Jason Comerford Photography: Blog http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Jason Comerford Photography jason@jasoncomerford.com (Jason Comerford Photography) Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:35:00 GMT Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:35:00 GMT http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/img/s1/v19/u634850994-o915158611-50.jpg Jason Comerford Photography: Blog http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog 120 120 Love at Druid's Glen: Daniel & Jennifer's Elopement http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/daniel-jennifer-wedding It's not often that we get to be the official witnesses in a marriage ceremony. (And seeing myself in my photos is a bit weird!) But that's exactly what we got to do for traveling nurses Daniel & Jennifer at their elopement ceremony over at the beautiful Druid's Glen a few weeks back. 

It was fun getting to hear about their life of adventure as medical professionals, traveling from one location to another, and it was a (tear-jerking) honor getting to witness their vows of lifelong love to one another.

But I digress. It was a beautiful day, and I'm excited to share some of the wonderful photos we got with you!



Want to learn more? Send us a message! We'd love to hear from you. In addition to our wedding packages, we definitely have options for a small, but memorable, elopement, just like this one.

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Adopted into the Family: Ashon & Natalie's Wedding Day http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/ashon-and-natalies-wedding-day Okay, I can't believe it's taken me this long to write about these two.

Ashon & Natalie are some of the coolest people we've ever met with one of the most unusual stories. Suffice to say, they're both currently fishing on a boat in Alaska, and Ashon comes from a family with nearing a dozen adopted brothers and sisters. (Usually brought home while their adoptive father was out at sea fishing!)

An extended like that means one HECK of a party and more than few interesting, tear-jerking stories. And a big, warm welcome for Natalie into the family.

On top of that, they just so happened to choose one of the most interesting venues we've ever been to: The Georgetown Ballroom

Below are the photos that they themselves chose for their wedding album. I hope you enjoy, I know we did!

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Going to the Castle, Gonna get Married: Connor & Jessica's Wedding Day http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/going-to-the-castle-gonna-get-married-connor-jessicas-wedding-day Y'know, I've noticed that some of the best wedding days happen on a foundation of teamwork. Hard working groomsmen, attentive bridesmaids, skilled wedding planners, capable photographers/videographers and professional caterers all have the ability to really make things run smoothly.

Connor and Jessica's wedding was one of those day where I kind of just want to stand back and marvel at how on top of things everyone was. Jessica's bridesmaids and Connor's groomsmen were some of the most active and involved I've ever met, and Tricia from Weddings Realized (Jessica's wedding planner) made everything run with clockwork efficiency. And, ever the gracious hosts, Thornewood Castle's staff were polite, helpful, and the venue was gorgeous.

We also had the chance to work with our good friend Shane from Shane Faye Videography! It's not always easy to work with several media professionals, but Shane has always been an amiable delight to work alongside, to say nothing of the quality of his work.

But I digress. Check out the beautiful photos we got from Connor & Jessica's beautiful wedding day!



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Gamers in Love: Stefan & Alena's Wedding Day http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/stefan-alenas-wedding-day Oh snap, I can't believe it took me this long to post one of my favorite 2016 weddings!


 Stefan and Alena's wedding took place at Union Station in Tacoma on a rainy Saturday in September, and it was a BLAST. I mean, it's always fun when you get a wedding where people are bawling in the middle of the father/daughter dance, but it's noteworthy when it's the same wedding where the soundtrack non-ironically includes the original 8-bit Pokemon Red theme. Guys, I swear it worked, you just gotta trust me.

But take some time to look through some of the photos we got! Stefan and Alena found some really unique (and classy) ways to include references to their favorites.

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Indoors on a Rainy Day: Alex's senior photos http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/indoors-on-a-rainy-day-alexs-senior-photos A few weeks back, I got to work with Alex on (the first half of) his senior photos out at his home in Puyallup, WA.

Now, the day we ended up working together it was rainy and wet outside, so that blew away any plans of getting outdoor shots. Thankfully, Alex's family was interested in some nice studio shots, and we we set up a temporary photo studio in their living room!

This is definitely a viable alternative when your family or senior photos get rained out. Set up takes a good 10-15 minutes, but after that, our session can go pretty quickly, and even accommodate a variety of outfits.

Check out what we got!

Think you might be interested in working with us on your family or senior photos? Check out our website and get in touch with us! We'll be happy to answer any questions you have help plan your session.

