Life’s been super busy after having a baby and I only have ONE baby! I can not imagine what moms of two or three must go through each day and I bow my head to them because they are amazing! Having a little family of my own has truly made me appreciate how great, fun, and important family photos are. Our kids are only small for such a short amount of time. How important it is to capture these times. I grew up in China so there’s not a lot of photos of me as a kid. The few I do have, I cherish so much. I wish I had more! So when Kathy+Angelo+Andre wanted to take photos, I couldn’t wait to help them capture this little fleeting moment of time for them. This was taking back during the fall still and I just had enough time to post. Andre is such an adorable kid and he’s lucky enough to have the most amazing, loving parents. We photographed Kathy+Angelo’s wedding about 3 years ago so we know what a great couple these two are. Now that we’ve seen them become parents, that same type of love they share with each other has spread and grown a million-fold for their little guy. I loved spending the afternoon with them and hope to see Andre grow into a handsome (and much loved) little man.
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I’m sure we’ve all met someone that automatically made us feel comfortable around them without them even trying very hard. That’s how I strive to be when I meet new people and Rachel was that person for me. I first met Rachel while shooting Bre+Casey’s wedding last fall. When Rachel contacted me about photography and we met at a coffee shop, I knew right away that she was the type of bride I wanted to shoot. She has an innate ability to comfort people that’s around her and her wedding day was just that. Rachel+CJ wanted to celebrate with their closest family and friends. They’re the couple that’s so thoughtful that they didn’t even get their own plate of food until their guests all got their food during reception. And they are so meant to be for one another.
It doesn’t take long for one to see how passionate CJ is about Rachel. Not only did his vows to her made me tear through my camera lens, it was also the way he held her during our portrait session together. Whatever pose we asked him to do, he did with such ease. As if he’s meant to hold her all his life. And the way he touches her face when he kisses her…it melts my heart.
We were so blessed to be apart of this awesome couple’s wedding day. Take a look at their sneak peek and slideshow below!
There’s more photos in Rachel+CJ’s slideshow below. If you are on an iPhone or an iPhone, click HERE.
Weddings like this don’t come around often. When the bride is dressed in her wedding gown…and also dressing the tables with table cloth. When rounds and rounds of Costco sized bottles of liquor are brought into the venue. And when one of the groomsmen falls into Lake Union dancing to All 4 One’s “I Swear”. Yes, I knew I was looking forward to Quynh+Paul’s wedding for a reason!
Quynh+Paul didn’t want a fancy wedding. Their wish for their wedding day was to have good food with good family and friends. And these are the weddings that I love to shoot. Most of Quynh+Paul’s friends, to this day, are from middle and high school. You have to admit, there’s something to be said about people who maintain close with high school friends. They’re the type of people that seems to always be there when you need them. It was quite an honor to be there with Quynh+Paul on their special day. Since I’ve known Paul for such a long time, it was heart warming to see him so happy. For as long as I’ve known Paul, he’s the type of guy that knows how to love. And he’s found, what I think, is his equal.
There’s more photos in Quynh+Paul’s slideshow below. If you are on an iPhone or an iPhone, click HERE.
When Brooke+Corey told us they wanted their engagement photos to be a little bit different than what they’re used to, I was ecstatic! They were open to almost anything and I have always wanted to do an engagement shoot with water balloons. So when I pitched the idea to them, they were more than gun-hoe about it. They even upped the ante by bringing some super soakers! Chris and I were having as much fun as they were having in these photos while shooting them.
In addition to having fun, they also wanted to recreate their engagement night. In Corey’s words, the engagement “was a story of plans gone wrong”. Corey was supposed to surprise Brooke with a romantic proposal by asking her to take a picture of him with the Space Needle in the background and right before she would snap the shot, he’d get down on one knee. But when he started to that, the ring rolled out of the box, dropped on the ground and in the knick of time, Brooke snapped the shot of Corey looking at the ground, “dumbfounded” (also Corey’s words). Although the proposal didn’t go the way Corey wanted (let’s be honest, what proposal ever go perfectly right?) we still believe it was a romantic night for these love birds. If their engagement was this fun, I just can’t wait for their wedding in 2014. But for now, enjoy their sneak peek!
There’s more photos in Brooke+Corey’s slideshow below. If you are on an iPhone or an iPhone, click HERE.
Whenever I mention the word “boudoir” to girls, I always see their eyes light up. And just as fast their eyes light, they immediately dim. Boudoir, for good reason, make girls nervous. Heck, it makes ME nervous! So I totally understand. The thought of being in a room with only lingerie on can be daunting. Add on top of that, a photographer pointing a large black lens in your face. Horrific right? But I can tell you one thing: most girls I’ve talked to have thought about getting a boudoir shoot done. However, there’s usually a couple of things stopping them from truly doing it. The major factor being how they view their own bodies.
