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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
Crystal@CrystalMadsen.com
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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Makeup by Evelyn Mauro
Be sure to find even more amazing Spokane senior sessions on my social media sites!
Crystal
Crystal@CrystalMadsen.com
114 W Pacific #209
Spokane, WA 99201
509-499-1090

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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Crystal
509-499-1090
Crystal@CrystalMadsen.com
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.
I wish you all the best, and thank you again for allowing me to help you document your special day. Jim, Good Luck!Coeur d'Alene Boardwalk Wedding © www.CrystalMadsen.com Lakeside Wedding Details Candid Bridesmaid photos Weddings Coeur d'Alene Boardwalk 1st Look Lace Wedding Dress Wedding Shoes Coeur d'Alene Boardwalk Intimate Weddings Lakeside Wedding Wedding Rings Emotional Weedding photos Confetti Kiss First Kiss Emotional Wedding Photos Outdoor Lakeside Wedding Intimate Wedding Outdoors Black and white wedding photos Romantic Wedding Photos Lakeside Wedding Bridesmaids Spokane Wedding Paper Wedding Flowers Funny Wedding Photos Lakeside Wedding Bridal Party Romantic Lakeside Wedding Crystal Madsen Wedding Photography Lakeside Wedding Romantic Wedding Photos Beach Wedding Coeur d'Alene Lakeside Wedding Swingset Wedding Lakeside Glitter Wedding Lakeside Wedding Spokane Photographer
See Athina and the girls’ fun family shoot we did only months before here!
Crystal
Crystal@CrystalMadsen.com
509-499-1090
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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!

Crystal
509-499-1090
Crystal@CrystalMadsen.com
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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 

Crystal
Crystal@CrystalMadsen.com
114 W Pacific #209
509-499-1090
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