Rein Fire Ranch Wedding Venue | Firstlight Photography

Firstlight Photography was pleased to be a part of the recent venue open house at Rein Fire Ranch.

This rustic venue is set in the Sugar Loaf Mountain Valley so the sunsets are superb.  This serene location is versatile.  A rustic barn wedding is fitting here as is a modern elegant wedding.  The grounds are well maintained and the owners make sure events are effortless.

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About Rein Fire Ranch

Nestled in the serene Sugar Loaf Mountain Valley this working ranch feels incredibly serene and remote but it is only 45 minutes from Seattle and Tacoma – making it the ultimate wedding venue   It is one of the most breathtaking outdoor ceremony locations in the greater Puget Sound area and is highly customizable for your occasion, from cowboy boots to high heels.  You can even BYOH (Bring Your Own Horses).

How to Pick Your Wedding Photography Package – Puyallup Wedding Photographer

Getting married is a process that is filled with oodles of decisions.  We recognize it can be daunting.  As a husband and wife wedding photography team,  it our mission to help engaged couples sift through options and breathe.  After all, a wedding is a celebration.  We stand beside you and remind you of this along the way.

seattle wedding photographerEarly on we began sitting down with clients and what did we see?  Deer in the headlights. Lots of blank gazes.  When we start talking about the flow of the wedding we realized that for most couples this whole wedding planning world is a new and scary space.  We were not speaking their language…yet.

So to break it down we meet with couples over coffee and review our work via our books and tablets.  Most couples secure their venue and then find their photographer.  So, we come into the picture at the very early stages.  This is important because you typically secure your wedding photographer before a planner is even considered.

Couples want to figure out their overall budget.  Often times they come to us with a set amount of time they want us to spend at their wedding.  To ensure we don’t miss something important or are booked for too long, we like to ask a few questions and sketch out a very crude outline of the wedding day.  This sketch has become our best tool.  With it we have found that we are able to help couples figure out what they actually need for their day and it helps us ensure that things stay on track.

We realize that reviewing the day of events leads to a lot of procedural questions – it gets the couple thinking.  We strongly encourage couples to do what it is they want and expect from their day.  We tell them what traditional components are (some don’t know – which really shows how much weddings are changing) and then we share what new and creative ones we have seen over the years.  Wedding Wire offers a great perspective on The Top 10 Things You Don’t Have to do on Your Wedding Day.

Our initial meeting provides the chance to get to know one another and allows us to develop a feel for the wedding, the couple’s style and personalities.  We start with an estimated wedding ceremony time.  From there we can build an outline of the day.  Even if the couple isn’t sure, we can develop a very rough timeline.  Since we are in the early stages there is plenty of time for refinement.

We stay in contact with our couples and continue to refine the wedding day schedule.  We all go into the wedding day very prepared.  And the couple gets a custom fit package that meets their every need.

As the wedding plans progress we coordinate with a variety of wedding vendors.  We will have more on this in an upcoming blog that highlights the whole vendor/day of process!

We are currently booking consultations 2016 and 2017 weddings.

Seattle Wedding Photographer | Bridal Magazine Photoshoot

You know there is never a dull moment in our work flow.  We are surrounded by wonderful clients and friends that are in the wedding industry.  And, we have a knack for finding the truly unique and energizing projects.

Recently we happened upon a very exciting new magazine called Rock Bride.  The first issue is under production and will release later in the Spring.  The magazine is also producing a wedding show in Bellevue this fall.  We are told the show will have live entertainment, vendor booths, cake tastings, wine and beer tastings, two fashion shows, a Men’s Zone and lots of  give-aways.

We met with the publisher and knew instantly that we must sign up for the show.  Serenity Armstrong, publisher extraordinare, had us from the moment she explained her concept.  “This is not your mother’s wedding” has become the magazine’s tagline.  BINGO.  Our enthusiasm helped land a few stylized shoots.  These are the types of shoots that THRILL us.  Trying new techniques, working with top notch wedding industry vendors, talented models all the while being able to create something that will hopefully help inspire engaged couples plan their unique wedding.

Our clients are looking for something different.  They want a modern twist on their wedding.  Granted, this modern wedding might include vintage flair with the height of elegance and sparkle or it might involve a Time Travel Theme or a combination somewhere in between.  So what makes something a modern wedding?  We are seeing couples that are making their own traditions.  We are seeing themed weddings emerge, destination weddings, hybrid elopements, weddings with unique entertainment for guests, pop-up weddings and lots of LGBT weddings – which makes our hearts sing.

