So remember how we were talking about beauteous rainy day wedding ceremonies? Well get ready, because the other side of that coin is rainy day wedding portraits (or any rainy day portraits for that matter). And man, oh, man do we have fun with portraits when the sky is drizzling. So much fun in fact that we use some of our rainy day back-up ideas when the sun is shining and the birds are chirping.

Wedding portrait Seattle's Arctic Club.Alexis Hotel fun wedding portraits.We’ve got some superrad bars in this town that make for superfun portraits. The Arctic Club’s Polar Bar and the Alexis Hotel’s Bookstore Bar just to name a couple.

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Emily and Kent are too cute for words. Their ‘Better Together’ travel-themed wedding day was one of the sweetest, love-filled, crazy good times we’ve ever had the honor of photographing. Emily and her mom designed the whole event and handmade many of the details, from the programs to the matchbooks. Everywhere you looked was evidence of the care and creation that went into making E&K’s day one-of-a-kind: matching getting ready robes for the bridesmaids, Kent’s hand stamped cufflinks, their globe ‘guestbook’, and the continental wedding cake to name a few. All of the dreaming, planning, and décor-making paid off big time, but the real treat was photographing the palpable joy that permeated their entire day.

Handmade wedding sign wedding day busBlush Jim Hjelm wedding gown portrait.Peach wedding dresses are the stuff of the dreamiest dreams.Pink, peach, blush bridemaids dresses with silver and gold shoesFun, quirky wedding favors and minicures.Glitter and mustaches go together like peanut butter and jelly.Bridesmaid gift robes and champagne toast.Peach wedding details, embroidered handkerchief.Pink, peach, and blush floral boutonnieres and bouquets.Day of wedding groom gift idea of customized cufflinks.So super rad.Candid groom and groomsman photography Seattle.Fun photos of groomsmen and their quirky socks.First look moment overlooking Seattle waterfront.Fun groomsmen portrait with suspenders, argyle socks, and blush boutonnieres.Sweet portrait of bride with bridemaids in individual style bluch, pink, and peach dresses.Sunny wedding portrait of bride and groom with geronimo balloons.How cute are these two?!?!?!?!Romantic wedding portraits of sweet moment of bride and groom among trains.Bridal portrait along train tracks.Natural bride and groom portrait Seattle wedding photography.Unique ring shot on globe at travel themed wedding,Handmade wedding slogan sign and gorgeous floral ceremony arbor.We’re totally into the idea of the wedding slogan/motto/phrase. Emily and Kent’s comes from their favorite song, which they first listened to together on a rooftop. They’re adorable.Modern designed wedding programs and handmade details.Beautiful wedding ceremony under floral archway at Seattle's Sodo Park.Who wouldn’t want to get married in front of such an out-of-this-world floral arbor?!Sodo Park candlelit wedding ceremony.Candid wedding ceremony moments at Seattle's Sodo Park.Love, love, love. Smiles, smiles, smiles.Modern cocktail hour ideas.Unique handmade wedding decor ideas.One of a kind globe guest signature book.I’m sorry, but a globe guest signature book is GENIUS for travel-lovers.Travel theme wedding decor ideas.Airport code travel themed wedding guest cards.Modern press printed map-lined wedding invitaitons.Whimsical floral collection centerpieces by Seattle's Finch and Thistle.Simple handmade Mr. and Mrs. wedding decor.Blush, pink, and white peony centerpiece flowers.Modern floral wedding centerpiece by Seattle's Finch and Thistle.Inspiration for summer wedding head table.Gorgeous Seattle wedding floral arrangements.Romantic image of sweet, candid moment between a bride and groom at Seattle's Sodo Park.Modern wedding menu and place card designs.Groom's cigar table with personalized wedding matchbooks. Fun candid moment of wedding guests laughing while enjoying cigars.Unique coffee and popcorn wedding favors.Sweet moment of bride and groom sharing their first dance at Seattle's Sodo Park.Amazing, one of a kind, continent wedding cake by Seattle's The People's Cake.This cake has continents on it! Continents!Wedding cake alternative ideas including macaroons and pie bites.Fun, personalized wedding favor sunglasses.Natural, wacky bride and groom dancing portrait.Nighttime sparkler bridal portrait with wedding guests.

It seriously would not be able to pack any more love, fun, or creativity onto a single day. Good thing these two are linked up for a lifetime, congrats you guys!




