JAEDA REED PHOTOGRAPHY | Seattle-Tacoma Wedding and Portrait Photographer

Pacific Northwest Wedding and Portrait Photographer serving Seattle-Tacoma & Surrounding Areas

An Apocalyptic Engagement with Destiny and Jason

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I'm in this business because at my heart of hearts I'm a creative. I'm an artist, and I make art. For that reason, I'm truly excited when a couple comes to me with a unique or themed session in mind.

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Destiny and Jason were getting married on Halloween 2014 and had one such idea. Their photo series is one of my most favorite love stories I've ever told with my camera. Two people surviving together in a post-apocalyptic world.

The Washington weather was on our side with a perfect foggy day with just a hint of misty rain.

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Historic areas of Pierce County gave us a great setting, with buildings dating back a century or more.

Old coke ovens provided a particularly haunted backdrop.

Springtime Sunset with Priyanka and Prasanth

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It's that time of year in Washington when the sun starts to make more frequent appearances and things start blooming. By this time of year I'm usually itching to get back into a busy schedule after the lull of the winter months. I was a little worried on this particular day because the weather had been a bit sporadic, but thankfully upon arrival we were blessed with the coveted partly cloudy sky. I didn't think this session could get any better, but then I found out that the couple I'd be working with had never had professional photos done aside from their wedding in India!

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If they hadn't told me they were new to this photo shoot thing I would have never known. They were about to celebrate their anniversary and were quick to smile and laugh with one another. Coupled with their perfect styling, I couldn't ask for better people to work with.

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Exploring Gender Ambiguity with Trent

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This is Trent. Well, on a regular day, this is Courtney, one of my dearest friends and artistic co-conspirators. Every so often, when I'm lucky, we get to work together exploring some vision one of us had. This project was spawned from a conversation on one of Courtney's Instagram photos where she was looking particular beautysome and androgynous.

androgynous : having characteristics or nature of both male and female.

From this brief back-and-forth was birthed a fun idea to explore gender identity in a small photo series. More telling than the photos themselves, however, was our experience capturing them. I didn't expect to encounter some serious questions about societal gender norms while doing it.

We stumbled right out of the gate. Our workflow together, normally easy and fluid, was awkward. We stopped for a moment to review some of the initial images and started to notice all manner of small details that we weren't consciously aware of most of the time. Arched backs and popped hips were the comfortable and natural posture. Curvy, soft lines are what we grew up learning to create with our bodies and to discard that nature was quite difficult.

Once mastering the sloped back, clenched jaw, and wide stance traditionally attributed to masculinity we found a rhythm and Trent walked a fine line between soft and hard.

In the end, this was a simple artistic exploration, and I won't delve too deeply into gender issues. Today, gender identity is more flexible than ever; Courtney is handsome, Trent is beautiful, and I certainly won't be telling anyone to "sit like a lady."

Valentine's Mini Deal

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Valentine's Day is right around the corner! What better way to celebrate than a romantic photo shoot together? I'm offering mini sessions for half price (just $50) on the 14th and 15th of February. Fill out a contact form to inquire about available times. Just a $15 deposit holds your spot! If we run into a rainy situation, don't worry! The sale price will be honored in the event of a rain-out.

Style your Session

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One of the most powerful things that a photo can do is convey connections and relationships between people. Styling and clothing choice can either inhibit or enhance this visual. Your outfit certainly won’t make or break your photos, but I’m going to offer some helpful advice for you to consider when putting together your ensemble.

Complement, don't match!

One of the most common mistakes I see is when families and couples show up for their photos in matching outfits. It’s great to have coordinating outfits, but we definitely don’t want people looking exactly the same. If everyone is in jeans and a white shirt, it’s going to look unnatural, because it is! It can be just as dangerous to both show up in similar patterns. If you both want to wear plaid, make sure the patterns are different enough that you don’t blend together into one person.

Everyone in this family is wearing grey, but they're all wearing it in different ways and making sure to not match the rest of their colors and fabrics.

Everyone in this family is wearing grey, but they're all wearing it in different ways and making sure to not match the rest of their colors and fabrics.

