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Outdoor Engagement Spokane

& Engagement Sessions.

If you know me at all, you know that my husband and I have a great height difference, and I love it.  So when I meet up with a couple that has a pretty sizable height difference, I really look forward to the different angles that I get to use to capture the couple together.  This outdoor engagement session was even more than what I could ask for in a shoot, as Amanda and Josh gave me a great combination of laughter, emotion and true romance, and it was perfect.
These two were definitely fun to work with on their engagement session in People’s Park in Spokane.  The weather was amazing, giving us crisp sunshine and a golden glow upon the ground and leaves that was to die for.  They let loose and got into the shoot with some fun poses, which brought out the natural and genuine smiles from both of them.  Besides being a great couple, the backdrop of these two was gorgeous!  Offering multiple textures of grasses and changing leaves, with their perfectly chosen outfits, gave each shot a different look and feel.  It was perfect to say the least, and I am excited to photograph their wedding!

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Crystal
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114 W Pacific #209
Spokane, WA 99201

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Gorgeous Settler’s Creek Wedding

& Weddings.

Photographing weddings at new venues is always a thrill. This gorgeous Settler’s Creek wedding was no exception. Being a wedding photographer in Spokane, the majority of weddings of course take place in Spokane. It’s a treat when my couples take me outside of the area, even if it is only to Coeur d’Alene, ID. If you haven’t been to a wedding at Settler’s Creek, then you probably aren’t familiar with it. When I first arrived, my first thought was, “Wow. I could shoot here for hours!” Good thing I was there for a wedding, because that’s exactly what we did! The wooden gazebos, red barns, weathered farm tools, towering silos, bistro lit dance floor, and green meadows is a wedding photographer’s dream venue.
Now, with that being said…take a look at my couple. Let’s just say, it was tough to take a bad picture with these two and the setting we were in. Jackie and Eric (and their bridal party) were some of the most photogenic people I have worked with. To say we had a good time working with all of them would be an understatement. One of my favorite parts of a wedding day is allowing the bridal party to be themselves and take a fun picture with their bride or groom. It’s always a kick to see what best friends come up with. I belive we were in tears multiple times during Jackie & Eric’s day.

Enjoy the gorgeous wedding photos we captured for these two, and leave a comment to give them some love!
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Vendors

Venue: Settler’s Creek
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Makeup: The Makeup Studio
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Cupcakes: Sweet Frostings

Crystal
Spokane Wedding Photography
114 W Pacific Ave #209
Spokane, WA 99201

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Spokane Convention Center Wedding

& Weddings.

This Spokane Convention Center wedding is definitely in my top 10 for the year. Not only was the couple over-the-top genuine and appreciative, their families were just the same. Being welcomed into two families with open arms on a wedding day is one of the best rewards as a wedding photographer. Stress levels can run high on the big day, but when I can feel the evident respect and trust from everyone around me, the stress is almost non-existent. So I thank you Mummas and Bergers, you guys were the best!! You provided the perfect environment to achieve beautiful wedding images for Kylie and Ryan. Now, onto the details of this picture perfect wedding day! Kylie and her bridesmaids started out at the Glen Dow Academy to have her blonde hair tussled up delicately by Sadie Clemenson. When Kylie asked my opinion whether or not she should don the jewel encrusted headband, my response was, “Absolutely, a bride can never have too much bling!” Next stop was to visit the talented Julie Farley with The Makeup Studio. But first we had to snap a candid photo of all the girls sporting their custom-made bridesmaid tanktops on the streets of downtown Spokane. After Julie touched Kylie with her skilled gift of makeup-artistry, we headed to the final destination for our Spokane Convention Center Wedding. This was my first ceremony that took place on the floating bridge of the Convention Center, and I loved it! The bridge created an intimate seating area for family but still allowed for a phenomenal view for the hundreds of other guests seated behind them. Kylie chose an elegant alter piece from Belle Journeé Events to accentuate the focal point and the entire ceremony was lit by the evening summer sun. Breathtaking. The vast venue was decorated with precise care thanks to Beth and Lauren with Design By Occasion. There were floral arrangements at every step and crystals on each table to help glamorize the day. These two women expertly coordinated the design and flow of the day with perfection! Although the hot summer temperature did not drop off once the sun went down, we still partied and celebrated the couple’s union on the Spokane Convention Center Rooftop. Lance with Big Show Mobile Entertainment provided one of the best lighting set-ups I have seen at the convention center. A custom monogram embellished the dancefloor and the tents were splashed with Kylie and Ryan’s wedding colors. This definitely set the expectations of a party to remember. Once the dance music began, there was no stopping this group…until of course closing time came. We saw Kylie and Ryan off with a line of their closest family and friends showering them with confetti as they shouted their congratulations and love. A perfect ending to a perfect day. Congrats you two!! xoxoxo Wedding details Wedding Shoes Wedding rings with bouquet Wedding Preparation Mother of the bride Bridesmaids Wedding Preparation Photos Intimate wedding details photographers in spokane 1st look spokane Spokane Convention Center Wedding Carousel Wedding Photo ariel wedding angle Beautiful Wedding Photos Spokane summer wedding spokane Spokane Convention Center Wedding Spokane Wedding Spokane-Wedding-Photographers_011 Riverfront Park Wedding Bouquet Face groomsmen sunglasses String Quartet Spokane convention center weddings Spokane Convention Center Wedding Gives this bride away laughing bride Photojournalistic weddings Spokane Convention Center Wedding summer wedding in spokane photojournalistic wedding Spokane Convention Center Weddings Spokane photographers Special wedding photos spokane Big Show Mobile Entertainment Wedding sparkly wedding details Unique Wedding Photography 1st dance wedding wedding receptions wedding toast Colorful Weddings Spokane bouquet toss Spokane Wedding Photographers Grand wedding Spokane Convention Center Weddings Sunset in spokane

