Skate Park Senior Portraits – Spokane

Hilyard Skate Park Senior Portraits SpokaneLaDuke PhotographySenior portraits mark a monumental point in our lives. Becoming an adult and finally finding your voice to tell the world “this is me!” is kind of a big deal. That is why I strive to make all of my senior portrait sessions unique. Alexis and her mom knew exactly what they wanted when they called to set up her appointment, and with that I was up bright and early for my first senior portrait session at Hilyard Skate Park. Skating has been Alexis’ passion for years so it only made sense to include it into her senior session. We took time for some more traditional images too, but all of my favorites were photos with her skateboard.

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Spokane Senior Portraits Sports SkateboarderIf you’d like to see all of my images from Alexis’ awesome sporty senior portrait session you can check them out here. If you have a fun hobby that you want to include in your portraits drop me a line to see if it is something we can arrange. I am very versatile!  I can follow you up a mountain on a bike, skis or while rock climbing. Do you scuba dive or white water raft? I’m there! Skate Park Portraits Creative Seniors SpokaneOne last thing, if you are a class of 2015 graduate and you are looking to get a jump on your senior portraits ask about my senior rep program. You get a ton of awesome perks and all you have to do is sign your friends up with you for a shoot! I only accept one representative per high school on a first come first served basis so be sure to inquire today and reserve your spot!

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Questions for Interviewing a Wedding Photographer

Hello Brides and Grooms to be! Are you trying to choose the right wedding photographer for your totally awesome and unique wedding? There are a TON of wedding photographers out there so what I am aiming to do with this multi-part  post is help you determine if I am the right wedding photographer for your special day. There are a million different styles out there, hopefully you like what you’ve seen from LaDuke Photography! If that is the case, I’ve taken some time to answer some of the basic questions that every couple asks. I’ll tackle four introductory questions today and post a follow-up soon.

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Questions to Ask Wedding Photographers

1. What is your preferred style of photography?

I consider myself to be fairly traditional in the fact that I make sure to take timeless images that you will love for the decades to come. Sure, I get creative with some images, but the majority of what you get will have a quality that you will appreciate long after instagram filters are no longer cool. I split my interests between natural lighting and flash photography depending on the situation.

When you work with me you also get a good leader who is great at wrangling large groups, making fun creative poses and helping everyone relax in front of the camera. Once the formal photos are over I like to go into a photo-journalistic mode and meld into the background. You wont even know I’m there unless we are doing more poses photos.

2. How many weddings do you shoot per year?

With only 52 weekends in a year and even fewer in a regular wedding season (Eugene, OR has a wedding season from Memorial Day through Early October, Spokane’s wedding season is even shorter, not generally beginning until late June and ending in Mid September) I try to shoot between 15-25 weddings to offer my clients fast service and the best quality work I can produce. If I spent every weekend of every month shooting 4 weddings you wouldn’t get the hands on approach that I am known for. I like to visit with my clients, attend rehearsals and make myself available in any way I can. I also like to have my fun so I schedule time to go camping, rafting, scuba diving or rock climbing too!

3. How many weddings will you shoot on my wedding day? (If they say more than one ensure there is adequate time in between each wedding.)

Just one. Absolutely only one wedding per day. I try to stick to a policy of just one wedding per weekend, but there are times that I am able to make special exceptions since Friday and Sunday weddings are generally smaller and need less coverage. This is why it is important to book your photographer early, we are human and we haven’t figured out how to be in multiple places at once (Once I figure this out you’ll find my master clone on the beach).
If you find a photographer who offers to photograph multiple weddings in one day you are likely going to be working with someone who hires other photographers to work for them. Make sure that you are getting the photographer that YOU hired, not their “B” team. If you are okay with a company that does employ multiple photographers but you want to make sure you get a particular one make SURE that it is written into your contract.

4. Have you ever shot at my venue? Would you be willing to go do a site visit?

 You can see some of the great venues that I have been lucky enough to work at here. If you don’t see your venue in my galleries just ask, I may have worked there before and have some fun photos to share! Since I am based in Eugene and Spokane I know a lot of wonderful locations here, there and in between! If I haven’t had a chance to work at your venue yet then I definitely want to go walk through it with you and your coordinator. This will allow us to talk about where the best light will be, what will make a great backdrop and best of all you get to see the venue from my fresh and creative perspective!

Hopefully you’ve found this helpful, I’ve got a whole list of questions to answer for all of my future brides and grooms so make sure to pin this blog page so you can come back to it. I’d love to hear from you on what questions you think all couples will want to have answered as well!

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Surprise Proposal Photos – Yes, she wants photos of this!

