Archive for December, 2015

Ten tips for choosing your Seattle Wedding Photographer by Natalie Fobes

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

This is the season. More couples become engaged in December and January than any other two month period during the year. The Seattle wedding booking season is in full swing! By March most of the best venues are booked up for the season.


And that’s true for wedding photographers too. By April my wedding photography season is almost completely full with just a few open dates left.


No wonder this is such a stressful time for couples!


I hope to help that by publishing a few tips to help you navigate the process. Watch for these tips over the next few weeks. And remember that the most important aspect of any wedding is the fact that this is the day two spirits become one!

And please visit me at the largest, most comprehensive wedding show in the Puget Sound Region: The Seattle Wedding Show. I’ll be in Booth 219. I’d love to talk with you!


Seattle Wedding Tip #1: Figure out who you are and what style of wedding suits you.

Not every woman dreams of a princess wedding. Few couples want a cookie-cutter-style wedding. Your wedding should be as unique as you are. If you like camping and the outdoors, find a venue that reflects that.


I love photographing Seattle area weddings at Kiana Lodge. The grounds are gorgeous and the menu superb. Another lovely location, and less expensive, is Camp Long, a public park in West Seattle.  Have your ceremony outside then enjoy the old granite lodge for your reception. Rent a couple cabins for your out-of-town guests (cabin 4 is my favorite) or stay there yourself. How about Kubota Gardens? It is one of Seattle’s jewels.


Love the water? Me too. My husband and I chartered the Schooner Zodiac for our wedding.  After the Captain married us, our guests helped raise the mainsail. For the next six hours we cruised Lake Washington. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told it was the most unusual wedding our guests had attended. Another water option is the Virginia V. Captain Dale always makes sure that it is smooth sailing!


Make a list of a few of your very top venues. Always think of how they will photograph. Afterall, the wedding photographs will be with you forever. There’s no second chances for great wedding photography.


Whatever you do, do it for you. It is the first of many memories you will share as a married couple.


You can find photographs of many of these locations on my Seattle wedding websites and Or ask me to put up a private gallery for you.