Adam Stevens Photography

December 24, 2011

Christmas with friends….

You might have seen this post.  We had a blast, and the folks at Eagle Wings were kind enough to invite us come and shoot another event, their annual Christmas Party.  As you enjoy this Christmas season, take a minute and enjoy the photos of some other folks, who really enjoyed themselves a few weeks ago.  I had a blast, not only were all the folks at the party happy to be there, but I got to shoot it with my brother in law!  He seemed to have a great time as well, and I’ll point out what frames are his, cause he had some great ones!!

Here’s one of his frames…  There are a couple more…

All in all a great time!

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December 19, 2011

Thanksgiving with friends…

I had the opportunity to shoot for an organization out of Marysville, Eagle Wing Ministries.  I can’t really put words to it, so I’ll show you.  Just a bit of explanation…  The guests arrived, and had their portraits taken by myself and Kristen.  Then then went in for a craft and dinner…  Tip- Click on one of the images below and let the slide show load, then enjoy the photos full sized!

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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!

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August 9, 2011

Wedding Pre-view….

With way more to come.  From Camano Island, to Green lake Seattle, to the LDS Temple in Bellevue, and back to Camano…  It was an awesome chance to tell an entire wedding day story.  Here is a tiny little peak, on the island, in the morning.  They aren’t even set up completely yet….

March 8, 2011

A beautiful, happy, smiling Stanwood Wedding…

Smile.  I probably said it a bunch out of habit, but it was more to get folks to look at the camera, they were already smiling.  Julie and Nathan were married on October 2nd, in a day that was picture perfect!  We had some wonderful clouds for the group photos outside, and then during the ceremony, the clouds broke up and blessed us with some beautiful bright sun, blue sky and white puffy clouds.  And smiles.  The entire day was full of people who were happy to be right where they were.  The friends and family that came around Julie and Nathan to support and be a part of their day were fantastic!

I know I was smiling too, Julie is one of those wonderful brides who is laid back, easy going, and knows not to sweat the small stuff.  Not that there was any “small stuff” to sweat.  I think the biggest “issue” was the tux for the ring bearer.  But I don’t know many kids his age who think to tuck in a dress shirt.  Oh, but there was that little ring issue….  But I’ll let Julie tell that story, cause she does a much better job!

Here are some of my favorite shots…  And yes, I was able to have Joscelyn with me again as a 2nd shooter and assistant (score!).

The flower girls were a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e.

 

One of my favorite shots of the day.  Not sure why I keep coming back to it but I do..

 

 

Edit: This post is way overdue. In fact I should feel shame faced. I am. My apologies for this, and as the next few posts come out you will get a chance to see where I have been and where I am going. Hang in there, and have faith. You are getting the view from the back seat. I’m duck taped to the front bumper.

December 22, 2010

Getting ready for Christmas. (or i can live on 4 hours a night, can you?)

Filed under: Family, Personal — Tags: , , , , , — photobby @ 4:21 pm

It’s that time again.  Trees, cookies, presents, candy, candles, egg-nog, family and food (did I mention food?)  There are so many wonderful traditions for celebrating this time of year.  I just wanted to toss a few quick photos up from our annual trip to Westlake Mall for the annual tree lighting.  It’s a little different every year, and one of the chances for our kids to get to the “city”.  If you know the area, I won’t need to narrate for you….

 

 

(check out all those LCD’s, I can almost hear the cell tower melting as people posted the photos to facebook)

Some window shopping (we didn’t buy anything but dinner, and coffee) and the trip back.

December 14, 2010

More Celtic Fairing….

Here is another post that’s long overdue.  Back in August (really, August?) our church had a Celtic Faire, think fun Irish music, fair food, games and general fun.  I was at the inaugural event a couple years ago, and for some reason it just didn’t come together last year.  This year the weather conspired against us, but like the rough tough Irish, we simply carried on.  It cleared up, and as anything where there is cotton candy, games and kids; it all ended well…



These last two shots are of a really cool game, battling tops, supplied by Barry Reed of Seattle Game Rentals.

