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Abby + Dillan : Sehmel Park Portrait Session {Gig Harbor, WA}

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Every year I give away a portrait session on my birthday, and last year Abby and Dillan won. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was after I met Abby for the first time and we talked about shoot concepts. The first thing you will notice about these two is that they are SUCH genuine people. And they love eachother. When we met we talked about creating a shoot that was soft, semi-vintage, non-farmy (totally a term in the Pacific Northwest 😉 ), and somehow incorporating their music in it.  (Abby and Dillan are in an incredible band together called Witherow, and their music will knock your socks off.) We loved the idea of a picnic under a huge tree.

Play this song, and then continue reading as you listen… (it’s important so you can understand this next paragraph)

Let me start by saying, this shoot will forever be burned into my heart. And I can only hope I can find the words to describe what this evening was like. It was summer. The sun was going down and the sky was full of rich golden light (a rarity in the PNW). We were the only ones in this area of the park, and it was so quiet you could hear the birds chirping and the wind softly blowing. The air smelled like summer.  Abby and Dillan snuggled under this tree, his guitar in one arm, his girl under the other. And he softly played. I hadn’t listened to their music before this, and my eyes instantly filled with tears, and goosebumps flew up my arms. I stopped directing, just to let this moment BE. It was beautiful. THEY are beautiful.
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Hair: Christine Carbone, A Prima Salon
Makeup: Karoline Haffner

Please visit Witherow’s website to listen to more of their music. Abby and Dillan’s voices are like BUTTER. www.witherowmusic.com

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  1. Rachael Birge

    March 20th, 2014 at 6:53 am

    What an amazing couple! Great location, I took a photot of my step daughter under that giant tree once. Love it!!

  2. Laetitia Murray

    April 3rd, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Beautiful photograph!
    I have no word to say about these beautiful pictures.
    I’m also a photographer in gig herbor.For more info visit these link: http://www.laetitiamurrayphotography.com

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