“Did you talk to her dad before you got married?” I asked my grandpa on the way to their anniversary session location. “Are you kiddin’ me!?” He looked at my grandma and laughed with a laugh that shook his whole body. She couldn’t keep it in either; tears began to roll down her cheeks in between quick breaths and giggles. This went on for several minutes. Each of them took a deep breath to regain composure. They sighed one final time, and didn’t say a single word after that, as if the memory and those attached with it were sacred. I felt like I just witnessed one of the most satisfying moments of my life.

Here, two people who I’ve known for 24 years, flipped their usual-collected selves into to a fit of laughter as if they were giddy school kids sharing an inside joke. In that moment, I realized that photographing anniversary sessions would forever be my niche. If this is what marriage looks like after sixty years, then put me in the game, coach, it’s magic. I want to photograph magic.

Tom and Dolly, my grandparents, are two people who share their lives, hearts, wisdom, and home cooked meals with everyone that they come into contact with. This year marks their 61st wedding anniversary, so we took advantage of the cool Pacific Northwest weather to photograph them while they’re still young — one could call them spring chickens, practically. While photographing their marriage, I couldn’t help but notice the amount of tenderness that Tom showed Dolly; in the way that he held her, looked at her, spoke to her, and walked with her. I can’t wait for you to see it, too.

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Anniversary-session-Katie-Day-PhotospinimageKatie Day Photos is an eco-friendly and sustainable business located at the base of the Central Cascades mountain range in Washington state. If you connect with these photos and would like to book an anniversary session, reach out by calling Katie Day (425-499-3438), or by using the contact form shown in the menu bar above.

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  • September 22, 2017 - 8:19 pm

    Susan Storer - I LOVE this Katie!! The picture of them with bowed heads and clasped hands bought tears to my eyes…Thank you for sharing dear!ReplyCancel

  • September 23, 2017 - 7:01 am

    Barb Drake - These photographs are amazing, Katie. You capture all the love, dedication and tenderness of this amazing couple. I’ve never met them and their love is palpable and wonderful.ReplyCancel

Katie Day Photos Rattlesnake Ledge Anniversarypinimage“It felt like a marriage retreat,” Nate said after reflecting on his and Lauren’s anniversary session. Comments like this one combined with a session like theirs, make my heart soar. Growing up in North Bend, Washington, Lauren always wanted to document a session somewhere along Rattlesnake Ridge. Thanks to Nate’s willingness to hike, and Lauren’s vision of stylish attire overlooking the lake, the session took place after seven years of dreaming about it. What better way to celebrate a fourth anniversary than with laughter, dance, and personal reflection on marriage? This is a treat. We hope that you love it.

Behind every anniversary session is a couple who has experienced utter pits and mountain top experiences together. Careful thought and prayer goes in to curating the perfect session. When it comes to creating depth in a couples’ photographs, it’s simple. They’ve experienced highs and lows that only a spouse can attest to, so the need to pose is minimal. Instead, couples reflect on what’s meaningful. Truth is spoken; it’s natural. It’s honest. It tells a story. Prior to the session, Lauren mentioned: “We are most grateful that God brought us together; we really believe we are meant to be together. We know that life would be empty without the other person.” These words became the focus of the shoot; they replayed over and over in my mind while photographing this couple. It’s easy to see that Lauren isn’t just jumbling words; both her and Nate share this as a core belief.

Lauren and Nate, thank you for seeing the value in photographing your marriage. Thank you for creating time during your stay to celebrate your anniversary with a photography session. I hope that the experience has been restful and rejuvenating for you two!
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Read more here to learn about how Katie Day Photos is a sustainable, eco-friendly business.

 

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It’s one thing to say vows of intention in Washington state (it’s beautiful everywhere), however, it’s a different game when the vows are declared at a venue that overlooks the Salish Sea on the Washington Peninsula. Port Townsend does not disappoint. In this case, Fort Worden State Park showed off in all the best ways. Family members of Mikayla and TJ, the bride and groom, waited in anticipation and prayer as the weather reports forecasted rain for the wedding day. The wedding party, the family, and close friends spent the night beforehand on the park’s quarters (a charming old military base), and all woke with delight to the promise of sunshine.

Mikayla and TJ’s day began with rest. Naturally, the remainder of the day panned out with ease. Loved ones gathered to encourage, affirm, and honor them in this milestone. It’s plain as daylight to see how these two connect, and my hope for them is to return to these photos in the future as if they were reliving the wedding day over, over, and over again.

Mik and TJ, we are rooting for you and we love you! We can’t wait to see how your marriage blesses the socks off of all those who you encounter. Your relationship has already made big dents in bettering this world, and it can only grow in depth from here. And if we haven’t said it enough already, welcome to the family, TJ!

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Huge shoutout to my second shooter, Sonja, who stepped in big time to take over the ceremony, and also during the reception so that I could participate as a guest.

Photographer: Katie Day Photos
Second Photographer: Sonja Lyon
Videography: Clay Erickson
Venue: Fort Worden
Dress: David’s Bridal
DJ/MC: Cameron Samac
Officiant: Dr. Joshua Ziefle
Rings: Made by bride & groom, with the assistance of Stephanie at With These Rings

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  • June 13, 2017 - 6:01 am

    Emely - Wonderful photos!!!ReplyCancel

This cherry blossom season, Chad and Rebecca incorporated the most beautiful blooms into their intimate wedding in Seattle. A small group of friends and family gathered to watch Chad and Rebecca tie the knot at the Washington Arboretum Park. The Seattle sky held it’s breath (and it’s spit) for the guests, which meant that a wind-less, rain-less afternoon took place in a stunning location.

