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Ready to Graduate {Tacoma Senior Photography}

I spent a fun evening in the gritty part of Tacoma with Noah and Brett last weekend.  There's so much cool texture and neat lines and light in that area and the guys were  easygoing and great to hang out with.  The funny part was that Tricia, who is Brett's mom and Noah's stepmom, was texting pictures of the shoot to Noah's mom who was doing a "mock" photo shoot by some gritty walls with Noah's little sister and Brett's little brother.  Good practice for them in another 10-13 years!

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A Legacy of Faith {Tacoma Family Photography}

Wade texted me the day after Christmas last year, telling me he'd nailed it with giving a photo session to his beautiful wife.  Lorrie told me that her mama heart was full as their sons had both married wonderful ladies and they were so thankful for the legacy of faith that they were seeing being built in their family. It took us a while to get together but we ended up with just a perfect morning.  They were such a fun group to hang out with and I so enjoyed myself!  The last picture was Lorrie's idea and it's clear that they truly all love the Lord and love each other.

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A Spring Update {Auburn, WA Family Photography}

It's always a treat to take portraits of this wonderful family.  The kids were so awesome and Jack and Mindi were easygoing even when our session got interrupted by a snake (which Zane happily picked up) and a wee bit of rain (so we dashed under the trees for a few minutes!).  Hope you enjoy this mini session update!

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Silhouette Mini Sessions Open

I'm delighted to announce the dates and times for my 2016 silhouette sessions. I absolutely love the connection, personality and action that can be communicated through silhouettes and it makes my heart so happy to see people blow them up big and use them as centerpieces in their homes. This year, I'll be teaming up with Designs by Dazzle again to create necklaces or keychains of your favorite image.  These were big hits last year!

May 30, May 31 and June 1 (backup dates June 6-8)

Times: 7:45, 8:00, 8:15, 8:30

10 images plus one necklace with your choice of image

$170 including tax

Auburn, WA

To register: email me at cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com with your top three picks for dates and times. Money is due within two weeks of booking.

Gift certificates available for Mother's Day gifts.

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Eight is Great- Tymen's Birthday Portraits

God knew that our family needed Tymen.  This kid runs the extreme of needing to move, play, jump, run, bike and bounce....or else he starts to monkey around too much and get into things. I give him mandatory trampoline and outside time each day  to avoid having him ricocheting around the house.  On the other hand, he has the very softest heart. Recently, without my knowledge,  he brought all of his months of saving, spending,  and giving money (around $80) to the food drive at school because it made his heart hurt to think of people being hungry. He cares for people, is enthusiastic about the little stuff and leans in for a hug or squeeze when he's standing nearby.  He's not complicated and when I ask what's on his mind, it's usually something like wondering when his next meal is coming along (hopefully mac and cheese). He flies a bit under the radar but he's a bright little guy, always thinking about how things fit together. He recently was talking about an app on his kindle (which he gets to use 30 precious minutes a day). He was telling me how they wanted his birthday and information. He told me there's no way he'd give it to them and he was feeding them fake birthday information. I had to laugh, as his computer security dad would be mighty proud. I said, "Whose son are you?", sure that he'd say "Dad's" as they all know that mama is not the technical expert around here. He grinned and responded, "God's." Oh boy, he's right and we are so thankful that God has given us the privilege of raising him. What a treasure he is.

Happy birthday, Tymie.

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Family Photography and Golden Light Photography Classes Open for Registration

Family Photography Class

Saturday, May 14 (backup May 21) from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. $125. Auburn, WA

Family photography is so rewarding but can be challenging!  Nobody wants stiff and stressful family portraits and as a photographer, you can set the tone and have  plans to engage with a variety of families to capture their relationships.  Light and love is where it's at!

In this class we will:

  • talk about solutions to challenges with family photography, including: working with different ages, making photos fun and engaging, being flexible and making connections.
  • we'll shoot 3-4 different family mini sessions with varying ages and dynamics.
  • I'll share how I think through and approach a session from beginning to end. A game plan helps a ton and there's a reason why I shoot in the pattern that I do.

To register, contact cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com!

