Self Portrait

I’ve been working at being a professional photographer since I was 15. In the 25 years since, I have never truly done a self portrait. I’ve shot myself with my camera a mirror in an elevator going to some hotel room countless times, but not really set up the camera on a tripod, set up lights and taken a true portrait of myself. The reason is pretty simple – I like taking photos of other people better! Anyway, I just got back from my vacation and was itching to shoot something. So, I decided on a bit of a whim to do a self portrait. I pulled on my “artistic” glasses, flopped my new favorite hat on my head (I like hats), and headed for the garage. I set up a studio flash in a softbox on one side and a large silver reflector on the other. The background is just white seamless paper unlit so it comes out grey from the light hitting from the softbox. I set the camera on a tripod and used a lightstand to stand in my place as I focused. Here is the result!

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My Ring….

When we were first married, both my wife and I were working as servers at the Olive Garden.  We didn’t have a lot of money and we were saving it for important things like a honeymoon and starting a business.  Our rings weren’t really that big of deal to us.  We just wanted something to show that we were married.  Over the last 17 years our rings had taken a lot of abuse.  Especially Leslie’s rings.  Her engagement ring fell apart a couple of years ago and her wedding band snapped a couple months ago.  We decided that we would get new rings.  We went looking at new rings one time.  I saw some different things that I liked.  I spent a day or two online and bought a ring.  Leslie has bought and returned five rings.  Now she is thinking that she will just move a ring that I bought her a few years ago to the other hand and call it good.  So…here is my new ring.  If Leslie ever gets a new ring, I’ll photograph it, too!

My Ring by Seattle Photographer Cory Parris

Seattle wedding photographer & the Christmas Tree!

We love Christmas.  The lights, the fun family memories, the presents, the excited kids – it’s all great!  We put up our tree the other day.  Here are a few images I took.  These were all taken with the combination of a Canon 5D and a 24 1.4L. 

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Christmas tree out of focus.  Just for fun, I spun the ring on the lens to make the tree be out of focus.  I thought it looked pretty cool!

Trees - A walk at the Mill Creek Town Center

I took a walk with my family at the Mill Creek Town Center. We each had a camera and took some images. Here are a couple I took and one by my nine year-old, Kyler. I will add some images from the rest of the family in the next couple of days. I'm helping each of the kids to process their images, so it is taking a little more time for them to get ready. Ky loves old cars, so he took an image of this old mustang as we walked by

I really liked this leafless tree.


For the photo-oriented, I shot with a 5D and my new 50 1.4 Sigma. I am very impressed with the Sigma 50 1.4. It is much sharper than the Canon 50 1.4 at f-stops more wide open than 2.0. The Canon is pretty good at 2.0 on and it is a toss-up there with a tie or slight edge to the Sigma at every f-stop I have tried. Ky's were taken with an old point and shoot. He's nine. :)

Easter with the kids!

We went to an Easter egg hunt with the kids on Saturday in Mill Creek. easter-1.jpg

The "hunting" was a not exactly difficult!


And they're off!

easter-3.jpg Evidently 30 seconds inside a fire truck IS worth a 20 minute wait! I must have forgotten.


easter-5.jpg Riley, avoiding the camera. Or trying because Dad is sneaky and good at catching him!

easter-6.jpg Ky looking through the bushes.

easter-7.jpg Alyssa with her eggs.

easter-8.jpg The bounce house is a source of four-year-old joy!

easter-9.jpg Easter morning baskets included light-up duckies.

easter-10.jpg Look at my new Dynaco (from the Cars movies) helicopter!

easter-11.jpg She found it!

easter-12.jpg The love of my life, the amazing and gorgeous Leslie Parris. She makes everything in my life better and sweeter! The sweeter thing is true in two ways because she likes to bake!

easter-13.jpg I don't remember getting cash on Easter when I was a kid. Leslie's parents always fill the plastic eggs with change and bills, however. A few years ago they were losing the candy-filled eggs. The squirrels near their house would take the eggs up the tree, open them, remove the candy and throw down the shells. Smart little guys. Asking for a refill never hurts, either.

easter-14.jpg A little egg dye.

easter-15.jpg Time to relax.

Holiday Freaks!

So around the Parris household, we are what can be best described as holiday freaks. We put up our Christmas tree Saturday. Yes, we do know it is 5 days before Thanksgiving! This photograph of the tree was taken by my amazingly talented 12-year-old daughter!xmastree-alyssa.jpg

Vote for our Gallery Wrap Sample!

My wife and I are having trouble deciding what we want on our wall to show off our cool, new gallery wrap print option. Gallery wraps are giclee printed onto canvas and stretched around a wooden frame with the image actually wrapping around the frame. Then it is hung without any other frame. Very cool. Anyway, back to the point. We have these photographs of our kids. We are planning on having one printed as a 24x36 and hung here at the house, which also doubles as the studio showroom. Since we can't make a decision, we thought we would ask our faithful readers to vote for their favorite. I also found this little voting poll gadget to make it easy!


#1 - The horizontal


#2 The goofy vertical


#3 - the Feet


#4 - Skip the 24x36 group photo and get three 20x30 individual portraits.

Cory shooting!

Alright.  So I quite often get people asking for a behind the scenes look at me working.  You can see a funny little slideshow I made of myself here.  It's hard for me to look at myself and not make fun, so while seeing the great master photographer Cory at work, you get to read me making fun of myself!  The photographs were taken at Jackie and Andrew's wedding and you can click here to see the results of the day, which seems far more appealing to me!  The photographs were taken by my good friend John Chin who accompanied me for the day.


This image of my kids just seemed so creepy to me.  Like it should be the cover of a horror movie.  Anyway, that's what I saw in it! halloweencreepy.jpg


pumpkins.jpg Yes, that is my family that the arrow is pointing to!  Three little pumpkins, a wife and a couple of in-laws!

We went to the pumpkin patch today and had a great time picking the pumpkins, carving, hay-ride, and every hayfeever sufferer's favorite, the hay maze!

pumpkinattitude.jpg A little pint-sized attitude.


Pumpkin snarl.

pumpkinfreeride.jpg Free ride.