Adam Stevens Photography

December 14, 2011

The last wedding of the summer…

I tossed out a pre-view image a month or so ago for this and although the couple is still trying to decide how to have their order fulfilled, I wanted to get it out for the rest of you to see….

The day started on Camano Island…  I loved the sign on the fridge, that was the mood the entire day.

Hundreds of paper lanterns on twinkle lights, strung up in the back yard…  The reception had lots of promise!

Then down to Seattle, Greenlake specifically.  She chose Illustrated Salon Spa for her hair.  Mandy Greenhill did a great job!

Then for some more pampering, Jessica at Spa Scotta did her makeup, lots of goodies to look at!

Then back to their house to grab some important items, and people, and heat to the Temple in Bellevue

Thanks to the Blue Angles, there was a bit of a rush to get across the bridge.  The grounds of the Temple in Bellevue are beautiful.  As were the people.

I love babies at weddings, don’t you?

 

 

Even an accidental blow to the head resulted in laughter.

Back to Camano, and a little log cabin down the road from the reception.

Sparklers, fireworks and to top off the evening, ‘wish’ lanterns (ala the Disney film ‘Rapunzel’)

What a wonderful day!

~///~

October 31, 2010

“in the frame” Luke Stevens

I’ve been sitting on this for quite some time.  Like.  A.  Long.  Time.  And as I sit here writing this, I am not sure how soon I will actually pull the trigger on it.

Everyone has a story.  Everyone.  And for everyone it’s different.  Sort of.  We all have events that are part of our story.  The first time we drove a car, saw the stars and knew what they really were, or got really hurt by someone we loved.  Being hurt, healed, and blessed by the life around us.  That is our story.  Luke was and is a part of my story.  For a while not a lot of folks knew about his part of my story.  Luke was my younger brother.  To keep it short, he was killed in an accident in a field across the street from out house in Kirkland.  He was in 2nd grade, I was in 3rd.  Parts of this didn’t really hit me, until I had two little girls of my own, what it must have been like for my folks.  I know I can’t ever really know.  But I know what it was like for me, and it’s been a part of my story.  Not defining me, but a part.  Like knowing what the stars are….

Why now?  There is a friend, I’ve had the chance to second shoot for her, and collaborated a few times, who recently lost one of her twins suddenly and unexpectedly.  I can not imagine what they are going through, well I can imagine but I can’t know.  They are a strong family, not that they were looking to be tested, but I know they will work through this.

And maybe that’s a little bit of what I am doing here.  Working through some of my story.  Three decades after the fact.  I”m just glad I come from a family of photographers…  SO here’s Luke.  Oh, and that kid with the dark hair, yep that would be his big bro.  Me.

 Please excuse me if this post is coming out of left field…  If you haven’t been following me, it’s been a crazy fall….

Edit:  The memorial service was today for the baby.  It struck me, during the service how much smiling, and laughing happens during a memorial service.  That and the pastor quoted one of our College prof’s book on mourning Jerry Sittser’s “A Grace Disguised”, specifically about grief being something that you need to allow to be part of you…

February 19, 2010

Published!

Filed under: Personal — Tags: , , , , , — photobby @ 7:04 pm

You may recall back in July when I shot my father in law with his 67′ Stang (link here).  He had written to the editor of Mustang Times about his 1967 coup that he and his wife were original owners of, the editor asked for a full story and some photos to go along with it.  Well we didn’t know if they would run the article at all and were happy to get an e-mail back in January from the editor letting us know that it would be run in the February issue.  It didn’t make the cover, but got great coverage in the magazine, and was by far the largest article.  I spent about half an hour on the phone with the editor, as she was looking through the images and she kept saying “I wish you had that in a portrait orientation”, so I don’t know if that made the difference as I shot most of the images in landscape, next time I’ll know better!

Anyhow it was a real treat to be able to see some of my work in print, and to read through the accompanying article.  I will be meeting up with the editor again this summer at a Mustang Club of America show in Bellevue, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to meet her face to face!  I am hoping the weather is nice enough to ride down with my dad-in-law in “Mustie”.

Here’s the spread…




January 21, 2010

“In The Frame” coming tonight to Stanwood Wa.

Filed under: In The Frame, Personal — Tags: , , , , — photobby @ 12:39 pm

So here’s the premise, it’s kind of a long thread but there is an end to it… I’ve been thinking about a “personal project” for a long time (my wife likes to say, everything I do is a personal project 🙂 ), and the list of possibilities is long. Some of them I have looped back to several times, but they have never really stuck. Then a few weeks ago, after listening to an interview of David duChemin, author of “Within the Frame” it hit me. David (he’s not the only one) is a big proponent of shooting what you love. If you like cats, shoot cats, cars, then cars… Because you connect to that subject on an emotional level, and therefore probably shoot better photos of it/them. I love photographing people, why, because of the emotional connection I have with them. I love making photos that will resonate with people who really know the subject in the photo. And so I thought, why not shoot some of the people who I have connected with, in my past, and now? It’s not something that will be wrapped in a week, or a month. For crying out loud one of the “must shoots” lives in New York, one I haven’t seen since my wedding, and one is no longer with us.

So stay tuned, look for the “In The Frame” post title, and get ready to meet some people who I hold near and dear. Some things to keep in mind, I am posting these in no particular order, outside that I have been able to connect with them and get a few minutes to take some photos. Yes my wife would probably have been first, but it’s going to take a little more sweet talking to get her to do it willingly she’s the last person in the world I would try to arm twist into something, cause that never goes well. And that’s the last thing, accessibility to the people is probably going to drive the order more than anything else. With two exceptions, all the photos I am doing for this will be fresh. Not re-treads. Mostly.

So tune in tonight for “ITF” #1. One other item of note, check back on Feb 1st for a Wedding Special that will run till the 14th.

December 11, 2009

More than one at a time…

Filed under: Family, Personal, Portraits — Tags: , , , — photobby @ 7:19 pm

Way back in the mists of time. When we didn’t have kids and we thought we were busy, my wife worked as a teacher at a private school on the East side. She and the PE teacher there hit it off (Their sense of humor and justice in a grade school meshed perfectly). At the time none of us had kids, but wanted them. We were finally blessed with a little gem of our own they pursued a different vein.

I have an unspeakable amount of respect and awe for people who take others into their homes. Be it, family’s in need, foster children or full blown adoption. It is something my wife and I have talked about again and again. We might some day, but it would need to be a really obvious open door. Her friend and husband had no such qualms.

They adopted two girls from Haiti, going through an unbelievably difficult story and practically living in Haiti during the final months of the process (do I really remember that right?).  Not put off one bit, they have since adopted an older girl and have (since we saw them last) started the process of adopting three boys.  We would worry about them but I get the feeling that it is them who should be worrying about us and our two little whirlwinds.  Shortly after adopting the first two (and I think when they were adopting the third) they moved to Spain.  Yep, you read it right.  And they loved it.  Blogged about it here.

We were able to meet up with them at the Cheesecake Factory and let our kids do the whole “hair, teeth and eyeballs” think outside after we finished.  I grabbed a few quick shots and got the OK to post them.  Also, you should hit their new Blog home on WordPress (yea!) it’s Here.

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