Lina and David’s Wedding at Sunset Hill Park

David’s family and I go way back to our high school days, so when he asked if I might bring my camera along to take “a few photos”, let’s just say that it sort of turned into a full-blown wedding shoot.

The ceremony took place on a simple stretch of grass called Sunset Hill Park in north Ballard, overlooking Puget Sound on a gloriously bright summer afternoon. A beautiful set of vows kept everyone’s eyes misty, while temperatures in the low 90s set sweat glands to working overtime. Cooling clouds finally rushed in, but Lina and David continued to shine.

Engagement Photos and a Wedding Website

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?

A Wedding in the Snow for Elizabeth and Ken

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.