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Fall Portrait Specials – Book Your Portrait Session Now

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Fall Portrait Specials

Summer is starting to fade. Just take a step outside just after dark, the warmth of the sun is gone and the brisk fall air is upon us. The Pumpkin Spice Lattes are out at Starbucks, and the dial of your car air conditioning will start edging from blue to red. You’ll look up in the sky and the beautiful green trees of Summer will show the red and gold falling signs of the Fall that is coming.

As we shift from splash parks, endless days and Popsicle stained smiles, to cozy sweaters, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and endless red and golden leaves, I encourage you to plan ahead and start to think of your yearly portrait session, the documentation of your growing family, and *gasp* your holiday cards.

The calendar is starting to fill for portrait sessions, and so I encourage you with these two Fall Portrait Specials to look ahead on your calendar and book your session now.


Special One : On October 11th and 12th take advantage of a two day mini portrait event!

For only $297 you get a pre-session consult to talk about what type of images you want of your family, a 30 minute custom session, and 5 digital print quality images for your personal use, as well as a custom reveal at my Shoreline studio where you choose your 5 digital images as well as you have the option to order other products. (valued at $555)

Sessions will be at the Arboretum on October 11th and at Greenlake on October 12th. Sessions are limited and can not be held unless paid in full.

October 11th at the Arboretum
11:20- 11:50
12:00 – 12:30
12:40 – 1:10
1:20 – 1:50
2:00 – 2:30
2:40 – 3:20
3:30 – 4:00
October 12th at Greenlake
2:00 – 2:30
2:40 – 3:10
3:20 – 3:50
4:00 – 4:30
4:40 – 5:10
5:20 – 5:50
6:00 – 6:30

Who can book a mini session?

Mini sessions are short and sweet, so they are best for couples, and families that have kiddos who can handle being outside in the chill fall weather. No extended groupings available for mini sessions, but those are great for our Special Two you can see below.

Why are mini sessions great?

Mini sessions are popular because it gives you an option to get beautiful custom photography for your family at a more economical price than a full portrait session. These mini sessions come with 5 digital images, so you know you will get plenty to choose for your holiday cards, as well as more to choose from and additional products you can purchase after the session.


 

Special Two : Book a Signature Session or any portrait package and get a free $100  added to your print credit.

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The Signature Session comes with a pre-session consult to ensure I know just the type of images you’ll love, a 60 minute portrait session within the Seattle Metro area,  a personal in studio ordering session and a $300 print/product credit. Signature Sessions are $497

Book your session between today and October 15, 2014 , and schedule the session to happen before November 15th (our holiday product cutoff) and receive $100 added to your print credit.

If you are interested in a Newborn or Babies First Year Package, send an inquiry, as all regular sessions and packages booked within this time will receive the $100 added print credit!

 


 

 How do I book a portrait special?

It’s easy, just follow these simple steps:

Mini Sessions

•Email me at rebecca@rebeccaellison.com with the date and time slot you want in the subject line. Please note that Saturday Oct 11 we will be at the Arboretum in the U-District taking in all the beautiful colors of the trees, and on Sunday October 12th we will be at Greenlake with beautiful fall colors as well as sunset light *hopefully* for the later shoots, and beautiful water backgrounds too!

• I will then confirm the time and date is still available, and will send you an agreement to sign and an invoice to pay. Once your agreement and invoice are in, the session is yours.

•From there you will get an in depth questionnaire about just what it is you are looking for in your photos, so I know that I can  capture the types of images that you will treasure most.

• You will also receive a “What to Wear” guide to make sure you have the best outfits for your session.

Fall Portrait Special of $100 credit:

•Fill out my contact form  to book. If you book by October 15, 2014 you will receive a $100 print credit added to your package! Your portrait session must take place by November 15th for our Christmas product delivery deadline.