Super Stellar Wedding Pros

Bridal Gown: J. Hjelm

Hair & Makeup: Salon Maison

Officiant: A Heavenly Ceremony

Venue: Sodo Park

Catering: Herban Feast at Sodo Park

Cake & Sweets: The People’s Cake  & Hive Five Pies

Floral: Finch and Thistle

Invites: Steracle

Music & DJ: Kitt Bender  & Integral DJs

Transportation: Big Woody Limos

Videographer: A Guy and A Girl

Sunglasses: Logo Lenses

In this hectic digital age of pixels and bytes prints and albums ARE the future. Your family and kids will pull them off the shelves decades from now to thumb through, admire, and probably laugh at (um, have you SEEN 80’s wedding photos?). We also believe that you should hold your digital archive for safe keeping and easy reference once we’ve made beautifully finished, professional prints and albums.

Archive drive from Laurel McConnell Photography.Our Fancy Pants Archive Drive includes the entire archive of a photography session or wedding. inside you’ll find an image care sheet with backup tips, professional quality lab resources, and a “personal Image Release License” for unlimited personal reproduction.

Digital negative archive drive from Laurel McConnell Photography.

Rain. It happens. Those of us from the Pacific Northwest are pretty accustomed to marching right along with the ever changing weather we live in; a few light layers of clothing and a rain jacket and we’re good to go. After all the trade off of dealing with a little rain is the gorgeous green that is right outside our doors. And what better place for a wedding ceremony than amongst the trees and fields and lakes and harbors we’re lucky enough to have in our backyards? Sometimes rain clouds shows up uninvited to the party and worrying about whether or not they’re going to open up on your big day can cause heart palpitations for even the coolest couples. Here’s the secret though…rainy day wedding ceremonies are no tragedy! Take a deep breath, grab an umbrella (or twenty), and a little drizzle can make for some of the sweetest, snuggliest, most beautiful ceremony moments (and photos).


Maureen and Andrew’s wedding ceremony at Old Chaser Farm is a perfect example! How pretty do all those umbrellas look against the green of Vashon Island?

Rainy ceremony with umbrellas.Rainy wedding day solutions.Guests watch wedding under umbrellas.Equally rad was Holly and John’s Roche Harbor wedding day. We loooooooove how the colors of the umbrellas make the colors of the flags in the harbor and the lilacs behind the couple pop.Roche Harbor rainy wedding day.Bride walks down aisle with umbrella.Couple says vows under umbrellas.Rainy day wedding ceremony.Couple comes down the aisle under an umbrella.Bride and groom exit ceremony under umbrella.

The key to a successful rainy day wedding ceremony is to be prepared. Having umbrellas on hand is always a good idea in our neck of the woods and Bella Umbrella has an unreal rental selection, so you don’t have to invest in a huge brelly collection.

A little insider trick of the trade, you know that little piece of fabric that wraps around the umbrella to snap it shut? Snap it together after you’ve opened your umbrella up and it won’t hang down where you can see it.

  1. You made my rainy day beautiful!!!! I'll never forget my wedding day and it was pouring. Thank you!!!! XOXO
    April 2, 2014  3:01 pm
  2. Cathleen Blackburn via Facebook said:
    Love the pics! Gorgeous umbrellas! Way to take the unplanned and make it phenomenal! Like you always do.
    April 2, 2014  8:11 pm

We aren’t the only ones totally charmed by Emily and her b-e-a-utiful gown! We are so super stoked Seattle Bride Magazine featured Emily and Kent’s travel-themed Sodo Park shindig in their Spring/Summer 2014 issue.

Seattle Bride real wedding feature Sodo Park

Run, walk, or skip out to get your copy, this couple’s day was so sweet and so full of fantastic inspiration!

Fun balloon maternity photography Seattle.Kirstin and Shane  prepared for their first bundle of joy’s arrival with a sunlit, love-filled maternity session in Seattle’s Kerry Park. Their excitement could not have been more palpable and it was such a joy to photograph them at such a special time. Multicolored balloons, an antique stroller, and baby books galore make for the ultimate in waiting for baby photo fun!