 

Golden Hour Photography Class

Saturday, June 4 (backup June 11)  from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. $125. Auburn, WA

Golden light is absolutely gorgeous to shoot in and is a favorite of photographers for good reason. 

In this class we cover:

  • challenges of shooting in golden light like inaccurately exposed images, positioning of people, finding spots that work well.  
  • the benefits of the golden hour: warmth, back lighting, dimension.
  • I run you through edits of a color and a black and white golden hour image in Lightroom.
  • we'll shoot together for an hour in a gorgeous location using several spots to play with the light. With our model, I'll talk about positioning, interaction and lighting techniques. We'll finish by shooting silhouettes at sunset together.

I think you will get much more out of the class if you are shooting in manual mode.

To register, contact cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com!

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Full Hands and Hearts {Seattle Family Photography}

What a pleasure it was to meet up with these wonderful twins brothers and their parents. Ty and Carson are two happy guys with two fabulous heads of hair.  They are busy little men and keeping Kate and Scott's hands and hearts very full. What a treat is was to see how much they look at and interact with each other too. 

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Tulips for the Dutch Girl

When both your parents were born in Holland, tulip bulbs get planted. I grew up with a deep love for the happy colors of spring waving in the garden.  I plant them in my garden too but there's nothing like the volume of color and variety that you see at the Tulip Festival in Mt. Vernon.  

This year I went with Theo and Meghan and Ruby. We  all had travel mugs of coffee, tea or hot chocolate and made the trek up.  It's a bit of a drive but so worth it, especially on a sunny weekday (which I highly recommend as the weekend trips we've made have been nuts!). We've never been totally satisfied with the amount of time we've had there so this time, Meghan and I planned for about two and a half hours and it was perfect with the kids.  We were glad for our boots as we walked the muddy paths to the fields where we spent half our time. Just fields of color and happy, nodding heads of tulips under blue skies was enough to make my heart burst.  We walked through the daffodils and then the reds, purples, oranges, yellows.  After that, we grabbed a big bag of kettle korn and walked our way through the display gardens at RoozenGaarde.  The variety in size, texture, color and plantings is stunning and we just couldn't decide on our favorites. Oh happy day, my cup was filled.

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Photography Mentoring Opportunities

Though I teach a variety of classes, I'm very excited to offer a new opportunity that can be catered to the specific needs of a photographer.  If you feel like you have questions, want to shoot or edit together, or need a fresh perspective, let me know.

Portfolio Review     $195

Sometimes it’s easy to have a muddy view of our own work. I’d love to be a fresh set of eyes to evaluate your work and affirm the great things and also offer ideas for growth.

  • Critique of 20 images plus website review OR 30 images.

  • 1 page of my notes and observations of strengths as well as things to consider.

  • 45 minute conference (by phone or in person)  to discuss images/website and answer questions.

 

Let’s Shoot Together    75 minutes    $250

I have a lot of experience shooting in a variety of locations with  different types of people and varying light and weather conditions. I’d love to shoot with you and give suggestions on all those things. You get to customize what would be the most helpful.

  • You choose the location (your home, a park, an urban location, the beach).

  • You choose the subject ( your kids, a friend, nature).

  • You choose what you want practice with shooting (looking for light, backlight, engaging with your subjects, positioning, composition ideas).

 

Mentoring

I’d love to be able to be a resource for any questions that you have. You get to prioritize what you’d like to talk about or learn.

Here are some ideas:

We can shoot together to work on any skill you’d like help with.

Editing and workflow- we can talk about how to get the look you want or  I can edit one or more of your images in Lightroom.

Challenges with working with subjects or clients, or your kids!

What lenses will help you achieve the “look” you are going for.

What gear and lenses will help you achieve your photography vision.

Challenges with locations and  lighting.

Places you feel stuck with shooting or editing or printing.

Business questions: marketing to desired clients, pricing appropriately.

First steps in setting up a business.

Balancing time with family and business and structuring your time.

Anything else that you can think of…...

Two Options:

1.One Time Together {$195}  90 minutes

We will discuss your style and vision and goals. Then you will prioritize what you’d like to talk and learn about for our time together. We’ll make a list beforehand so that once we meet up, we’ll both be ready to dive in and cover some ground. (This could include up to 30 minutes of shooting together).