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A Beautiful Bride and a not-so-beastly Groom: Dan & Rachel's Wedding Day http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/a-beautiful-bride-and-a-not-so-beastly-groom-dan-rachels-wedding-day Okay, I have been SUPER psyched about this wedding for months now.

You may remember Dan & Rachel's Beauty and the Beast themed engagement photos up on Mt. Rainier. Well, the big day finally came! Dan and Rachel celebrated with friends and family out at The Winsome Grace in Sumner, WA. 

This is another one of those weddings that just has to speak for itself-- take a look!

Want to learn more about working with us? Head on over at www.jasoncomerford.com!


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An Important Announcement http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/an-important-announcement Friends, we have an important announcement to make in regards to our business.

For years, we've entrusted ourselves to the Canon brand of camera. We've found the 5D and 6D series to be more than able to handle the rigorous demands of the wedding day, the family session, and of course the professional portrait. The quality of the Canon service department has been unmatched in keeping our Canon cameras clean and fighting fit. I can safely say that we wouldn't be where we are today if it weren't for the incredibly reliable construction and service of our family of Canon cameras.

However, as times change, we find ourselves in need of different technology to serve the needs of our clients. While Canon has always given us outstanding results, we find that the brand simply isn't offering what we need to keep pace with some of our more demanding clients. Other companies have continued to innovate and attempt to meet some of the most strenuous demands of their photography clientele.

So, it is with a heavy heart that I hereby announce the end of our use of Canon brand cameras, and celebrate our inclusion of our new Cannons!

After many months of careful research, Hannah and I have decided on a plethora of historically capable and reliable cannons for all of our future photographic needs.

Gone are the days of the 2-year-old who sees no reason to listen when Mom and Dad say "Sit"! Say farewell to the momzilla who insists the wedding day be run her way! And, for our corporate clients, see how fast the groaning and complaining DISAPPEARS when we walk into your workplace with one of our new handheld models!

It wasn't an easy decision, but we're confident in our new lineup of technology to help accomplish your goals and capture your most treasured moments and memories.

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What to do when it's just too cold outside: The McCulloch Family Photos http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/what-to-do-when-its-just-too-cold-outside-the-mcculloch-family-photos One of the frequent questions we get is "What on earth to do when it's freezing cold outside and we want to take Newborn Photos?"

In answering this, I think we can tackle a broader question: "What's the best way to take newborn photos?"

There are a few rules that professionals follow, and the specifics will vary from person to person, but here's what we try to stick to.

  1. Shoot in a warm environment. Infants can't handle the cold well, and even if you're out for just a few minutes, skin gets red and blotchy very quickly, and a tantrum is usually close behind. Babies will almost always be most at ease and ready to fall asleep in warm environments, probably ones that are uncomfortably warm for adults.
  2. The best shots are generally of a comfy baby. This one seems rather obvious, but it's important to understand that it's the baby that decides what's comfortable for him or her, and not us. Some of the cute poses you'll see only just might not be feasible if it's physically uncomfortable for your child. That said, even with poses they're willing to take, we need to be slow and patient about it.
  3. Plan for more time than you need. This one goes rather hand in hand with #2. A well-rested, well fed baby who can get frequent breaks is a happy baby. Don't give yourself just an hour, shoot for more than you'll need. Carve 3-4 hours out of your morning or afternoon, and if we end up only using 2, great!
  4. Use either your own home, or a studio specifically designed for newborn portraiture. Now, this last one can vary depending on the professional you talk to, but we actually really like working in client homes for their newborn photos! The kind of studio required for newborns is warm, fairly spacious, and generally a permanent fixture. Since we don't have such a space, we prefer the personality and warmth that comes from shooting in-home.

We actually just finished up a great example of all this! You may remember Chris & Natalie's Wedding from back in 2013; their family has started to grow and so they gave us a call! As mentioned, we did their portraits in-home, with just a few out at a nearby park.

Take a look!

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Beauty and the Beast: Dan & Rachel's Engagement Photo Session http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/beauty-the-beast-engagement-photos-on-mt-rainier Mt. Rainier's always kind of an unpredictable place to shoot. Between the awful cell-reception and swift-changing weather, it can present an interesting challenge, especially if parts of the park happen to be closed.