December 12, 2010

The Big Brother…

My favorite author when I was growing up was Gerald Durrell. I wanted to live his life. He even wrote of his younger years growing up, one of my favorite books from that time of his life was “My Family and Other Animals”. I identified with that. Not that there was a 10 min wait for the bathroom on any given morning, but I had loads of critters. Don’t get me wrong, I had a wonderfully large, interesting, entertaining and loving extended family. And the description could probably be extended to them as well, the ‘others animals’ bit.

We don’t all have is a big brother like my Uncle Dan though. My dad’s older brother (ok, so as the 5th of 5 boys there are 4 people that applies to..) is one of my two uncle Dan’s. Yep, that’s right. I’ve got two. But that’s another story. Back to the photos. My Dad’s brother Dan was in town for a visit that coincided with my Dad’s book release and signing. We got to go back to their farm for dinner, and some fun with Uncle Dan. Let’s just say our girls love an audience, and Uncle Dan loved being just that for them. And he can be quite a character himself. Joscelyn said she understood me way better after she had met my extended family. I’m not exactly sure what she meant by that.

Careful though.  Everyone has a breaking point….

And just like that.  Back to ‘normal’.

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December 7, 2010

Visiting a neighbor (sort of…)

I have a good friend who blogs with the regularity of a clock. At three minutes to 9 every day. So that’s what her blog is called. She buys duck eggs from us from time to time, and asked folks she knew about their Christmas traditions, and my wife gave her a quick synopsis. I was tapped for some photos. The night shots are from last year at Westlake, this years shots will be here shortly, and the cake photos are what a “professional” shoots when he is is own customer (my favorite!).

Here’s the link to her blog:
http://threeminutestonine.blogspot.com/2010/12/stevens-family-christmas-traditions.html

Her blog is worth bookmarking!

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October 4, 2010

Stanwood Engagement session…

It’s always fun to visit a place that’s special to an engaged couple.  Warm Beach Camp is probably that place for a lot of people.  For Julie, it’s full of memories from her youth, and where she works, and where she met her husband.  Nathan was working as a delivery driver at the time, and they first bumped into each other at the most noteworthy of locations.  The dumpsters by the receiving dock at the camp kitchen.  While some photographs of them by the smelly dumpster might have been kind of fun, the camp is so much more.  So we headed out.  There are loads of beautiful little locations all over the camp.  I know we only found some of them.  Here are a few of my favorite shots from some of the locations we visited…

I really liked these last to in black and white…

September 29, 2010

La Conner Wedding…

Rob and Rebecca had the kind of wedding I wish I could shoot every day.  Not that I only like shooting small intimate weddings.  Nor that I only like shooting weddings in small quaint towns.  Or when the weather is beautiful, and the venue is so full wonderful, or any of the other obvious details of their special day.  What I really loved about documenting their special day were the people.  It was clear that they people who had come were all very special to the couple. The other cool thing? Most everyone ignored me after the family photos. Loved that. Able to wander and shoot, looking for some of the better angles for backgrounds, stories, characters and moments…. Here are some of my favorites:

The Father of the Bride. He was so proud of his daughter, I don’t think he was actually walking on the floor.

August 27, 2010

La Conner Wedding Pre-view

It’s been busy, really.  Really.  Busy.  And fun!  There have been so many fun times since I fell off the blog wagon.  I don’t want to spoil anything, but here’s a little something from a wedding I had the honor of shooting in La Conner recently.  Much more to come once I get the A-OK from the bride, and I think when you see the photographs, you will love the family as much as I did by the time the wedding was wrapped!

August 9, 2010

Bringing in the harvest.

Filed under: Personal — Tags: , , , , , — photobby @ 6:47 pm

So this has several meanings for us. At the moment we are swimming, no drowning in produce, eggs, fresh fruits and berries. There are also weddings and other target rich work for the camera, prep for the upcoming school year, birthdays (August has like 4, just for the immediate family). There are the fairs (and “required” entries), parks, and the odd nap in the sun… Life at the moment is full. So updates here have gotten sporadic, and probably won’t really fill back in till the weather turns, and the veggies and fruits are all safely tucked into cans, jars, freezer bags and the fall foodstuffs are looking after themselves.

