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Spokane Love in Black and White

& Engagement Sessions.

It might have been awhile since you have seen a full black and white photo session, but let me tell you this one is worth the wait.  As anyone and everyone knows I love my black and white portraits, they are edgy, romantic, powerful and dramatic, which is what I love most about them.  The drama and romance that I can capture when using black and white, can truly take your breath away and this session doesn’t disappoint.
I booked Jackie at the Bridal Festival this winter, and I knew her enthusiasm, charm and beauty where going to make photographing her and her fiancé a breeze.  When I met her other half, Eric, I just knew it couldn’t go wrong.  These two were great!  We wandered the streets of downtown Spokane, strolled across the bridges and found some unique little spots to stop and capture their love for one another.  The best part of this shoot was being able to have Spokane behind them as their backdrop.  The city added so much detail and textural contrasts to these two that I just had to publish their images in black and white to show the stunning backdrop and their love for each other.
I am so looking forward to working with these two as we get closer to their wedding day, and then being there to capture their special day.

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114 W Pacific
Suite 209
Spokane,WA 99201

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2015 & 2016 High School Senior Instagram Contest

& High School Seniors, Specials, Tools of the Trade.

If you don’t know what you’re doing for your senior photos yet, it’s not too late, but it will be soon! Here’s a little contest to help you get motivated. The best part? It’s not just for 2015 seniors, but for 2016 seniors as well because its never too early to begin your research. You probably know at least one friend who has had their senior photos done by Crystal Madsen Photography. So you should know that Crystal Madsen specializes in providing high-quality images that exemplify the senior’s personality, AND they had fun doing it!! Here’s the Crystal Madsen Photography 2015 & 2016 High School Senior Instagram Contest: Senior Instagram Ad

2 Prizes with 2 Ways To win

$250 toward any high school senior portrait session or product, you must:

  1. Follow @CrystalMadsenPhotography on Instagram
  2. Upload a selfie that expresses your personality and tag #SeniorPersonality2014 AND #CMP2014SeniorContest

To win $500 toward any high school senior portrait session or product, you must:

  1. Follow @CrystalMadsenPhotography on Instagram
  2. Upload a unique photo that includes you and the Crystal Madsen Photography logo (logo can be found on business cards, a friend’s product packaging, the studio sign downtown, advertisements, website, etc) and tag #CrystalMadsenPhotographyBrand2014 AND #CMPLogoContest2014

Tag your favorite 2015 senior model in your photo to help them earn extra product! Business cards are strategically placed at coffee shops throughout Spokane, so keep your eye out for easy logo photo opportunities. Entries will be accepted through July 31, 2014 and winner will be announced no later than August 4, 2014. No other offers or specials can be combined with the prize. Photo sessions must be completed by December 31, 2015 and can only be used for high school senior portraits. Session to take place within a 30 minute drive of Spokane, WA or travel costs may incur.


Wedding GIF Bloopers

& Weddings.

When we have time at a wedding, I’ve been trying to create a GIF for your viewing pleasure…and of course for experimenting. These two GIFs were a riot to create. They didn’t exactly turn out how I had imagined, but I think they may be better thanks to our goofball best man :) Therefore, we now have a category for Wedding GIF BloopersFun Bridal Party PHotos This one was suppose to be a simple motion GIF where each member did the wave while the others watched, I’m kicking myself for not shooting more of their laughter! WEdding Gifs

Now this one, my biggest mistake was not grabbing my tripod AND telling Matt to stay in one spot while he danced. I had a hard time keeping the camera still while laughing at this party so had to fill in some background in Photoshop. Not exactly a keeper when we’re talking technical stuff, but the emotion and memories make it a keeper.

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Stylish Lakeside Wedding

& Weddings.

