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Troy at the LeMay Family Collection {Senior Portraits}

I am pretty familiar with a lot of locations in the area after doing photography for the last several years. However, this was the first time I had heard of the LeMay Family Car Collection and I was totally game to try it out for Troy's senior pictures when his mom asked me about it. Troy is a car guy and I hope he had as much fun seeing the cars as we walked the property and museum as I did shooting him around them. What an awesome guy he is. Doing senior portraits can be a great time to talk as we walk around and this guy has a solid head on his shoulders and has a great heart as well.

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Welcoming Emmett {Auburn Newborn Photography}

What a gift it was to me to document some of our dearest friends welcoming their precious baby boy, Emmett. Isn't it amazing how God knows what we need even more than we do?  Angela was talking about how Emmett is so a part of their family unit and now that he's with them, they are realizing they've always loved him and he's just supposed to be there. Eli is a proud big brother and Ellia is just lit up and bubbling with love for her baby brother.  They have extended family that have welcomed him and a host of friends who adore him too.  We are definitely part of that crowd.

I made a little fusion film of some of my favorite film clips and photos from the hospital and home. You can see that HERE (watch in HD for highest quality). He's already changing so much that I'm happy we have this little record of his family loving him right from the beginning.

We love you, Emmett!!

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Catie in the Sunshine {Auburn Senior Portraits}

A sunshiny garden and a gorgeous senior is a recipe for a happy time for me. I just loved visiting with Catie as we took her portraits. Weeks from graduating, she's excited about what's ahead and it looks like Washington State is going to be the lucky university that gets her. So beautiful and smart and with a heart that shines through in every shot.  Catie, thank you for the opportunity to document this special time in your life! (And Annie and Melissa, thanks for letting me pull you into a sister and mom picture too!)

 

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Tom and Patty's Family

My friend, Katie, estimated that it had been over 10 years since her family had portraits done so I was delighted to take some pictures of them all together.  Our session fell on the week that Tom and Patty were celebrating their 33rd anniversary and this milestone and a beautiful family are well worth documenting. We had a lot of fun and they even mucked through the stream to get to my favorite river location. Thank you for a wonderful morning!

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Alyssa's Senior Portraits

What a treat it was to take Alyssa's senior portraits! She has such a warm and fun personality. I loved that we captured her with Jasmine, her horse, at their home and then we headed off to get a few more portraits of her and some with her family.  I loved every bit of it. Here are some favorites.....

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Registration Open

PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR LIFE:

FIRST STEPS WITH A D-SLR.

Saturday, May 20 from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. $150. Auburn, WA

 

This intro class is for people who want to learn how to use their cameras and most come in either shooting in auto or dabbling in other modes. You will not regret learning how to document your life and the people in it!

We cover:

  • how to use natural and available lighting for the best look, especially including indoor light which can be tricky.

  • how to capture genuine emotion and connections with portraiture by interacting with your subject (I have some fun tricks I’ll tell you about…nobody wants cheese!).

  • things to keep in mind when composing a shot with visual interest and balance.

  • storytelling and details to include in your daily life.

  • the technical aspects of your camera and learn how to shoot in the different modes beyond auto.

  • the components that go into creating proper exposure and how to adjust them in a variety of settings.

  • the practical experience of shooting together with what we’ve learned and I will send you out with a sound knowledge of how to use aperture priority.

To register, email cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com.  

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And Bennett Makes Four {Tacoma Family Photography}

What a treat it was to spend the morning with Baby Bennett and his family!  Big brother Bradley took about a minute to warm up and then he was totally rocking it. We took some images at their house of everyone cuddling up together and then went for a walk in the sunshine.  Jamie and I were talking about how much boys need to get outside, a subject I know much about!

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Looking for Light and Location Class Registration Open

 

I'm so thrilled to offer another Looking for Light and Locations class!

Saturday, April 22 from 9-1.  Price $150. Tacoma, WA.

