Instagram Best Nine: 2017| Orting, Washington Photographer

It seems another year is upon us, and while I've never been a big one on resolutions, I do like to take some time to reflect back on the year. Growing is realizing your weaknesses and celebrating your strengths. Having the opportunity to see your favorite images from the year is so humbling and wonderful! I love that I get to see what my audience is loving most, and to see my growth in each image. 


1. #thatpnwballerina -Kelsey's Pike Place Market, Seattle Senior Photos


Ever since picking up a camera, a ballet shoot has been the top of my list. I absolutely love the movement, strength, grace and beauty ballet displays. When Kelsey mentioned she did ballet and asked to do photos in her tutu she REALLY had to twist my arm. Totally kidding. This couldn't have been a better first try at a ballet shoot. I love mood, fog, simple colors and no fuss and while these may not be traditional dance photos, I'm really proud that they're not. These are truly #thatpnwballerina and I think that's amazing. And... do I even have to mention how gorgeous Kelsey is!??? Probably not, since you voted a second image from this shoot as number 2!

See the blog post here: Seattle Ballet Senior Photos in Pike Place Market 

Image Taken: August, 30th 2017
Subject: Kelsey Summers, Emerald Ridge High School Senior

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2. #thatpnwballerina -Kelsey's Pike Place Market, Seattle Senior Photos


Am I surprised to see this shoot on this list a second time? Absolutely not. Thank you Kelsey for being so gorgeous, and killing it! I just have to add that when you trust me and relax in front of the camera, magic happens. Easier said than done, but Kelsey's confidence and calmness really come across in this photo. This was all her, simply breathing and playing with her tutu.

See the blog post here: Seattle Ballet Senior Photos in Pike Place Market 

Image Taken: August, 30th 2017
Subject: Kelsey Summers, Emerald Ridge High School Senior

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3. Gracie's Rialto Theater, Tacoma, Washington Senior Photos


Sweet Gracie! The Rialto is one of my favorite spots in Tacoma to use as a backdrop. It adds a fun sparkle and minimal hint of color. I love it when I have clients that listen to outfit suggestions as well. While everyone has their own style, the atmosphere and my editing style really affect the flow of a photo. Gracie's simple black top and gorgeous gentle curls allow her to be the star of this shot without fighting the background. A little behind the scenes- I had Gracie looking at her friend Amy, which resulted in this adorable smile! If you're shy, bringing a friend along to your shoot can be fun and bring out more candid reactions as you'll focus on the camera less. 

See the blog post here: Downtown Tacoma Washington Senior Photos

Image Taken: August, 7th 2017
Subject: Gracie Walters, Puyallup High School Senior

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4. Kyra's Olympia, Washington Britt Beauty Model Photos


I'm so excited to see this image on the list! This is one of my most recent shoots, with my most up to date editing and style of shooting. I love that you guys are loving it, and Kyra's stunning smile is definitely the crowd pleaser! Yay for these beautiful wintery tones, rich ruddy hair and nose wrinkle smiles! 

See the blog post here: Olympia Portrait Session- Coming Soon!

Image Taken: December 23, 2017
Subject: Kyra Combs, Modelling a Britt Beauty Session

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5. Gracie's Mount Rainier, Britt Key Team Model Photos


Hey! Look who it is again! This has been one of my favorite shots because I'm all about embracing this Washington rain! It's not always realistic to do an entire shoot in the rain, but you can't get any more PNW than this! Thank you Gracie for laughing off the raindrops even when they were rolling down your face! 

See the blog post here: Gracie's Mount Rainier Senior Session

Image Taken: April 22, 2017
Subject: Gracie Walters, Puyallup High School Senior

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6. Leah's Mount Rainier, Washington Britt Beauty Model Photos


This is another more recent shoot and so spontaneous! Leah is a former Britt Key Team Rep of mine and while she was home from college over Thanksgiving we headed out to Mount Rainier. Rainier has so many stunning scenic spots, but I love stopping at some of the less used places. This particular spot is always a challenge due to a shadowy tree line, but still produces a stunning backdrop. I had Leah doing a slight half swirl, which she looked at me like I had two heads when I asked it of her, but clearly it worked! I love the movement in this shot and Leah's beautiful berry colored poncho contrasting with the deep blues and greens. 

See the blog post here: Leah's Mount Rainier Britt Beauty Session

Image Taken: November 25, 2017
Subject: Leah Britt, Boise State University, Modelling a Britt Beauty Session

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7. Kelsey's Britt Key Team, Mount Rainier Senior Model Photos


We meet again! This beaut graces our list again, this time sans the tutu in place of... jeans! This is a top favorite image of mine because THE CONFIDENCE. Gah, I just love it when my subjects kill it! Kelsey's simple, yet trendy attire, bold lip and the stunning Mount Rainier bridge backdrop paired with a capital "C" Chin up Confidence just couldn't let you down. I'm seeing a ton of Mount Rainier photos on this list and I'm loooving it. I know where I'll be heading again soon! 