What are you waiting for? The memories of your lives at this point at time passes by so quickly! Take advantage of this special to capture your family as it is today:)

 

Photo Retouching & What it Means as the Client

Many hear the words “retouching” and their kinds go to the crazy things that magazines do to make models skinnier and perfect in an unrealistic way, but retouching comes in many forms. If you’ve hired a professional photographer who sells prints and heirloom products to put on your walls (not just the shoot and burn a disc photographer), it’s more than likely that your images will be retouched. I know that any image being printed in my studio goes through a round of retouching before heading to the lab… But what exactly that means can be confusing to many. What does retouching really entail? Well, for portrait photographers (my studio included) it means : •softening wrinkles •removing blemishes •evening out skin tones •removing any distracting elements from the photo •removing/toning down stray hairs •removing dry skin and blemishes from newborns • removing shiny/oily spots on skin This is a time intensive thing to do, so unless your images are going on the wall, and not going to be forgotten about on a disc in your drawer, it won’t “automatically “get done. The goal is not to make your skin plastic or make you look skinnier/taller/anything different than you naturally look. It’s meant to refine the image so that you see the best representation of yourself that you will be happy to showcase on the walls of your home. So what does it look like? Does it make that big a difference? Here’s some photo candy to show you the difference of : •a raw photo straight out of camera, to •a “processed ” photo which looks refined but isn’t retouched (what you’d get on a disc from your photographer), and •a retouched image final and ready for making you smile every time you pass it by.

non retouched photo of a newborn baby girl by Seattle newborn photographer Rebecca Ellison
lightly retouched photo of a newborn baby girl by Seattle newborn photographer Rebecca Ellison

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Golden Gardens Engagement Photography at Sunset in Seattle

 

Summer Sunset Golden Gardens Engagement Session

The day didn’t start out as planned….traffic was horrible. There were accidents everywhere. The freeway and all side streets were jam packed. Add to the fun of the day, that it was a beautiful summer day in Seattle… which means everyone forgets how to drive.  We planned on starting Chelsea & Cameron’s Golden Gardens Engagement photo session at 5pm, but Seattle traffic had a different idea for us. Luckily I had avoided all the traffic hitting up all the back roads on the way from Shoreline to Ballard, but unfortunately Chelsea got stuck in the thick of it.

I had no other sessions that night, and their wedding was a couple weeks away, so we waited it out and waited for Chelsea to fight the traffic to get to us. Fortunately as it gets later and later the light for a Golden Gardens engagement session just gets better and better. Over an hour later, Chelsea arrived. While I would have been losing it from all the traffic, she arrived only slightly perturbed at the circumstances. She brushed it all off, changed her shoes and put on her game face. Cameron (who had made it there a bit earlier) and Chelsea cracked a couple jokes, and relaxed, tuning out the distractions of the day and tuning into each other. Just in time for the light to turn even more amazing.

We lucked out in some ways with the traffic, as Golden Gardens was only semi packed. Golden Gardens is like a magnet for all the entirely way to pasty and sun lacking folks of Seattle whenever the weather turns nice. Luckily since traffic was a bear, we didn’t have to dodge nearly as many sun bathers and beer drinkers as we usually would have on such a beautiful day, and in turn made using the scenery around us even easier.

With the sun setting in the background, the warm breeze coming off the Puget Sound (yep… it was warm enough for a warm breeze!), and Chelsea and Cam laughing together, it was a perfect engagement session on the beach.

Golden Gardens Engagement in Seattle photographed by Rebecca Ellison photography
Outdoor engagement against a stormy sky photographed by Rebecca Ellison Photography
Sunset beach engagement at Golden Gardens photographed by Seattle Engagement photographer Rebecca Ellison
Outdoor engagement in a wooded area in Seattle photographed by Rebecca Ellison Photography
Beach engagement in Seattle photographed by Rebecca Ellison Photography
Engaged couple stand in front of trees in an outdoor engagement session photographed by Seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison
Sunset Outdoor engagement photo features a couple kissing beneath the trees in Seattle photographed by Rebecca Ellison Photography
Engagement portrait photographed by Seattle Wedding Photographer Rebecca Ellison
Beach Engagement at Golden Gardens in Seattle photographed by Rebecca Ellison Photography
Sunset Beach Engagement photographed by Seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison
Outdoor engagement session couple stands on a bridge at Golden Gardens in Seattle photographed by Rebecca Ellison
Beach Sunset engagement at Golden Gardens photographed by Seattle Wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison

Are you looking for a Seattle Engagement Photographer? Come check out my engagement portfolio and contact me about photographing you.

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Outdoor Maternity Photos in Shoreline Hamlin Park | Karine & Caleb

Being an aunt or uncle is a special thing. You have a bond with your nieces and nephews unlike any other… until you’ve had your own child. I loved these outdoor maternity photos for many reasons, but most of all because it means that my awesome brother and sister in law were about to find out just what it means to be a parent.