Don't be afraid of color

Many times people will shy away from bold colors for their photos, I say nay! Embrace the bold, just make sure you don't have too much of a good thing. A bold color choice is a great way to draw attention to what is important (you guys!) but it can also quickly become a competition. A strategy that often works well is to choose one person to wear the WOW-factor color or pattern, and draw inspiration from it for other outfits, but keep them more simple.

This couple chose a solid magenta that stands out against our cloudy Pacific Northwest skies, and paired it with a patterned shirt in neutral colors. Both outfits have interest, but they don't compete with each other.

This couple chose a solid magenta that stands out against our cloudy Pacific Northwest skies, and paired it with a patterned shirt in neutral colors. Both outfits have interest, but they don't compete with each other.

Think about dimension

Texture is also a very important thing to consider when planning an outfit. Is it interesting, or distracting? Texture is especially important if you're interested in black and white photos because it can be a lot more dynamic than patterns that rely solely on color. As it was with color, if one person's outfit has a particularly stand-out texture, keep everyone else textures and layers more simple.

This is client is wearing a simple grey sweater, but the texture creates a lot of interest without being overwhelming.

This is client is wearing a simple grey sweater, but the texture creates a lot of interest without being overwhelming.

Keep your location in mind

Remember to think about where you're taking your photos. If you're taking photos at the beach, I don't recommend wearing heels. Try to think about what you might actually be comfortable wearing in that setting, and kick it up a notch. Dressy outfits look great in more urban areas, while casual wear is perfect for more natural locations.

These fall maternity photos were made that much better by great styling. The casual elements of the outfit, combined with neutral colors and simple accessories really fit in with this beautiful autumn setting.

These fall maternity photos were made that much better by great styling. The casual elements of the outfit, combined with neutral colors and simple accessories really fit in with this beautiful autumn setting.

Black is great.. in small doses

Black is slimming and flattering and a plethora of other fabulous, fashion-forward adjectives, however too much black can leave you looking two-dimensional in your photos. Experiment with other dark neutrals like navy or dark grey. If you are dead set on wearing black, make it more dynamic with accessories that break up the black and give your look more interest.

This client turned up the volume on her black dress by adding a dramatic red jacket and lip.

This client turned up the volume on her black dress by adding a dramatic red jacket and lip.

Of course, there are plenty of times we can break the rules. Ultimately that most important thing is that you are wearing something that makes you feel like a million bucks. You're most beautiful when you're confident and happy!

Why a First Look is a Great Idea

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If you're planning a wedding, chances are you've come across "first look" ideas. If not, a first look is the moment when a groom sees his bride for the first time. Traditionally this happens when a bride is walking down the aisle, but more and more frequently brides and grooms are deciding for this to happen before the ceremony. There are a few reasons which might make this a good idea for your wedding.

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Intimacy - When a first look is done before the ceremony, very frequently it's only you, your partner, and the photographer. This makes for a much more personal moment than it perhaps would be if you're seeing each other for the first time at the ceremony.

Practicality - Wedding days are stressful and full of potential for things to go wrong or run late. Blocking out time before the ceremony for a first look and other portraits will make sure you have time to create the beautiful images you want from your day. Your photos are something you have forever, and this way they aren't hurried or cut short because of time constraints. Not to mention, hair and make-up is perfect and fresh.

Perfection - Speaking of things being perfect, doing a first look before your ceremony will allow your photographer to create the most beautiful image possible. During wedding ceremonies photographers are often hindered by factors such as lighting, seating, and general layout. Any photographer worth their salt is able to work around these obstacles, but if given the chance to stage a first look, your photographer will be able to give you something truly special.

Hospitality - Doing your first look and couples photos (which are arguably the most important) before the ceremony cuts down the gap between the ceremony and dinner service. This way your guests aren't left hungry and wondering while all your photos are completed.

Nerves - Seeing each other before the ceremony will greatly calm any wedding day jitters you may have. It's your wedding day, you should be spending it together! Doing your personal photos before your ceremony gives you extra hours to enjoy one another on your special day, hours that would have otherwise been spent apart.