Vendors

Hair: Sadie Clemonson sadieandjanie@aol.com Glen Dow Academy

Makeup: Julie Farley The Makeup Studio

Flowers: Garden Spot Floral

Coordinator: Desing By Occasion

DJ: Lance Big Show Mobile Media

Props/Rentals: Belle Journeé Events

Venue: Spokane Convention Center

Crystal

Spokane Wedding Photographer

Crystal Madsen Photography

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Spokane Senior Girls

& High School Seniors.

Finding what worked for Kaitlyn was pretty easy, as every backdrop for her high school senior shoot only heightened her simple, stunning style and sweet demeanor.  We traveled to a few spots here in Spokane that offered up the right colors and feel to really show off who she is as a high schooler.
I really enjoy the variety of images we captured of Kaitlyn, because as a girl, there are always more than one side to capture, and I feel we nailed it with her shoot.  The water front offered up the soft and sweet side of her, while the old wooden bridge and her leather jacket gave us the edgy side that every girl has in her.
I always have such a great time working with my high school seniors, and Kaitlyn was no different.  I hope to work with her again down the road, because she rocked the camera and made my job so easy!

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Crystal
Crystal@CrystalMadsen.com
509-499-1090
114 W Pacific #209
Spokane, WA 99201

Fun Senior Girl Photographs

& High School Seniors.

Courtney came to me with a ton of ideas about what she wanted to do for her shoot, and I was incredibly excited to shoot with her because of that.  She wanted to really show off her fun and unique side as much as possible, while still giving us the subtle smile and sweet look for everyone to see.
With all of the locations and ideas flowing out of Courtney, her mom and myself, we had a great time capturing the perfect photographs.  Some of the best were the school bus shots.  I have never shot in a school bus before, and thanks to Durham bus services, we set up her idea and she rocked it.
Senior photo shoots like this one, make it so fun for me!  Thanks Courtney for bringing so many ideas and styles to your session, it was a blast!

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Crystal
Crystal@CrystalMadsen.com
509-499-1090
114 W Pacific #209
Spokane, WA 99201

Energetic Spokane Wedding

& Weddings.