And wouldn't ya know it, that's exactly what happened when we went up for Dan & Rachel's engagement shoot! Icey roads (calling for chains and some careful 4-wheel driving), closed roads to Paradise, and unusable phones, our session ended up starting about 2 hours later than planned.

And a few hundred feet lower than planned. Despite opening after a few hours, Paradise itself wasn't terribly hospitable towards our plans for a photoshoot.

SO, we ended up spending a few hours at Longmire! Normally full of clear, beautiful trails, we took advantage of the snow and nearby deep forests to capture one of the COOLEST theme shoots we've had in a while. It just so happens that Beauty and the Beast is one of Hannah's favorite movies, and so the 4 of us had all sorts of ideas we were itching to try out.

Despite finding (and sinking into) nearly every snow-covered hole in the first, our time together was a blast, and the photos turned out beautifully. Have a look!

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The Filmmaker on Film: Alex's Senior Photos http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/the-filmmaker-on-film-alexs-senior-photos Ok, that pun doesn't exactly work given that I shoot digital. Bear with me.

This was actually a really fun session! I got to work with Alex Groom on his senior photos. Alex is one of the very talented members of Random Tree Productions, a small film production group out in Tacoma. And I'm a sucker for getting to work with other creative types.

Due to the weather, we spent the day out in a sheltered garage in Tacoma, but we managed to pull a lot of creative ideas and angles out of that small location. Take a look at what we got!

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Brewing Up Some Love: Kevin & Katie's Wedding Day http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/brewing-up-some-love THE JEDI GET MARRIED!

Kevin & Katie were married (and celebrated) at the Red Hook Brewery out in Woodinville, WA, surrounded by family, friends, and some of the greatest nerds we have ever met. (And a few we've met before.) The precedent set by their engagement photos didn't disappoint, the day was filled with love letters written on Shadowrun character sheets, a wedding cake topped with warrior miniatures, and my new favorite kinda of 'mixing' ceremony. (A Lambic and a Guinness, if you're curious.)

Check out some of the day's images-- it was a blast!

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Senior Friends: Kaylee & Vanessa's Senior Photos http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/senior-friends So, I got an interesting request the other day. Two friends wondering if they could share their senior session. This is both an exciting idea, and kind of a fearful one too. Having a friend along on your senior session (especially if you're both really into it) can help the session be more relaxing, enjoyable, and fun 
However, splitting your time between two people will always have the unfortunate consequence of time and attention for each person.

But these girls were insistent! And honestly, it worked out to getting some *fantastic* portraits. Take a look at what we got!

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A Rainy, Windy Day with the Trott Family http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/a-rainy-windy-day-with-the-trott-family Every now and then, especially this time of year, we need to take shelter from the wind and rain. Downtown Tacoma is full of locations that are sheltered, and one particular favorite amongst photographers is the (former) Graffiti Garage! Now a nice white and quite empty, it makes for a great haven from the elements AND favors those willing to play with the light a bit.

A few weeks back, we spent a while there with the Trott family, and we had a great time. Take a look at what we got!


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The Love of Friends and Family: James & Melissa's Wedding Day http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/james-melissas-wedding-day There's few things that I enjoy more, in photographing a wedding, than seeing the strong and healthy relationships that can be forged among friends and within families. To be sure, a marriage is no less real when those things aren't fully present, but there's something delightful and right about seeing a family willingly give one of their own to another. It's an act that's rightly a mix of joy and sorrow, and it always feels like an honor when I get to be there to see and capture such moments.

James & Melissa's wedding was definitely one of those days. And if you were there, I hope you enjoy this look back and get the chance to relive some of the beauty present there. 

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All Aboard the Party Bus!: Lee & Jessica's Wedding Day http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/all-aboard-the-party-bus-lee-jessicas-wedding-day Sometimes, you get a group that can pretty much just speak for itself with their photos. Jessica, Lee, and all their friends and family definitely fit into this category. Comfortably. So I think I'm going to do precisely that and let their photos speak for themselves.That said, take care gentle reader! Ahead you will find many things in the realm of friendship and family, as well as a few things that, once seen, cannot be unseen. Let's just say the last group to use the party bus left some things there.

Onward, intrepid soul, if you dare!

