Elizabeth Zuluaga

Intimate Elopement at Volunteer Park Conservatory // Agnes & Rob

// The more I shoot weddings, the more I want them to be small, off the beaten path, driven by sentimentality.

When the guest list is small enough to fit in my bedroom I get really excited. It’s not to say that large weddings aren’t as special. There is just something really incredible about there only being 10 faces in a room, on the beach, or in this case, a conservatory in north Capital Hill.

Agnes and I met when I first moved here to Seattle at a networking event and we connected right away. She taught me about SEO (ugh - bless you Agnes) and I made her laugh. We didn’t see each other for months after that (maybe even a year?) and then one day I got an email from her, a fellow photographer herself, that she wanted me to shoot her elopement in late summer.

UMMMM What? OK. You got it girl. And so, one beautiful afternoon (after stressing out in traffic because South Lake Union is seriously trying to be the end to us all), I captured her and Rob saying their vows to each other in front of their close family and friends. It was quiet, yet full of laughter, it was tender, it was everything.

Agnes and Rob // Married at Volunteer Park Conservatory. Enjoy :)

Classic Downtown Seattle Wedding at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel // Taylor & Caton

I have always been a fan of the classics.  Frank Sinatra, old vintage architecture and black tie events.  Since the day I met Taylor and Caton I knew their wedding was going to be all the things I love, but with an edge and a bit of swagger.  I also knew their reception was going to be THE MOST.  Like jumping off a plane in Vegas and hitting the hottest club, the most.

// I. Was. Right.

Not only was it gorgeous and a dream to shoot, it was full of LIFE.  They were incredibly intentional of who they included in their day and made sure to show their appreciation to everyone ALL day, including me.  

Taylor and Caton.  Married at the classic Fairmont Olympic Hotel.

Photography: Elizabeth Zuluaga

Planning and Design: Sinclair and Moore

Stationary: Libby Tipton

Video: Justin Figeroa

DJ: Matthew Gonlund

Furniture Rentals: CORT

Venue: Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Emily Rehm in New York City // New York Lifestyle Photographer

Instagram has brought me such wonderful people and Emily is no exception. We clicked right away and one day decided to just have a facetime call to finally talk “face to face.” That was it and soon after I happened to be going to New York.

Naturally, we met up and we had the best time together. Drinks on a rooftop, sweaty walks through the lower east side, bonding over our California roots and creating fun, artistic work together. It was the best and I’ll always time stamp that trip as the beginning of my 2018 summer. One of the best summers of my life.

Emily, you are amazing. Thank you for showing me around your neighborhood and I can’t wait till you come play with me in Seattle!!! Cali girls gotta stick together, ya know? xo


Ethereal Spring // Seattle Editorial Photographer

I was thinking the other day about how much I avoid shooting in nature. 

// I mean, I love nature. 

// It's beautiful. 

// It smells good. 

// I like surrounding myself in it. 

I don't however, shoot in it often, typically enjoy editing images I've shot in it or feel regularly inspired by it.  So, in an effort to constantly be challenging myself and stepping out of my comfort zone, I decided it was time I conceptualized a shoot solely based on Spring, greenery and the way it feels to be laying out under the sun in the middle of the afternoon.  Just you, your love and the smell of April enveloping your senses.

I also wanted this shoot to be a twist on engagement sessions.  All you engaged couples out there, this one's for you.  Always remember that your photos don't have to be the norm.  They don't have to look like engagement photos.  They don't have to stick to the wedding industry standards, which can often feel very formulaic and overdone.  

>> Your photos can be different, they can tell a story, they can be colorful, they can be editorial without you being a professional model (yes, this is possible. Call me.) and they can be anti engagement photo-esque.  They can be whatever the hell you want them to be because the photos you ultimately go home with are about YOU and the art you created with your photographer. <<

These 40 something photos were created with you in mind, my little lovers, but remember that you don't need to be engaged to invest in a shoot like this or be represented by LA Models.  Everyone deserves to have themselves documented by someone who wants to give you images that scream anything but basic, cheezy shit. It's also important to remember that you're going to have the best time, laugh A LOT, and question why you didn't do this sooner.  That's a promise.

Thank you to the team that helped me make this little story come to life.  This industry has introduced me to such talented people who embrace my loud shooting style and childish sense of wonder.  Thank you, thank you :)

Photography > Elizabeth Zuluaga // HUMA > Oliver Villafuerte for Oliver Beauty // Styling > Elise Muetterties // Models > Leslie Carvitto and Josh Gracia

Alex // Seattle Lifestyle Photographer

Once upon a time,

Two ladies met on Instagram.  They exchanged messages and comments about their love of music, dancing and photography.  They fancied the idea of hanging out in Seattle together and sharing stores over whiskey.  

One day, many days later, those messages and comments turned into in-person conversations.  They shared whiskey at the beach and giggled about how it seemed they had known each other for years.  They began to share playlists and help each other in business and well, in life.  They found themselves dancing on a hill that begins with the word Capital and to this day are known to work out of a bar until its well past happy hour.

They are a safe space for one another and work hard on protecting that space.  This so called space is filled with encouragement, inspiration and laughter.  

