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Eleven years in the making, this was a wonderful day. Despite all the little things that were not quite “right”, the big picture was just beautiful! Paul came down the aisle wearing a cape and jumping at the end to signify that he was jumping into this marriage with both feet! Sweet and funny! What more could one ask?
The best day ever!

Make sure to check out the slide show as well!

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Well it certainly has been a wet winter! So, I was pretty worried about the predicted storm on Sara and Monty’s wedding day. However, though it soaked us all morning, the sun came out and turned the day into one of those wonderful, chilly Northwest winter days with a mix of sun and fluffy clouds. What a relief!
Monty and Sara had a sweet, non-traditional wedding with her son giving her away. It was hard to know who was more excited about the day – Sara, or her son! What a little sweet heart this guy is!

Most weeks leading up to a wedding are a little stressful, but having her mom get sick just before the wedding increased the stress for everyone. What a relief it was that she was able to make it to the wedding. It meant the world to have there for Sara and Monty.

With all the ups and downs of getting to the big day – I think Sara was just thrilled to finally have her big day and have a little time to celebrate.
Congrats to both Sara and Monty, and of course, to Quinn as well!

Years ago there was a beautiful garden in Kingston called Herronswood. It changed owners, fell into disarray and was abandoned for a time. Then it was purchased at auction by Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, and a rebirth of the landscape began, just in time for Eric and Natasha’s wedding!

The couple and their guests enjoyed the beautiful forests and formal gardens for their cozy ceremony, then went on to Point No Point Casino for their reception. The casino venue which can hold a large crowd, opens up a whole new option for couples in Kitsap County. It was perfect for Eric and Natasha, the sweetest couple ever!

We had a great time getting to know this couple and their families. I loved Natasha’s humor and the way Eric’s face lights up when he looks at her! So awesome!

Here is a little peek and a slideshow to give you the feel of the day!

Herons Wood portrait Kitsap couple portrait Garden portrait Wedding portrait Wedding portrait groom portrait



I have said it before and I’ll say it again – backyard weddings are some of my favorites! They are so personal and sweet, and Brian and Lindsay’s wedding was so sweet! It even included a flash mob dance during the toasts! How cool is that?

Enjoy the slideshow!

Silverdale brideSilverdale Beach hotel

Silverdale bride and groom portrait

Kitsap wedding

Bride and groom portrait

Silverdale weddingSilverdale wedding



All the time and energy John and Teresa put into making their backyard ready for their wedding day was worth it! John spent hours clearing paths and making romantic outdoor rooms for the two of them, just we could get some beautiful photos! Love it!
An awesome group of friends and family came to celebrate with the couple and support them on their big day. Awesome weather! Awesome friends! And an awesome couple! Congrats to John and Teresa. Port Orchad Wedding Photos

Bremerton portrait

Bremerton portrait

Bremerton portrait

Just wanted to share this slideshow of Mark and Erica’s Red Cedar Farm wedding with you. I’ll be back to include more later.

Enjoy the show!


2015 Photo Classes
So many of you have been asking for classes lately, so here it is – the 2015 Winter Photography Class Schedule. All classes are small 3-5 members so will fill quickly, so make your reservation soon! All classes will be taught at my studio in Manette.

Here is the information:
Beginning Photography, $99 – Offered January 14th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM, or February 11, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
The Beginners Photography Class is great for both beginners and those who have dabbled some in photography and want to take control of their DSLR camera and all those buttons. If you struggle to get consistently wonderful photos and want to learn some tips and tricks for creating images you are proud of, then the beginner’s class is a great place to start!
Topics covered include:
• Getting to know how your camera works (ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture, etc.)
• I’ll explain what all those settings are for and how to use them
• Natural light and how to use it
• Depth of field and how to control it
• Creative composition to tell a story

Capture Your Life Workshop, $165: February 7, 2015 – 10:00am – 4:00pm
What’s included in the workshop?
• Getting to know how your camera works (ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture, etc.)
• I’ll explain what all those settings are for and how to use them
• Natural light and how to use it
• Depth of field and how to control it
• Creative composition to tell a story
• Hands on & Interactive (so bring your camera!) so you can practice your new skills.
• I’ll also demonstrate a bit of Photoshop editing to beautify your images
• Working on a few surprises as well!

What to bring:
• A positive attitude
• YOUR CAMERA (It would also be helpful if you could bring your camera manual to refer to if necessary and any cables that came with your camera)
• Your laptop or a notebook to take notes
• Your Questions
• We will have lunch together in one of our local cafes so expect about $8-12 for lunch or feel free to pack a lunch or have lunch on your own.