LaDuke PhotographyGentlemen! Listen up! If you’re thinking of popping the question there is something you can do to make the moment extra special and AWESOME! Hire a photographer to capture the proposal the moment it happens. LaDuke Photography is now offering surprise proposal packages! You can pick a place that has special meaning to you or I can help you plan out a location that will be etched in your memory from here on out. I operate out of Eugene, Oregon and Spokane, Washington so I love to travel and I can make suggestions for either location or anywhere in between. Let’s make your engagement special!

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Surprise Proposal Pictures Eugene OregonI love weddings and I love the idea for being there for the first steps toward spending the rest of your lives together! For the entire month of February I’ll be offering my proposal packages for 1/2 off! You might wonder exactly what you’re getting, and honestly I would too if I weren’t a photographer. Proposal photos are a pretty new idea and you might be the first of your friends to do them. My basic proposal package comes with all of the following awesome perks:

    • Consultation to determine the location, time, place, and other fine details.
    • Stealthy photos of you before and during the proposal.
    • 30 minute post-proposal session so you have some gorgeous photos to share with friends & family.
    • All of the finalized images on a disk with a limited print release.

So how do you get started? All you need to do is contact me here and let me know you are interested in my proposal package. From there we will iron out the details and I will make sure I am in the right place at the right time to capture the magic unfolding. Also don’t forget to have a clear photo of the two of you handy to share so I will know who I am looking for! While your new fiance wont suspect a thing you still may want to suggest she dress up nice for something special (a picnic date? Romantic lunch at a cafe? etc) I’ve got some tricks to make sure she is prepared for the shoot without even knowing what is coming.

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Once she says, “YES!” it is time for the two of you to start planning the wedding of your dreams! Would you believe that Lacey LaDuke Photography specializes in wedding photography for Eugene, Portland, Spokane and North Idaho?  This could be the start of something wonderful, let’s chat about your engagement and wedding photography next!

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Where to Register for Your Wedding

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Where to Register for your Wedding O

Today I had a bride ask me a question that I haven’t given much thought to, “Where should we register for our wedding?” After a little bit of thought I made a list of places that couples may register for their wedding at traditionally. Nordstrom, Macy’s, Target, maybe even Cabella’s or REI, right? As a wedding photographer it’s not usually at the front of my mind.

Then I got to thinking, what if you could register for ANYTHING you wanted without sending an annoying list that reads like this, “We are registered at Shopko, Kmart, 7-11, H&M, Steinmart, Home Depot and Toys ‘r’ Us.” and then I had a moment of inspiration! Amazon.com has a Wedding Registry! And if I’ve learned anything about amazon in the not so distant past it is that you can find nearly anything on there AND add products from sites that are not listed on Amazon such as Etsy stores. They even have a “Top 100” and check lists to make sure you aren’t forgetting anything if you are combining your households for the first time. How GENIUS! Why not make it easy on yourself and your guests, they can just log on, order and have it shipped to them or directly to you. Long story short, you CAN register everywhere thanks to the internet!

This is definitely a tip I will be passing on, from Amazon gift cards to Zumba on DVD they’ve got you covered.

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Film’s Not Dead – Polaroid Land Camera & Fuji FP100c

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There is something incredibly rewarding about instant film. It’s somewhere between the actual instant gratification of digital and the excitement of shooting a roll of film and waiting for the negatives to come back. Waiting for the photo to magically develop right in front of you is a fun indulgence that the next generation may not understand. I was so excited to find a Polaroid Land Camera 330 and a Polaroid Land Camera 210 recently for less than $15. After some, well, a lot, of elbow grease cleaning up exploded Polaroid batteries (vinegar works great!) and then tracking down the awkward 3v batteries here I was ready to buy film and start shooting! For the Polaroid “pack film” style land cameras you have two main options. For these photos I used Fuji Film FP-100c. You can buy it online or at your local photo shop. The black and white option of this film, FP-3000B has sadly been discontinued but you can still buy it online, for now.

On Saturday I headed out to the Oregon coast with some friends to enjoy the wonderful weather. I brought my Petri FT EE rangefinder camera to run a roll of film though it, the Kodak Signet and the Polaroid 330. (As well as the Canon 5D mk3). Needless to say I had a ton of fun on the beach. We went to Heceta Head Lighthouse and then drove north to the historic waterfront of Newport, OR for some chowder and then over the hill to Corvallis and home. I managed to snap a few good photos with the Polaroid but they sure are hard to hold on to! When someone sees you peeling apart the photo it seems like they instantly want to take it home with them! Here are two of the favorite shots that came home with me.

Newport Oregon Boats Polaroid Land FP100cHeceta Head Polaroid Land FP100cIf you haven’t liked me on Facebook yet do so to see my latest work, I just started an album for my film escapades! I’m excited to send out some Polaroid shots with my next round of filmporvida cards. If you didn’t catch my last post about that you can see it here.

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