See the blog post here: Kelsey's Mount Rainier Senior Photos

Image Taken: April 9th, 2017
Subject: Kelsey Summers, Emerald Ridge High School Senior

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8. Mara's Olympia, Washington Britt Beauty Model Photos


Mara was probably one of my first models ever when I started out, so I loved getting to work with her again. The fact that we actually made it through this shoot with all of our fingers and toes AND a top photo is a miracle. These photos were taken during a winter wind storm and OMG IT WAS SO COLD. Like, top most cold moments I've ever been in my life. The wind rattled overhead so intense, even yelling to hear one another was almost impossible and it shot off of the waves by the water like frigid knives. And yet, look at Mara. Nothing less than a fairy princess. 

See the blog post here: Mara's Olympia Britt Beauty Session

Image Taken: January 2nd, 2017
Subject: Mara McKain-Pitts, Rochester Institute of Technology, Modelling a Britt Beauty Session

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9. Lucy's Orting, Washington Senior Photos


We end with the gorgeous Lucy and her adorable husky puppy, Priya! This girl will leave you with serious hair envy, but when you combine her beauty and a cuddly puppy actually looking towards the camera, there's no wonder this was a favorite! Lucy's shoot was hot, and we stumbled around on so many river rocks, but came away with some beautiful images. Lucy was crowned the Governor John Rogers High School Daffodil Princess for Class of 2018 and I'm honored to have taken Her Majesty's photos! 

See the blog post here: Lucy's Orting Washington Senior Photos

Image Taken: August 12th, 2017
Subject: Lucy Malone, Governor John Rogers High School Senior & Daffodil Princess

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Thank you again to everyone for all of your support through 2017! I can't wait to see what growth 2018 has in store for me and hope to photograph your beautiful faces in all of the amazing places! 

Brittingham Photography specializes in natural High School Senior portraits, but also offers Britt Beauty Sessions (individual women's shoots), Lifestyle Newborn, Love Birds and Intimate Family Photos. Thank you for stopping by to read my little blog!

-Andrea Brittingham

Owner, Photographer
Orting, Washington Photographer

 

{Shaniah} Class of 2018 Key Team Model- Mount Rainier Senior Session

Visiting Mount Rainier for the final time last month was the perfect way to wrap up my Class of 2018 Britt Key Team Model shoots. I have to admit that I was exhausted the morning of Shaniah's shoot, but a bit of strong coffee on the way to Daniel Ross Salon for hair and I perked up like a dry flower in a rain shower. Weather still awry, we opted for a sweet side braid. Braids are really in right now, and I love that they're a timeless style. 

Shaniah's shoot was nearly pouring almost the entire time. While I do typically reschedule rainy shoots, you may find that you like the rainy look! It's not the most comfortable weather to be out in, but honestly.. you can't get any more "Pacific Northwest" than a senior session in the rain. Drops of rain can be seen in the frames, as well as, clouds and mist lingering in the hills creating that sought after PNW vibe. I'm game for a rain shoot if you are, but there are a few things to keep in mind. 

Here are 10 tips I've put together for a rainy day shoot: 

  1. Bring an umbrella. This seems obvious- but many of us in the PNW seem to tough it out so often, we can never find our umbrellas. 
  2. Bring another coat to wear in between shots so you're not getting your shoot outfit completely drenched. 
  3. Grab a hand towel for blotting your face and hands if they get wet
  4. Know that the rain makes everything wet and will limit sitting poses. We either won't be able to do them for fear of getting wet, we can have you try and sit on something that we can hide, or you just own it and get a little wet. 
  5. Lighter clothing colors and really dark colors do not show wet material as obviously, however, don't put yourself in a situation of a thin shirt that becomes see through. 
  6. Wear thick socks and waterproof shoes to keep your feet dry. Wellies are an easy peasy no brainier. 
  7. Style your hair in braids, up or in a way that it will look good when it gets wet. If it's rainy, your hair will end up visibly wet at some point or another. We try avoiding it... but it's rain... and that stuff is wet. :P 
  8. Wear a brimmed hat. Brimmed hats are really in style right now and will protect your face and a good portion of your hair. I typically wear one when I'm shooting on a rainy day.
  9. Bring warm drinks in a thermos or scope out the coffee stands in the area to grab something to warm you up when the shoot is over. Coffee, coffee, coffee.  
  10. Don't try to dress like it's not a rainy moody day. While you can get away with not wearing a jacket in every photo, don't wear a sun dress and sandals. It'll just end up looking kind of silly. If you choose to keep your shoot on a rainy day, just own it and love it. 

Scroll down to see Shaniah's rainy Mount Rainier shoot!

If you're interested in a session at Mount Rainier, I'd love to work with you! Visit the "About" page to contact me, or take a gander through the "Investment" page for more information. Brittingham Photography specializes in natural High School Senior portraits, but also offers Britt Beauty Sessions (individual women's shoots), Lifestyle Newborn, and family photos. Thank you for stopping by to read my little blog!

-Andrea