Morning Yoga: 4 Stretches to Get You Going

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If you’re anything like me, getting out of bed in the morning is my least favorite part of the day. I’m stiff, sleepy, and sore when I wake up. I set a few alarms in the hope that I’ll be so annoyed with them going off I’ll have to wake up and get out of bed. It’s bad people. I’m not a morning person. I go out for a run most mornings, and I like to use that time to wake up and focus myself for the day ahead. I asked Jessica from Corepower Yoga to show me a few morning yoga poses that will warm up the body, improve circulation, and shake away the sleepies. She showed me 4 easy poses that anyone can do after getting out of bed.

Pose #1: Cat/Cow Flow (Bitilasana & Marjaryasana)

morning stretches yoga morning yoga stretchesStart in table top position (knees bent, arms straight, back flat). Now as you slowly breathe in, look up and arch your back. As you exhale, touch your chin to your chest, round your shoulders and back, and push into your palms for an extra shoulder stretch. Repeat these two movements 3 times to warm up your spine and shoulders.

Pose #2: Half Moon (Ardha-Chandrasana)
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Stand up nice and straight with your feet together. Bring your arms above your head and clasp your fingers together. Take a deep inhale and stretch up, and as your exhale, bend over to your left side. Hold the stretch for 3 breaths then return to the center. With your arms still overhead, look up, inhale and tip your shoulders back giving your back a long arch. Return to center and repeat on right side.

Pose #3: Gate Pose (Parighasana)

 

 morning yoga stretchesBegin by sitting with your legs bent underneath you and your right palm on the ground. As you inhale, slowly rise up and extend your left arm and leg out, while supporting yourself with your right arm and knee. Exhale and feel a long stretch from the tip of your toe to your fingertips. Stay here for 3 breaths and repeat on the other side.

Pose #4: Cat/Cow Lunge Flow
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Begin standing with your feet together. Slowly step your left foot back so you are in a low lunge. Drop your left knee to the ground as you look up and create an arch in your back. As you exhale, slowly straighten your legs and bring your forehead as close to your shin as possible. Repeat this flow for 3 more breaths then switch sides.

Thanks to Jessica for the pose suggestions! Jessica teaches a variety of classes at Corepower Yoga. Yoga Journal has a fabulous index where you can find the pose you need for your body, check it out here. And, if you’d like to keep doing morning yoga to wake you up, check out this video.

 xoxo

Kate

Engagement Photography: Lacey & Andrew

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Lacey and Andrew are getting married in May. We have been friends since we were 17 in our church youth group. Yep, 17 in all its awkward, confusing glory. Though, in my memory, Lacey was never awkward and always looked as gorgeous as she does now.

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In our brainstorming email sessions, Andrew shared that he wanted their photos to reflect their differences. Here’s what he had to say about her, “Lacey has always helped “lighten me up,” which is what I love about her. I am a deathly awkward introvert, have a hard time coming out of my shell, and just generally spend too much time overthinking and pondering things. She is way more fun, blunt, and social than I am, and is usually the life of the party. She makes me look cooler than I am.”

 I mean, come on. When I read that, how could I not be ecstatic about shooting their engagement and wedding?!

Since I made a special trip back to Maryland for their engagement shoot, we decided to really do it up. We fit in about 6 very different locations and Lacey had the best outfits for each one. Lacey expertly accessorized each location with a kick ass outfit. They chose a few places with meaning for them as a couple, and a few places that were just plain awesome and fun locations to shoot. I like to say I can take a moment that feels really awkward and make it look really good. It’s all about trusting your photographer, people!

For engagement photography, I always recommend going to a spot that is meaningful to you as a couple. Somewhere that’s fun or special for both of you and your story together. It’s really fun to do the dress up, formal glam shots because it’s not everyday life. And it’s important to get the shots where you can relax and just have fun with your significant other, because that’s where the beautiful, honest moments happen.

For Lacey & Andrew’s engagement shoot, we started at Max’s Taphouse in Fell’s Point, and the boys there were kind enough to let us shoot before they opened for the day!

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Then, we zipped over to Artifact coffee. Artifact provided the perfect mix of rustic meets adorable.

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Next up, the surrounding area of Woodberry Kitchen. Lacey & Andrew were super adventurous and wanted to scale dumpsters and brick walls to get into this warehouse/parking garage window. Obviously I was impressed and overjoyed that they even wanted to get up there.

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Millstone Cellars makes the most delicious hard ciders in a little house of the side of the road in Monkton, Maryland. They were kind enough to let us use their space for photos.

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We hit the sunflower fields at the peak of their bloom and it provided the ethereal look and the perfect opportunity for Lacey to break out her flower crown, handmade by her friend.

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Finally, we ended at the gorgeous Sagamore Farms at sunset for some extra classed up-glam shots. And they do look gorgeous, don’t they?

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Lacey & Andrew, you had the endurance of marathoners on our all day shoot. I am so excited to shoot your wedding and can’t wait to see you in May!

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xoxo

Kate

 

Wedding Photography: Jeri & David’s Elopement

seattle wedding photographerI met Jeri & David on a gorgeous morning in late summer. The air was crisp with the sea breeze blowing towards us on Alki Beach. They found the perfect quiet spot for their elopement. The only people around were a few runners on the running path. The guests in attendance were the bride’s daughter, and the groom’s brother.

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Jeri, David, and Jeri’s daughter, Allie flew in from Texas so they could get married in an intimate ceremony on Alki beach. I love how relaxed and happy everyone looked.

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I think Jeri’s lace wedding dress was the perfect choice: casual and breezy, yet still so romantic. She looked incredible! And in true Seattle fashion, she got her bouquet from Pike Place Market!

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During shoots like this, I feel privileged to be a part of such intimate, special moments in peoples lives. Thank you Jeri & David for having me as a part of your Seattle wedding day!

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xoxo

Kate

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