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A Beautiful Backyard Wedding: Adam & Brittany's Wedding Day http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/a-beautiful-backyard-wedding-adam-brittanys-wedding-day One of the nice things about living in Puyallup is that I'm stationed right between some of Washington's nicer rural areas and, of course, our lovely big cities. The private property and homes in the areas south of Seattle and Tacoma can play host to a lot of fun activities, weddings included. So whenever we hear someone's getting married at a family member's house, it's usually a good sign that we're headed somewhere steeped in personal meaning and natural beauty.

Last month, we got to work again with Adam & Brittany at Brittany's Grandmother's house. It was a lovely home in out the country with a view of Mt. Rainier and, surprisingly, ample enough backyard space for a barn, a giant tent, and parking. 

Which, y'know, I think we can work with.

 The first look photos were a small path not a quarter mile from the home (at Brittany's suggestion), and the rest of the day took place at the family property. 

Check out what we got!

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Rockin' at the School House: Matt & Keri's Wedding Day http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/rockin-school-house-matt-keris-wedding-day One of the more rare and enjoyable aspects of my job is when I get to work with a family more than once. Last year, we got to work with Michael & Stephanie Rogers and this year, we had the delight of working with Michael's brother Matt and his beautiful bride, Keri!

It's a bit of a trip seeing familiar faces and getting to work with folks more than one again. it's also nice because they're already used to my hurried instructions and auction-barker pace of speech when working through the formal photos. 

But I digress. Matt & Keri had their wedding ceremony and reception on the grounds of the beautiful Hollywood Schoolhouse in Woodinville, WA. It's quickly become one of my new favorite places to shoot, as the grounds are filled with antiques, beautifully decorated rooms, and all sorts of nooks and crannies to explore. Take a look at the photos and you'll see what I mean.

Matt & Keri's ceremony was performed by Matt's father. It was a touching tribute to the reality of Matt & Keri's love for one another, as well as a charge to graciously and humbly lay down their lives for one another in their coming years as husband and wife. Some ceremonies, more than others, can be a joy and a delight to listen to, and this was definitely one of them.

Congratulations again, Matt & Keri! It was our pleasure getting to work with you two and your families. May your marriage have many joyful years ahead!


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Now Don't Lose This One: Nate & Lauren's Wedding Day http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/now-dont-lose-this-one-nate-lauren-s-wedding-day Have you ever walked out on a wooden dock, looked down in between the boards at the water below, and made sure your wallet, ring or phone were secure?

If so, you're not alone, and you're not being paranoid.

Many months back Nate & Lauren took a stroll out over one such dock. The sun was setting, and our good friend Nate got down on one knee, produced a ring, accidentally fumbled a little bit, and promptly helped the Puget Sound become just a little bit richer than before. Those wooden slats REALLY are too far apart, y'know?

Fortunately, that was the ONLY thing to sink below the surface, as Lauren still said "Yes!" Though, in the words of Nate's father-in-law, perhaps when Nate hands him his first grandchild, he shouldn't do it over water.

Congratulations Nate and Lauren! It was a pleasure getting to work with you both!


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The Jedi: Kevin & Katie's Engagement Photos http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/the-jedi-kevin-katie I've been waiting to post this session.

I have so much to say about these two, but I think most of it can best be said by the photos themselves. We've been planning this for months, it was a BLAST to shoot, and I hope you enjoy. Kevin and Katie, thanks for the opportunity to work with you two, I cannot WAIT for the wedding.

Costume design and production by seamstress Kesslan Hervey of Cinderella's Mice

Onsite hair and makeup by Jacquelyn Marie Studios


The Jedi: A Star Wars Engagement Shoot Behind the Scenes from Jason Comerford on Vimeo.

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We Stole This: Brad & Monika's Wedding http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/we-stole-this-brad-monikas-wedding Well, not stole, exactly, but it feels that way. Brad & Monika had originally contracted our mutual friend Renee to shoot their wedding. Due to an unavoidable change in circumstances, Renee was unable to shoot their wedding and asked if we'd be willing to take her place. Which we were delighted to do!

So, yeah, we basically stole it. And from our dear friend, no less. 

Nevertheless! It was our pleasure getting to work with them. A kinder pair we've hardly met.

They chose to have their wedding at the Cedar Lodge of Maple Valley, which has the delightful bonus of financially supporting the Maple Valley Food Bank & Emergency Services. And, thankfully, it's just a short drive over to Lake Wilderness Park, a great location for the formal photos.