Behind the scenes of a test shoot:
This is Frances Gaul of Frances Gaul Photography Based out of Mercer Island, serving the Seattle area, specializing in Mitzvahs, High School Seniors and Families. Hildebrand Photography and Frances Gaul Photography work together quite often. We are a great match. She’s creative, talented, professional, upbeat and dedicated. We have worked countless events together that we now work together like clockwork swapping leadership roles, creative ideas and camera gear with ease. These photos are perfect examples of how far Frances will go to get the shot. This shoot was something we put together just to test out new gear and new lighting ideas. It’s always a challenge for photographers to shoot in high, direct sunlight but with out off-camera lighting and perfect placement of subjects we rocked it.
Here’s a recent family photo session we did for the Martinez family. This is a perfect example of what to wear. They (Kim) chose grey and crimson (go WSU!) then dark jeans. These colors are easy to find in stores especially this time of year, they look good with the fall colored background and her family is comfortable wearing them. Color keying is a term used in photography. It means matching the color of your background to the client’s outfit. This is done so that your eye is drawn to the subjects face and not distracted by their clothing colors. It’s something to consider when choosing outfits for your family to wear for family photos. Try to avoid white clothes as white is the first thing your eye is drawn to in any photo as it is the brightest “color” (didn’t we learn in art class that white isn’t a color? I’m not sure what it’s called so I’ll put it in quotes). Grey is a nice alternative to white. It’s neutral and subdued. Any color with grey and denim or khaki is a good choice.
Avoid patterned clothing. One outfit change is an option but not necessary. You could layer then take sweaters off to show shirts underneath for a different look without having to go find some place to change clothes.
If you bring a pet please bring someone to hand them off to for the non-pet photos.
We look forward to capturing amazing images of your family! We have a few dates still available but not many. Email me at d[email protected] or call 206.790.8995 (email is best) to book a session now!
Family Photo Redmond
Hildebrand Photography Family, Children, Seniors, Headshots, Contemporary Portraits
Edgewater Hotel Seattle + Bastille Café and Bar Ballard
Kristina and Jacob’s wedding
Here’s a quick view of some of my favorite photos from Abri and Don’s wedding at their church, Pacific Christian Center Church. I’ll post a full blog later but couldn’t wait to show at least a few photos from their big day. Frances and I had so much fun that day/night. Abri and Don’s family and friends are the nicest, most supportive and fun people to be around which makes complete sense because that’s how they are too. They’re a luck couple. Congratulations you two!
Moran State Park Lookout Tower
I’m creating Adri and Nick’s wedding album and just now created this spread that I just had to post to our blog…love!
Moran State Park Orcas Island
This view was voted #1 in the world by National Geographic magazine. I can see why.
Moran State Park wedding party
San Juan Islands Wedding
Here is our version of a wedding guest sign-in book. Everyone who sees these books rave about how great they are. They’re a keepsake item full of your engagement photos as well as your guests well wishes to you on your wedding day. The first page you see here is the cover page. All of our albums are custom made, hand-stitched in Italy with thick lay flat pages. Nothing compares to the quality of these professional albums.
These two weddings are an homage to Seattle Floral and Design.
Lana, the owner, is incredible! She has designed many, many weddings we have photographed. If I posted all of them in this blog I’m sure my blog would explode! We absolutely LOVE working with her!! We would recommend and do recommend everyone to her. Her and her staff are truly creative artists. Their floral arrangements evoke emotion in everyone who sees them.
The yellow flowers at the Salish Lodge wedding were perfect for the grey, stormy day. Everyone who sees that yellow bouquet says it looks like one giant flower! They even had red rose petals on their bed!
At the Four Seasons Seattle Hotel the white bouquet smelled amazing! And look at the completely unique bouquets for the flower girl and ring bearer! Aren’t those cool! And the blue flower wreath for the little girl in the wagon makes me melt it’s so pretty on her cute little head!
Seattle Floral and Design has a high attention to detail, is timely with tight schedules is professional and hard working.
You should hire Seattle Floral and Design for your next event.
Gilded wedding frame of the beautiful Adri and Nick. I absolutely love this 3-up framed collection!
