Seattle Backyard WeddingSeattle, Washington

It took me so long to blog this, but Emily + Billy’s intimate backyard wedding really is one for the books. We shot their first look in the riverbed of Snoqualmie Falls and then headed to their beautiful home near Lake Tapps. They had just purchased the property and thought it would be the perfect place to host their ceremony and reception. Booking another venue was the original plan, but everything they considered was either too expensive or lacked intimacy. So they went with the backyard!

Everyone pitched in to make this day amazing. Emily’s mother designed all the florals, their friends caught the salmon served at dinner, and the wedding party made the hors d’oeuvres. I was floored by everyone’s love and dedication. Using their backyard started as a financial convenience, but now it’s a symbol of their union that they’ll see everyday. I can’t think of a better way to reminisce.

Ballet Inspired Bridal ShootSeattle Studio

I’ve always been captivated by ballerinas. I’m consistently floored by how they can appear so stylish and graceful while performing such unbelievable acts of strength. So yeah, I’ve been dreaming of photographing a ballet-inspired bridal shoot for as long as I’ve had a camera.

Amy Kiel (an amazing photographer, producer, stylist, and all-around wonder woman) helped me form the team (literally, the most talented group of ladies I’ve worked with) and we got to work. We decided that our shoot would simultaneously represent both a wedding and a performance. After all, they’re pretty dang similar. Both a ballerina and a bride experience so many different emotions on their big day, and we wanted to find some way of representing that spectrum.

Much like a bride, a ballerina will prepare meticulously for the day to come. Then, adorned in florals, they walk the walk and dance their heart out in front of their greatest fans until the lights fade.

I hope you all enjoy this passion project as much as we enjoyed producing it. This wouldn’t have been possible without:

Production: Amy Kiel
Florals: Cozbi Jean
Hair + Makeup: Jamyrlyn Mallory
Styling: Gwen Stubbs
Studio: Enter the Studio

And, most of all, a huge thanks to our incredibly talented ballerina, Hannah Campbell. She danced for us all day starting at 7:00 am, and was a paragon of kindness and grace from beginning to end.

Seattle Adventure EngagementLake Cushman

This Seattle engagement’s been waiting far too long to be posted. I know what you’re thinking; “Lynnsey! Why did it take you so long to post this session!” To which I can only say that I’ve been a bit behind with updating the blog this year… but no longer! There’s a new year on the horizon, and with it comes a whole new phase for Lionlady.

You may not know this, but for the past few years I’ve operated Lionlady Photography while working various other full-time jobs in the Seattle area. This year marks my first time relying entirely on photography. It’s gonna be hard, but I think I’m ready. Baby bird’s gotta fly sometime, amirite? Anyway, on to the shoot.

Earlier this year, Joey and Katie joined me on an adventure to Lake Cushman, a beautiful little getaway just two hours southwest of Seattle. I’m so happy that they were willing to drive so far for their session. Finding a novel location in the immediate Seattle area can be a bit challenging at times, but there are tons of unique locales just outside of our little sphere. And unique doesn’t even begin to describe the crown jewel that is Lake Cushman.

This Tolkienesque landscape has great stumps and trunks of fallen giants, towering emerald mountains on all sides, and a gorgeous, placid mirror of a lake in the middle of it all. Lake Cushman is a treasure, and should be added to your PNW bucket list ASAP.

If you still need convincing, flip through the photos below. If you’re already convinced, you should still look at the photos. This is a photoblog, after all.