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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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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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