Oh, Alex.  I often tell her it's like she is a piece of my soul manifested into a human.  I mean, that sounds so dramatic, but it's also just so true.  She made the last year of my life so special and I'm so thankful I found her.  Find your people, don't let go.

Seattle a la Liz // Western Ave

Today is my birthday.  But like...how though?  The older you get the faster life seems to speed up.  However, life has taken some pretty fantastic turns this year so today, on my birthday, I want to celebrate the fact that I'm in a good place, I'm happy and I'm pursuing what I want to do in life.

If you follow me on Instagram you're pretty aware of the dailies.  They are spent with some incredible friends, working on my business and exploring the city.  It's insane to think I've been in Seattle for nine months.  Nine. Months.  I could have birthed a child by now.  Amiright?  I didn't though.  Instead a birthed a new life and it's one I'm pretty proud of, thank you very much.

Last year I made a list of things I wanted 2017 to be.  I wanted change, I wanted a new adventure, I wanted to say yes more. Well, I'm happy to report that's exactly what I did.

I uprooted my whole life and took a huge risk at an age where people are settling down, buying homes and having kids.  I of course want those things too, but saw this window in my life where there wasn't anyone or anything holding me back.  I knew I had to treat that little window with respect so I didn't just open the window, I jumped through it.  

I've spent the past year figuring out what it is I want in my career, in love and in my friendships. 

Career // To make my own money shooting incredible couples all over the world (Greece, Paris, Brazil, Ireland, I'm looking at you).  To help brands I believe in bring their vision to life.

Love // This could be it's own blog post so all I'm going to say is...man of my dreams, come and get me, k?  Thanks.

Friendship // This has always been the strongest part of my life.  I'm good at friendship and know who my people are, but I felt stuck in my life and as a result I felt isolated.  I needed change so I vowed to change my environment and come back stronger for them and for me.  

I stopped settling for less and started practicing what I preach.  Let in what you think you deserve and that's what you'll get.  Well, I think I deserve the best people, the best love and the best clients.  Ask and you shall receive.

It's not always rainbows and sunshine and some days I just want to be quiet in my loft and decompress because the hustle is real and things can get overwhelming at times. When I feel that way I just live in the light that are my friends, facetime calls and group texts and remember that I am surrounded by love.  I am proud to say I created that for myself.  I didn't just fall into an amazing group of people.  I let them in and they let me in.  We chose each other.

I now live in a state of growth, constant creativity and peace.  I know what it's like to live in a walking city (something I always craved) and found my favorite street.  Almost every day I find a reason to take Western Avenue somewhere; my friend's house, the nail salon, Pike Place or just a simple walk.  I never tire of the light that hits it at sunset.  Each time I see it differently and the familiarity of it feels like home now.  

// If you're feeling stuck or alone or just lost, I feel you.  I've been there and I want you to know that even the slightest step forward can make such a difference.  You don't have to move two states away to find the answers, but you do have to take action.  You're in control of your life so don't waste another second dreaming of the life you want.  You have the power to paint it just the shade you envision it to be. \\

Thanks for reading this little diddy and I hope this post inspires you to get after the things you want.  Go do it and then tell me about it :)

Photos of me by my girl, Talitha Bullock.

Sara & Seth // Seattle Engagement Photographer

We walked the streets of their very own neighborhood, we sipped coffee at their favorite spot, we cuddled their incredible frenchie, Marlow and laughed about how we forgot the champagne.  I mean, every engagement session should have champagne.  Am I right?

Sara and Seth, you are now my friends whether you like it or not, k?  Great.  Thanks.  xo

P.S Sara, I can't handle you in that dress.  I support all your life decisions. 

Maya & Max // An Anniversary // Seattle Lifestyle Photographer

She found me and wrote me this beautiful email:

"Before my husband and I ever met, we both had separate dreams about finding each other - describing exact traits both physical and emotional that the other possessed. It's bizarre and sounds completely insane. But we've never met or loved anyone who knew exactly what we are thinking, the exact moment we're thinking it except each other. We were set up by loved ones who thought we would be perfect together. They were right. 

I've never fiercely loved anyone as much as my husband. We've both experienced so much loss in our lives but truly uphold the sanctity of our love."

// I think I responded with, "omg where have you been all my life?" and two months later we made it happen.

\\ A little note //

Something I really loved about Maya and Max was that they knew they wanted something outdoorsy, but wanted to incorporate my style and my use of shadows and light.  When you're choosing your photographer, keep that in mind.  Choose them not only because you LIKE them and mesh with them (very important - duh), but also THEIR style.  Throughout the whole shoot they kept saying "we trust you," every time I told them to do things that maybe felt awkward.  Trust your photographer, let go, have a good time and I promise you, you'll love your photos.

xo

 

Sarah & Graff // Photos and Party // Seattle Wedding Photographer

They were married last winter with just immediate family as their guests.  Simplicity at its finest.  No big, fancy wedding.  Just the two of them and their families.

Cut to this summer when they decided to share their love and celebrate with ALL their friends and family.  The priorities:  photos and a party.  

I got you, guys.  I got you.

A big shout out to Sarah and Graff's family for being so welcoming and kind.  A two hour cocktail hour followed by tons of dancing was so fun with them goofing around with me.  I honestly had the best time.  Fun couples and fun families.  I'm - in - to - it.  Weddings are the best.