Studio Lighting Class $99: January 21 6:00 -8:00
Light is the key to making awesome images. Light is responsible for all areas of photography, from the most basic elements of exposure to the passion and expression seen in artistic composition.
Whether or not you have professional aspirations, or a just a great love for photography, knowing more about light will set you apart and increase your enjoyment of photography
All you need to bring with you is a basic knowledge of the camera and it’s use. We’ll supply the rest.
Learn how to control situations in which natural light doesn’t give you what you want.
Topics Covered in Class
1. Strobe equipment and its operation
2. Modifiers such as umbrellas, light boxes and grids, and reflectors
3. Various set ups for portraiture and still life
4. Real world applications and techniques

Working with photos with PhotoShop or PhotoShop Elements – $79, January 20, 6:00 – 8:00
Topics covered include:
Organizing and renaming, tagging, backing up
Tone, contrast and color correction
Quick Fixes – red eye and blemish control
Layers and Layer blending
Printing and resizing for web

Working with photos with LightRoom– $79, January 22, 6:00 – 8:00
Topics covered include:
Importing, organizing and naming, tagging, backing up
Batch Tone, contrast and color correction
Gallery Mode, Develop Mode
Quick Fixes – red eye and blemish control
Using brushes
Printing and resizing for web

To sign up for one of these classes or for advanced learning regarding photography, lighting, Photoshop or Lightroom, or business, learn more about mentoring sessions by contacting me at<a

So I set up this cute little pumpkin set in my studio to photograph my grandbaby in her first Halloween costume and it was still set up when I did a newborn session the other day. His mom was so excited with the photos and the set, so I decided to share the set, and offer some “Pumpkin Mini Sessions” to my other wonderful clients!

The limited time sessions will only be available on two days – October 28 and October 31, so call or email now to reserve your spot!

The sessions are meant for children who can sit up on their own, up to about 10 years old. Children can ether come dressed in costume or dressed in fall colors.

Sessions are $25 and you get:
• Treat goodie bag for each child after the session!

Only 8 sessions are available so make your appointment now!

Pumpkin patch mini session

We are so excited to announce that two wonderful award winning Northwest artists are bringing their skills together and will take over our studio with interactive art at Aubin Ahrens Photography on 11th and Scott from 5-8 during the October 3, 2014 Manette Art Walk.

Jane Friedman will bring her skills with encaustics and oils to at least 3 large canvases, while metal sculptor, Jeff Oens will add metal and glass to create amazing interactive three-dimensional elements to the art pieces that will inquire about memory and technology. The two have spent weeks working on pieces for this show and I am so excited to see their final art displayed in our studio.

Jane Friedman is a Northwest artist focusing on nature, humans and human nature. Born in Iowa and reborn professionally in Alaska, Jane now makes Bremerton, Washington her home. Jane completed her BFA at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, where she received “Best of Show” for her final series of paintings, From Innocence to Experience. Since that time, Jane frequently was featured in solo and group shows in Anchorage, including Stonington Gallery, and the International Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Jane also exhibited her work in solo shows at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau and the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, where her work is part of the permanent collection. She also enjoys teaching art to children and learning from them in the process.

Jeff Oens is a metal sculptor with work placed in corporate office buildings, and private home throughout the country, but predominately in the Northwest, Alaska and Colorado. One of the five metal moose he created will be on display in Manette as well as some of Jeff’s work with metal orbs.

Make sure to stop by during the October 3rd Manette Art walk from 5-8 to seem their amazing work – and of course, share a glass of wine with us! See you there!

Jane and Jeff discuss the three dimensional elements that will be added to her encaustic and oil pieces.

Jane and Jeff discuss the three dimensional elements that will be added to her encaustic and oil pieces.

Gears, and other metal pieces will be embedded in the encaustic and oil art works.

Gears, and other metal pieces will be embedded in the encaustic and oil art works.

Jeff Oens will add his own take on memory loss with his sculpture with found objects.

Jeff Oens will add his own take on memory loss with his sculpture with found objects.

It was such a pleasure to meet this little girl – just five days old! She came a little earlier than expected, but since my own grandchild was late, this little girl helped satisfy my need to hug a newborn! Plus, it was a blast creating photos of her. She was so patient and cooperative with me, and willing to pose pretty much any way I wanted. So awesome! Congrats to her amazing parents! I know their life has changed already and I know they are going to enjoy this new chapter in their journey!