The bride and the groom are considerate as they are kind. Also, they take the cake for the most chill bride and groom to ever exist. Take a look into their day and join me in congratulating them!

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Vendors:
Officiant: Elaine Way from Seattle Wedding Officiants
Restaurant: Plum Bistro
Photographer: Katie Day Photos

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In honor of Earth Day this year, we’re taking time to share on Instagram about how Katie Day Photos is a sustainable, ethical, and eco-friendly small business – letting the world in on one piece of ‘insider information’ per day. Many people have no idea of the amount of thought and work that goes into each step of their photography experience, so this short journey takes a peek into what that process looks like. Here are five earth friendly photography business practices that we conduct with every client:

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Sequoia National Forest, California.

Earth Friendly Business Practice 1:
When meeting clients for their consultation, if it’s not in the comfort of their own home, it’s likely to happen in a coffee shop that makes an avid attempt to avoid or reduce waste. Thankfully, the Seattle area isn’t short on sustainable coffee shops or eco-conscious baristas. Reusable mugs, dishes, and cutlery are all a part of the solution. These are the same shops that usually source organic coffee beans and tea leaves from properly-paid farmers who avoid synthetic pesticides and non-organic fertilizers. When booking an engagement, an elopement, an anniversary session, or a wedding, there won’t be any talk about this, but you will be reducing your carbon-footprint, perhaps without even realizing it. You champ, you.

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Earth Friendly Business Practice 2/5:
1) Recycle old equipment, and  2) Purchase what is used; this is one detail that we focus on to create less waste. Things like SD cards, main camera bodies, heavily used equipment, in addition to hard drives, are NEVER purchased secondhand (waaaay too much at stake). Risks aren’t taken when it comes to equipment – if clients are paying good money, then they should expect great service, backed by great equipment. That said, if a local camera shop has a gently-used lens that I’m on the market for, I’m absolutely going to take advantage of the lens rather than investing in a new one. There’s no need to consume more than what I need or to hold onto what I don’t need; all of my old camera parts and lenses are recycled into a shop that fixes up equipment and resells the bodies and parts. Circular economy, holler at cha girl.
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Earth Friendly Business Practice 3/5:
Hahnemühle photography prints. Upon receiving my own hahnemühle prints, I let out an audible gasp. I teared up, too. After testing prints from more than twenty labs over the course of eight months, nothing took my breath away more than these prints from Musea. Hahnemühle is an heirloom-quality paper made out of cotton that has a life expectancy of approximately 100 years over the standard lustre print. This solution is equally sustainable and earth-friendly as it is the most stunning quality on the market. The paper company maintains the following merits. They:

  1. Hold strict standards on waste water.
  2. Use recycled raw materials without losing quality.
  3. Includes only primary fibers, not treated with bound chlorine.
  4. Utilize renewable raw materials (bamboo and bagasse – a by-product of sugar cane that is usually burned).
  5. Source electricity from water, wind, and solar energy.

In addition, Hahnemühle prints display the richest tones. The end result is a print that I can’t keep to myself; it’s available to all of my clients (in addition to matte/lustre). Ask to see samples of this paper during your consultation, and judge for yourself the difference of quality and color – there’s absolutely nothing like it.

Photographers: if you want to offer the same experience to your clients, use the code ‘katiedayphotos’ for 10% off your first order.
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Earth Friendly Business Practice 4/5:
I am proud to support four small business across the U.S.. It feels good to partner with other business owners, as opposed to big companies, knowing that all of my products are ethically sourced – each carefully hand printed, hand stretched, hand designed, and handmade. Four of our main products: albums; prints; canvases; and hand-crafted heirloom boxes, come from the best labs in the nation. When I transitioned my business to serving my clients fully (as opposed to handing over digitals), I went through an eight-month process of investing, communicating, testing, reviewing, and hardcore scrutiny of every piece of art that returned to my doorstep.

The process helped us narrow down the four essentials of completing a clients’ photography experience: their choice of album, print, canvas, and / or heirloom box(es). Each business that I work with is ethical and sustainable. In addition, Musea gives a portion of money from every print order to build wells throughout impoverished countries.

Supporting businesses like these makes me proud of people like you who believe in what I do and choose to fill your home with beautiful memories. Finishing off every clients’ experience with something to take home and hold onto forever is so, so satisfying.

Thanks for the soap box, stick with me and I’ll return it at the end of this post.
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Earth Friendly Business Post 6/5 (BONUS):
As a wrap, before I start telling you about the benefits of tooth powder and homemade deodorant (please don’t run), I understand that this environmental stuff might throw you off – believe me, the words ‘ethical,’ ‘sustainable,’ and ‘eco-friendly’ catch  me off guard, too. Know that these business practices are not set in place due to any trend. Running an ethical, sustainable, and eco-friendly business has been something of an ongoing process; one that I’m learning to be more conscious of as a business owner.

In short, we’ve been given an amazing planet and resources to work with, so this is one attempt to steward it well. This approach has been an opportunity to invite others to look ‘behind-the-scenes’ – covering a series of topics that I haven’t shared openly before, so thank you for paying attention and following along. For those who have questions or who would like to know more, I’m always open to conversation. Call or email anytime.

BONUS:
As a ‘Thank you’, I’m running an ‘Earth Day Special’ exclusive to today (4/22/17). For every person who emails or calls about booking a session (engagement, anniversary, elopement, wedding, or truth session) by the end of the night (4/22/17 at 11:59 PST), they will receive a $50 gift certificate to go toward professional [ethically made] photography products. That’s a gift of fifty green US dollars, people! Email (hello@katiedayphotos.com) // use the contact form above // or call 425-399-3438, to book today. Can’t wait to hear from you!

 

 

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