Jason Comerford Photography: Blog http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Jason Comerford Photography jason@jasoncomerford.com (Jason Comerford Photography) Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:36:00 GMT Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:36:00 GMT http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u634850994-o915158611-50.jpg Jason Comerford Photography: Blog http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog 120 120 Our Favorite Wedding Venues from 2017 http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/our-favorite-wedding-venues-from-2017 Howdy folks!

Y'know it struck me the other day that we've been to some brilliant wedding venues this year, and gotten to see a lot of their behind-the-scenes details as well as what an actual, practical wedding is like there.

So, we thought we'd share some of our favorite Washington wedding venues from 2017!

1. Thornewood Castle 
To use their own words, "Thornewood Castle is a 500-year-old Tudor Gothic historic site known as “the house that love built.”", and it's nestled out in Lakewood, WA right by American Lake. Aside from being one of the most visually stunning locations we've ever worked at by far, it's also very versatile. There are a number of indoor and outdoor locations that work well with our fickle Washington weather, and it's going to look beautiful either way. The staff have always been professional and accommodating with us, and we're always excited to head back there. 

Now, there may be some restrictions with how many guests you can actually bring along, depending on whether your ceremony (and reception) are primarily indoors or outdoors. They'll gladly help you figure out what's reasonable given your guest list though.

On top of that, Thornewood is also a renowned Bed & Breakfast, meaning that once you're done partying with friends and family, you can actually stay at this gorgeous home and enjoy its centuries-old charm and wonder!

Want to see what it's like? Have a look at these two weddings!

Connor & Jessica's Wedding Day at Thornewood Castle

Chris & Claire's Medieval Wedding Day at Thornewood Castle

 

2. Trinity Tree Farm
Next on our list, Trinity Tree Farm actually sports two separate locations, referred to simply as "The Barn" and "The Lodge". You may remember a few months back we were experiencing a lot of smoke in Washington due to wildfires in other areas of the country, and despite the haze and heat, Trinity not only remained a beautiful location, but a functional one as well. One of our main gripes about Washington state venues is the all-to-often lack of air conditioning. Trinity Tree farm definitely has air conditioning, and it worked wonderfully. In the sample below, you'll see that we retreated indoors for all of the formal photos, and it was an excellent decision on the Bride and Groom's part.

Tyler & Beth's Wedding Day at Trinity Tree Farm

This is another venue with versatile, generous amounts of space. The property divides into cozy outdoor areas, a variety of preparation rooms, a main hall for dining and dancing, and many other rooms for guests to mill about and enjoy. Where some other venues will mainly force guests into a single, large area, this venue has plenty of space for private conversations, outdoor games, exploration, and all of the larger events. In short, this is the kind of event venue that actually compels people to hang around and enjoy themselves beyond the ceremony, and if you want to really celebrate with friends and family into the evening, Trinity Tree Farm is a great place to consider.


3. The Winsome Grace
If you love intricate details full of thought and heart, consider one of Sumner's most beautiful locations, The Winsome Grace. Every detail has been meticulously planned out over several decades, resulting in a very affordable locale full of rich, elegant beauty. If I told you about the pool table situated in one of the dressing rooms, the sliding bookcase concealing the bridal suite, the hidden hallway, the sauna, and the cozy backyard garden, I would still just be scratching the surface on everything this venue has to offer.

Probably one of the best aspects are the owners. Duane and Jeannie are some of the most gracious, kind, hard-working people we've ever met. You won't be disappointed working with them.

This venue is definitely ideal if you're planning a medium or small wedding party, with the maximum number of people allowed coming it at 120. That said, I highly recommend visiting in person-- I've seen people fall so in love with this place that they started cutting their guest list on the spot!

Check out this wedding for some great photo ideas and a look inside this beautiful, historical house!

Dan & Rachel's Wedding Day at the Winsome Grace


4. Cedar Lodge of Maple Valley
We were introduced to Cedar Lodge a few years back by a friend, and it's been a delight to shoot there over the years. It's another one of those locations that makes good use of its space to fit in just about everything you'd need, and at a very affordable price. In addition to the main hall used for ceremony and receptions, there are beautifully decorated getting-ready areas as well as indoor and outdoor options for some of your formal photos and bridal portraits. It's close by to places like "Lake Wilderness Park", which has been a popular spot for those all-important formals and is just a few minutes away!

In addition to being a fantastic venue, all their proceeds to get benefit a wonderful cause, the Maple Valley Food Bank & Emergency Services. It's a great way to use some of the cost of the wedding day to help give back!

Check out some of our favorite weddings from this great place:

Brad & Monika's Wedding Day at Cedar Lodge of Maple Valley

Brian & Molly's Wedding Day at Cedar Lodge of Maple Valley

 

And that wraps up our favorite venues for 2017! We've shot at quite a few places more than what's listed here, but these places have consistently been wonderful venues, not just from our own standpoint but from the experience of couples and other wedding vendors as well.