I will try to toss the occasional frame up here, and you can be sure that any really big happenings will be documented (I had to remind myself that the blog is meant to be a more personal thing. No need to get every job posted). To that tune, at the moment though I am looking through over 4,000 personal frames from the last half of June and all of July. I’ll get a few of them loaded, and hopefully by fall, it will all be current again. Just in time to be thrown for a loop by the holidays.

There is also the ever pressing site re-build in progress. There was an initial rush into a design, layout and then graphics, oh yes. Graphics. Odd how that has pressed the need to answer some questions that I have been putting off for several years. So as 2011 approaches, there will be some re-configuring of the pricing for weddings, bringing some very luxurious products into the mix, and revising the coverage that is offered, to fit more with the “wedding story” that will be truly uniquely yours.

So in the mean time, here is a photograph of the yummy snap peas that were on the vine in early June. All these little guys are now taking a freezer nap till they are called on for a fall stir fry. How fast has the summer gone. This planting is about the have the last of the peas harvested, shelled, and frozen (or canned, we haven’t decided yet)..

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June 18, 2010

Thank you Dinner…

Most of you know that our church servers a great Wednesday night dinner.  Every week, during the school year.  And usually we are there.  Where else can a family eat for about $5, have no dishes to do and the chance to hang with some friends?  There are a few of us fools, er helpers who lend a hand to do everything from wash dishes, fix the food and vacuum the jello out of the carpet.  I usually have my camera with me as there are often fun little moments to capture.  Lots of folks, having fun, and interacting.  Just a few of my favorite things.

And here are just a few shots from the thank you dinner that they threw for us helpers…

Some Good Food..

Some good friends to play with (the bury guy playing with the worlds most adorable baby is “Pappa John”, ask any kid at WBFMC and they know exactly who he is)..

And Pastor Pat, (funny note, there was a mic stand in the foreground that looked like he had some kind of metal parrot on his shoulder, normally I wouldn’t just walk up mid service and move something like that, but I figured, why not.  Ah much better…)

Don’t forget the Mount Vernon Birth Center open house is tomorrow!  Come and see what it would be like to give birth someplace just like home

but where someone else cleans up.  Oh, and you don’t have the distractions of home, like in a spa, yea that’s it!  Cause that’s what birth is like, right?

Get all the Deets here: www.mountvernonbirthcenter.net

June 7, 2010

Wonderful Citrus Sweetness!

Filed under: Details, Personal — Tags: , , , , , — photobby @ 6:33 pm

My wife is a rock star cook.  Really.  No kidding.  Her killer cooking and my lack of self control are a bad combination.  For me.  I thought I would share this with you all.  This is all you get.  Cause I got all the left overs.

This is actually from Mother’s Day.  She let me cut up the orange, but that was it.  And the cheese cake was AWESOME! Sadly I did have to share some…  Ah well Father’s day is coming…

And now that we all have a sugar head ache…  I’m going to go brew up another pot of coffee.

January 15, 2010

“In the frame”, weddings, and babies

Sorry to leave all two of you hanging here for a bit.  Not much original content lately eh?  Never fear.  After the hurried pace of the holidays, things slowed down a bit for us.  For various reasons we are not going to make it to any of the Bridal Events this spring (next year?) but would love to hear how they go…  Instead I’ve been working on a couple of personal projects.  The first is going to be called “in the frame” and now that I have several of the shoots “in the can” I feel comfortable doing a little pre-view.

The premise is simple.   Meet someone for coffee and take a few informal photos.  The “in the frame” bit?  Well my life is “framed” by the people who I interact with.  Some of them have had a very deep or long lasting impact on my, shaped who I am or fed my odd sense of humor.  So those are the folks you’ll see.  Who exactly?  Well you’ll just have to tune back in from time to time to find out.

Finally the weddings!  I’ll be firing up a special here in the next few days, and again, tune in for more info!!

Till then- have a wonderful weekend!

-Adam

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