All light is not created equal! We are going to look for the light that will illuminate our subjects for the vision that we have.  We'll also be hunting down locations that add to the composition and visual interest to take portraits to the next level. I'll be teaching this class in an urban environment with a wide span of options for shooting as well as in a natural environment at a local park.

In this class we will be covering:

  • How to find spaces with great light for subjects, even on days which can be grey and overcast.  Natural reflectors and open space are so important!
  • How to look for great places to compose shots with visual interest (framing, rule of thirds, symmetry, leading lines, negative space, using depth of field).
  • Positioning and engaging with subjects in a variety of settings....no one wants to look awkward, starchy or super posed.

We will start the class at Anthem in Tacoma and your drinks will be my treat as we talk for the first hour. Then we'll spend the rest of our class time shooting together. You'll be able to translate what you learn into whatever photography subjects are your favorite.

To register, email me at cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com.

Here are some images from the 2 classes I taught last year. 

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Jasper is Ten! {Personal Post}

One of the most amazing things I've realized as our kids grow is that God knew exactly how they would fit our hearts. 

Jasper fits us so well. He's a talker and is constantly ingesting and sharing information. Sometimes I laugh because he reads these big words in books and fits them into the context of conversation flawlessly but his pronunciation is off because he's never actually heard the word before. He loves to serve others and think of things that will make them happy. He absolutely delights in the culinary arts and dearly loves to comb through recipes and cook with me. He appreciates a great joke and has a bunch in his back pocket for the right opportunity. And since he was little, he's just always dearly loved babies. I often see him pausing at a park or church to go interact with little ones. 

One of my favorite parts of this boy is that he's really comfortable in his own skin and how God made him. He wants to grow and learn and mature. He chooses things to help him grow to be a solid young man. 

It's hard to believe a decade has passed since he was curled up against me and I was smelling that heavenly newborn smell of his sweet little self. I remember that crazy, instant, powerful love.  That love hasn't changed, just become more deeply rooted into who I am. 

I am thankful for our wonderful son. Happy birthday, Jasper!

This year we created a little film for his birthday too. I want to always remember his voice and the way he moves.  You can watch that HERE.

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Adeline Grace Newborn Portraits {Maple Valley Newborn Photography}

What a joy it was to spend time with Andy, Jenn and Finn who are celebrating the arrival of their gorgeous miracle baby, Adeline Grace. Adeline is a cozy, lovely little bundle of perfection and Finn is digging being a big brother. Their home is so beautiful and I just adored Adeline's  sweet nursery with the big flowers and sign that Jenn made.  It was the perfect backdrop for all the loving that's going on in their nest as a family of four.

I created a mini film for them which you can watch HERE. It will be fun to watch shortly as Adeling will grow and change quickly.

Here are a few of my favorite photos. What is more fun that photographing a new baby with the people who are over the moon to have her here?

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Elijah is Six {Tacoma Family Photography}

I just love doing an update for these friends each year on Elijah's birthday month. This guy is growing so tall and strong and smart but he always has the same big smile and sweet personality.  Each year Ashley brings along a little something to show what he's into and this year it's transformers. What a fun way to remember the ages and stages!

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Our Florida Vacation {Personal Post}

I saved airmiles for a long time and when I had enough for six full flights, Ben and I searched for somewhere far away that we could go to the beach for mid winter break. We discovered Marco Island, Florida and had a glorious vacation. We got out a wee bit in the morning to discover the area and then split our time between the beach and pool. The golden light and white sand were absolutely healing and the kids had raisin toes and fingers from the time they spent in the pool. It was so good for us to have this time together to just play and we're already brainstorming where we can go next.

Besides taking pictures this trip, I also created a film which you can see HERE.

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Registration Open: Shooting in Manual Class

Shooting in Manual

Saturday, March 18  from 9:00-1:00. Taught in Auburn  $150.

This class is for those who have a working knowledge of the components of exposure and who are shooting in aperture priority, or manual and want to learn how to take total control of their camera. It is exciting to see participants learn how to photograph in challenging environments to achieve their creative vision!

