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Some recent paytonpics wedding photos. 

Ned and Carla are a delightful couple, and I’m sure they will always remember their wedding ceremony as the only two hours of rain Seattle experienced in the summer of 2015. What are the odds?! Their lovely outdoor ceremony with the gorgeous view had to be rushed indoors at the last minute. It rained pretty hard for a few hours, but the clouds blew on through, and the sunset was actually quite nice. Luckily they were great sports. As I always say to the bride and groom, no matter what happens, at the end of the day you will be married and get to eat cake. That’s pretty awesome.

Here are some of the photos that captured the spirit of the day. Scott’s detail shots are on point, Ned’s first look expressions were some of my all-time favorite, wedding party shots at the Ballard Locks (including several pictures with random dogs, because Ned loves dogs), one of the most touching father/daughter dances I have ever seen, Ned’s mom’s brothers and sisters thoroughly enjoying the photobooth, some sunset fun, and a grand send off. 

A wonderful couple got married and I ate dessert. A great day. 

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Because I can’t wait until Friday.  I guess I won’t make these posts on a regular day, because I’ve never been very good at waiting.

Scott went to Snoqualmie Point Park on Saturday for an engagement photo shoot.  Photo shoots in January are always a bit of a risk because, as you may have heard, Western Washington isn’t really known for its spectacular winters.  Saturday was no exception.

But engaged folks are usually pretty busy people, and it’s hard to reschedule, so sometimes you just gotta go for it.  So in between cloudbursts, Scott managed to get some really cute photos.

In this case, the groom-to-be is a soldier at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), and the couple wanted a few pictures of him in uniform.

JBLM is a large military facility, and I just read that it’s the most requested military installation in the army.  Well, duh.  Because the northwest is awesome!

Just like this fun couple.

Not only is the photo above playfully symbolic, it’s so quintessentially northwest.  It looks a little foggy, a little wet, a little rusty, a little mossy.  What’s not to love?

The rainbow in this photo is undoctored.  It was only visible for about a minute, right as another torrential downpour blew past them and into the valley below.

See, crappy weather ain’t so bad.

Sometimes it’s a sign of great things to come.


Scott and I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding and reception of Megan and Curtis on September 6th. Scott had previously taken their engagement photos, but I met this lovely young couple for the first time on their big day.

The festivities were held in the gorgeous North Bend, WA backyard of Megan’s aunt. The families did a wonderful job of prepping the yard for the ceremony and reception. Everything looked so lush and green, and the details were pretty amazing. North Bend is in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain range, and most of the exterior shots for Twin Peaks were shot there if that helps you get a feel for its woodsiness.

I started the day taking shots of Curtis and his fellow Coast Guard groomsmen at a nearby hotel before I hopped a ride with Curtis to meet up with Scott and Megan for first look photos in the shadow of Mount Si. Curtis entertained me with stories of how he and Megan met on our drive to the first look location–the place where he had proposed to Megan. Our joyful mood wore off, however, when we realized there had been a miscommunication about where we were all gathering to meet, and Curtis and I were several mountains miles away. And Curtis needed to get gas. Did you know mountain parks all look the same? And also tend to have terrible no cell reception?

Luckily, we all managed to reconnect, and Scott took some very cool first look and bridal party photos and still stayed within the timeline. The delay was actually fortuitous, since it was incredibly hot that afternoon, and it felt a little like we were taking pictures on the surface of the sun.

The wedding was relatively small, but it was certainly lively, and Megan and Curtis’ friends and family were a real treat to get to know. The ceremony was incredibly sweet, and the dip at the end was perfect. Guests dined on wonderful food and super yummy cake before dancing the night away. Seeing Megan’s awesome grandma dance to YMCA was the highlight of my evening. 

As the sun started to set, Scott whisked Megan and Curtis down the road to take a few sunset photos in a nearby clearing where they were joined by a large herd of grazing elk. You know, just your average backyard wedding guests. In the Pacific Northwest anyway.

This wedding had its share of challenges. It was very hot, the first look started off a little shaky, and the officiant was an hour and a half late among other things. But Scott and I were really impressed with the poise and maturity of the young bride and groom. They were very relaxed and gracious, and I have seen much older couples crumble under similar stresses.

Must be the military training. And that mountain air.

As we gear up to start making regular blog posts highlighting some of our wedding, engagement, maternity, and senior photo shoots, allow us to post one of our favorite photos from a wedding earlier this year.

An unexpected February 2014 snow storm didn’t keep us from capturing a last-minute special moment right as this lovely couple headed off to begin a magical life together. 


Finn is only a sophomore, but one of the perks of dating an older woman is getting to hang out with old people and going to senior prom when you’re only 16.

And one of the perks of having a dad for a photographer, is that said dad happened to be shooting a wedding on Lake Union the night of the prom (which happened to be at the Seattle Aquarium!). So in between the wedding and reception, dad ran over to Lake Union Park to snap a couple of quick pictures before the kids rushed off to dinner. Because come on! It’s not a Seattle pic without the Space Needle and a sea plane buzzing overhead.