1. Ben + Amaia

    October 9, 2014 by Kendra Seymour

    You guys.  This wedding!  I am so excited to share it with all of you!

    Ben and Amaia have become dear friends in the past couple of years.  I shot two engagement sessions for them in DC, one amid the gorgeous fall colors and the second under a canopy of cherry blossoms in the spring.  Both were full of laughter, snarky humor, and intelligent conversation – right up my alley.  Then, in June, I moved from DC to Oregon.  Luckily, their August wedding was set to take place in Chehalis, Washington just a couple of hours away!  The stars aligned, and I’m so very glad they did.

    A bit of backstory on these love birds is in order, especially because I love their story so much.

    Ben and Amaia met in DC, and despite their differences – Amaia is a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat and Ben is a red-blooded Republican – they were nearly inseparable as friends shortly after meeting and later as a couple. A few elections later, they were ready to start their lives together as husband and wife, proving that compromise and collaboration are possible in Washington DC.

    Although they still live in DC, Ben and Amaia wanted to have their wedding in Washington state, a place that holds many emotional ties for them. Aside from the location, the most important thing to this couple was that their day authentically reflect who they are while creating a memorable experience to share with their closest friends and family, even those who were unable to experience the festivities in person.

    Amaia works in social media, so, naturally, she and Ben launched a wedding blog, used paperless save the dates and invitations, and used their own hashtag – #benjamaia – to compile posts across all social media platforms into one stream of experiences so that everyone could follow along for all the fun.  Ben and Amaia’s hashtag also turned guests’ Instagram photos into Polaroid-esque photo favors (how fun is that?).  The couple also added games (one of Ben’s favorite things) throughout the day with Scrabble tile table numbers, a Jenga guest book,  Trivial Pursuit cards on the tables to help break the ice, plus washers (a family game) and bocce ball during the cocktail hour.

    Last, but not least, the decor.  Oh, the decor!  Between the bride and groom’s families, and the fantastic Jen Leslie Events, all of the DIY decorations (including 250 tissue paper flowers, 435 feet of bunting, centerpieces, fabric chargers and flowers all DIY’d by friends and family) was meticulously put into place at the Red Barn Studios.  As you’ll see, everything came together beautifully, and I was deeply honored to be a part of Ben and Amaia’s beautiful and meaningful day.   Without further ado, I give you, Ben and Amaia’s nuptials. 

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  2. Lauren’s H.S. Senior Session

    September 1, 2014 by Kendra Seymour

    This girl is one tough and talented cookie. She was selected captain of her Varsity soccer team this year, and she made the Region IV ODP (Olympic Development Program) Soccer Team which means that she’ll be representing Region IV while traveling this fall! Lauren may be a soccer rockstar, but she also looks super adorable in a sundress. I’m looking forward to seeing where her final year of high school takes her!

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  3. Matt’s H.S. Senior Session

    August 28, 2014 by Kendra Seymour

    Matt is a senior in Beaverton this year. As you can see, he loves basketball, so we incorporated that into his session. I also incorporated a bit of encouragement to go to the University of Oregon next year. I do what I can to steer youth in the right direction. What can I say?

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  4. Kartik + Rathna + Holi = Love

    July 17, 2014 by Kendra Seymour

    I am over-the-moon thrilled when my clients bring fun and interactive ideas to their sessions! Kartik and Rathna are a special case-in-point.  They are obsessed with Bollywood movies and many other parts of their Indian heritage. Holi* is part of that heritage, and these two characters knew they wanted to incorporate it into one of their engagement sessions. As you can see, this idea produced SO much fun and laughter. These two are bundles of joy, and I loved every second of photographing their Holi powder fight. ;)

    *Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colors or the festival of love. It’s an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in Asia and beyond! Holi celebrations typically start with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance. Then the next morning is a free-for-all carnival of colors where participants play, chase and color each other with dry powder and colored water. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair ruptured relationships.

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  5. Summer Cushman

    July 6, 2014 by Kendra Seymour

    I love Summer. And when I say that, I mean both the season and this gorgeous woman – Mrs. Summer Cushman. She is, simply put, a beautiful human both inside and out. Check out our session in her home town of Bellingham, Washington. And when you’re done enjoying all the stunning scenery, pop over and check out Summer’s work at www.summercushman.com (where these images will soon be featured!).
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  6. The Rea Family

    June 12, 2014 by Kendra Seymour

    Like me, the Rea family has recently transitioned back to the West Coast from DC.  And now I’ve gotten to photograph them on both coasts!

    I first met Nathan in late 2012 at a meeting in Congressman Greg Walden‘s office.  Nathan was Rep. Walden’s Legislative Director at the time, and I gave him my business card (like all good DC networkers do). A few months later, Nathan scheduled a family session with his lovely wife, Emily, and their one-year-old daughter, Gwenyth! We captured photos in the Capitol building and shortly thereafter they moved back to the Walla Walla Valley to work on the family farm.

    Needless to say, it was such a joy to meet up with this precious family again near my hometown in Eastern Oregon as my husband and I made the big move west. Now a family of four, the country life seems to really suit the Reas.  And as if they weren’t beautiful enough on their own, check out the blooming pea fields, the rustic barns, and the sweet rail fences we had as backdrops!

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  7. Daniel Seymour

    June 8, 2014 by Kendra Seymour

    Danny’s senior photos include two of the most important things in his life: golf and the family ranch. We spent an evening on the course at the LaGrande Country Club and the following afternoon on the Seymour cattle ranch in Haines, Oregon capturing photos of him in his element(s). I quite like the results!

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  8. Sarah and Levi

    June 5, 2014 by Kendra Seymour

    Moving back to the West coast certainly has its perks … like getting to meet my 5-month-old nephew for the first time this week! I didn’t just meet him, though, I got to spend an afternoon photographing little Levi and his mom, my sister-in-law, Sarah. He was several weeks premature, but you’d never guess by his pudgy little legs and arms now. He’s such a little chunky monkey, and it was an honor to take his first photos!

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  9. The Sweet Family

    April 22, 2014 by Kendra Seymour

    I’m quite certain that a family could not be more aptly named. I mean, these folks are just about as sweet as can be. They were in town for the Easter Egg Roll at the White House, and made time for a little Easter family photo shoot on the Mall beforehand. Little Madelyn was super camera shy, but she was simultaneously so darling that it didn’t even matter.
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  10. Kartik + Rathna

    April 19, 2014 by Kendra Seymour

    Kartik and Rathna. Oh man. I cannot say enough good things about these two! We met when I documented their epic proposal story, and this week we joined forces again for the first of two engagement sessions! (Stay tuned for their holi-themed session coming in a few weeks!)

    From the moment I met these two, their love for one another was readily apparent. They share a passion for all things Bollywood, spend the majority of their time together laughing, and my goodness if they aren’t one of the most beautiful couples I’ve ever had the pleasure to photograph.  On top of all of that, they are no longer just my clients, they’re also new friends.  And that’s one of the many reasons I love my job.

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