Model in woods, orange kitty in track suit
Here’s our first photo shoot of lady in tulle in the woods. My vision was to have her serenely holding an orange cat (to match the orange flowers). I put out an all call for anyone with an orange cat who could model for us. This lovely lady volunteered her cat saying he has a calm demeanor and could handle it. One the day of the shoot we had her arrive late so we had time to get the lights set up and model all set with minimal stress to the cat. Once we were ready the owner took brought her cat to the site in a kitty crate, pulled him gently out of it. We took a photo of him in her arms. I asked if she had a leash then BAM! the cat jumped out of her arms and took off like a shot! I didn’t see it but I’m sure he quickly ran to a phone booth and changed into his Superman cape or at least a track suit because he was fast!
We spent the next hour looking for him. Finally, a park maintenance guy saw him. He was captured and taken back home safe and sound. No modeling for that guy! We were all completely relieved that he is ok. Stephanie, our model, had blood running down her arms from him scratching her. We had her pose with her arm hidden to not show the bright red blood against the white tulle background. It was quite an adventure! Behind the scenes sometimes make for crazy stories. Thank goodness this one ended happily.
We are excited to announce that we are now offering Acrylic Block Prints! These are a unique, gorgeous way to showcase your favorite photos! They’re thick. They can stand upright on their own. No installation required. No wall mounting needed. No glass needed. They’re glossy and impressive. Now here’s the challenge for you…which photos would you choose to print in Acrylic Blocks? Contact us to order yours today! It doesn’t have to be a photo we took but we would be honored if it were. These are going to sell like hotcakes! I can’t wait to show these off to people in our studio during our Red-carpet premiers! They can be ordered with metallic paper to give off that subtle shimmery look which everyone loves! We also offer photographic paper. Be the first of your friends to have an Acrylic Block Print.
Into the woods glamour photography
Sharon and Dylan’s wedding was perfect. It was fun and relaxed full of family and friends all wishing the newly weds the best in life and celebrating to the fullest! It was an honor to be a part of their special day and capture memories for them to document the love they clearly have for each other. May this be the beginning of many happy memories to last a lifetime!
Jennifer and Jonathan Wedding at Hangar 30 Magnuson Park Seattle
Jennifer and Jonathan met Kate and I at Talaris Conference Center for their first look. This was the perfect time right after the bride and groom getting ready to be able to take a moment together to stroll hand in hand, take a breath of fresh air and laugh together before the busy part of their big day began. The serenity of the water and shade of the weeping willows were the perfect setting.
From here we drove to Magnuson Park Hangar 30 for cocktail hour in the Officers Club upstairs. There was live guitar music, gourmet appetizers, lots of family and friends, hugging, dancing and laughing.
After cocktail hour Jennifer and Jonathan led everyone in a procession from the Officers Club, past Hangar 30, down a winding pathway through the gardens which opened up to a vast green amphitheater! All the guests were seated here while the bride and groom took a moment for photos in the flower gardens above and congregated with their dear friend and officiant.
The mood was jovial. Both the bride and groom waved to everyone as they walked down the aisle and hollered silly comments to guests yelling “woo!” from their seats. The big first kiss then another procession to the Hangar for the reception. Guests stood in line to sign the guest album, grab their seating chart tag and treat themselves to a cotton candy flavored Oreo…yes, theses little morsels served in glass jars with antiqued silver lids were delicious!
Cocktail hour again but this time with a whole band playing, a bar and a photo booth. Little kids played ball with their dads, the pre-teens made their silliest faces possible and arranged their wacky poses for our cameras while the adults clinked their glasses in “cheers!”
Dinner was served family style (which I love). The caterers were fabulous. Their attention to detail did not go unnoticed by Kate and I who have been to many weddings. We were impressed. As you can see we were kept very busy and entertained taking photos of all the guests, and the multitude of details that made Hangar 30 elegant, festive and unique.
Please enjoy the rest of the photos that are full of the toast, cake cutting, dancing and fun/silly family photos.
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Big thanks to the vendors involved:
Hangar 30 Magnuson Park Seattle
Revel Rouser Events Event Planning/Event Services Sasha Summer Cousineau
Talaris Conference Center in the U District
Thank you to Kate Gansneder of G Squared Photography for shooting with me.