While we eagerly await for the release of the first issue of Rock This Bride, we can only show very basic sneak peek photos.  Here are a few from our stylized shoots.  You can only guess what we were up to…because we can’t tell you!

The first image is of our models back in their street clothes.  The rest are hints.  But, our lips are sealed!

Rustic Summer Barn Wedding | Finding the Right Wedding Photographer

Are you planning a summer or fall rustic outdoor wedding?  Firstlight Photography has photographed over 150 weddings and are adept at photographing outdoor weddings as well as barn / rustic venues.

We come prepared with our full gear including lighting and an assortment of cameras and lenses.  Kier, owner and one of our lead photogs, is equipped with his “murse” (his male handbag, dare we say man purse?) that truly is like the Tardis – bigger on the inside.  We have items that come in handy for the couple and their wedding party and our camera bags weigh in at around 40 lbs each.  So, we spend a fair bit of time working out in the off season!

Lighting and weather conditions change frequently so we are always prepared to ensure our couples get the photos they imagined.  While we always look polished and presentable we do so in a manner that affords us the ability to cover rough terrain.  We sport sensible, waterproof and off road worthy foot gear so we don’t miss a beat.

Are you looking for just the right Washington wedding venue?  We know lots of vendors and have a preferred vendor list on our website.  We would be happy to meet for a consultation to review your wedding plans and help you get a jump start to your big day.

Boudoir Photography in Time for Valentine’s Day {Firstlight Photography}

Body Image – No, You Don’t Need to Lose 5 Pounds.  Promise.

Yes, we need to address this.  Oh and we are going there!  As a couple that has personally struggled with body image, we are no strangers to negative self talk.  If only I was thinner…if only I was 5 lbs less.  We are behind the lens daily and see our clients’ struggles.  Size 6 to size 32 – the concerns are the same.  We encourage you to express yourself and we will be there to help you pose and work your assets.  We will help you with wardrobe selections in advance of the shoot.  We are there to help you rock this out!

Our goal is to help empower you to let out your inner sexy.  Yes, it is in there!  And, your inner vixen is telling you to not worry about the number on the scale.  What is sexy?  Confidence.

What Does a Package Look Like?
Packages start at $450 (a $200 savings) and include full hair & make-up, private online viewing of photos & 5 retouched 8×10’s with digital copies. We can also produce great books for special gifts.

Location!  Location!  Location!
We have some amazing venues and locations scouted out for your sessions. We are heading to Centralia, WA because it is chock full of diverse, historic and amazing backdrops. Can you say train depot? Pool tables? Brick exposure? Vintage goodness?  Bring your trench coat and we can explore the outdoors.  There are so many different scenarios.  We will brainstorm with you to help figure out your vision.

Ready, Set Go!
Please call us for your consultation.  We are ready to talk about your ideas and answer questions.  You can reach us at 253.335.7958.

SENIOR PORTRAIT SESSIONS | FIRSTLIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

Firstlight Photography is now booking senior portrait sessions!  We live in Puyallup, WA and do many sessions in the downtown core because there is the perfect balance of natural backgrounds and great city-scape backdrops.  Tacoma also offers great diversity.  What it will all boil down to is the look and feel that you and your senior are after.  We can travel to your city or specified destination for photos (think high school, Space Needle, Post Alley, Pike Place Market, etc).

We will work with you to make sure we get what you are looking for – after all, you only have your senior year once and these photos are a great way to document a very special time in life.  We will also help with wardrobe ideas.  You can get started by looking at our selection of ideas on Pinterest.

And, if you need a more formal headshot, we are fully equipped with a studio.

For $350 your senior will get the following:

  • Pre-shoot Consultation (where we work with you to plan your session’s details and chat about wardrobe, props, locations).
  • 2 Hour Shoot
  • $100 in  Print Credits
  • Private Online Gallery
  • Custom Mobile Gallery App

& For an additional $95 you get a DVD with all high resolution images.

Do you have a sophomore or junior? Firstlight Photography is accepting 2015 and 2016 senior reps now.

Contact us to learn how you might be able to get a free package for your senior rep!