Continuing on into this years wedding season, Spokane’s Glover Mansion was definitely a hot spot for weddings, and Sarah and Nick filled the mansion with some great memories.  These two rocked the Glover Mansion this spring, and their reception was one of the most energetic Spokane wedding’s I have ever seen, especially with the moves of the groom.  Now I must say, it wasn’t just their reception that was high energy and full of laughs, it really did start from the beginning of the day.
They had a small bridal party, consisting of the beautiful bride Sarah’s sister and Nick’s hilarious best friend, that kept the day energetic and moving smoothly.  The four of them cracked jokes, nailed some epic dance moves, let their inner superhero shine and were willing to do the wave to get some awesome photos to capture their great sense of humor and excitement for their day.  It is truly couple’s like these two that make extra long wedding days feel like they fly by.
They also had some killer details that were truly personalized; like their candy bar with dated to-go containers, their shoes with their wedding date sewn into them, and their bright color green/blue that was seen throughout everything.  Their ceremony was sweet, humorous, and personal just for them, which always gives me some exceptional photo opportunities.  I couldn’t have asked for more details because they brought some great ones for me to capture.
These two were so much fun to work with and their wedding was awesome.  Thank you for letting me be apart of your special day Sarah and Nick!

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Venue: The Glover Mansion 
Makeup: The Makeup Studio
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Crystal
Crystal@CrystalMadsen.com
114 W Pacific #209
Spokane, WA 99201
509-499-1090

Manito Park Engagement

& Engagement Sessions.

Sara and Jonathan’s park engagement was one I was really looking forward to capturing.  I knew the weather was looking good and since talking with them, I had found some more angles of Manito Park to work, which is always to the couple’s benefit.
As always, I enjoy the use of the different features in park engagement sessions, but Manito gave Sara and Jonathan a few extra to work with this summer.  We were able to play with reflections, stunning shimmering sunlight off the full summer foliage, and the freshly manicured landscapes.  All of these added detail and different textural elements to each portrait, as we all got to know each other better.
I really had a lot of fun working with these two as they got more comfortable in front of the camera, and showed their playful side.  I look forward to capturing more beautiful moments between them on their wedding day.  Possibly another piggy-back shot…

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Crystal
Crystal@CrystalMadsen.com
114 W Pacific #209
Spokane, WA 99201
509-499-1090

Edgy Urban Senior Session

& High School Seniors.

Edgy and urban might not always be what you think of when you hear of a senior high school session, but there are so many ways to make it happen in downtown Spokane, and we did  just that with this shoot.
You have to love a girl that is ready to show her edgy urban style in downtown Spokane, and Katelyn was definitely that girl for me this summer.  She rocked the camera with her beautiful blond hair, her killer dimples,  mesmerizing hazel eyes and her contagious smile.
We strutted the streets of downtown Spokane finding those special alleys and the hidden gems that matched Katelyn’s fun personality, while still capturing her soft and sweet side in the park and by the waters edge.
This was a well rounded shoot for sure, as we really captured the true essence of this high school senior Katelyn’s last year.
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Crystal
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114 W Pacific #209
Spokane, WA 99201
509-499-1090

Sporty Senior Girl Session

& High School Seniors.

Shooting a variety of seniors is one of the best parts of being a photographer in Spokane.  This shoot landed me with a sporty senior high school girl, Cassie.
Being a former athlete myself, I really enjoy working with sporty senior girls because I have that much more of a connection to them.  Cassie was another great sports star that allowed me to capture her senior moments, her sparkling blue eyes, and her great smile.
Cassie is a high energy, athlete from Central Valley High School that is a killer soccer player.  She came to her senior shoot ready to sport her decorated letterman’s jacket and represent the sport she loves, giving us a lot of options during her vibrant shoot.  Her sporty senior session took place in all the great spots; the fresh cut field, the park and by the water.
I don’t think we could have asked for better weather or scenery for Cassie than we got this day.

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Crystal
Crystal@CrystalMadsen.com
114 W Pacific #209
Spokane, WA 99201
509-499-1090

Stunning Spokane Senior Session

& High School Seniors.

Lauren’s big beautiful smile is contagious and during her Spokane senior session, it was hard to not fall in love with her personality and energy.  She brought multiple outfits that screamed her sweet, flirty and stunning personality, which helped us capture all of the amazing portraits.
We traveled to some of the hottest spots in Spokane to give Lauren the best backdrop in her senior photographs.  We were able to snap shots of the cascading waterfall at Mirabeau park and the wind kissed golden wheat fields as they surrounded her in the park.
We really were able to capture the stunning surroundings of Spokane and this beautiful young woman in this session.  The grace and poise Lauren carried with her during our shoot was a true please to work with and the photos speak for themselves.

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Crystal
Crystal@CrystalMadsen.com
114 W Pacific #209
Spokane, WA 99201
509-499-1090