depth of field the 24 1.4L creates to make the background beautifully out of focus.
Another image using the shallow depth of field to make the groom stand out.
This image uses the great light-gathering of the 24 1.4L.