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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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Avery's Dahlia {Portraits of Her Family}

Last year when we took their family portraits right after their daughter's seventh birthday, I so remember Avery snuggling up to her mama on the bench and then beaming at me as she told me everyone said she looks like her mom. Avery is in heaven this year after bravely fighting a deadly form of cancer, DIPG. She is terribly, overwhelmingly and deeply missed by her family and loved ones each day and honestly, there are no words to describe the loss or the pain. As real as the pain and loss are, the love that they will always have for their daughter and sister is deeper and wider. They honor her with their commitment to Christ, their fight against this terrible disease, their support of other families walking through the darkness. They remember and share the sparkly, joyful, and loving moments they had with their treasure. I also think that they deeply honor Avery by their love for each other which will remain until all of them are together in heaven again.

Just like Avery told me last year that she looks like her mama, I can see her reflected in each face in her family and she is fully in every heart. I was so pleased that an Avery dahlia bloomed on until November and we could use it in the pictures as a remembrance of a little girl that will forever be loved. 

Addison kept us laughing with her spunky personality and funny comments. She immediately jumped in puddles with her sparkly shoes.  Cade is such a talented and big hearted boy.  I loved hearing about guy time with his dad when he downed some super spicy wings.  And sweet Alex was telling me about the big plans with her dad for their New York trip.  These kids are awesome and they have some incredible parents.

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Golden Light and Red Leaves

Sometimes all the stars align and I have the perfect set up for a session. On this evening, Christina and Matt were able to work their schedules to make it over for the gorgeous light that's been so rare this fall. The light...the color of the trees.....and their loving little family made it pure bliss for me. Everly is a chunk of sweetness and she was easy as pie the whole night. 

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Homemade Costumes...Mostly

Last night I did a session at this location in the gorgeous light and color and was thinking on my way home how I really haven't taken as many pictures of my own kiddos this fall as I usually do.  My day ended up looking very differently than I'd planned and when the sun peeked through this afternoon, I told the kids to grab their scooters and put on their costumes. We headed down to the same park and I look a happy batch of them in the fall golden light.

I told the kids this year that we were going the creative, homemade route and so they dug through closets and supplies and put these creations together: Scarecrow, Mad Scientist, Ninja....and then the supplies ran dry and I picked up Theo a costume at the store...Captain America! They loved getting in character and I love these crazies!

 

 

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A Fall Update

I can't even tell you how much fun it is to do family updates each year. When I met up with these friends, Sierra whipped out a little craft that she'd made for me and Kaden seemed so grown up..  We had a wee bit of sunshine and the pretty fall colors looked great.

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Family Portraits and Donuts and Coffee

Big thanks to this family who showed up with umbrellas and big smiles.  It was supposed to pour buckets on us so I had some covered areas picked out but then the rain stopped for an hour so we could move around. Alex and Jess have the best grins and were so easy to hang out with....no warm up time necessary with these friendly kiddos. I loved visiting with Jen and Mark as we did their family session and it was so fun to finish off our time together with coffee/hot chocolate and donuts. Perfect!

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Our Theo is Six

I remember sitting in the Target parking lot about a week after I found out that I was having another boy and not a girl like I'd hoped for our last baby. I was in my van, wondering if I'd ever not feel disappointed.  I so wanted Ruby to have a sister and I wanted one more chance to buy dresses and brush soft hair into pigtails. And then, of course, I was disappointed with myself for feeling that way, because I adored my boys and of course I should have been happy to have another one.

I was puddling through name sites, looking at boys names a few days later and I felt my heart squeeze tightly as I read the name, Theo.  When I read the meaning "gift from God" I remember that sadness in my heart melted away and I cried a river.  A few days later, someone I didn't know very well at church prayed for me and then added that this baby would be a "gift from God."

Oh my goodness, is he ever. Six years old now and a gift to our family every day. His warm and engaging smile, his magnetic and loving personality, his spunky sense of humor is just what we need.  He's a lego building, bike riding, friend loving, snack eating sweetheart. He sings and loves to make up songs, he reads Elephant and Piggie books and gasps for air when he's laughing so hard and he's the one that's always trying to sneak in bed for a cuddle with us in the morning.

It doesn't hurt that he has a soft spot for his mama and he definitely knows I have a soft spot for him. He is truly a reminder to me that God is so amazing in the good gifts that He gives and that I can trust him to absolutely know best.

Happy birthday, Theo! You will forever be a gift to us!

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Leaves and Smiles {Tacoma Family Photography}

What a joy it was to meet up with Josh and Anna and their sweet kiddos, Giselle and Theo.  They have their hands and hearts very full and in a few months another wonderful girl will be added to the mix.  We did some fall family pictures and the color and the fog were just gorgeous.  Theo has the biggest grin and he was zipping around, a little man on the run. Giselle was so fun for me to play around with too!  Unfortunately, Theo's arm got a little hurt about halfway through so we finished what we could and then we met up this past weekend so we could complete the family shots and individuals of him.  This family is so full of God's love and life. There are lots of hugs and cuddles and fishie crackers to make it all run smoothly too. Thank you for this opportunity to document your beautiful family!

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Walker is Nine {Birthday Fall Mini Session}

This nine year old birthday mini session with Walker was the best! This guy has lots of ideas about pictures and locations and I was eating it up.  He even offered to help me style kids and told me that he'd charge about $2 an hour. I'd hire him in a hot second.

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Same Smiles {Fall Mini Session}

Oh my goodness, every year when I take their pictures, I think about how God perfectly matched up this mother and son who have the SAME SMILE! Their connection and affection is my favorite to photograph and Isaac, "The Boss", would occasionally wave me over to check out what I got on the back of my camera. Apparently, he approved of it all.

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Ethan's Growing {Fall Mini Session}

My heart was overflowing after spending this mini session time together.  I first photographed Ethan when he was four months and he's always been such a tender hearted, engaging boy.  It was so fun to hear him tell me about what's going on in his life and his big words that he tossed into conversation made me smile.  Love this wonderful family!

 

 

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