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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October 31, 2011

Twirling flowers…

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Just had to share this shot of our two little flowers.  They wanted to twirl by the flowers.  (I would guess the dahlias will be with us for only another week or so).  Fun to see what a handful of years will do with twirling prowess…

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August 23, 2011

AAaaaaaaaaaugust…

Filed under: Candid, Kids, Personal — Tags: , , , , — photobby @ 10:21 pm

August.  Hot (finally), busy and filled with fun.  Aaaaa as in, fall is coming and there is still lots to do!  So there isn’t much here, between work, finishing up some client work, and the farm, well, the blog tends to slip a bit…  So here’s something to cool you off (not that you need it if you live in the PNW, but others might find it refreshing…)

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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….

July 26, 2011

Look who’s turning … (what are you kidding? No way am I finishing that one!)

Filed under: Personal, Portraits — Tags: , , — photobby @ 10:54 am

Happy birthday to my wife. My best friend. I have been so blessed to have know you for so long. It really set me back to think of how much we have gotten to experience together. From Grade School, to High School, and full time in College. Anything good in my I owe in part to the hand you have had in shaping it. Your patience with me, your keeping me on track, and your clear vision of where we want to go… Coupled with your strong faith, and desire to be doing His work in the Kingdom. To have shared all the wonderful experiences, the highs and lows, the adventure and the boredom. It’s all either better or more bearable with you. With all that life’s been throwing at us lately, I can’t help that think our 2011 verse should be Jeremiah 29: 11-13. I am looking forward to the future and remembering our past.

I wish I had the time to really dig back and see what we can find in the way of great old photos, but I’ll have to do with these…

The Mommy.

Mommy again…

“What do you think your doing?” (it’s the same look from her daughters….)

I love you babe! I hope you have a wonderful day with our two little ones. Bless you.

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July 8, 2011

4th of July…. Postmortem.

Postmortem as in, it’s behind us.  No one died.  No skin was burned, and no ear drums ruptured.  All fingers accounted for.  Except for the critters and the 2 year old, it was a complete success.  The animals are not fans of anything loud and flashing, and apparently the 2 year old isn’t either.  She was OK with smoke bombs though.  As long as her big cousin (superhero in her eyes) is keeping her safe.

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June 28, 2011

14 Years….

Filed under: Family, Personal — Tags: , , , , — photobby @ 8:30 am

It’s been a lot longer than that. Really. A lot longer. Like grade school. So arguable more like three decades (ish). Kind of hard to believe. If it weren’t for the fact that the photos from 30 years ago look familiar to me….

Joscelyn,

You are my best friend. My rock, and constant companion. You challenge me to do better, you push me to find ways to improve everything from my parenting, to my faith to rinsing the dishes before putting them in the dish washer. You are with me when I fail. And I like that, cause you end up with me a lot!

You do so much more than care for my children (yes, I know they are yours too), you teach them, love them, sacrifice for them. You worry about them when they seem ‘off’, and hardly sleep when they are sick, or if you think they are. It’s almost annoying how much you love them.

You have such a heart for service, for others, for God and his Kingdom. Your love of His creation reminds me that our job is not to make things as easy for us as possible, but to care for others.

I have no idea where then next year will take us, or the next ten, or 15, but I know you will be next to me, cause I’m going to be next to you.

The past…

I remember her like this… Grade school, and singing with my next door neighbor. Bottom row, Joscelyn’s on the right,

(and BFF) on the left, cute girls huh?

Colledge Freshman! Ahh, the sunflowers… And animals.

Here they are again! (So, no I didn’t marry the girl next door, I married her best friend, no offense Em, but I totally scored!)

One of our big trips as a married couple was to Emily’s wedding in NYC.

Last year. Dinner out. No kids. Paradise, with my wife.

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June 17, 2011

Beautiful Stanwood Wedding.

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I’ve been trying to figure out how to describe the wedding I had the honor of documenting last month at Warm Beach Free Methodist Church.  It’s been hard I think because it was so stunning.  It wasn’t the venue, or the decor, or any of the other things that we wedding photographers get pulled toward when we think of a memorable wedding.  It was the people, the relationships and the story.  I don’t really know much of the last item, but from the emotion and love in the room, it must be something.  Standing in the back, listening to the message, it seemed like the pastor was speaking to everyone in the room, like family.  And that’s what this was.  The forging of a family…  But I should let the photos do the talking…

 
 

 

Like I said.  Nothing like a new family!

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May 17, 2011

What’s the Buzz??!!

