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Monthly Archives: August 2008

Engagement Session Info | Good Photo Shoot Locations | Seattle Washington

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about engagement sessions recently so I thought I would cover some of them here. My engagement photo sessions usually last 1.5-2.5 hours and can be at any location or locations of your choice. The best time for taking pictures is in the evening when sun is not directly overhead.

Think of a session more like a date with your fiancé, and less of smiling and looking directly at the camera (smiling is still a good thing, in fact smile lots, and laughing, flirting and joking are all acceptable too!). You can take a picnic basket and blanket to the park, a canoe to the lake, or just bring yourselves and we’ll stroll around town and get an ice cream cone. The options are unlimited. Choose a place with a special meaning, a scenic location, or a spot where you just love to hang out.

It’s important to wear clothes that you love and feel good in. 2-3 outfit changes are welcomed, and they give variety to the pictures. It’s best to leave any bags or purses in the car so they’re not in the photos. Also leave sunglasses behind unless you plan to wear them in the pictures.

Seattle Engagement Photo | Picture was taken in King county Washington, surrounding counties include snohomish, kitsap,pierce, kittitas, and chelan.  Nearby cities include Bellevue, Seattle, Kirkland, Redmond, Lynnwood, and of course Mercer Island.  Joshua Gene is available destination weddings and other assignments anywhere.  Relaxed fun photo journalistic engagement photo.

Location ideas for photo sessions in the Seattle area (click on links below to see engagement sessions and weddings done at these locations):
Pike place market | Post Alley
Kerry park
Snoqualmie Falls
Snoqualmie train museum
• The Peirs
Gas works Park
Pioneer Square
University of Washington
• University of Washington Arboretum
• Rose Garden at Woodland Park
• Lincoln Park In West Seattle
• Ballard Locks
• Volunteer Park
• Sculpture Park
• Seattle Center – Space Needle
• Downtown Seattle
South Lake Union Park
• Capitol Hill
• Magnussen Park
Luther Burbank Park
• Seward Park
• Seattle Art Museum
• West Seattle
• A Cool Hotel
• A place that’s special between you, or where you spend a lot of time, a park, Home Depot, Barnes and Noble, Starbucks, etc.

These spots also make for great bridal session locations as well as good spots to go for some fun shots if your wedding is in the area.

Use the contact link on the top of this page to find out more about engagement sessions outside of Seattle.

If you know of a place that I should have included, leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list.

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Xiaozheng & Ning | Wedding Photos | Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island

Xiaozheng and Ning had a beautiful ceremony on the north tip of Mercer Island at Luther Burbank Park. Ning is really into photography and set aside a lot of time for pictures which was awesome. We got some fun bridal party shots in Bellevue at their hotel and bride & groom pictures at Luther Burbank. Check out their slideshow at the bottom.

First look.  Seattle Photographer gets wedding photo of groom seconds before he see\'s the bride for their first look on the wedding day.  First looks present and opportunity for the bride and groom to get in some extra photo time on the wedding day without having the worries of having the wedding guests stand around waiting fro them to arrive.  You have guests coming in from all over the place why make them wait, when you can do it before.  Of course we respect your decision to not see each before the wedding ceremony if you choose.

Wedding Party | Grand Hyatt Hotel Bellevue Washington.  Wedding Photographer Joshua gene captures wedding party in a modern pose for this bridal party portrait.

Seattle PHotography portrait taken on mercer island near the old heat plant.

Seattle Photographer Captures bride and groom walking down down the road for this bridal party portrait.

Wedding Ceremony was on Calkins Point on the North end of mercer Island.  you can see Seattle, Bellevue and Medina in the background.  It was a beautiful day and you can see the blue sky and puffy clouds as ning and sean make their vowsPhotojournalistic Wedding photographer captures bride and groom walking down the isle together right after getting married.  Wedding was on the tip of mercer island.

Seattle photographer gets a relaxed portrait of bride and groom in front of the water on mercer Island in washington.Lake washington wedding photo.  Bride and groom take some bridal photos in luther burbank park in lake washington

Seattle Wedding Photographer | Dipping in the lake.  The bride and groom pose for shot at lutherburbank park.  Kirkland is in the background.

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Venue: Luther Burbank Park & Community Center at Mercer View
Videographer: Bogle Productions
Violin Trio: The Gothard Sisters
DJ: Bella Musica
Wedding Coordinator: Farlis – 206.755.2486

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Aaron & Amanda | Wedding Pictures | Seattle, WA

It was great working with these two on their special day. Their bridal party was a hoot and we had a lot of fun playing near downtown Seattle.

Congrats, Aaron and Amanda!