2.More Time Together {$425}

Portfolio Review

  • Critique of 20 images plus website review OR 30 images.

  • 1 page of my notes and observations of strengths as well as things to consider.

AND

   Two 90 minute sessions.

We’ll discuss your style and vision and goals and then dig into the things that matter most to you.  You will have an opportunity to prioritize what you want to learn and talk about. (No limitations of how much of these sessions you would like to spend shooting together).    



 

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Raelene in the Blossoms {Auburn, WA Senior Photography}

After I did Raelene's senior pictures in the fall, I saw some shots of her on facebook  for homecoming in this amazing gown which screamed "CHERRY BLOSSOMS" to me!  I told her I was going to twist her arm once the blossoms came to get a few images of her in this pretty dress. With all the wild and crazy weather, I knew we were lucky to have a golden evening light and we had a 20 minute window to meet up. This shiny, big hearted, talented, and beautiful  girl, laughed and made it pure bliss to photograph her.

Thank you, Raelene! 

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And Amesley Makes Four {Milton, WA Family Photography}

I had such a wonderful morning with this family who is loving the addition of Amesley.  She was six weeks old at the time of our visit. This little lady is so charming and sweet and joins her big brother, Ace at keeping their parents' hands and hearts full.  We did some family pictures outside and then did a few more closeups indoors of Amesley and her beautiful mama. The ones of Amesley and her mama all cuddled up are my favorites.

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The Boy I've Always Wanted

From my friend, Susan (an incredible mama), I took this idea. I regularly tell Jasper. "If I lined up all the boys in the world, the tall ones and short ones, the ones with brown skin or white skin, the ones with grey eyes or green eyes,  I'd walk up and down the rows and see the boys who were good at different things. Some would be good as reading or singing, some would be great jokesters, some would be amazing soccer players, some would be quiet and some would talk all the time. There would be some wonderful boys there with a lot of wonderful hearts ....but the one I'd pick would be you. I'm so glad God picked you for me."

He is the boy I've always wanted.  Sometimes it's hard as he can be really high or really low.  He can wear me out with his intensity but his love and excitement and compassion outweigh the challenges by far. He adores little kids and spends his allowance on me and Ruby. He digs a good joke and clever writing. Nothing pleases him more than having the opportunity to bless another person. He digs in his heels about wanting to stay inside but when I kick him outdoors with his brothers, he can play and race around for hours. He loves to sing and really enjoys artsy stuff and baking. He's Mr. Hospitality, wanting to massage all our visitors.

I can hardly believe it's been nine years since he was born, without crying but licking his lips and scrunching up his face, while Ben, my mum,  and friend, Lenore and I all squealed over him. He was a little lump of love with a big pumpkin head and I was instantly in love. 

We headed out last weekend right before the rain hit to do some birthday portraits.  He obviously was having a good time. This kid LOVES one on one time and attention and was cracking me up almost the whole time with jokes. He's a ham.

Happy birthday, Jasper. I'd pick you every time. 

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Looking for Light and Location Class- Favorites from the Day

There is a deep place in me that gets filled right up by teaching these photography classes.  Participants who had taken some of my other classes suggested this one, Looking for Light and Location, where we'd find good spaces and good light.  The first class I did in January filled up in a day which was an indication to me that it was a topic worth diving into! I did a round two at the end of February and it was full of talented photographers, ready to go. We had a great day with our first two models, Raelene and Taylor, in Tacoma where we practiced shooting in scenarios with a variety of light and also a range of compositions. The girls were gorgeous and engaging and so fun to work with! Then we headed to the park, which can be tricky. Josh and Jessica were awesome and Josh was an amazing sport with all of us prowling around them for the shot.  I give a gallery of pictures to my models as a thank you so I'd love to share a few favorites of the day!  

Shooting in Manual Class coming up March 19.  

Photographing Your Life: First Steps with a D-SLR coming up on April 2.

I'll be teaching a family photography class in May and a golden light class in June. SO FUN!