There is something special about a super-small and simple lakeside wedding. This one is no different. I have known Athina for years, our lives crossing in the mortgage industry. Back then her girls were still in elementary school, bringing their book bags to the office, and setting up camp in a corner where we’d find them reading a book or drawing. Now, they are both young and beautiful women. When I heard that Athina was getting married, I literally smiled so long and hard that my cheeks hurt, my eyes brimmed with tears, and I got goosebumps. For those of you who know Athina and her girls, you know why this event in their lives is so special. What made me even more ecstatic over the news was the email I received from Athina asking me to be her wedding photographer. I was hoping and crossing my fingers that she would ask, and when she did I was honored. To be asked to join a wedding of literally only 6 people is humbling to say the least. It shows trust and respect to include a photographer to be a part of that selected group.
Now, on to the style of this lakeside wedding! Would you believe me if I told you it was all put together in 12 days?!?! I believe the quote from Athina was, “We’ve both done this before, we saw no need for a big wedding. And we didn’t want to wait!!!” Okay! I’m on board! Athina’s stunning vintage knee-length lacy wedding dress was found on the rack at David’s Bridal. The bridesmaid dresses which were perfect in length, cut, texture and color for each teenager, were found at Francesca’s. Of course you want to know where Athina scored those amazing mint green heals, DSW!! If I remember correctly, Jim already owned the majority of his dashing attire (typical, men are easy to quickly outfit). Although I did hear a sarcastic joke about splurging on the cufflinks :) The final touch of this sunshiny, stylish lakeside wedding was the paper flowers. Straight from our local shop in Spokane, WA aNeMoNe knocked it out of the park once again. The pale pinks paired with vibrant magentas and teals added such life and elegance to the scene.
I love everything about this wedding. I love the story behind it and the friendships. I love the decision to just do it, and to do it quickly with style. I love the location and the intimacy (what says intimate better than daughters as bridesmaids, a good friend as the officiant, and saying your “I Do’s” on the Coeur d’Alene boardwalk?). The thing I love the most is two families becoming one. Witnessing the joy, excitement, and good-humor between the five of them is pure happiness.
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See Athina and the girls’ fun family shoot we did only months before here!

Lakeside Wedding Vendors

Flowers: aNeMoNe
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Francesca’s
Hair & Makeup: Davenport Hotel Spa

Valentine’s Day Wedding

& Weddings.

Friday February 14, 2014 brought us the most elegant Valentine’s Day wedding at The Davenport Hotel in Spokane, WA. Rachel made it a point to sprinkle elegance over every little detail of her wedding day. From the red rubies sprinkled atop the tables to the hand-made alter dazzled in frosted winter-branches and wicker hearts, each detail was put in place with precise care. Even the wedding cake, provided by Marsell’s, had the perfect hint of lavender in the frosting and glammed with rhinestoned lace. Perfection.
Following the traditional Valentine’s Day color scheme of reds and purples for a wedding at The Davenport Hotel was brilliant. The rich purple of the bridesmaids dresses made the vibrant reds in their bouquets pop to life. Not to mention the red umbrellas that Rachel gifted to her maids just that morning! One of my favorite images is of Rachel and her bridesmaids running across the streets of downtown Spokane sporting their red umbrellas in front of the Bing Crosby Theater. These ladies knew how to have fun, so classic!
While the bride was beyond stunning in her form-fitting elegant gown, and her maids only added to the spectacular scene…one cannot forget the groom. While snapping a few portraits of Tim in the Elizabethan Ballroom in The Davenport Hotel, I remember asking him, “Which brand of suit are we modeling here?” We seriously could have been in the middle of a fashion shoot with these two.
Their day went by perfectly. The ceremony and reception was held in the Marie Antoinette Ballroom which provides for the most grand setting for a wedding in Spokane. The food was immaculate, live music was provided by the award-winning band 6 Foot Swing, and comedy relief was provided by the bride’s father during his entertaining toast which consisted of a hammer and plunger…you had to be there.
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Venue: The Davenport Hotel
Florist: The Davenport Hotel
Dress: David’s Bridal
Makeup: Jamie Couey
Band: 6 Foot Swing

See Rachel and Tim’s Spokane downtown engagement session here!

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Beautiful Fall Spokane Wedding

& Weddings.

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They picked a perfect day in September and the best location for the two of them to celebrate their love for one another with their closest friends and families by their sides.  There are always a multitude of variations in a fall Spokane wedding, but with these two they went with the softer side of fall, with rich, yet soothing colors that truly represented their love for one another.  Everything about their day went so smoothly, it was simply perfect to capture them and the comfort they felt as the day went on.
Katie and Ben chose the Convention Center to get married at, and the venue did not disappoint.  With the beautiful, lush fall flowers in the park, the bright and airy roof top decor, and the unique spaces we captured some breathe-taking photographs.  I think on of the best aspects of their wedding was all of the subtle details they had, that were true to their personalities.  I mean they even had balloons thrown after they were pronounced husband and wife!  It was unique, fun and very playful, I hadn’t seen that before, and it was very fun to shoot.
As always I have so much fun photographing weddings and working with great couple’s like Katie and Ben!  I wish the two of them the best in their marriage.

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Venue: Convention Center
Hair: Miranda Stark
Cake: Sweet Frostings
Flowers: Special Touch 
Dress: David’s Bridal 

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Romantic Spokane Winter Engagement

& Engagement Sessions.

