Archive for June, 2012

Seattle Portrait Photography – Theresa

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

She’s a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter, an ex-coworker, and a great friend.  I am sure for those that follow our blog closely that you’ll remember Theresa and her family photos we took last fall.  When she asked me to help her surprise her husband with a boudoir shoot, I was ecstatic!  Theresa holds a dear place in my heart because she and I used to work together and she was one of the first girls I connected with at my last job.  We bonded over a beer at an after work happy hour when we started to talk about photography and I found out her and her husband had an equal love for it.

Theresa often joked about how she’s indecisive and always asked for people’s thoughts on whether she’s making the right decisions.  However, on the day of our shoot, I saw a confident woman fully comfortable in her own skin.  Theresa told me I made her feel so pretty in these photos but I think it’s the exact opposite.  The fact that I can make women such as herself feel that way about themselves makes me feel extremely flattered and empowered.  And that feeling is equally priceless.

Here is Theresa in her own words:

“Ever since we are little girls, we want to look and feel beautiful. As with everything in life, we are our worst critic. We feel we need to have a thinner waist, skinnier arms, but at the same time, have curves in the right places to have a body with an hourglass shape. The truth of the matter is, being beautiful is something that every girl has inside them, but only YOU can show just how beautiful you really are.

I’ve always wanted to surprise my husband and give him an album of boudoir photos. This year, I decided to put my self- conscious and self-critical emotions behind and give him a birthday gift he’ll never forget. I said to myself, “I might not be perfect now and hey, will never be perfect, but maybe for that moment, I can feel perfect enough for him.” So what did I do? With the help of Cindi, we created an experience where I looked and felt perfectly beautiful. I got dolled up from head to toe and bought clothes that I’d feel sexy in. For the two hours we were together, Cindi’s sole mission was to make me feel comfortable and relaxed through the entire process. The way Cindi directed me to sit, stand, turn or look a certain way really captured me at my best. I couldn’t ask for a more amazing experience. Thank you Cindi for being such a great photographer…for adjusting my hair when in my face, for reminding me to arch my back and suck my stomach in, and most of all, for being such a great friend.”

 

Theresa's before and after shot. Amazing isn't it? :)

Now that is a smile of a confident woman!

I especially loved the right photo because Theresa's smile was just so natural. This is literally how she looks when she smiles and it's beautiful!

This is what you call fierce.

I love this photo for it's softness and I love how Theresa can look so soft and romantic and also sexy at the same time. A photographer's dream!

 

Theresa uttered "This is so much fun" uncomfortably as she was shaking her hair. It was hilarious and probably THE only time she felt uncomfortable during this shoot. Funny!

GORGEOUS!

Hotel Murano in Tacoma was just a great venue for this shoot. We found this huge green glass wall right near the entrance way and right behind me were a couple of valet guys staring at the beautiful model. :)

By far one of my favorite shots of the day. Just beautiful!

Seattle Portrait Photography – Jessica

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Everyone reading this has at least one day they felt like they were sitting on top of the world.  For some of us, it’s our wedding day.  For others, it’s the day they had their first, second, or third child. But for Jessica, it was yesterday June 10th, her college graduation day.

Jessica worked hard for her Seattle University degree and you can definitely tell.  Her closest family members and friends arrived bright and early at 8 am to cheer her on.  And when her name was called out, she was floating high on top of screams from her entourage in the stands shouting her name.  She holds her Sociology degree with the utmost pride and when asked what she wants to do, she responds simply wanting to help people.  She’s one of those gems that’s hard to find in a sea of honored graduates and I am so glad I got to photograph her.

Jessica, congrats on this achievement!  I’m sure I can speak for all that know you, YOU ROCK GIRL!

Seattle Engagement Photography: Megan+Tim

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Well hello there!  We are finally back and well rested from our New York City vacation.  I will be blogging a special post about that soon so stay tuned for that.  But for now, welcome Megan+Tim to the C+C Photo family.  After we returned from NYC, we were itching to grab our cameras and start shooting again.  Megan+Tim wanted one of their locations to be the Seattle SoDo area, which made my heart skip a beat because it was one of the locations Chris and I chose for our engagement.  So it was pretty near and dear to our hearts.  SoDo also is meaningful to Megan+Tim because they are tying the knot at SoDo Park  this fall.  The couple also wanted their photos to represent where they first met, which was at work at Amazon.com.  And so we also went to the Jose Rizal bridge which was close to where Amazon.com used to house their corporate headquarters.

Like Chris+I, Megan+Tim met at work.  Folks, if you didn’t believe in love at first sight, you will after you hear their story.  Tim first spotted Megan waiting for the elevators at work and the rest was history.  And to this day, when he describes her captivating laugh, you can still see his heart melt a little.  And who’s to blame him!  Just look at these photos and you’ll see what Tim saw that very first time.

Tim proposed to Megan during a game of Bananagrams the day before they were scheduled to fly off to Mexico for vacation.  I love a guy who proposes before taking a trip because what’s a better way to celebrate and have a great, relaxing time when floating on Cloud 9 after a proposal right?  You’ll all get more of Megan+Tim in November when they are wed, but for now, enjoy this sneak peek of their engagement session.

I dedicate my inspiration of this image to my wedding photographer, Erwin Wijanto. :)

See more of their engagement session in their slideshow below.  If you’re on an iPad or iPhone, you can catch the video here.