Filed under: Family, Personal — Tags: , , , — photobby @ 8:24 pm

Want to see what we’ve been up to? Head over to the farm blog and take a look! It’s been a busy spring, and with the wedding season coming up you might not see much more than ‘work’ stuff here…. Personal goodies? Look yonder www.adalynfarm.com

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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 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 5, 2010

The Author

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Well right off you know I’m not talking about myself.  I trip over my words like a dizzy 19 month old on a sugar rush.  Bad bad deal.  I prefer photographs.  So here’s the author.  I have been watching him work this book along, and I can tell you, like anything that you create, with purpose and drive, it has taken a lot of work.  And it really speaks to the community that is all around us..  And if you want to know more, read the book.  (Although I hear a movie is in the works)



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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…

October 7, 2010

The Race Of The Century!!!

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Lawn Mower 500.  It was quite an event two years ago.  Some folks understand the serious nature of this, others just don’t want to.  Take it seriously.  It is always fun though.  The kids act as pit crews, and there are requirements for making a specific number of pit stops.  It can get heated in the pits, all that exhaust, and spinning blades (kidding!!) and a desire to get back out as quickly as possible.  Quick, fast as you can!  Get that mower back up to it’s high gear!

“maybe next year I will be big enough to race”

Do you want to find out more about this bunch of folks, you can find out more here: www.wbfmc.org

 

 

July 26, 2010

A totally 80’s Zumba experience!

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What a blast.  I am going to try to stay away from all of the 80’s vernacular that I could throw in here.  Studio Z Stanwood threw a killer (oops) 80’s themed party/Zumba event this last Friday night and I was asked to come in and shoot it for them!  Loved it!  Any time folks are getting together to have some fun, I’m all in.  The event was coordinated by Greg over at LinkedIQ, and the DJ was none other than SeattleDJ Jeremy Williams.  I could not stay away from the urge to color process the images for a more authentic 80’s look.  Here are some of my favorite shots from the night.  Let me know what you think!

This next photograph is one of my favorites shots of the night.  Love the light, energy and color!

Do you remember video cassettes?  Remember trying to wind the rental back in so you didn’t get charged for it!?!?

Fun game, if you can hold onto the pen!

And one last detail shot- totally forgot how rad leg warmers look!

Hit the comments and let me know what photograph you like best!

July 22, 2010

Family Photo Session Pre-View!

So, we finally got to meet them!!  We have know A&E for years.  In fact, we knew them BC.  (Before Children).  We get to see them every 12-18 months (now that they are back state side).  Last time we saw them, they were 5 strong.  E’s comment to me was “well, now we are outnumbered”, “wow, how is that going?”, “Fine I suppose, were all here!!”.

Never ones to leave well enough alone, answering “the call” they adopted three brothers.  Just as things were getting close to the end, the earthquake hit Haiti.  Boom.  No idea if the three little boys they were all but ready to go pick up were even OK.  Thank you internet, we were able to watch them video chat just a few days after the quake, all set up by a local Portland news agency.  Incredible.  And thanks to the US government (did I just type that out loud?) the adoption got expedited and they were holding their little ones way sooner than they would have otherwise.

Here is the family- you can see how they all keep it together.  Funny, sense of humor and they are all looking for chances to have a good time.  More images to come…  There were just too many cute ones not to put more up!

July 9, 2010

Les & Makesha’s Stanwood open air wedding!

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What a absolutely perfect day!  The weather cooperated (and there was fear in my heart that it would not, oh yes!) in a wonderful blue sky, warm, sunny, spring is coming kind of way.  Les and Makesha picked a wonderfully convenient location, in an open field, with distant tree line and a warm breeze!  There was some great rustic “dwelling” in the background that gave some wonderful texture and interest to some of the group shots…

Makesha is a local Zumba instructor, don’t know what that is?  Well check her site out here:  www.zumbalocamama.com (I shot her benefit event a while back too, it’s here)  What did that mean for the dancing?  Lots of it!  With some great beats!  Good times!  I was a bit nervous about this wedding as Les is a photographer as well, He just had finished some work for NOAH (a local animal rescue) and has the images up on his site here: www.naturalinkphotography.com Really it worked out great!  Knowing a little bit about what I would be dealing with (bright light, no shade, mid afternoon) Les picked the location allowing me to keep my back to the sun for the most part, and the background was awesome, smooth grass into the trees.

Hair was got all styled up by Shelly Anderson with Salon Capelli, in Marysville.  You can catch her at 425-239-1217

Makesha’s makup was done by Tina Panich, she is a guru and super fun to have around getting all ready! Here site is going together as we speak, so for how you can reach her at fourtwofive-422-0690 and e-mail tkpanich@hotmail.com

The Cake was uber yummy!  Jessica did an awesome job!  The cake tasted as good as it looked.  You can see more of her cakes and reach her through her site at www.simplycaketastic.com

The music was hot even after the couple drove off into the sunset, you can reach the DJ’s via e-mail rocknkris@yahoo.com and by phone fourtwofive-359-9450

All in all it was a wild success, here are a few of my favorites…

::First dance::

Les and Makesha were were really sweet at the cake cutting, the second helping (after some dancing) was a little more mischievous!

