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At The Courthouse: Short and Sweet Seattle Wedding

When I met Renee and Chris for a little family portrait session this summer, I immediately thought they made a beautiful couple. Loving, patient and kind to each other, I was so excited when Renee emailed me about photographing their wedding.

I started out as a Wedding Photography Assistant when I was 19 and loading Medium Format cameras with film. So, my first love and early training is with wedding photography, but as my life has changed and I’ve become a parent, I have focused more on portraits. Times like this, though, I make an exception.Wedding_HolliMargell 172

Photographing this short and sweet wedding reminded me of why I will always love weddings: it’s a beautiful day in the story of life, and capturing it to remember in photographs is truly an honor. There’s something magical about having such a momentous moment in your life documented. {Bonus points to Renee’s friends for gifting her some extra photography at the courthouse – seriously the best gift ever!}

How many people get ready for their wedding in the Jury Room?RCWedding_HolliMargell 157

Renee’s friends made it fun and helped keep Lila entertained so Mommy could get all dressed…

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Chris’ first look at his lovely bride…RCWedding_HolliMargell 162

They both wiped each other’s tears…

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Close friends and family were there, including Grandma via Facetime!Wedding_HolliMargell 173
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The wedding party migrated to the Bay Cafe to savor lunch and celebrate the new family.RCWedding_HolliMargell 166

Congratulations to Chris, Renee and little Lila!RCWedding_HolliMargell 171 RCWedding_HolliMargell 169 RCWedding_HolliMargell 170 RCWedding_HolliMargell 168 RCWedding_HolliMargell 167

xo, Holli




Woodland Wedding Portaits

Woodland Wedding Portrait
©holliwtihani A purple porch swing was one of many fun locations at the Village Green Nursery (special events and classes location).
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©holliwtihani A woodshed and Bee Hives couldn’t distract from the love these two have!
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©holliwtihani A glowing bride in the deeper part of the woods. This is one of my personal favorites.
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©holliwtihani A dance in the woods!
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©holliwtihani Love Birds!
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©holliwtihani A pleasure to capture this couple!

Photographing this couple in the Woodland scenery was one of my all time favorite portrait sessions. They were such a pleasure to work with and clearly adore each other!

I have had the pleasure of doing a handful of portrait sessions at the Village Green Perennial Nursery this past year, and can honestly say, it’s a hidden gem! You can check out their website at Village Green Perennial Nursery for info on special events, classes and more.

Top 3 Wedding Photography Tips

Our family attended a wedding on Holmes Beach in Florida last week. My older brother (a.k.a. Cousin) married his sweetheart. As chance would have it, their professional photographer had to cancel at the last-minute.  I used to be a Wedding Photographer and honestly adore capturing the joy and excitement of a couple’s special day. My camera with me, I loved filling the role. I created this collage just for you to share just a slice of the beautiful ceremony (I used this tutorial). The delightful day reminded me of some key tips anyone can use even with a Professional Photographer.

Top 3 Wedding Photography Tips – these are really to help the Bride and Groom handle the precious details of capturing their special day. But, even guests can pick up something helpful.

1) Digital Paparazzi – everyone with a phone will want to take photos of the wedding ceremony, with the bride and groom, of family groups, or simply of the beautiful place. Here are some suggestions for how to help them do a great job without interfering:

– Set aside a place for your personal paparazzi crowd to snap away without crowding out the rest of your attendees.

– Have a Planner or Volunteer Director play body-guard and discuss ahead of time where you’d like the paparazzi to have coverage and where they need to keep their distance.

– Standing on the Red Carpet – enjoy the spot light and be sure you’ve got snacks and water nearby, because everyone will want to get a snapshot with you or congratulate you before the reception or before you get to sit down and actually eat.

2) Posing like a Model – did you know part of the reason models look so thin and perfect is because they practice how they stand, smile and brush their hair? Well, they may not actually brush their own hair – stylists do it, but you get the idea.  Here are some keys for everyone posing in group shots:

– Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Practice this at home – stand at a 45 degree angle from the photographer, then twist at the waist to face them directly. This can make you look 10lbs thinner. Try it out at home and find a stance that feels comfortable and makes you look good. While you’re at it try out your smile and head tilt. Pulling your chin way from your neck just a little can eliminate the double chin shadow effect.

– Click like a Professional Photographer: The professionals take loads of photos at rapid fire shutter clicks, because even the slightest shift in a stance can create a better photo. Take lots of photos. Don’t shoot just one of any pose. And then, delete for the best later. Really, deleting later is easier than missing a perfect shot, and with digital cameras it’s easy.

3) Photo Flooding – How to you deal with all the photos your personal Paparazzi took at your wedding? There are many, many options. Let me share a few of my favorites:

– Free Group: You can set up a free group on Flickr.com or Facebook.com where members can share photos and you get to look at them all in one place. I know there are many others, but these are the ones I use, because they allow tagging and are free.  If you’re not sure how to set them up, ask a technically inclined friend or relative. They might even be willing to set it up for you. Then, you can print up a little slip or post a little sign by your guest book asking the Paparazzi to share their files in that specific location.

– Set up a Print Share Site: Many Online Printing companies allow you to create an album where folks can order prints or upload their own files. This can be a wonderful way to outsource the hassle of getting prints for Mom, Dad, Great Aunt Jane and Cousin Eddy. Flickr.com and Facebook.com offer links to printing services, but I personally use Shutterfly.com. They offer reasonable prices, and I’ve been happy with their service for over 5 years. I once met a Professional Photographer willing to add guest photos to their site. So, don’t hesitate to ask your Professional Photographer if they offer this service.