The Big Three Five!

September 10th, 2014 by Cindi

Today I turn 35.  Boy…doesn’t that sound like a big number?  It sure look like it is as I’m typing this out.  I remember when I was in elementary school, there was this city day camp I used to participate in during summer.  And we had counselors that were around 16 or 17 years old.  At that time, I used to think that 16 or 17 was SOOOO old.  But before the blink of an eye, I’m now double that age I used to think was old and then some.

I am not one of those astonishing people that’s accomplished note worthy, life changing things in my short 35 years of life.  I know I still have tons to learn and living life itself is a never ending string of lessons one needs to learn.  But I do have a few things I’ve picked up on so far in life.  This is a list of things I felt I’ve personally experienced and I’m by no means telling you to agree or disagree with me.  So if you’d like to partake in my wisdom sharing, continue reading! :)

  • Fear The Sun – I am a huge opponent of the sun.  I guess that’s why I love living in Seattle, where 3/4 of the year is cloudy.  I whole heartedly believe that one of the keys to stay looking young is to stay out of the sun.  Now, I love a good summer day.  And during a summer like the one we just had this year, when I know I’ll be in the sun (and that means even being out for a 15 minute dog walk) I slab on the sun screen.  You’ll never find me sunbathing and I also drink plenty of water to make sure I stay hydrated.  When I go out without sun screen, I literally fear of melting my skin off…is that bad?  Maybe I’m a little obsessed but hey…I feel like it’s working so far!
  • A Few Good Friends – I was never a popular person in high school and I never wanted to be.  Throughout high school and college, I’ve always had the same handful of friends beside me who have walked through the ups and downs of life with me.  And some time in my late 20′s, I realized that having a few good friends is more important than having a ton of acquaintances.  We all live busy lives, some have kids, but we never let our individual lives compromise our friendship of almost 20 years.  We make sure to take time out to hang out, just us girls, away from our kids and husbands, at least once a month.  It takes dedication to maintain good friendships and I’m glad that my group of friends as a whole values it as much as I do.
  •  I Love Drama – Don’t we all love drama?  I used to go about relationships in the wrong way I think, especially in my 20′s.  I used to think that drama in a relationship is necessary and back then, I used to think drama usually equaled to fights that ended in tears.  And true, sometimes fights are healthy for a relationship.  But when I met my husband, Chris, I wanted that drama!  What I didn’t realize was drama, to me, is an act of overwhelming emotion.  And that emotion didn’t need to be anger that resulted in tears.  After meeting Chris, that emotion usually manifested itself in the form of ROTF laughter.  And this ROTF laughter happens on a daily basis.  When girls usually say their ideal trait in a partner is sense of humor, I always think they are also innately searching for that “drama” in their life.  And this type of drama is OH SO HEALTHY!
  • Whole Foods – No not the market, but real whole, organic foods (and it also can be from Whole Foods!!!).  In the last year or so, I’ve slowly moved to an all organic, grass fed, pastured meats and eggs , low carb and no added sugar diet.  I’ve had certain health issues all my life, from dairy allergies to yo yo weight changes and I’ve never really focused on health until I was in my 30′s.  In my teens and 20′s, weight was the key thing.  It was never an issue of health.  Changing my diet has vastly improved my muscle aches, skin, mood, and energy levels that I’ll never go back to an average American diet again.  I will definitely have “treat” meals here and there, especially when we’re out with friends.  But in my normal day to day life, I say no to processed, packaged, and fast foods and it has made me a happier person and have accepted my weight as long as I’m healthy.  Which brings me to my next point:
  • Weight No More – I’ve fought weight issues all of my life.  And my problems started at the age of 8 or 9 years old when my parents and I moved to the US where I indulged in processed foods and moved less because I didn’t understand English and had very few friend from the move.  I’ve had minor eating issues in college where I maintained a very low calorie diet and ran 5 miles per day to get to my magic number of 110 lbs.  I don’t really know when the coin flipped, but all of a sudden in my 30′s, I wasn’t concerned about weight anymore.  I think somewhere along the way, I learned self acceptance and self love.  Being in a loving relationship where my husband saw my true self, a self I didn’t even see, helped me realize that I needed to live life healthily, love and nourish myself with good whole foods and the acceptance eventually came.  This is one of the most important key things I’ve learned about myself which also brings me to my next point:
  • Boudoir For All – If you follow my photography blog, you know that I LOVE doing boudoir photography for other girls.  These photo shoots help empower women and I truly believe that.  All women are beautiful, in all shapes and sizes and I think everyone should take an opportunity to do one.  We always complain about how we’re never skinny enough but we’re only 25, 35, 37, 40 once.  And 10 years from 25, 35, 37, or 40, you’ll look back at your regular photos and realize how great you did look.  Which was why I decided to do a boudoir shoot with my husband.  I am not perfect by any means and of course I have areas of my body that I’d love to hide.  But doing this and experiencing something like this was something I wanted and needed.  Maybe at the age of 45 I’ll look back and realize that at the age of 45, I feel even better than when I was at 35.  But there’s no doubting the fact that on the day that I did this shoot, I felt totally accepted of myself and 100% beautiful.  And that’s something priceless.