Rustic Outdoor Summer Barn Wedding | Firstlight Photography

As Seattle area wedding photographers we get to visit amazing wedding venues in Washington and beyond.  Wedding venues that offer a mix of outdoor and indoor spaces are the most flexible for couples – and they offer the most diverse backdrop for your wedding day photos.  Kalley and Eric were married at Green Gates at Flowing Lake in Snohomish, Washington.  

This venue has a fantastic open bluff that overlooks the Cascade Mountain Range and shoreline.  The reception was held in the open air covered barn structure that, once night falls, literally glows with rustic romantic twinkly lights.

At every turn the venue offers great photo opportunities.  The owners have put a lot of thought into making sure that there are many vantage points for wedding pictures.  We were even given help in hoisting Kalley’s dress up for just the perfect setting.

The event went off without a hitch.  We coordinated our photo schedule with the couple’s wedding planner Jennifer of Elements NW Events and Weddings so we were all on the same page for the days’ anticipated events.  The wedding details were rustic and romantic.  The tablescapes included dahlias and a mix of in season flowers set atop marvelously rustic tree platters.

Looking for a different twist on your wedding cake?  Kalley and Eric have a love of brownies so they opted for a tower of brownies with all the fixin’s on the side.  There was also a decadent candy buffet that the adults frequented more than the children.

Congratulations to Kalley and Eric!  We absolutely loved your wedding and are so glad we could be part of the day.

Wedding Vendors
Photography – Firstlight Photography
Planning & Coordination – Elements NW Events and Weddings Jennifer Vandeventer
Venue – Green Gates at Flowing Lake
Spirits – BevMo
Catering – Barry’s Catering
DJ – “Nick at Night” Nick MacDonald
Transportation – Rainier Limousine

Puyallup Senior Portraits {Firstlight Photography}

My parents paid loads for my senior portrait – I say portrait because I only recall seeing one image.  Every moment of my studio session was like torture.  The backdrop scene was a forest with a fake fence prop.  I really didn’t know what was happening.  The photographer was, well, sort of uninterested in his job and I just wanted to escape the cheese factor asap.  Sorry Dad and Mom.

At Firstlight Photography we want our seniors to have FUN.  You have a say – lots of it – in your shoot.  It is simple.  If you feel in control and are having fun it will show in your photos.  Senior portraits are meant to capture a very special moment in time.  We will talk to you about your interests, where you like to hang out, how you spend your time when not in school, if you play sports or are in a band etc.  We like to get to know you so we can create a lifestyle session that helps show who you are – not who your photographer wants you to be (ie that sad farm girl with the fake fence).

We will help prepare you for outfits to bring and will refer you to hair and make-up artists we recommend if you so desire.  We have a whole repertoire of locations we shoot.  We find many new ones based on our seniors’ input.  If you are going for a downtown, urban grunge, graffiti wall, waterfront, rustic barn, decomposing structures, nature vibe or even your high school – we can work it into your shoot.

We also offer a year in the life packages for the senior.  We basically stalk you on three to five shoots and capture you in your natural habitat.  These sessions are lots of fun.  By the end, our seniors are ready to assist any photographer – they really learn the ropes and get an amazing collection of photos.

Your shoot will be fun and you will get to provide input into the session.  We don’t want you to have those sad farm girl pictures too.

Our prices are very affordable and we will create custom packages for you.

Puyallup Wedding Photographer | Wedding Vendor Love {Firstlight Photography}

We love what we do and feel so fortunate that we have met amazing wedding vendors over the years. We just got a referral from Annemarie Juhlian, an amazing nondenominational officiant serving the Puget Sound and beyond region.

Last year we ended up doing three weddings with her (which is alot with just one officiant).  We realized our clients were similar and we loved working together.  She does a great job of getting to know the couple and crafting a very specialized service.  She basically makes Mitzi wife tear up every single time.  She is thoughtful and it shines through.

We are fortunate to get to work with her on many elopements.  She started an amazing site called Elope Seattle Style.  She guides couples through all the ropes for a Puget Sound elopement.

Puyallup Wedding Photographer | Fort Worden Port Townsend Wedding Venue {Firstlight Photography}

Alex and Nichole have set sail for their honeymoon cruise and we are editing their photos.  This Fort Worden wedding is just magic to us.  We love their images and they were amazing to work with.  Happy honeymoon you two!  We will have the photos done upon your return!  Their wedding will also be featured in the On the Go Bride Blog!