Wedding Photography by Betty Elaine Blog » Northwest Wedding Photographer serving the Seattle, Washington area. Travel available to other cities for local, national, and international wedding photography.

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Many details of this wedding were so personal to Jessica & Eric. A reading from The Hobbit during their ceremony, Star Wars socks for the grooms party, Hamilton playing during the reception, food truck burgers, ice cream sandwiches, vintage plates, gold and brass candle holders, bunting, greenery from their garden, I could go on. They curated every plan for their wedding day beautifully, and it was as unique, fun, and loving as they are.

Moving to the PNW was an important part of Jessica & Eric’s relationship and life. They chose to get married at Kitsap Memorial State Park because they wanted to share the beauty of the Northwest, their home, with all their family and friends. Having all their people in one place was one of the highlights of their wedding day. There was so much joy, on not only the Bride & Groom’s faces, but everyone there.

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Story time. Back in July 2014, Lindsay and Eddie were both in the same wedding party. Lindsay was her sister Janelle’s Maid of Honor, and Eddie was one of Quinton’s groomsmen. Quinton and I have been friends since birth since our Mamas are BFFs. So not only was I at this wedding, but I had the honor to photograph their wedding day at the Grand Island Mansion in California. Janelle and Quinton semi joked to me, more than once, that wouldn’t it be great if Lindsay and Eddie got together. Married only a few hours, and already playing matchmaker, haha. Fast forward a few years, and after becoming friends Lindsay and Eddie did in fact start dating a year ago this week!

I had the absolute best time catching up with Lindsay and Eddie while I was in San Francisco last month. We spent a couple hours together adventuring around the Marin Headlands before sunset. It was windy and chilly, but that just gave them an excuse to hold each other close. And I’m a huge fan of a little messy windswept hair, it’s so romantic!

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  • June 16, 2017 - 10:56 am

    Jeannette Ford - Betty! These are beautiful pictures!!!!
    You did an amazing job at Janelle and Quinton’s wedding and now you’ve wowed us again with these stunning moments. Thank you for passionately pursuing your calling to capture God’s creations in landscape and people…keep up the great work!

    Jeannette Ford
    Mama to Janelle and LindsayReplyCancel

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This summer, I’ll be traveling along the West Coast, a little PNW tour of some of my favorite places. If you would like to book a photography session for your engagement, anniversary, wedding, or elopement, I will not be charging travel fees and have a special rate for the dates I’m at these places!

May – San Francisco, CA  | July – Cannon Beach, OR | August – Mt Rainier, WA

See if you can spot the corgi below, haha! I’m so excited to be revisiting these beautiful places. And lets be real, there are some great coffee shops, ice cream, and other foodie places that I’m equally looking forward to.

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Email me for more details and for my specific travel dates at contact@bettyelainephotography.com I’m always happy to add to my travel calendar. Planning an adventure in the Olympics, Cascades, or somewhere else in the world? I’d love to explore (eat ice cream), hike (drink coffee) with, and photograph you!

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Photography by Betty Elaine is a Seattle wedding photographer in the Pacific Northwest. Servicing weddings throughout the local area of Seattle including, Snoqualmie, Woodinville, Snohomish, and San Juan Island. Betty’s professional work features beautiful editorial wedding photography, elopements, and anniversary sessions. Travel is available to other cities outside of the Washington area for local, national, and international wedding photography. 

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Choosing a location for engagement or anniversary sessions is one of my favorite processes. With wedding photography, the venue and location are usually set. But for portrait sessions, there is more freedom in choosing a location. I often scout out different locations around downtown Seattle, or different hiking trails within the Washington area. It is important to think about the authenticity of the location to you and your fiancé, and the atmosphere. Basically, the location should reflect your interests and your relationship. If you both love concerts, and being in the city, then planning an urban setting engagement session, and ending the session at a cocktail bar, makes sense. It is a natural date night atmosphere for you both, and you will be comfortable in that environment.

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Picking a mountain view location may be pretty, but if you don’t hike together, the location will be just a pretty backdrop. Here are some examples of how the location for an engagement session, also reflected the story of the couple.

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For Megan & Erik they chose a coffee shop for their engagement session. Their real life meet cute was that they met while in law school and both interned in the same office and were the only two coffee drinkers in the office.

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Chet proposed to Shanae at Snoqualmie Falls. So they loved the idea of having a waterfall engagement session. We wanted the ambience to have less people, and so we chose a less popular waterfall hike for their engagement session, but the location still reflects their proposal story.

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Discovery Park is where Rob asked Marina out for the first time. They also just got a puppy together and will be spending more time together at this park and others in Seattle as their dog gets older.

These locations have meaning to the couples and tell the story of their relationship. Selecting locations and activities that are meaningful to you both will be not only more inspiring for your photographer, but I love to create photos in a cherished environment that encourages originality.

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And for those of you that like lists (me included!) here are 5 tips for choosing your portrait session location:

  1. Choose a place you can be comfortable in and that has meaning to you both. If you both have a passion for hiking, lets hike. If your preferred dates are spent at your favorite brunch spot/coffee house, let’s go there! Do you love playing board games? Let’s incorporate that into the session. What’s important is that the place is unique to your interests as a couple. So whether it’s walking your dogs at your favorite park, or getting dressed up to go out to your favorite cocktail bar (or maybe even both!), I’m gonna be excited to photograph you in that environment.
  2. Consider the level of privacy you want in a location. If we are shooting at a populated area, for example Pikes Place Market, there will be lots of people, and lots of cars. That is just the nature of that area, and it is unavoidable. If you like the hustle and bustle, and having your photos taken snuggled up together in a busy public setting won’t be distracting or off putting, then these types of locations are absolutely and option for you! And it can be really fun. But you know yourself. If that description sounds like an anxiety attack, instead of a dance party, then you might be more comfortable in a less populated location.
  3. Do you want variety in locations or consistency? I have some couples that want their engagement or anniversary session to be a completely different type of location than their wedding day photography. Something they wouldn’t have time for with the logistics of a wedding day, like a hike to a glacier lake. I have other couples that want their session to reflect or match the style of their wedding day. If it’s a rustic wedding, they want a rustic portrait session to keep the same mood of the locations consistent. Decide what you would like for your session.mt-rainier-september-fall-foliage-paradise-choosing-meaningful-location-engagement-photography-seattle-wedding-photographerpinimage
  4. Let your photographer choose the timing for the best light at your location. If your location is on the waterfront facing sunset, than most likely you’ll want to be out there within the last few hours of that glowing low horizon lighting. If you are out in the mountains, your session might need to start earlier as dusk sets quicker after the sun hides behind the mountains. Let your photographer help navigate the timing and lighting for your location choices. Trust their insight and timelines.
  5. Decide on the season. Locations change in dynamics and lighting based on the season. Maybe you want fall foliage in your location? Or if you want cherry blossoms in your location setting, that limits your options, and is a very short season. Be willing to schedule this with a tentative date, and be willing to go on short notice when your photographer can fit you in once you know the flowers are in bloom!

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After you have considered these tips, if you still don’t know exactly what location you would like for your session, you should at least have a good idea of what your preferences are. Share those desires with your photographer, and let them help pick a perfect location for you.

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