Jason Comerford Photography: Blog http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Jason Comerford Photography jason@jasoncomerford.com (Jason Comerford Photography) Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:43:00 GMT Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:43:00 GMT http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/img/s1/v19/u634850994-o915158611-50.jpg Jason Comerford Photography: Blog http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog 120 120 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.

 

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The Beach: Travis & Kylie's Engagement Photos http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/the-beach-travis-kylies-engagement-photos Funny story. A few weeks back, I had to have my '97 Yukon towed off of a beach. I've been cleaning sand out of it ever since. 

What was I doing on the beach, you might inquire? I'm glad you asked! We were working with our friends Travis & Kylie, as well as continuing our long-standing tradition of things going wrong specifically and only when we work with friends. Such as missing memory cards, losing batteries, or... getting your car stuck in the sand.

Seriously though, only with friends. Life is strange sometimes.

Nevertheless, it was a delightful experience getting to work with Kylie and Travis! Kylie and her family all have a special place in their heart for the beach. Heading to Ocean Shores (one of Washington's premiere sandy beaches) was a no-brainer. Knowing that they're such big Star Wars fans, we also *might* have stopped off and picked up a special kite that you'll see later in the session. 

Either way, despite the car trouble and the high-powered winds, we were able to capture some unforgettable romance between these two. Take a look!

 

Think you might want to discuss your engagement or wedding plans with us? Shoot us an email or give us a call! We'd love to hear from you.

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Senior Portraits at High Noon (Or, Why Lighting Matters) http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/senior-portraits-at-high-noon Howdy folks!

Last week, we got to spend a few hours working with Jade on her senior photos out at Point Defiance in the Rose Garden and at Owen Beach. Aside from the experience being a real delight (including working with Jade's father, Jason), the session itself proved to be one of our more interesting senior sessions.

Now, a lot of things can contribute to making a session interesting (such as Jade's interest in modeling and apparent skill at it), but what really made this session stand out in my mind is the lighting. Which is interesting, because we started at 2 PM with the sun nearly overhead. If you're at all familiar with photographing portraits, then you know that this is not the best lighting nor the best time of day for portraits, usually. Snap a photo in the noonday sun, and you'll have big, unflattering shadows covering the eyes, under the chin, and some of the harshest treatment of skin you've ever seen.

But there's a solution this! This is why you'll sometimes see us wandering about with some big, silly looking flash stands and white circular reflectors. It's the difference between "worst time-of-day lighting" and this:

Bright eyes, clear details, good skin tone and colors.

If you're planning an upcoming photo session for your high school senior (or even yourself!), we'd love to chat with about the kinds of photos you're looking for. Lighting, location, outfits, they're all important, and we're ready & happy to advise. Just shoot us an email.

In the meantime, check out some of the other photos we got from Jade's session! She did a fantastic job and it was a treat to get to work with her.

 

 

 

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Painting with Wind and Light: Nate & Lauren's Engagement Photos http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/painting-with-wind-and-light-nate-laurens-engagement-photos Y'know, every time I shoot a wedding for someone at my church, I think to myself "Welp. That's it. That's all the people of marrying age. I'm done with Elim weddings forever."

But people keep growing up, falling in love, and getting engaged. And man does that make my heart glad. Not only do I get to continue to work with a big group of people I deeply enjoy, it's a great reminder for my own life of how faithful God is to bring growth and good. Things are never stagnant, it seems.

But I digress. For Nate & Lauren's session, I convinced them to let us take them out to Port Townsend-- a good 2-hour drive from our home in Puyallup, but one of our favorite locations. The town is adjacent to Fort Worden, which is one of the coolest places I know of in Washington. Aside from the natural scenic beauty, the fort itself is open to exploration, including some underground rooms that you can *totally* cut off from outside light.

Which allows us to pull off some REALLY neat light painting like this:

So check it out! We spent some time outside enduring the coastal winds, and then retreated indoors to try some fun lighting painting photos. More of that near the end of the post, I think you'll like some of the neat ideas we came up with!

 

 

Think you might want to discuss your engagement or wedding plans with us? Shoot us an email or give us a call! We'd love to hear from you.

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Sunny Cloudy Tacoma: Stefan & Alena's Engagement Photos http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/sunny-cloudy-tacoma-stefan-alenas-engagement-photos Well, we're at that weird time of year where Washington alternates between the most beautiful blue skies you've ever seen and rain so heavy it hurts! Which, believe it or not, makes for some really fun, dynamic photos.

A few weeks back, we had the pleasure of getting to shoot Stefan & Alena's engagement photos! We're scheduled to shoot their wedding later this year, and getting to work together before the actual wedding day is a great opportunity. It gives us a chance to learn more about that, figure out what style suits them best, and understand how we can support and best work with their unique personalities on the wedding day. 

We spent a few hours wandering the Glass Museum, UW Tacoma, and some of downtown, back-alley Tacoma. Our exploring yielded some pretty neat (and beautiful!) locations. Check it out!

 

 

If you think you might be interested in discussing engagement or wedding photos, drop us a line! We'd love to hear from you and discuss what you're looking for.

 

 

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Senior Portrait Series: Taylor http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/senior-portrait-series-taylor Welcome to part 7 of our Senior Portrait series!

This week, we're going to be looking at Taylor's senior photos.

Taylor chose downtown Tacoma for her session; specifically the Glass Museum and Stadium High School. Since she was inspired heavily by modeling, we tried a great many different poses and different points of view around the locations we used. Check it out!

Want to plan or book your own senior portrait session? Send us an email, we'd love to hear from you!

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Senior Portrait Series: Tabitha http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/senior-portrait-series-tabitha Welcome to part 6 of our Senior Portrait series!

This week, we're looking at Tabitha's high school senior photos.

Tabitha was actually a bit of a special case. She and her family attend the same church as us, and they had LOTS of ideas. We spent our time in downtown Tacoma at the Glass Museum, UW Tacoma and Wright Park. It gave us a really varied look, but these locations are actually all pretty close to each other. downtown and north end Tacoma have a LOT of visual diversity.

 

Want to plan or book your own senior portrait session? Send us an email, we'd love to hear from you!

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Senior Portrait Series: Samuel http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/senior-portrait-series-samuel Welcome to part 5 of our Senior Portrait series!

This week we're looking at Samuel's senior session. He chose Fort Steilacoom out in Lakewood, WA. 

Dude's got a puppy. Go go go!

 

Want to plan or book your own senior portrait session? Send us an email, we'd love to hear from you!

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