Baby announcement shoe portrait SeattleBoat shoes for baby (and mom and dad too!)Adorable maternity photography Seattle Kerry ParkSweet black and white maternity photography SeattleSo super sweet.Sweet maternity portrait photography Seattle Laurel McConnellOffbeat maternity photography seattleLove, love, love the silhouette of Kirstin’s baby bump and the colors of the balloons coming though!

I can’t believe I can FINALLY spill the beans. I mean, it’s been a huge secret that I couldn’t post about, talk about, or even text about.  You know… it’s REALLY hard to keep something so exciting under wraps for 5 WHOLE MONTHS. There was a time this last fall where I pretty much dropped off the face of the planet. Not much Facebooking, ZERO blogging, and only coming up for air for my wedding and portrait clients who were already on the books. I was living, breathing, and shooting a worldwide marketing campaign for Nikon.

LOOK. That’s the front page.

nikon advertising photography


Last week at CES, Nikon introduced their latest consumer DSLR, the Nikon D3300, and a few new lenses (such as the 18-55mm and 18-140mm). Among only a couple of other photographers from around the world, I was asked to photograph (and even design some shots for) this commercial advertising campaign.

I must have visited 100 locations while scouting, my producer must have put together 100’s of outfits, and we saw 100 faces. We filled out 100’s of forms for releases, permits, and shot lists, and I can’t even count how many days I shot for 18 hours in a row. Among bright sun and the most torrential of downpours, I pushed myself  to the limits technically (the histograms on my images would make any gear head weep) and learned brand new camera systems, lenses, and flashes on the fly that weren’t even on the market yet (that means no instruction manuals, ha!). Yep, I shot with prototypes that had secret code names and were taped up and blacked out like ninja equipment should be. Super Top Secret Mission stuff. And it was super exciting.

I photographed the actual camera in use, a beautiful horse, countless adorable kiddos and babies, a witty lacrosse team, gorgeous brides and grooms, some beautiful flowers, sparkly jewelry, textured ribbons, poppy candy, a vintage carousel, a modern Ferris wheel, an iconic landmark, beloved Bella Umbrellas, a violin recital, a family in a row boat, a beautiful lake, historic buildings, and create a special effects video of a bustling city. Our locations were vast, sometimes shooting up to 5 sets in locations all over the city in one day. And it’s finished.

The designers are still putting together a few more stellar marketing pieces, but here are some screen grabs of JUST A FEW of the images I’ve found digging through the various Nikon sites from around the globe. No editing or cropping allowed- All images are shown straight out of camera to show the dynamic range, color, and clarity of untouched files, while demonstrating some pretty specific camera functionality. It’s a pretty stellar consumer camera, I’ve gotta say!!



And one more thing… this is really dorky but kinda fun.  I’m now a cartoon on the Nikon Japan website. That’s my hair, my outfit, and my favorite motorcycle boots. And that’s one of my REAL bride clients helping us to demonstrate some off camera AND bounce flash technique. I’m probably most excited about becoming a caricature.




Lastly, but definitely not leastly, I want to give a shout-out to my STELLAR crew: Producer Laura and her assistant Jillian, Photographer’s Assistant Tre, Makeup Artist Megan and her assistant Blanca. We never would have completed this project so efficiently had they not been on board working their buns off. Thank you ladies and gent!

If you’re interested in checking out the camera and lens, visit the Nikon USA website for the D3300 and the Nikkor 18-55 lens to read about the features. You can even download some of the my sample photos in their full resolution from the Asia websites! You’ll find TONS more images if you dig through the different continents’ websites, many of which I took (This is for you, models!! Keep lookin- you’re in there’!)

This was an honor and an experience I’ll never forget. I really hope I get to do it again sometime real soon. Wink wink, nudge nudge.