Wedding flower detail shot in front of fountain at court in the square seattle washington. Wedding flowers hang on strings mixed with chrystals in front of fountain in court on the square.

I loved all of the flowers from Fiore Blossoms

seattle photographer gets shot of wedding cake at a wedding in court on the square

They let us on the roof for a few full sun wedding photos.

Seattle photographer photographs couple\'s first look on their wedding day.  Aaron & Amanda stand on the roof top of court in the square for their first look.  The seattle skyline with vivid blue sky is visible in the background.

Seattle wedding photographer | shot of bride in alley way in downtown seattle in the pioneer square / sodo neighborhood.  Bride glances down at flowers, during a relaxede portrait session.

Isn’t she gorgeous?

seattle photographer get\'s a relaxed shot of amanda in front of some doors in the pioneer square area.  This is an awesome area for wedding pictures.

wedding photos in front of the firehouse in pioneer square near quest field.  Bride and groom bridesmaids and groomsmen pose for a relaxed portrait in front of the firehouse.

Seattle Photographer | Joshua gene gets a relaxed picture of the groomsmen in wedding attire walking the streets of pioneer square on their way to get a beer before the wedding celebration beggins

It was really hot and humid, so the boys ventured out to find some frosty beverages.

Aaron & Amanda kiss in an alley.  Wedding photographer joshua gene captures this relaxed moment.

I love this one.

Venue: Court in the Square – Seattle, WA
Wedding Coordinator: Laura Gram – Simplicity Events – 206.940.0215
Officiant: Ray Van Winkle
Flowers: Fiore Blossoms
DJ: Braden Landon: 425.770.5952

Feel free to leave a comment. I love comments :)

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Robert & Jennifer | Wedding Photos | Bellevue, WA

Robert and Jennifer got married at Daniel’s Broiler in Bellevue. They had a small wedding with only immediate family and a few close friends. They wanted to do portraits before the wedding on the piers at Carillon Point in Kirkland. I love it when couples allow time for relaxed pictures before the wedding. Robert and Jennifer are a great couple and it was a privilege being a part of their special day.

Seattle photographer takes pictures of couple at Carillon Point before their Bellevue Wedding at Daniel\'s Broiler.

Bride and groom kiss on the shores of Lake Washington, captured by wedding photographer, Joshua Gene.

seattle wedding photographer captures bride and groom walking on pier on Carillon Point in Kirkland, WA before there wedding in Bellevue, WA at Daniel\'s Broiler.

Bride walks down the aisle with her brother in Bellevue, WA as captures by Seattle and Mercer Island wedding photographer.

Wedding photographer | photographs wedding at Daniel\'s Broiler in Bellevue, WA.  The bride and groom wanted portraits at Carillon Point in Kirkland, WA before the ceremony.  The ceremony was very intimate with immediate family and a few close friends.

Venue: Daniel’s Broiler – Bellevue, WA
Flowers: Mercer Island Florists
Officiant: Mike Lynch 206.419.7953

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Aaron & Amanda | Wedding Photography | Court in the Square, Seattle

I shot an awesome wedding yesterday at Court in the Square, which is an awesome venue in between two historic buildings in Pioneer Square in Seattle. More pictures and wedding slide show coming soon!

seattle wedding photographer captures bride walking down aisle at Court in the Square in Seattle, WA.

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Jesse & Hannah | Wedding Photos | Seattle

Wedding Photographer | picture of bride and groom walking in front of pier 56 on seattles waterfront.

Seattle Wedding Photographer | Hip Urban Modern Fresh Photo

Seattle Photographer | Picture of Jesse & Hannah on their escape

Seattle wedding | Puget sound from aboard the Argosy Cruise.  Wedding chairs and the ceremony site from aboard the ship docked at pier 56.

wedding Ceremony from aboard the argosy dinner cruise

Seattle Photographer | Kiss during wedding ceremony.  Ring bearer and officiant are in the background

wedding photographer takes picture of groom right aftern being pronounced man and wife

wedding Photo | Relaxed portrait of bride and groom

Seattle skyline Photo, blue sky with puffy clouds and the city with the golden afternoon sun.

Seattle skyline from aboard the argosy wedding cruise

Jesse & Hanna take a little dip on a sunny seattle afternoon

Wedding Photo | Cupcake cake | the bride and groom opted to forgoe the standard wedding cake and instead went for a cake make of cupcakes.

Seattle Photographer | First dance witht the wedding guests in the background

Seattle photographer picture of guests dancing at Jesse & Hannah\'s wedding

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Venue: Argosy Cruises

DJ: Dubreezy 206.595.4948

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