Day of Caring 2017 edition

Clark Nuber is, without a doubt in my mind, one of the coolest companies I’ve ever come across. The kicker? They’re accountants! This company is filled with cool accountants. Not that accountants aren’t cool… it’s just that it’s unusual to find a bunch of people in any company who are all so warm and fun.

For the 3rd year, they invited me back to document their annual Day of Caring, a day that the company shuts down to volunteer at a chosen charity. Each year they’ve been growing, and this year there were ~200 employees who had the day off to volunteer. The economics of this many people paid to work elsewhere just boggles my mind!

One of the cool things about covering this annual event is that I get exposure to amazing companies that usually work in the background. They do all this amazing stuff for people in need, but nobody actually knows about them. This year’s charity was Gateway Medical Alliance. They receive donations of medical equipment and ship it off to different companies around the world, places that are in urgent need to stuff we all kind of take for granted. Like wheelchairs, gauze, sheets, etc. Meeting the people behind these sort of organizations is so inspiring, and so is meeting the people who regularly volunteer. There were 5-6 people guiding the Clark Nuber gang who had been coming to Gateway Medical Alliance for years! One guy had been driving here from the peninsula for 17 years!

 

Shannon + Cory | Discovery Park Maternity Portrait

Shannon and Cory finally got their rainbow baby. They were so excited to take these photos, and particularly excited about the balloons I brought with me. Luckily we got a few great shots before they flew away. Congratulations, you two. You’ll be fantastic parents.

Grace & Kevin | Discovery Park Engagement Session

Even before I met Grace and Kevin, I thought it possible that I already loved them. We’d exchanged emails before our first meet to exchange ideas. Grace quickly shot back a few awesome themes, but it was “Wes Andersen” that caught my fancy. I was excited, then immediately frozen in terror at the thought. Those are some mighty large shoes to pretend to walk with, but we decided to move forward with a Wes-Andersen-themed engagement session.

The most pressing question before us was, “What the heck IS a Wes-Andersen-themed engagement session?” None of us knew. Google mostly provided examples of couples recreating iconic scenes from his films, which wasn’t appealing. Did we shoot this tongue-in-cheek or serious? How much did we incorporate props? Did they find clothes that echoed Wes Andersen characters, or their own personal sense of style? So many questions I’d never considered for a photoshoot before. I wanted something that brought to mind Wes Andersen while keeping my own style and eye, while also keeping Grace and Kevin happy with the outcome. Finally I decided to imagine what it would look like if Wes Andersen directed a romance, in the same way that SNL imagined a Wes Andersen horror.

Over the course of several weeks we contributed to a Pinterest board for theme colors, costumes, and film screen caps we adored. For my part I did loads of research into the films, Wes Andersen and his inspirations, composition, use of color, use of propping, types of equipment, and use of space. Somehow I resisted the temptation to buy any of the anamorphic lenses on Ebay. Even armed with data, I was no more confident that I had any idea what I was doing. We settled on a location, Discovery Park, Grace’s favorite park, and the site of Kevin’s proposal, but I was instantly stumped again since most of Wes Andersen’s films are set inside, with “Moonrise Kingdom” the exception. How was I going to shoot an outdoor engagement session without it ripping off scenes from “Moonrise Kingdom”?

In the end, things kind came together like magic. Grace and Kevin were game for everything I suggested, even laying on scratchy grass or shooting with me until after the sun set. The only thing they (kinda) put a stop to was my suggestion that we meet at 5 am. They were fantastic, quick with suggestions, easily posed, and naturals in front of my camera. In these photos, it’s clear how comfortable we were with each other. I’m really proud of how these photos came out, and while I would never presume they are even anything like Wes Andersen’s work, I hope you can see his inspiration. Enjoy!

Been searching for inspiration for a Wes Andersen-themed engagement shoot coming up…

… and it’s got me thinking… Why should summer weddings get all the love? I heart winter and fall weddings! The drama and romance with the reds, yellows, and browns of falling leaves… Winter has those dreamy silver, gold, and sapphire blue themes, not to mention the cuddling to stay warm. #fallwedding #winterwedding #weddingphotography #weddingphotographer #seattleweddingphotography #seattleweddingphotographer #seattlephotographer #michiganwedding #michiganweddingphotographerBeen searching for inspiration for a Wes Andersen-themed engagement shoot coming up, and it's got me thinking... Why should summer weddings get all the love? I heart winter and fall weddings! The drama and romance with the reds, yellows, and browns of falling leaves... Winter has those dreamy silver, gold, and sapphire blue themes, not to mention the cuddling to stay warm. #fallwedding #winterwedding #weddingphotography #weddingphotographer #seattleweddingphotography #seattleweddingphotographer #seattlephotographer #michiganwedding #michiganweddingphotographer
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#fauntleroychurch #latergram Best friends lift you up, are there when you need them, and tell embarrassing jokes at your wedding. Jesse was really tight with his groomsmen, and they were a blast to photograph. #seattlephotographer #portraitphotographer #weddingphotography #weddingphotographer #seattleweddingphotography #seattleweddingphotographer #winterwedding
Posted by Intagrate Lite

#fauntleroychurch #latergram Best friends lift you up, are there when you need them, and tell embarrassing jokes at your wedding. Jesse was really tight with his groomsmen, and they were a blast to photograph. #seattlephotographer #portraitphotographer #weddingphotography #weddingphotographer #seattleweddingphotography #seattleweddingphotographer #winterwedding

Yanner and Kelly at Vinology in Ann Arbor, MI | Wedding Photography

These two sillies whose wedding I shot in Ann Arbor, MI. I love people who can't take themselves seriously. Yanner was so nervous while I photographed her, but booze and a mask helped her relax. #vinology #seattleweddingphotography #seattleweddingphotographer #destinationweddingphotographer #destinationwedding #weddingphotography #travelweddingphotographer #illtravelanywhere #annarbor #michigan #annarborwedding #annarborweddingphotographer #annarborweddingphotography
Posted by Intagrate Lite

These two sillies whose wedding I shot in Ann Arbor, MI. I love people who can’t take themselves seriously. Yanner was so nervous while I photographed her, but booze and a mask helped her relax. #vinology #seattleweddingphotography #seattleweddingphotographer #destinationweddingphotographer #destinationwedding #weddingphotography #travelweddingphotographer #illtravelanywhere #annarbor #michigan #annarborwedding #annarborweddingphotographer #annarborweddingphotography