Are you having your wedding at one of these venues? We'd love to work with you! Learn more here and contact us today to secure your spot-- 2018 is already booking up!

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Weird & Wonderful: Brandon & Dieu's Engagement Photos http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/brandon-dieus-engagement-photos It occurs to me that, while I got to share Brandon & Dieu's wedding day, I have NOT yet shared their engagement photos.

This is a travesty that must be changed, because they're hands-down some of the best engagement photos I've ever had the pleasure to shoot.

We're just going to jump right into the goofiness, the love, and the friendship. Buckle up!

 

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Solid Planning: Adelaide's Senior Session http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/solid-planning-adeliades-senior-session Often times, when planning senior sessions, the discussion is limited to a phone call or a series of emails.

Often times, but not all the time.

Adelaide and her Mom, Lisa, opted to meet with me and discuss their plans on a Saturday morning over coffee. It was a good chance to discuss outfits, preferences, location ideas, and overall just make sure we're a good fit.

And y'know what? The actual, practical result can be seen pretty clearly in her photos. We shot for roughly 2 hours, but had a lot of fun exploring downtown Tacoma, the UW area, the glass museum, and at one point getting caught in the middle of "Walk for the Cure". We had a blast! We were able to keep an eye out for what she wanted, the colors she liked, and the areas she was interested, because we had discussed it beforehand.

If you're considering a senior session (or really, any kind of professional portrait session) with us, planning is important. And the best kind is when we can sit and chat in-person. We're happy to go over those details via email, but if you've got the time, we'd love to meet you face-to-face!

 

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Mini-Session Saturdays http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/mini-session-saturdays Once (maybe twice) a year, we like to hold a Mini-Session Saturday. It's a great chance to reconnect with old clients, work with a few new ones, and take a TON of photos.

8 hours on-site, 30 minute sessions. Families, couples, high school seniors, everyone's welcome! 

Want to be notified when we have our next mini-session Saturday? Follow us on Facebook! We start sending out notifications and taking appointments about a month before any given Mini-Session Saturday, and we book up fast!

Wanna see what a whole day looks like? Check out some samples from our last full day of mini-sessions!

 

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Down at the Tree Farm: Tyler & Beth's Wedding Day http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/christmas-in-september-tyler-beths-wedding-day Alternate title I considered for this blog post: "CHRISTMAS TREE WEDDING HELL YEAH."

I'm told that would not be professional.

But seriously though, how cool is this?! Tyler & Beth had their wedding at Trinity Tree Farm! And they chose us to photograph their day. And boy howdy am I glad they did, you'll see it in the photos but these two are just adorable together and their friends and family were a joy to work with!

Now, their wedding took place back when things in Washington were still a bit smokey from some nearby fires. The ceremony was outside, but we ended up retreating to the inside of the Lodge for a lot of the formal photos. Thanks to some *very* powerful air conditioning, we managed to escape an incredibly hot and humid day.

On that note, I have to say how impressed I am with this venue. The indoor areas were beautiful, comfortable, and pretty extensive. A lot of the venues we end up working at excel at either indoor or outdoor features, but Trinity had both covered very well. Hannah and I can't wait to go back!

 

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The Wedding of a Thousand Receptions: Steven & Karina's Wedding Day http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/the-wedding-of-a-thousand-receptions-steven-karinas-wedding-day Earlier this year I got to experience something new to me-- I got to shoot an LDS wedding!

It's always kind of cool getting to experience the traditions and celebrations of cultures that are outside my experience. I did a lot of talking with Steven & Karina's videographer about what to expect, and while the entire ceremony was off-limits from any kind of photography or videography, we DID get to capture the traditional exit; The couple coming out of the temple (In this case, the one in Bellevue) and being received by their friends and family.

Also, it was kind of neat to work with such beautiful grounds. The surrounding gardens were beautiful, plentiful, incredibly well-kept, and afforded us a lot of visual variety.

Now, that bit in the title about a thousand receptions? Steven & Karina had their wedding here in Washington so Karina's parents were able to attend, but were then going to follow it up with *multiple receptions around the United States*. Why celebrate with just a few people when you can celebrate with literally everyone you love? 

The weeks coming up to the wedding were kind of a whirlwind of planning and scheduling. We had a bridal session just a few days before the wedding, and had the photos done in time to have prints displayed at the wedding. It was a little crazy, and a lot of fun.

But I digress, take a look at the photos and you'll see what I mean, everything turned out beautifully!

Interesting in learning more about having us shooting your wedding? We would LOVE to chat with you, drop us a line! 

