Last Friday I had the great opportunity to hop on a flight to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for the wedding of Katherine Fountain and Dale Mackinnon. Let me first tell you that they are an amazing couple, suited for each other in every way and quite awe-inspiring in the way they care for each other.

I touched down in Los Cabos a little after 2pm and after plenty of baggage checks (don’t ever fly with a bunch of lenses if you want to breeze through security…) I made it to my shuttle and then to the resort, the Pueblo Bonito Rose, around 4:30pm.

My room was wonderful, with terra cotta tiled floors and a beautiful balcony over looking the huge pool located in the center of the U-shaped resort grounds. We all met up on the beach at 6pm for the rehearsal and then whisked off to La Fonda restaurant for dinner. The food was, of course, amazing.

After dinner we were off to The No Where Bar on the marina for cervesas, dancing, and crazy photo ops of our fabulous wedding party (I’ll save a little dignity to some by refraining from posting those…)

After the bar it was back to my room for downloading and editing before slipping soundly into peaceful AC-induced slumber. Stay tuned for Day Two (wedding day!!) coming up next.


I know that many of you are eagerly anticipating photos from Katherine & Dale’s wedding in Mexico. Well, they’re coming. First I want to share with you some photos from a senior portrait shoot I had this afternoon.

Since neither of us are into traditional studio pics, we decided to find a cool place outside for our shoot. So, 16 hours after touching back down on a rainy Seattle tarmac, I set out this afternoon to meet up with Molly, her friend Mikey, their pup Anakin, and a troll under a bridge. We were then fortunate enough to stumble upon a house for sale with some awesome graffiti before heading off to wait for the Interurban. As far as I’m concerned, that’s really all you need for a great Seattle shoot.

Congrats on your upcoming graduation Molly!!!


Yesterday you met Chorus, today I’d like to introduce you to the reason she’s such a goofy, fun, vibrant little girl- her parents, Katie & Brian. As I mentioned, my main purpose for our shoot Saturday was to capture some nice maternity photos of the family before their son is born. Katie even had local henna artist Jada-Moon write on all of their hands as well as her belly to document the occasion.

Since it was raining, I assumed all our shooting would have to take place indoors and expected the shoot to only last about a hour. Little did I know that the whole family (especially Chorus) would be more than happy to don umbrellas and brave the drizzle. The result? Some amazing images and nearly three hours of shooting while having way too much fun in the process.

Well, enough of my yapping. Meet the Gilstraps ~


Last Saturday I hopped in my car and headed out to Edgewood, Washington for a maternity shoot with Katie and her husband Brian. Those images are to come, but first I just couldn’t wait to share with you their three-year-old daughter (soon to be big sister), Chorus.

Katie & Brian are a wonderfully fun, happy couple and it should have been no surprise to me that their little girl possessed WAY too much sparkle and personality for just one kid. She was such a joy to photograph and I look forward to taking the first photos of their expected little boy. As I’ve said, there are more photos from our shoot to come, but for now, here’s Chorus…


While staving off sleep tonight, knowing I have to get up early on a Saturday to drive into Bellevue for a routine blood draw (how I HATE needles!!), I decided to drum up some new edits from a few bitsy moments of years past. I am reminded that everything really is in the details.

All of those little things that brides stay up late on a Tuesday night trying to get just right. Sea shells or tea lights? Dusty Rose or Raspberry? Tiered cake? Cupcake? Heels or flip-flops? Flowers or fans?

Most importantly, how will this wedding be remembered as MY wedding?

These are the things I love most to document. In ten years it may seem silly that these things at one point consumed all your waking hours, but they did. There is a reason for the madness. This myriad of tiny little decisions are what make your day truly yours. I’d like to think that all of these pieces should be remembered. Here I share with you some new favs… in true Holga fashion. 🙂

  • April 25, 2009 - 7:29 am

    Brenda - You are a beautiful writer, Miss Amy…I feel your heart in every sentence. You are absolutely right…it is all about the details.

    LOVE is in the details.

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  • April 25, 2009 - 10:17 am

    J.Nichole - You are a master detail photographer too – which makes those massively important tiny things so much more momentous and beautiful.


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