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Photographing Your Life: First Steps with a D-SLR

PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR LIFE:

FIRST STEPS WITH A D-SLR.

Saturday, April 2 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.

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Little Mathis {Bonney Lake Newborn Photography}

I was so pleased to be able to take newborn pictures of Mathis.  He is such a honey of a boy, so cuddly and sweet and peaceful.  It was so fun to see his parents over the moon with him. Jamie is an adoring mama to the core and it's obvious she's completely smitten with her son.  Jon is a great dad, so in tune and so loving. Jamie said she knew he'd be a wonderful dad because he's such a great husband.  AND...this is so crazy...we found out after our session that his cousin is marrying my cousin's son.  Small world, for sure! 

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Santa Barbara Break

My life is filled with a lot of great things but lately I  had been feeling like I hadn't left many margins and all my time was feeling pretty tight. I was so looking forward to a little respite.

My amazing mother in law stepped in with the kiddos.  After all, you aren't going to dump your four kids on family friends....but you will gratefully accept a nana.  They had such a fun time with her as she is wonderful at getting into their worlds and playing with them in a way that makes them feel loved and known. She also does grandparent things like giving the boys chocolates if they are done in time in the morning!

I packed my bags and got on the plane with Ben.  We are so lucky to have him work from home but quarterly he goes to Santa Barbara to work in the office for a week and once a year, I love to tag along with him for three days if I can manage it. 

My agenda is so very relaxing...I get to do whatever I want....whenever I want. It's the only time of the year I have days like this and they are golden days.  This year I realized again just how much I need a bit of quiet and time by myself.   My days were spent walking the beach, reading on the rooftop pool area of the hotel, wandering down State Street, lunching and having coffees, sitting in parks and poking through shops.  I slept 8-9 hours each night.  Ben worked every day but would return so that we could go for dinner and stuff ourselves on seafood (man, we LOVE SEAFOOD!!).  Then we'd walk a bit and return to our hotel where we ate chocolate cake, drank coffees and watched Poldark (we LOVE BRITISH SHOWS!).  

It was so good for us to have time out of the business of life. So much of our normal conversation is taken up with household necessities, chats about the kids and managing life.  Just to be able to talk and laugh and flirt and laugh some more was good for us, especially when it was all accompanied by such great food.  He's my favorite.

I usually take a lot more pictures on this trip but this year just took my camera out one morning and for dinner one evening. Here's a few pics.


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Early Spring 2016 Photography Classes Open

If you would like to register for either of these classes, please contact me at cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com. I'll put you on my list and tell you where to mail in your class fee.  

Shooting in Manual

Saturday, March 19  from 9:00-1:00. Taught in Auburn and Sumner  $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.  Thank you!

PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR LIFE:

FIRST STEPS WITH A D-SLR.

Saturday, April 2 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.



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Elijah is Five {Auburn Family Photography}

I may not be the funniest person on the planet but I think I am pretty good at five year old humor. I can usually whip out some silly jokes to get good smiles from littles.  However,   I barely started talking with sweet Elijah and he was beaming. What a good natured and wonderful boy! I've been taking his portraits since he was a newborn and it's such a treat to do his birthday portraits each year. James and Ashley are the most easygoing friends who make it a breeze for me.  Love this family!

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Lots of Sugar {Auburn, WA Maternity Photography}

I adore this wonderful family. I think it's my record of doing maternity portraits and soon to be newborn portraits for four siblings. Really, taking their portraits feels like just an excuse to hang out with some of my favorites and get a girl fix.  These little gals are the best and the votes are split about whether this new baby is a boy or a girl. Whoever this little baby is, the certain thing is that he or she will be very, very loved.

Big sisters brought along their Valentine headbands and then we had fun doing some "family of five" pictures as they look forward to being a "family of six".

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Owen is Here {Gig Harbor Newborn Photography}

One of my favorite things is when people who have taken my photography classes ask me to do photos for them. I was so happy to meet up with Brian and Melissa and brand new Owen. I loved chatting with Owen's mom and dad and working in some extra cuddles between shots. He is such a peaceful and snuggly little fellow and his parents are so in love with him.  What is better than a new perfect baby?  

 

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