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My favorite kind of light

feet on window sill, backlitI’m going to have the most beautiful wedding to show you tomorrow, but wanted to elaborate on a scene from yesterday.  I had my feet up on the window sill in my hotel room here in Seattle (editing said wedding) and noticed the lovely light.

This is my absolute favorite kind of light to shoot in: backlighting.  Now if you’re not a photographer, you probably think it’s kinda silly to have a favorite light.  But I bet your photographer friends (and mine) have a favorite light, too.

What I love about backlighting is that it creates this wonderful bright rim around the subject (here, my feet) that makes it stand out from the background.  This is especially effective if the subject is in front of something dark, like in the first photo below of Sarah and Scott.

Seattle: Days 1 & 2

I am enjoying the hell out of Seattle.  I think I might want to move here and spend all day shopping at bohemian markets, laughing at kids walking around in Nirvana shirts and eating delectable foods.  Big wedding photography market in Seattle?  Anyway, as food is always the most important thing to me in a place, I’ll just go ahead and list the restaurants where I’ve eaten.  Almost every dish I’ve eaten here has been excellent: Le Pichet, Lecosho, Matt’s in the Market.  I look forward to tasting the recommendations from my bartender at Lecosho.  Loooooving this city!

Some images from the last two days.  I haven’t done my major wandering/street photography, so hopefully there will be a lot more to come.

sunset at the pike

to the market sign with guy in seattle

stick on the ground in seattle

Theresa & Joe: Engaged! | Brookside Gardens

I’ve been doing a lot of driving up to Brookside Gardens recently!  But it’s no wonder, since it’s such a beautiful, serene place.  So when Joe called me up to do a last-minute engagement session, it was the first place to pop into my head and was completely fitting for this fun, easy-going couple.  They’re getting married next weekend and so are busy, busy with planning.  Congratulations you two and have fun on your big day!

engagement photographer Amber Wilkie

It was miserably, oppressively hot the day we did this shoot (yeah, remember last week and the devil weather?) but Theresa let down her hair for the “bridge shot” – she said she was hoping we would get a bridge shot.  I love making my clients happy!

engaged couple kissing on a bridge

Oh, the light.

engaged couple at brookside gardens

portraits of a man and woman in black and white

Yowza, girl.

portraits at brookside gardens

couple at brookside gardens

megan noonanJune 16, 2011 - 5:23 pm

Beautiful location! Great photos!

joannaJune 16, 2011 - 8:08 pm

they look adorable and so in love. you’ve captured them beautifully, love the two shots of them individually. gorgeous. :)

ElissaJune 16, 2011 - 9:14 pm

These are so sweet! I love the shot where he’s picking her up and her hair is flying. Great emotions :)

ayeshaJune 16, 2011 - 11:14 pm

so so so adorable! i lurve brookside too :) love the summery feel of these and they are SO cute together :)

KyleJune 17, 2011 - 6:32 am

Good job Amber, they look super happy and relaxed in front of the camera with you!

ElizaJune 17, 2011 - 6:46 am

This is a really lovely, natural looking set of images. Nice work!

Anton ChiaJune 17, 2011 - 8:10 am

Yes, very nice and cute. Love your work Amber!

ShellaJune 17, 2011 - 8:35 am

These two are so cute together! :D

AdonyeJajaJune 17, 2011 - 10:33 am

Great work, cool portraits!

PorterJune 17, 2011 - 10:24 pm

gah what a gorgeous setting. LOVE those individual portraits you got of them, great expressions on them both. awesome job!