Dear Gretchen and Joe,

Thank you for the super fun day that we went to the island, ran around in the water, drank some beers, and made some fun pictures. And especially thank you for the hilarious dog photobombs. As you know, it doesn’t take much to entertain this girl right here, and she was thoroughly entertained.

Love, me.


And now, for some super sweet relaxed photos from their beach-side engagement shoot on an island in our gorgeous home, the good ol’ Pacific Northwest. Complete with driftwood huts made of… driftwood (a.k.a. the Hipster Hut), some beautiful smiles, fly fishing equipment, hunting pups, and of course, an dirty photobomb.

Oh, c’mon man. We were having such a beautiful engagementy-shoot type of moment. Then… ‘plop.’ And as a result… hysterical laughter. ;)

Congrats on finding each other, and through your love of dogs at that! I can’t wait to see how your big celebration on the houseboat will be… I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a raucous good time. Can we say…. party barge and food trucks? mmmmmm.

Portrait photography products offered by Laurel McConnell Photography.We are over the moon about this new Fine Art Picture Box of baby Catalina‘s newborn session. The Fine Art Picture Box showcases favorite images as individual art pieces. Each print is carefully matted under white v-groove mats and is enclosed in a bow enveloped in either silk or fabric. Love, love, love how it shows off this supersweet, oh-so-lovely session.Newborn portrait fine art picture box by Laurel McConnell Photography.Newborn portrait products offered by Laurel McConnell Photography.Fine Art Picture Box by Laurel McConnell Photography.Unique newborn photography products offered by Laurel McConnell Photography.

  1. Austyn said:
    Love it! Do you mind sharing where you find your boxes? They seem absolutely perfect!
    June 17, 2014  8:04 am

Newborn baby cradled in dad's hands by Seattle photographer Laurel McConnell.The first time we photographed Andrea and Carlos was six years ago when he got down on one knee and asked her to be his bride. Since then we saw their super lovely wedding at the Kiana Lodge and even had a blast with them while visiting NYC. That’s how we know that baby Catalina is so super lucky to have landed two such rockstar parents and just how excited they are that she’s finally here.Portraits of newborn baby girl during session by Laurel McConnell.Family portrait with baby girl taken during newborn photography session.Just look at this gorgeous family.Newborn portraits of newborn cradled in dad's arms.Newborn portrait photography by Seattle photographer Laurel McConnell.Be still my heart.Baby details photographed during newborn portrait session.Fun newborn portrait taken during family photography session.Gorgeous swaddled newborn portrait on white blanket.Catalina has the most striking eyes of all time.Modern newborn photo session with baby photographed in wagon.Congratulations you guys, we are so, so, so excited for you! Nothing is more awesome than seeing our clients lives change and grow after their wedding day.

Seattle family photographer one year session.You may remember Jen and Ilan‘s rockstar Georgetown Ballroom wedding. And already their sweet, stylish baby boy Ollie is one year old! Unbelievable. They marked the occasion with a good times one year session at Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park. Bonus points if you recognize the props from our Facebook post of Jen and Ilan’s maternity session. You can checkout shots of Ollie’s newborn and six-month photos over there too!Baby boy with parents during Seattle family photographer.Fun portrait of family on roof with balloons.Adorable, spontaneous family portraits.Just look at that kid!Family photography session at the Olympic Sculpture Park.Fun portrait of baby boy with parents by Seattle photographer Laurel McConnell.One year photo session by Seattle photographer Laurel McConnell.Cake smash at one year baby session by Laurel McConnell Photography.Such concentration for such a serious job.Seattle baby portrait by Laurel McConnell Photography.Sweet, sweet portrait of baby dressed as tiger with Winnie the Pooh.Candid, natural feeling family portraits by Laurel McConnell Photography.You can’t keep a wild tiger sitting for long guys.:)

We cannot wait to see what comes next with this little dude!

Love, love, love this supersweet moment from Paul and Robin’s engagement session. The flowers, the sunshine, and the mint green siding aren’t too bad either.Seattle engagement session at the Pike Place Market.

It’s been months in the making, and only Kevin and I knew. He was to ask Shirley to be his forever, all under the guise of a surprise birthday party. Friends flew in from all over the West Coast to celebrate Shirley turning the big TWO-FIVE. Little did they know there was another surprise in store from her sneaky beau!

Shirley enters the room, and sees all of these friendly faces. She is so taken aback by her surprise party… but wait. There’s more. A sweet set of balloons and a custom made Happy Birthday chalkboard sign overlooking the beautiful Puget Sound…Then it’s time for a little private conversation between Kevin and Shirley. He walks her out to the patio, where he tosses the Happy Birthday sign aside with so much excitement, and it reveals the REAL sign.

“Will You Marry Me????”Pretty sure that’s a yes, Kevin! And wowzas, look at this beautifully designed ring he made just for her, using his mom’s heirloom diamond as the center! Good job, friend!After a little confusion and a whole lot of laughter about which hand the ring goes on, we were off for a mini portrait session along West Seattle’s picturesque waterfront.Just look at this scene! The clouds were breathtaking today… no Instagram filter necessary. Isn’t Seattle just GORGEOUS in May??

(and no, we do not edit our images with Instagram. Fun, but silly. We do everything custom and by hand of course :).And then it happened. A sighting followed immediately by an attack by the super rare Angry White Breasted Wailer (Others know them as Canadian Geese).I think these geese were in love. Maybe in hate. But I think they were definitely doing the love tango. We were clearly in the wrong place at the right time for this shot- it’s one for the books!!

Congrats to you both- I hope you had an AMAZING brunch and have an even MORE amazing life together! Smooches!!!!

  1. Cathleen Blackburn via Facebook said:
    Those turned out fantastic! The geese made it even more memorable (like the day needed that!).
    May 13, 2014  3:38 pm
  2. Katie Scharer via Facebook said:
    Omg. Amazing!! Love this!
    May 13, 2014  3:39 pm
  3. Anne Bradfield via Facebook said:
    Awesome shot!!
    May 13, 2014  4:04 pm
  4. Dinea DePhoto via Facebook said:
    May 13, 2014  5:19 pm
  5. Kevin Le said:
    Thanks so much Laurel for your hard work! It was amazing working with you and so much fun.
    May 13, 2014  7:15 pm
  6. Shirley Quach said:
    Thanks Laurel for the beautiful photos!
    May 13, 2014  8:40 pm
  7. Melissa Pineda Parham via Facebook said:
    Amazing as always laurel!
    May 13, 2014  9:39 pm

Enjoy a peek at some of the new modern albums gracing our office shelves these days. Beautiful farm weddings abound!

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Have you guys seen the real weddings Seattle Bride Magazine has been featuring online? They are so, so lovely and we are so proud to be counted among them! Head on over to check out Maureen and Andrew‘s stunning Vashon farm wedding.

Laurel McConnell Seattle Bride Magazine online feature.Wedding Industry Rockstars:

Venue: Old Chaser Farm

Catering: The Corson Building

Floral: Ravenna Bloom

Cake: Macrina Bakery

Wedding Dress: The Dress Theory

Invitations: Rifle Paper Company