Before I get into this, let me just say that this post isn’t to talk about body image nor am I going to make you change your minds about how you think you look. I’ll speak to my own experiences a little bit, but this post is mainly to introduce you to the PROCESS of a boudoir shoot. At the end of this post, my goal is for the girls reading this to think maybe boudoir as something not as daunting as it seems.
In my idealistic early 20’s, I had a vision for myself. I knew I needed to be a certain size and I knew when I should get married to leave time to have two children. The married and children thing, let’s not go into that in this post. But in my younger years, I remember feeling like I was never thin enough. Now fast forward a decade later (OK…now you all know my age…grrrrrreat), when I stumble on pictures of myself in my 20’s, I think, “Wow, I looked pretty good back then!” And I now know this will only continue throughout my years. In my 40′s I’ll yearn for my 30′s, in my 50′s I’ll long for my 40′s and so on.
Look, I’m a lot more mature than when I was in my 20’s. But somewhere buried deep inside my self confidence is still a little bit of that 20 year old’s insecurity. I know I’ll never be my ideal size, but I know for a fact that I can’t dwell on it. Because before I know it, my 30’s is going to just pass me by while I’m spending it thinking about how I could look. My goal this year is to put my insecurities aside and finally bite the nail to do a boudoir shoot for myself. The thought of it still haunts me a little bit, but I’m ready to face the experience.
And it is an experience. When I do a boudoir shoot, I tend to talk about it as an experience for the woman. I encourage my clients to not only look classy (and sexy) but also FEEL sexy from within. Whether it’s getting hair and make-up professionally done before the shoot or going out and hunting for new lingerie or getting a facial and a massage the day before. This is all a process in itself to help us not only look, but feel beautiful from within. I don’t know about you but whenever I get my hair professional blow dried, I instantaneously feel 10 pounds thinner and prettier.
The process doesn’t end there and it’s not just your responsibility. As a photographer, I’m responsible for making you feel at ease during the shoot. If you don’t feel at ease, your guard comes (swooping noise) way up and you immediately lose confidence in yourself. When I’m in a room with you at your most vulnerable, trust is a huge thing. And trust me when I tell you that through tricks in lighting, posing, camera composition, and my skillful ninja maneuvering that I will make you look your best.
The honest truth is we as women are so concerned with how we COULD look, we often forget how beautiful we DO look. Let’s not waste time self criticizing for another 10 years before looking back and realizing how beautiful we truly were. Let’s capture this moment, at your best, to cherish forever. Boudoir sessions are one of my favorites to shoot because I feel that it EMPOWERS women. Whether you are a size 2 or a 22, you ARE beautiful. Trust me and let me show you how stunning you can be. Email me for more information on a Boudoir with Cindi session and if you’re interested (and brave), I might share my own boudoir pictures with you.
I don’t think I truly started to understand the definition of a beautiful woman until I picked up a camera and looked at her from behind the viewfinder. Not to say I’m an expert at defining beauty, but I have a whole new perspective I’d like to share. You see, when I was young, I found many girls pretty. In high school, I would be extremely intimidated by these pretty girls because well, I wasn’t one of the pretty ones. I know I know, some of you reading this might think, “Awww…!!” but really, I know I wasn’t. At least not based on how I defined it then.
That was the “past Cindi”. Present Cindi is a much more mature and wiser person from past Cindi. When I step back and look at all the women I’ve photographed, I bucket all of them into one category: beautiful. Even though they all look different. Different race, different height, different size. They are all stunningly beautiful.
Diana is no different. Past Cindi would call her pretty. And she is. In fact, past Cindi would have been intimidated by past Diana if they attended high school together. But last weekend as we hung out in the Presidential Suite inside Hotel Deca, I got to know Diana in a totally different light and she is indeed a beautiful woman. She’s obviously beautiful on the outside, the pictures don’t lie! But it’s the small things despite what can be phyically seen that makes Diana one of a kind. It’s the way she wrinkles her nose mid-shot because she’s trying to relax her face, it’s the willingness to do anything I tell her to do with the sweetest smile, it’s the way she chuckles when she realizes she’s being silly. It’s all these things that make her the amazingly beautiful woman she is.
As women, we always are our own worst critic. As we mature, we learn to put most of our insecurities away and live life in the moment. I’ve learned that youth comes and goes REALLY quickly and we should focus on the little beautiful quirks that makes us who we are. Boudoir or beauty portraits is a way for me to help capture you at your best. It’s an opportunity to freeze this time in your life, when you feel the best you can ever feel about yourself and provide you with something tangible you can look back years later and think, “WOW, I am beautiful”.
If you are interested in boudoir of beauty portraits, give me a ring or send me a note. Let’s make beautiful things happen!