 

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Helping Hands: Brandon & Dieu's Wedding Day http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/brandon-dieus-wedding-day Man, have I got some shout-outs to make for this wedding.

First off, Brandon & Dieu were two of the sweetest, kindest people we've ever had the chance to work with. And, shockingly, they might have been bigger nerds than my wife and I. The engagement session alone is still one of my favorites. On top of that, at the end of the wedding day, they sent me home with a gift, a bottle of Tullamore Dew, some excellent Irish Whiskey we had mentioned wanting months ago. Who on earth is that generous and remembers offhanded comments things that far back?

Second, I need to give a hearty thanks to my assistant for the day, Whitney of Whitney Patterson Photography, who did a bang-up job 2nd shooting and assisting while my wife was unavailable at school, AND all while 30 weeks pregnant. On top of that, I was getting over a cold that day, and my voice completely failed about halfway through the wedding, and so Whitney became my voice. Every instruction, every communication, she was there helping me make it happen.

Third, I don't think we could have made things happen without my last-minute assistant Gennifer Potter. As I woke up the day of the wedding, I realized pretty quickly that between my cold and Whitney being pregnant, we'd need an extra set of hands, and Gennifer agreed to help us just a few hours before the wedding. Things would NOT have gone as well as they did without her help. Thanks again Gennifer, you were a life saver!

All that said, check out the photos we managed to get together, it was a wonderful day!

Interested in learning more about our photography team? Questions we can answer? Contact us today! We'd love to chat with you and help you with any questions you have.

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The Family that Rides Together: The Hansen Family http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/the-family-that-rides-together-the-hansen-family Okay, cyclist portraits have to be one of the most UNIQUE family sessions I've ever had the chance to shoot!

The Hansen family chose a nearby park early in the morning for their session, taking advantage of the cool temperatures and the low number of people. (It was the middle of summer, after all!) The kids had fun and we got some really unique family portraits for their home, check it out!

Questions? Interested in booking with us? Send us an email! We're happy to answer questions and we'd love to work with you!

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The Waite Family at Clark's Creek Park http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/the-waite-family I love summer family photos! The warm, shaded evenings can be some of the absolute best settings for working with kids.

Some kids are outgoing, some are shy, some parents are into the silly moments, and some just want that one good shot of their kids all together. Every family has their own style and personality that, while challenging to work with, is so rewarding and fun once we get the hang out it. We got to work with the Waite family this last August, with their choice for their family portraits being Clark's Creek Park out in Puyallup, WA. It was *just* the right time of day too-- the warm temperatures from the day still lingered, the sun just peaking over the top of the nearby hills, and the shade keeping everyone comfy.

And their kids were a blast to work with-- full of energy, jump-from-high-places courage, and more videogame knowledge than you can shake a stick at.

Check out what we got!


Questions? Interested in booking with us? Send us an email! We're happy to answer questions and we'd love to work with you!



 

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A Cabin on Orcas http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/a-cabin-on-orcas I work pretty regularly with Real Estate Agents out in Tacoma and the rest of the Puget Sound area, shooting real estate photos, but it's rare that I get called up North near the San Juan Islands.

Well, just this last July we got called up for a few days to shoot a beautiful, quaint property up on Orcas Island! The whole place was so beautiful, I just had to share it. Check it out!

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Love in Maple Valley: Brian & Molly's Wedding Day http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/brian-mollys-wedding-day There's nothin' quite as fun as working with friends! I met Brian (Or as I like to call him, "Best Beard") a few years back thanks to a mutual friend, and was honored when he and Molly asked Hannah and I to shoot their wedding.

Brian and Molly celebrated their wedding surrounded by family and friends out at Cedar Lodge of Maple Valley, a beautiful venue whose profits support the Maple Valley Food Bank & Emergency Services. In the past two years, it's been one of our favorite places to shoot weddings!

It's hard put to words what their friends and family are like-- definitely one of the most supportive (and goofiest) crew we've ever worked with, so maybe it's just best you take a look at some of our favorites photos from the day of. Enjoy!



Want to know more? Have any questions we can answer? Let us know! We'd love to hear from you and help you plan your special day!

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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!

GAMER WEDDING Y'ALL. 

 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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jason@jasoncomerford.com (Jason Comerford Photography) Newborn family in home infant too cold winter http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/what-to-do-when-its-just-too-cold-outside-the-mcculloch-family-photos Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:42:54 GMT
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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jason@jasoncomerford.com (Jason Comerford Photography) Nerdy engagement photos beauty and the beast cosplay costume engagement geeky engagement photos photos rainier snow http://jasoncomerford.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/beauty-the-beast-engagement-photos-on-mt-rainier Wed, 15 Feb 2017 23:37:10 GMT