Romance is what we all want when we get engaged and this lovely couple, Alex and Ben, definitely shared their romance and love with me as I was able to photograph them recently.  We headed up to family property in the Qualchan area of Spokane, and were able to truly capture the romantic Spokane air that surrounds them during their shoot.  From the formal military attire to the fun loving hunting swag, these two are head of heels for each other and I truly enjoyed photographing them all over this stunning property.
We were able to utilize the gorgeous home, the breathtaking yard, and have fun with multiple wardrobes during their session.  They made it a lot of fun, using props and finding those perfect spots at the family home.  It is couple’s like them that make my job so much fun.  This wedding is going to be top notch and one of a kind for sure, I can’t wait.

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114 W Pacific #209
Spokane, WA 99201

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Spokane Snowy Engagement

& Engagement Sessions.

Sometimes when a couple comes to me they have already had their engagement photographs taken.  When I met Katie and Ben they were one of those couples that had already captured those memories, but the great part was they were willing to do it again.  As I always say to my couple’s, the engagement session is the time for us to get used to each other and for you to get used to the camera.  It is that time to practice posing, so the day of your wedding you aren’t feeling uncomfortable.  With all of that being said, I am so glad Katie and Ben were willing to part take in a second round of snowy engagement photos, because it was a lot of fun.
We headed to the snow covered Manito park on Spokane’s south hill, and we were able to get some great shots.  These two stayed warm in each other’s arms as they laughed together among the snow and stomped through the few inches of beautiful snow.  Snowy engagement sessions like this are so much fun for me because the scenery is so bright and full of detail.
I know that their intimate wedding will be just as sweet and full of romance, and I can’t wait to be there to capture it all.

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114 W Pacific #209
Spokane, WA 99201
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Spokane Country Engagement

& Engagement Sessions.

I met Kate at the January 2014 Bridal Festival.  A friend of hers came to me first and then she came back with Kate for a consultation right then and there.  I knew right away that Kate would be a great fit for me to work with and I had to book her.  Her passion and excitement of getting married to the man of her dreams was easy to see and I wanted to be apart of capturing those memories.  As we spoke and asked each other questions, I learned that Kate is a true country girl.  Now how could this not be fun?!
We decided to take Kate and her fiancé Drew’s love of the country and incorporate it into their engagement session here in Spokane.  We headed out to Mirabeau Park in the Spokane Valley to walk the early spring ground and capture some amazing country engagement photos.  The weather was perfect and the sun was sitting exactly where we wanted it to capture those dramatic and romantic portraits of these two.
I’m looking forward to their wedding to see all of the fun and creative portraits we will be able to capture.

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Spokane, WA 99201

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Troop Homecoming

& Family Sessions, Featured Shoots.

I’ve received the request before to capture a troop homecoming in Spokane, but I’ve always been too busy with weddings, high school seniors, and my own family. So when I received a call from a fellow wedding industry vendor (Theresa Worley with T. Worley & Co.) in early February asking if I was available…I was ecstatic to find I WAS! The air national guard was expecting troops from their 141st refueling wing to return home from a deployment in Afghanistan.
With my own husband in the military, I know all too well how emotional it is to welcome Daddy home after living without him for months. To help local families capture their smiles, tears, relief, love, longing, desperation and simple excitement is beyond rewarding.
Once the bus arrived at the airport full of the troops’ family and friends, we all anxiously waited at the baggage claim. Not only was there family, friends, and fellow troops but an inspiring group of veterans who make an appearance to each troop homecoming that they receive word on. They showed up carrying dozens of American flags to make a decorated and patriotic aisle for our troops to make their grand entrance. It was the perfect touch to the ceremony. Other perfect touches were the homemade signs made by small children as well as a beautiful furry friend who was obviously elated to be reunited with its owner.
I knew leading up to this troop homecoming that I was going to have difficulties keeping my eyes dry behind the camera. As soon as the applause errupted, my tears began forming. Watching little girls run with their arms spread wide to encircle their daddies’ knees, little boys to be swept up into their hero’s arms, and wives to be pulled into a long embrace was one of the most touching moments I have ever had the chance to capture. One image I will never forget is the one of the little girls’ arms around their daddy’s neck. They literally did not let him out of their reach the entire time in the airport.
Thank you to the returning troops, to the veterans who show their respect and support, to the families, and to Theresa for asking me to join her. I will be making these troop homecomings a habit as much as possible!Spokane Troop Homecoming american patriotism military troop homecoming American military troops troops homecoming troop homecoming troop homecoming welcome home patriotism Troop Homecoming Homecoming Feb 10 2014_034 Homecoming Feb 10 2014_039 Homecoming Feb 10 2014_041 Homecoming Feb 10 2014_044 Homecoming Feb 10 2014_045 Homecoming Feb 10 2014_047 Homecoming Feb 10 2014_049 Homecoming Feb 10 2014_051 Homecoming Feb 10 2014_057 Homecoming Feb 10 2014_060


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