I suppose it’s to be expected that I would be asked by my sister Shannon to shoot engagement photos for her wedding website! It’s not the first time, nor the second, that I’ve been her personal photographer-slash-lackey. What else is a big brother supposed to do?
(Oh yeah: Code the back-end of the wedding site and get it up and running; Be a groomsman and give a brotherly roast/toast; Shoot event photos the night before the wedding; Help set things up before wedding and break things down afterwards; Take the newlyweds to the airport; Feed the cat while they’re on their honeymoon; Pick them up at the airport…. Anything else?)
For those of you who follow Shannon, she has the most keen and creative eye, and each and every detail is important. I think that’s why she knew she could come to me with her concept of cutout engagement photos overlaid with colorful shapes, which you can see in several of the images below. We shot her and Hal against a green screen for most of the photos, in a variety of outfits and actions, and later did a second shoot outdoors, at our old elementary school.
In the end, the final images can be seen here. I’ll probably get in trouble with Shannon for including a few others here on my site that didn’t make the cut, but annoying little sisters is another thing older brothers do, right?
It was a snowy winter’s day… Just what snow-lovers Elizabeth and Ken were hoping for when they scheduled their wedding in January at Pine River Ranch in Leavenworth, WA. Family and friends made the white-knuckle trek over Stevens Pass to join them in celebration, and were rewarded with the splendor of a unique ceremony in the Cascade Mountains.
Warm spirits (and good beer) triumphed over chilly temperatures (and a wind-toppled log beam), and a lovely time was had by all. Don’t forget to check out my time-lapse video of the ceremony set to music by Journey, Elizabeth’s favorite band of all time.
Tonight is the friends-and-family party celebrating the opening of my brother-in-law’s new restaurant, U:Don Fresh Japanese Noodle Station. Yes, there’s an emoticon in the restaurant name. Don’t fret! It’s called clever branding!
The anticipation has been building for a while, and everyone is quite excited for U:Don to finally open. Outside of handling the website and the rest of the online presence, I also took part in some of their photography artwork, collaborating with Scott Pitts, food photographer extraordinaire, to create a pair of large-scale photomontages.
The original plan was to try to use all of these images and more in the large 8-foot-by-3-foot spaces (and thank you so much to Hal, Jaelithe, Doug and Yuko for their time and patience!), but in the end we distilled the idea down to using just two of the images, paired with some of the food photography. Whatever the outcome, it’s still pretty marvelous to see one’s work upon the wall of a new Seattle restaurant. It makes dining all the more pleasurable!
Japanese lesson: To give thanks and begin a meal in Japan, you say “itadakimasu” [phonetically, say: "ee-tah-dah-kee-mahss"]. I think I’ll be saying that quite a bit at U:Don.