Lifestyle Photography: The Gates’ Make Pancakes

seattle family photographyIt was exactly what Sunday mornings are supposed to be. It was slow, quiet, and full of cozy kids in their pjs. Angie & Joel started making pancakes for their small army of 6 kids and I got to see a little bit of what a Sunday morning with the Gates family is like. Let me tell you, it’s a lot of fun. There’s no shortage of entertainment or photo opportunities with these kids.

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“What people aren’t craving is perfection, or shockingly high standards. People aren’t longing to be impressed. They‘re longing to feel like they’re home” seattle lifestyle photographyseattle lifestyle photographyseattle lifestyle photographyseattle family photography

I love lifestyle photography family shoots because everyone can relax and just be themselves. I love watching moments unfold between moms, dads, brothers, and sisters. Thanks to the fabulous Gates family for having me and, more importantly, for the dairy free pancakes :).  seattle family photographyxoxo

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

 

Drunky’s Two Shoe: Mind Blowing BBQ

 

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This post originally appeared as a post on Hedonist Shedonist, a food & travel blog where I am a contributor.

Here in the Northwest, good BBQ is hard to find. We often settle for mediocre ribs, pulled pork, pork belly, and brisket just to satisfy a craving. Not anymore, Seattle friends. Those dark days are over. Drunky’s has arrived to meet all your meat needs. When I stepped into Drunky’s, I saw a masterpiece of kitsch. Far from the minimalist atmosphere of so many Seattle restaurants, Drunky’s sports a collection of taxidermy, Elvis oil paintings, and antique chainsaws that tricked me into thinking I had stepped into a hunting cabin or my grandfather’s house. My friends and I chose to sit inside since it was a gloriously rainy Seattle night. But, Drunky’s has a large outdoor patio that would be perfect for a nicer day.

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seattle_seattlefoodphotographer_foodphotographer_hedonistshedonist_foodblog_drunkysseattle-7We began the meal with a few beers, farmer’s mac, and cheddar jalepeño cornbread. The mac was perfectly creamy & cheesy. It was warm & decadent…the epitome of comfort food. The cornbread with honeybutter was perfection. It was crispy on top and crumbly inside.

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seattle_seattlefoodphotographer_foodphotographer_hedonistshedonist_foodblog_drunkysseattle-3When the main courses arrived, it took incredible amounts of self restraint to snap photos before devouring our entrees. The smell of smoked meats and BBQ made us realize how unbelievably hungry we still were. The pork belly sandwich is everything us bacon lovers dream of. The sandwich is served “southern style” with coleslaw topping strips of thick cut, smoky, juicy pork. Once I drizzled some bbq sauce on it, this sandwich was the most incredible combination of spicy, sweet, and smoky.

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Tara ordered the ribs plate with potato salad and cornbread, which was also an excellent choice. The ribs were expertly caramelized on the outside and tender on the inside. They practically fell off of the bone and reminded us of what ribs are supposed to taste like.

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Max ordered the brisket plate with baked beans and cornbread, yet another combination that did not disappoint. This brisket was tender and smoky: we could tell it was worth the painfully slow-cooking effort that brisket takes but is rarely worth it. This is the exception. The baked beans had the delightful touch of sweet brown sugar and complemented the smokiness of the meat.

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After all of this food, and a few more beers, it was time to call it a night. My friends and I were insanely full of the comfort food that is so hard to find in this part of the country. I loved this meal and this restaurant and will definitely be going back to Drunky’s for more of their perfected BBQ.

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xoxo

Kate

Senior Portraits: Ally & Julia

Watch out. Because there’s about to be some mega babes on here. Anytime I get to shoot portraits, I’m happy. Anytime the light is good, I’m overjoyed. But when I’m shooting portraits, the models are fun/willing to do what I ask/gorgeous, the light is insane, and the setting is a beach? Now that’s just magic. This senior portrait session was extra special for me, because these are my cousins, Ally & Julia. And holy cow. When did they grow up so much? I’m pretty sure I was just playing with them, pretending they were my baby sisters and bossing them around like 2 minutes ago. But, now that we’re all a little older, we get to do fun things like senior portraits! Take a look…

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These girls are smart and driven. They’re kind and they’re beautiful. They’re ready to get out there and make things happen, and I just love them.

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Go on with it, girls.

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Thanks for being incredible models, and trusting my direction, Ally & Julia! What a privilege to capture this moment for both of you :)

2016 Seniors: if you’re interested in booking a senior portrait session with me, email katejmillerphotography@gmail.com for more info. I promise I won’t make you wear a drape, tux, or a cap & gown. Your mom and your yearbook might, but I won’t.

xoxo

Kate

Then & Now: Monica & Jay

As a photographer, I get to be present at the very important events and intimate moments of peoples lives. I spend weddings days close to the bride and groom. I’m next to the bride in the quiet moments before she walks down the aisle. It’s a tremendous gift and privilege to be present with people in the moments their lives change in such wild ways. Today on the blog, this is the story of a couple’s life changing not once, but twice! Meet Monica & Jay! I shot their wedding at Walker’s Overlook back in Maryland nearly two years ago!wedding_photography_lifestyle_seattle_monica_jay-4wedding_photography_lifestyle_seattle_monica_jay-6wedding_photography_lifestyle_seattle_monica_jay-8wedding_photography_lifestyle_seattle_monica_jay-10Their wedding day was full of love, fun, and was a great celebration of who these two people are together. Their kindness and care for friends and families was so clear, it was special to be a part of it. wedding_photography_lifestyle_seattle_monica_jay-13wedding_photography_lifestyle_seattle_monica_jay-14Fast forward to now: Monica came to Seattle for a visit (unfortunately Jay had to stay in MD), and we worked in some time to for a shoot with their and new baby Brady! I love seeing her wedding images and newborn images right next to each other. Telling the stories in someone’s life, that’s what I love so much about my job.newborn_photography_seattle_monica_brady-7

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I mean, look at those squishy baby cheeks!

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xoxo

Kate

Tara & Cory Lifestyle Session at Whidbey Island

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On Valentines Day, there was also champagne, kisses, and delicious food, but first there was a shoot with a beautiful couple on an outrageous farm!

Thanks to the Farm at Double Bluff on Whidbey Island for having us!

 
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