Caleb & Karine are not only my family, but some of my best friends. They’ve been amazing Auntie and Uncle to my kids, and watching them transform into parents themselves has been so fun. From the moment we found out they were expecting (as I was expecting then too) Pete and I have been stoked. Karine and I laughing because we forgot what we were talking about mid conversation, ( I don’t know how any pregnant ladies can keep a conversation growing), to all of us speculating on boy or girl. Knowing that if they had a girl, then Scarlett (my daughter), just 6 months older  would have a built in best friend, and if they had a boy, then Scarlett would have a built in best friend or built in enemy…. alternating by the day I am sure.

When we found out they were having a girl, we were stoked… and also excited to see Caleb with a daughter. Watching Caleb transform as he watched Scarlett…very attentive to what stages she was at, while they waited for the 6 months to pass from Scarlett’s birth to when their little girl arrived.  You could tell he just wanted to soak in every detail of the world of babies, so he would know just what to do when he held his own daughter in his hands.

We were one of the first to find out their daughter, Remy’s name… and the only reason is because Caleb and Karine are horrible liars:)

So, when the time came for their outdoor maternity photos we chose Hamlin park down the street from their house. We played in the early summer light, laughing and wondering just what little Remy would be like. I was lucky that they were family on this particular shoot as, while the images are beautiful, I was having a day where technology and I were not on the same wavelength and nothing seemed to work as it should. Caleb and Karine took it all in stride, and handled all the little changes without issue. That’s a key thing to be able to do when you have a new baby.

So enjoy these outdoor maternity photos at Shoreline’s Hamlin Park. You can feel the anticipation in the air and how comfortable these two are in each others arms. They are a team, which is so important as you start life with a new little.

Outdoor maternity photos in Hamlin Park photographed by Shoreline maternity photgrapher Rebecca Ellison
Outdoor pregnancy portraits in a forest setting photographed by Shoreline maternity photographer Rebecca Ellison
Pregnant woman relaxes at Hamlin Park during an outdoor maternity portrait session photographed by Rebecca Ellison Photography
Family pregnancy photography in a forest setting photographed by Shoreline maternity photographer Rebecca Ellison
Hands on the belly of an expectant mother photographed by Seattle maternity photographer Rebecca Ellison
Pregnant couple at Hamlin park in Shoreline during an outdoor pregnancy portrait session photographed by Rebecca Ellison Photography
An expectant mother gazes at her baby belly in an outdoor maternity photo shoot in Hamlin Park photographed by Shoreline maternity photographer Rebecca Ellison
Loving couple anxiously awaits their first baby at an outdoor pregnancy portrait session in Hamlin Park photographed by Shoreline maternity photographer Rebecca Ellison
Outdoorr maternity photos featuring wooden blocks at an outdoor pregnancy portrait session photographed by Rebecca Ellison Photography
Maternity portraits featuring hand on belly photographed by Rebecca Ellison Photography

Interested in capturing your own baby bump? Come see my Seattle Maternity Photographer portfolio

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Orange and Yellow Backyard Beach House Wedding

Orange and Yellow Backyard Beach House Wedding of Jared and Tricia

One year ago on August 17, 2013 Tricia and Jared brought together a fantastic group of folks for their backyard beach house wedding in Shelton. It was a hot hot day, and one we were all so grateful to be in the backyard of Jared’s families beach house.

As you approached the beach house, you see a sign with all the names pointing to the beach houses owned in the area, and on the list is “Groom” which I found super appropriate. Not only is this Jared’s last name, but what he was that day. For that day, there was a duel purpose to that sign:)

Tricia was bustling in the upper bedroom, already dressed and getting her final touches of her hair and makeup done. Jared was downstairs affixing his boutonniere. Looking ready, and antsy to get the day started. We brought them together for what is one of my favorite moments of the day. The first site.

The anticipation is palpable in the air, the heat is dampened by the slight breeze coming off the ocean as Jared waits in the shade of the house he’s summered in through his childhood. He waits, listening for the tell tail creaks of Tricia’s steps down the front steps of the beach house. He has been told not to turn around until Tricia tells him too. You can see in his eye, and the shuffle of his feet, that he wants to turn so badly, but knows that she is worth the wait.

I loved photographing Tricia and Jared, as they are such a low key and real couple. Their embraces are natural, their smiles sincere, and the glint of her eyes when his hand reaches for hers. The swell of his shoulders has she leans in to embrace him. It is so evident of just how their hearts beat to the same rhythm.