  1. Hey look. It's the face of Lily West and Michelle Odo 's sweet babe #idawest. And the adorbs little rugrat of Kristi Hunnex. And the vavavoom legs of Laura Marchbanks Boucock and Tre Dauenhauer. And the beautiful mugs of Bridget Marley Trevillian and Jillian Cook's daughter! The makeup of Megan Bingham was pretty clutch. And even some props by Christopher Smith and Bella Umbrella!!!!! Thank you everyone for your time and talents!!! Let's celebrate and pop some champagne!
    January 16, 2014  8:18 pm
  2. Van Spires via Facebook said:
    January 16, 2014  8:19 pm
  3. Teddi Yaeger via Facebook said:
    What?! WOW! Way to go.
    January 16, 2014  8:27 pm
  4. Teddi Yaeger via Facebook said:
    And Ida to boot!
    January 16, 2014  8:27 pm
  5. Jen Grosman via Facebook said:
    Congrats!! So exciting!!
    January 16, 2014  8:28 pm
  6. woops, sorry lil and michelle- I hashtagged poor Ida wrong! It's #idafrancis !!!! #getitrightorpaytheprice
    January 16, 2014  8:28 pm
  7. Phillipa Dugaw via Facebook said:
    That is so cool. Congrats and great job.
    January 16, 2014  8:32 pm
  8. Kristi Hunnex via Facebook said:
    Yes!!! I love it. Kyleschreiner Kristinafardig Schreiner...check this out!!
    January 16, 2014  8:36 pm
  9. Lily West via Facebook said:
    WAHOO!!!! Awesome job, dude! Super proud.
    January 16, 2014  8:40 pm
  10. Kendall Lauren Shea Nielsen via Facebook said:
    That is SO amazing! Congratulations :D
    January 16, 2014  8:41 pm
  11. lily said:
    Laurel as a cartoon is amazing!! I want a cartoon!!!!
    January 16, 2014  8:43 pm
  12. Amber Burck via Facebook said:
    Wow, Laurel - hugest of congrats!! So rad that you got to do that!! :)
    January 16, 2014  8:44 pm
  13. Ahhh!!!! Sooooo cool! Happy to have been a part of this super cool experience!!
    January 16, 2014  8:52 pm
  14. Laurel McConnell Photography so sos ososososososososooss soooooooooo proud of you! way to represent girl!!! #upperleftusa
    January 16, 2014  8:55 pm
  15. Kelsie Carlos via Facebook said:
    January 16, 2014  8:57 pm
  16. OMG Laurel McConnell Photography this is a fricken mazing! You are Amazing and should be so proud of your work! For most people this would be the highlight of their career - for YOU I know this is only a little part of your continued success!
    January 16, 2014  9:05 pm
  17. Shana Stone Tinsley via Facebook said:
    January 16, 2014  9:11 pm
  18. What an honor to get to have this experience and be asked to work for Nikon. Good job Laurel! You are so talented at what you do and it shows. I love your little caricature - it totally looks just like you.
    January 16, 2014  9:22 pm
  19. Stephanie Wilson via Facebook said:
    This is so incredible!!!! Congrats Laurel!
    January 16, 2014  9:31 pm
  20. Eric R. Hanson via Facebook said:
    That's damn cool. I can't wait for the manga serial.
    January 16, 2014  9:59 pm
  21. Holger Kessen via Facebook said:
    You deserve it! Congrats, Laurel.
    January 16, 2014  11:01 pm
  22. Hillary McConnell via Facebook said:
    My Sista is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !!!!! Way to go laurel!!!
    January 17, 2014  4:31 am
  23. That's super fantastic Laurel! Congrats! Looking forward to our shoot next Wednesday.
    January 17, 2014  6:51 am
  24. Betsy Henry Pringle via Facebook said:
    Congratulations, Laurel!
    January 17, 2014  8:14 am
  25. Cindy Mangus BonDurant via Facebook said:
    Congratulations. You are awesome and deserve the honor.
    January 17, 2014  8:38 am
  26. Phil Holden via Facebook said:
    Rock star! Congrats lady ;)
    January 17, 2014  11:09 am
  27. Hanna said:
    Laurel, this is so great!!! Congratulations!!! You truly deserve it.
    January 17, 2014  11:31 am
  28. That's incredible! What an accomplishment for your career. You are extremely talented!
    January 17, 2014  3:58 pm
  29. Shannon Lassen said:
    You are a rock star! Congrats, L and cheers! xo
    January 17, 2014  4:42 pm
  30. maureen said:
    I am so excited to finally see this. All the pictures are great but of course the bride and caricature are my favorite.
    January 17, 2014  5:59 pm
  31. Anna Kessen via Facebook said:
    This is so awesome, Laurel!!!
    January 18, 2014  1:14 am
  32. Yoko Morihiro via Facebook said:
    Thank you so much Laurel, Laura, Gillian, Megan and Tre!
    January 18, 2014  6:01 am
  33. Frank Guglielmo said:
    Very very cool!
    January 20, 2014  7:52 pm