I’ve never done anything like this before because I am not one to really post that many photos of myself on this blog.  It is for my clients after all!  So today, I bring you a few photos of me taken by my husband in the comfort of our own home.  Thanks for staying for this long as I rambled on and enjoy!

And because this is the cutest thing…I leave you with Chewy!

Seattle Wedding Photography | Amanda+Nathan | Leavenworth Sleeping Lady Resort

August 30th, 2014 by Cindi

Leavenworth Washington is known for it’s German town.  In the winter, the downtown is lit up in Christmas lights and the surrounding mountains are filled with snow.  It truly feels like you’re in the middle of old Germany.  But just two weeks before Amanda+Nathan’s big day, Leavenworth was still smoke filled.  The Central Washington forest fires threatened this beautiful couple’s big day, but luckily the fires were contained and the smoke was mostly cleared out of the town itself.  It was however, 95 degrees that day and poor Amanda was in a thick, yet beautiful dress and she was such a great sport walking around in dried pine needles in the midst of a heat wave.  Take a look at their wedding sneak peek photos.  This wedding was small and intimate.  It was truly a fairy tale wonderland type of nuptial.  And I LOVE shooting weddings like this.  Enjoy!

There’s more photos in Amanda+Nathan’s  slideshow below.  If you are on an iPhone or an iPhone, click HERE.

Seattle Wedding Photography | Brooke+Corey | Novelty Hill Januik Winery

August 24th, 2014 by Cindi

A girl’s wedding day is a day she usually looks and feels her best.  But when you happen to catch the stomach flu the night before your big day, that’s definitely a bummer.  In this case, the bride has every right to go bridezilla on everyone and cry her heart out.  Get as emotional as she can because it’s her day and it’s about to be ruined.  But…this bride wasn’t Brooke.  Poor Brooke felt horrible the whole day and not only did it not stop her from having a day of her life, she was the one apologizing to everyone that she was sick!  Even when she needed to be rushed to the Emergency Room after a fresh face of make up, she still had a smile on her face so that everyone around her didn’t stress out over her.  I admire her for being such a strong woman and she’s seriously one of the nicest people I’ve ever worked with.  Check out her and Corey’s lovely wedding day below and wish them a wonderful life without stomach flus!!!

There’s more photos in Brooke+Corey’s  slideshow below.  If you are on an iPhone or an iPhone, click HERE.

Seattle Family Photography | Lucy+Stella+Grayson+Fam | Bothell Country Village

July 31st, 2014 by Cindi

I don’t know what it is about Bothell…but I love it!  Not just because I live here (ok so I’m a little biased) but it’s because it’s so interesting!  Nestled a little Northeast from Seattle, it’s close to Kirkland and Bellevue, close enough to drive to Seattle on a regular basis, and also extremely convenient to Snohomish and a variety of farms where you can get fresh organic produce and meats.  But what I really love about Bothell and it’s surrounding areas is that it’s full of families!  It’s a great place to raise kids because of it’s wonderful school districts and communities with parks and other little kiddos running around.  Lucy, Stella, Grayson and their families live within a 5 mile radius from Chris and I so we decided to hang out one HOT HOT morning at the Bothell Country Village.  This place is a little unique to say the least (there’s a two story chicken sculpture near the entrance) but it’s one of the best places to bring kids.  And boy did we have a blast!

