Twin Falls, North bend, WA
Not too far away from the popular and crowded Snoqualmie Falls is a Twin Falls. A short hike takes you to a stunning series of waterfalls. A perfect destination for this sunny day.
Mount Shuksan – North Cascades, Washington
Part of the ongoing 365 of B&W photography. – Black and White Landscape Medium Format Photography
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2017 Skagit Valley Scottish Highland Games
Mount Vernon, WA
Here are some casual shots from the 2017 Skagit Valley Scottish Highland Games in Mount Vernon, WA. A beautiful summer afternoon with friends from Oregon. Drinking beers, eating meat pies and listening to some outstanding music. Events included pipe band competition, caber toss, sheaf toss, dancing, and sheepdog competition. This is the first time that I attended but will definitely be there all weekend next year. It might not be as large of an event as Enumclaw – Seattle Games, but it’s far more relaxed.
My new kilt arrived in time, however; I might have gained a few pounds since I quit smoking. Next year – a kilt that fits, both days, take tons of photos and represent Clan Morrison in the parade of clans.
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Why Hire a Professional Wedding Photographer.
A question we get quite often and it’s usually by Brides – Why should I hire a professional photographer? A wedding is usually a bride’s first budgeting test in a marriage and they feel a need to economize and demonstrate that the money is well spent. For some reason – there is really poor advice out there on a few wedding websites. Sure. There are a thousand ways to save a dollar on your wedding. Wedding photography is not one of them.
I hear these alternatives all the time –
My friend is a photographer and they’ll do it for free.
My Uncle Joe will do it, he has a camera.
Someone wants experience shooting a wedding.
A Professional – and will do it for $500.
Yes, you get what you pay for.
IF – these options resulted in timeless wedding images, there would be no professional wedding photographers. No show, lost photos, poor quality and drunk uncle are more typical outcomes.
A professional photographer is there for YOU.
As a professional we are guaranteed to show up on your wedding day. When you hire a professional, they are contractually obligated to perform! Will your friend flake out at the last minute – yes they will. Will you be able to hire someone on short notice in the middle of Summer? Probably not. A professional wedding photographer needs to run a good business. This includes the use of good contracts, information, pricing, well-articulated expectations and good communication.
A professional photographer has EXPERIENCE.
A professional photographer knows what to do, when to do it and how to do it. There is no trial and error. A pro will anticipate what is going to happen next and will be there. Your wedding day is not a learning experience. There are NO second chances for a wedding.
A professional photographer delivers you RESULTS.
You get what you PAY for. Hiring a professional ensures that you get great photos. Again, there’s a contract involved, and a professional is obligated to provide you with developed photos in a timely manner. A professional wedding photographer comes to a wedding armed with a large selection of equipment. This will include: a minimum of two professional camera bodies, lenses, strobes, batteries, light modifiers and alternative lighting sources.
A professional photographer builds a lasting RELATIONSHIP.
No worries about damaging your relationship. When working with a professional you will build a relationship with them. Personal relationships and friendships are strained when photos are of poor quality, delivered a year after the wedding or not there at all. Consider this for all aspects of your wedding. Hire a florist. Hire a caterer. Hire a DJ or Band. Hire an Officiant.
Your wedding day is one of emotion, passion, joy and excitement. It’s a happy time in one’s lifetime. You don’t need the any worries that your friend, uncle or novice is missing these lifetime memories. Hire a professional wedding photographer and never look back with regrets.
In the end – the cake will be eaten, the flowers will wither, music turned to silence and the only the photographs last forever.
Hello everyone, Assunta here, some of you know that I am a licensed esthetician and a lover of lotions and potions therefore, this time around I want to focus on the Beast of the Beauty, on what lurks in cosmetic/skin care products we put on our face and bodies everyday. Well, I’m not going to list product names, rather a few ingredients that are, pretty much, present in every beauty product. This will be a long process and therefore, split between a few newsletters.
Can you believe that the average person uses up to 15 different cosmetic products a day? Why can we just drink plenty of water, get a good night rest, go for walks and embrace the natural look we were born with? Put, maybe, some coconut oil on our skin and press organic beets on our lips? I know your answer…no time, quick fixes, and the euphoric feel we get when we spend money. I am at fault on this as well, right now I am wearing moisturizer, foundation, concealer, eyeliner, blush, mascara and lipstick, and that’s on my face alone. On my body I have a luscious Sephora body cream scented of marshmallow sweetness. Hair: Shampoo, conditioner, thickener, root boost and hairspray…Yaeeek!! That’s a lot of stuff, but still under what the average person uses; girls that is, guys are different…you are lucky if they shower everyday even, right?
This is why I thought it would be interesting to tackle the issue of whether or not all these different lotions, potions and snake oils are bad for us and the environment.
It gets worse: the list of toxic additives present in many cosmetics is jaw-droppingly huge. U.S. researchers report that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals. Harmful ingredients in your make up drawer. Some that should be avoided at all costs include (but are certainly not limited to): Butyl acetate, Butylated hydroxytoluene, Coal tar, Cocamide DEA/lauramide DEA, Diazolidinyl urea, Ethyl acetate, Formaldehyde, Parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl and butyl), Petrolatum, Phthalates, Propylene glycol, Siloxanes, Sodium laureth/sodium laurel sulfate, Talc, Toluene, Triclosan, and Triethanolamine.
And on that not so happy note, I will sign off.
In the next newsletter we will tackle each one of these ingredients and discover the real Beast of the Beauty. Until then…check your products and see if any have some or all of the above listed “demons”. Remember; we have to compromise nothing to enhance our beauty…
Ciao for now
Mother’s Day – Flowers are fine, Wine is divine but Photos are forever.
From our Generations Series and Location Portrait session to The Secret Door – celebrate motherhood with timeless prints.
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Probably the most exciting wedding season ever is approaching – several Theme Weddings that are just brilliant. We still have a limited number of Saturday openings for the busy 2017 wedding season. 25 years of Wedding Photography experience and we specialize in tailored wedding packages for any budget and any location.
Ciao for now – ar
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