We cover and practice:

  • shooting in challenging situations that are difficult to do in any other mode: low lighting, high contrast, backlighting,  moving objects at high speeds, everything in focus except for movement (varying shutter speeds).

  • finding the “sweet spot” of optimal exposure to achieve your creative vision.

  • working with a model so I can talk through lighting, positioning, interacting, spacing, composition.

To register for a seat, please contact me at cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com and once I add your name to my class list, I'll give you my address to send in your payment.  I'd also really like for you to have a prime lens for those low light shots.  Thank you!

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Anna Loves Books {Tacoma Senior Photography}

Anna is a girl who loves books and opted to do her senior portraits at a cool bookstore.  I think she was pretty smart to use that location because she collected quite a nice pile to purchase as we went along. Clearly, she is as beautiful as she is smart, with a gorgeous smile that lights up her whole face. I loved the opportunity to shoot some different angles and then we went for a little walk outside to finish off her portraits. Thank you, Anna!

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Best of the Hamilton Holidays {Personal}

I keep my camera on the back of our mantle during the holidays most of the time since there's so much going on and I want to capture it all. This year I was doing a little extra, trying to capture some film which I'm learning.  I do love some good photos to capture the moment, though, and always will!  Like you, we had a calendar jammed with activities. With our advent calendar, we try to prioritize time spent together and we love it!  We hosted plenty too, with a lifegroup party of 45 friends, and then Papa's and Nana's birthdays, and then Christmas with my parents and sister's family also rolling in. In between putting out meals and trying to be present, I grabbed the camera. 

Here's a whack load of some favorites....

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Open for Registration

PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR LIFE:

FIRST STEPS WITH A D-SLR.

Saturday, January 21 from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. $125. Auburn, WA

 

This intro class is for people who want to learn how to use their cameras and most come in either shooting in auto or dabbling in other modes. You will not regret learning how to document your life and the people in it!

We cover:

  • how to use natural and available lighting for the best look, especially including indoor light which can be tricky.

  • how to capture genuine emotion and connections with portraiture by interacting with your subject (I have some fun tricks I’ll tell you about…nobody wants cheese!).

  • things to keep in mind when composing a shot with visual interest and balance.

  • storytelling and  details to include in your daily life.

  • the technical aspects of your camera and learn how to shoot in the different modes beyond auto.

  • the components that go into creating proper exposure and how to adjust them in a variety of settings.

  • the practical experience of shooting together with what we’ve learned and I will send you out with a sound knowledge of how to use aperture priority.

To register, email cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com.  Gift certificates available for Christmas!

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Mike and Jeanette's Family

I couldn't have ended my 2016 season with a more wonderful family. This family was an absolute delight to photograph. Sydney kept us all laughing with her wiggling eyebrows and Shayne was bubbly and smiley and big brothers, Josh and Joel, are solid and great guys. The love and affection between everyone made my job very easy. Mike and Jeanette, you have a great crew!

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Ellie and Connor {Engagement Photos}

I couldn't have had more fun with Ellie and Connor taking their engagement photos.  They are both so easygoing with pictures and the way that they connect and laugh makes them such a pleasure to be with.   Seeing what a good fit they are and how much they love each other makes me so excited to be their wedding photographer next June.

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Kyle, Janelle and Their Awesome Boys {Auburn Family Photography}

One of the benefits of traipsing a family through this old golf course is that we have lots of time to talk as we walk through. I had such a fun time visiting with Kyle and Janelle and their  boys got to run and find little frogs.  Zach and Owen are such awesome guys and they know how to make their mom and dad laugh.

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Home, Sweet Home

Big shout out to Annie and Brad who didn't let the rain stop us from family pictures. They invited me to their beautiful home which still let in amazing light, even when it was pouring outside. They are warm and fun parents who chased, tickled, tossed, cuddled and hugged their three awesome little ones. I have a feeling that's a lot of what goes on in their home anyways.  Thank you for a great morning!

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