The sun glistening off the water in the background, the mason jar glasses full of Arnold Palmers shimmered with condensation as they were enjoyed by the guests, waiting for the party to begin. The yellow and red accents through the decorations and flowers gave a beautiful pop off the blue of the water behind.

Their backyard beach house wedding ceremony followed by amazing food from Skillet Street Food Truck, thoughtful and extremely entertaining toasts, with the sun setting behind them and the sky turning a deep and beautiful blue, the party lights strung overhead casting a warm glow over the beginning of a dance party, and ice cream cones for all to enjoy. This backyard beach house wedding was the perfect way to start Tricia and Jared’s journey of married life together and I wish them the best on their one year anniversary!

Bride and groom on the beach at a backyard beach house wedding near Seattle photographed by Rebecca Ellison Photography
Direction Sign details and decor at backyard beach house wedding photographed by Rebecca Ellison Photography
chalkboard decor details at backyard beach house wedding photographed by Seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison
Bride gets ready photographed by seattle wedding photographer rebecca ellison
Bride gets ready at a backyard beach house wedding photographed by Rebecca Ellison Photography
orange leather bridal shoes at a backyard beach house wedding near seattle
Bridal bouquet of flowers at an orange and yellow backyard beach house wedding photographed be Seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison
Groom with yellow boutonniere at an orange and yellow backyard beach house wedding near seattle
First look at an orange and yellow backyard beach house wedding photographed by rebecca ellison photography
First look at a backyard beach house wedding near seattle with yellow detail photographed by Rebecca Ellison Photography
Bride and Groom on the beach at an orange and yellow backyard beach house wedding photographed by Rebecca Ellison Photography
Bride, groom and dog at an orange and yellow beach house wedding near seattle featuring orange bridal shoes and a tea length wedding dress
Bride, groom and dog at a backyard beach house wedding photographed by Seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison
Bride and groom take a walk featuring and tea length wedding dress and orange shoes
Bride and groom at a backyard beach house wedding photographed by Rebecca Ellison Photography
Bridal details featuring flowers, hair and makeup at an orange and yellow backyard beach house wedding photographed by Seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison
Groom details featuring shoes, cufflinks and boutonniere at an orange and yellow backyard beach house wedding near Seattle
Bride and groom at an orange and yellow backyard beach house wedding featuring a tea length wedding dress, orange shoes and yellow details photographed by Seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison
Groom details featuring yellow boutonniere and tie and a polka dot pocket square photographed by Rebecca Ellison Photography
Bride walks down the aisle at a backyard beach house wedding near Seattle photographer Rebecca Ellison
Waterfront wedding ceremony at a backyard beach house wedding photographed by Seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison
Waterfront wedding ceremony at an orange and yellow backyard beach house wedding photographed by Rebecca Ellison Photography

Chalkboard decor details at backyard beach house wedding near seattle photographed by Rebecca Ellison Photography
Orange and yellow decor and flowers at a backyard beach house wedding near seattle
Chalkboard detail and penant decor at a backyard beach house wedding near seattle photographed bt Rebecca Ellison photography
Vintage Food truck at a backyard beach house wedding near seattle photographed by Seattle wedding photographer rebecca ellison
Flowers and vinyl record details at an orange and yellow backyard beach house wedding near Seattle photography by Rebecca Ellison
Flowers and decor at an orange and yellow backyard beach house wedding near seattle
Backyard Beach house wedding near Seattle photographer Rebecca Ellison
Wedding reception at a backyard beach house wedding near seattle photographed by Rebecca Ellison Photography
Food truck at a backyard beach house wedding reception photographed by seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison

Food at a backyard beach house wedding photographed by Rebecca Ellison Photography
Food truck at a backyard beach house wedding reception
Sunset at a backyard beach house wedding near Seattle photographed by Rebecca Ellison Photography
Toasts at a backyard beach house wedding photographed by seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison
Toasts at a backyard beach house wedding reception near seattle photographed by Rebecca Ellison Photography
Moonrise at a backyard beach house wedding near Seattle photographed by Rebecca Ellison Photography

dessert ice cream bar at backyard beach house wedding photography by Seattle wedding photographer Rebecca Ellison
Bride and groom on the beach at a backyard beach house wedding near Seattle

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