Seattle Boudoir Photography | Brooke | Grand Hyatt Bellevue

July 24th, 2014 by Cindi

“Step Away from the Mean Girls…
…and say bye-bye to feeling bad about your looks.
Are you ready to stop colluding with a culture that makes so many of us feel physically inadequate? Say goodbye to your inner critic, and take this pledge to be kinder to yourself and others.

This is a call to arms. A call to be gentle, to be forgiving, to be generous with yourself. The next time you look into the mirror, try to let go of the story line that says you’re too fat or too sallow, too ashy or too old, your eyes are too small or your nose too big; just look into the mirror and see your face. When the criticism drops away, what you will see then is just you, without judgment, and that is the first step toward transforming your experience of the world.”

–Oprah Winfrey

Seattle Wedding Photography | Jamie+Khiem | Pioneer Park Pavilion

July 3rd, 2014 by Cindi

We love big-small weddings.  What’s a big-small wedding you ask?  Well, it’s when the wedding party, the guest list, and everything else about the it is considered BIG; however, the warmth of the crowd, the personalization of the ceremony, and the wedding couple themselves make it feel like a wedding that’s much smaller and more intimate.  And those are the funnest weddings to shoot.

Spending the whole day with Jamie+Kheim was hardly any work at all.  I said before that Khiem is one of the easiest guys to make laugh…and I still hold to that opinion.  And Jamie, well…need I say more?  She’s that classy bride that’s on time, patient, and lovely in every way.  I loved that this couple incorporated speeches about their fathers who, sadly could not be with them on their special day.  Jamie, a trained hula dancer made a special tribute by dancing for her new husband and the way that he looked at her while she performed could have made any heart melt.  I definitely think this couple will make it…don’t you? ;-) Here’s a sneak peek of their wedding day below and enjoy!

There’s more photos in Jamie+Khiem’s  slideshow below.  If you are on an iPhone or an iPhone, click HERE.

 

Seattle Wedding Photography | Jessica+Mikiya | Within SODO

April 15th, 2014 by Cindi

Jessica and I met over a cup of coffee in downtown Seattle.  We gabbed for over an hour about her wedding day as well as other things.  And by the end of our chat, we were the perfect bride/photographer match.  I love how easy going Jessica is and I know I didn’t have to meet Mikiya to know how special he is as a person simply because of what she had told me about him.

On their wedding day, the weather Gods spoke to us and parted their 60% chance of rain cloud for a little over an hour so we can take some gorgeous photos of this gorgeous couple.  Literally the moment we were finished, it started pouring cats and dogs.  Now THAT’S good luck right?

Congratulations to Jessica+Mikiya…our first 2014 wedding!  We couldn’t be more happier for them and we hope you enjoy their photos!

There’s more photos in Jessica+Mikiya’s  slideshow below.  If you are on an iPhone or an iPhone, click HERE.

Seattle Portrait Photography | Emilio+Fam

April 2nd, 2014 by Cindi

Almost exactly two years after Amy+Erik got hitched, we got together for Emilio, their first son’s one year photo shoot.  I love my job as a photographer because not only is repeat business great, but along the way, we make awesome friends.  Hanging out with Amy, Erik, and Emilio was the highlight of that weekend.  It made me realize that I really need to hang out with them more!

Emilio has eyes that’ll someday break many hearts!  He’s started to break mine when we had to say goodbye to him.  Just take a peek of their photos and enjoy!

Seattle Portrait Photography | Dorothy+Casey+Bump

February 4th, 2014 by Cindi

I LOVE LOVE LOVE taking photos of first time expectant parents.  I don’t know how to put it into words, but I think it’s because when couples are expecting their first child, they feel so many things.  Excitement, nervousness, fear, love, joy…and the list goes on and on.  I think a woman’s most beautiful when she’s pregnant and excited.  She smiles with such conviction because she’s truly happy to be soon holding a little creation she’s made with her loving husband.

Seattle Family Photography | The Lu Family | Kelsey Creek Farms

December 4th, 2013 by Cindi

Good Tuesday morning everyone!  Today we bring you one of the cutest little girls we’ve ever seen!  She’s just 10 months old and her parents were just awesome to work with.  We had such a wonderful time with Kenny+Hai and we loved seeing a father change his little girl into a tight dress.  It was hilarious, to say the least, but his little daughter looked awesome don’t you think?  Enjoy!