(note the cake “facial” in the last shot)

Off into the sunset!

July 2, 2010

Open!

Filed under: Babies, Family — Tags: , , , , , , , , — photobby @ 10:03 pm

So it’s been kind of a crazy couple of weeks. I was hoping to get my blogging back up to date with a nice full pipeline by the end of the day today. That’s just not going to happen. Between our eldest logging a lot of time in the play area at Seattle Children’s Hospital (she’s fine, or will be) the flu that ran around the house having a gay old time, and client commitments, there hasn’t been much time for anything else. In fact with the nice weather, if the farm didn’t get some attention this last weekend, we were going to be in danger of disappearing in a sea of grass.   So I called an audible and we played outside.  Had a blast.  Probably should do it more.  So for today it’s a bit of a horn toot…

We went to the Skagit Family Natural Medicine open house and had some fun a few Saturday’s ago, to check out their birth center. Here are some of the framed prints up….

And the little one’s having some fun!

June 30, 2010

Performance…

Filed under: Details, Personal — Tags: , , , , , — photobby @ 8:46 pm

I saw this on my daughters desk a few months ago, liked the light and thought it would make a nice photograph, because it seemed like he was trying to say something.

I was thinking today about performance.  Not just as in acting, but as in providing a skill and finished product, for a fee on a repeated basis.  I think that there are times when every artist who is living off their work feels much like this little wind up puppy.  I want to make something new, creative, different.  But all that’s asked of me is to do the same trick, again and again.  I think, if you can get past the mind numbing repetitiveness of some of the process, it can still bring a smile, to see the reaction to the finished product.  Because it’s that connection, at the core of the process, that creates the moment that brings a twinge of a smile, as a memory is triggered.  And really, if I get that, you can wind me up any time.

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 16, 2010

Wedding Pre-View!

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We had the honor of shooting Les and Makesha’s wedding this last weekend and could not have planned a better day!  The weather was beautiful, and fit so wonderfully with the venue.  There is much more to follow but I wanted to get something up so you would all know that I had not fallen asleep!

Lining up for the big walk!

June 9, 2010

Produce!!

Filed under: Family, Personal — Tags: , , , — photobby @ 9:58 pm

We have a great garden in this year.  And on the advice of my dad, I planted a bunch of radishes…  They come up super quick and with an antsy preschooler that’s a good thing.  We went out a few weeks ago and snagged the first couple of radishes for a dinner salad.  Crisp and yummy!  She said I had to put one up on the blog.  So everyone could see it.  And yes.  It’s just a little bigger than a blue berry.

June 4, 2010

It’s live!

Filed under: Babies, Kids — Tags: , — photobby @ 7:50 pm

So in case you are subscribing via RSS, the birth center’s site went live a day or two ago. Here’s the link! http://www.mountvernonbirthcenter.net/.  If we are blessed with another little bundle of joy, we will be getting on the list for a stay in one of their rooms!

May 31, 2010

The Good Doctor.

Filed under: Babies, Projects — Tags: , , , , , — photobby @ 2:33 pm

We got a little pre-view of a birth center that’s slated to open up later this month.  How did we swing that?  Well the “Good Doctor” was our midwife for our second little bundle of joy!  We opted to have a birth center birth a year ago in April with our youngest and hope that next time we don’t have to drive all the way up to Bellingham.  They have a wonderful birth center there, but you can hear Canada from up there (nothing aginst the Canadians).

The new birth center is going to be really nice, two BIG birth suites with tubs, normal beds and plenty of seating for the folks who really should be there.  The best part for me?  They painted the ceilings WHITE!!  I love natural light, really and truly, but as I am hoping to be shooting a few brand new little one’s up there, I am looking forward to the options a big ol chunk of white ceiling will give me at o’dark thirty.  Once their site is live I’ll put a link up.  She was telling us about some of the interior 360 views they have put together for it and I am looking forward to it!

So here she is, Dr. Antonich, I don’t think I’ll ever forget her saying “well then you better get going” when I told her my wife’s contractons were about 8 min apart at 4 in the morning…

She was kind enough to let me sit her next to one of their lovey big soft windows when we were there.

Hopefully a few of my prints and canvases will grace their walls over the course of the few weeks.  We got some sad news the other day that is going to be tying up some of her time, we are hoping for the best for her and her family…

Edit:  The site for the birth center is live!  Check it out here:http://www.mountvernonbirthcenter.net/index.html They have a grand opening later this month,

come and visit and you’ll understand why so many people are opting for a more natural birth!

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