Amanda Lloyd

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Wife + Mommy + Wedding Photog 📷
Seattle + Destinations team with @stevenlloydphotog

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I’ve been so excited to post this but we have a house! On Thursday this beautiful town will be home! I’ve always loved the charm and family feel of Gig Harbor, but then discovered awesome schools and much more opportunity to finally have a big yard again!
Steven and I over the past few months have been visiting Gig Harbor, took the kids to the parks, explored neighborhoods and so, we found “the” house (this market is CRAZY!) and recently closed!
It’s been a hectic few months transitioning and I’m SO thankful to my Mom for having us and our kid mess these last two months!
Everything with our business stays the same (except for an extra 20 minutes drive time when we shoot Seattle/Snoho but less for our Peninsula weddings!) We are so so excited! Gig Harbor here we come! 🤗🤗🤗🎉🏡
When you fly all the way across the country and plan the most magical day at @treehousepoint and in true PNW style it rains. HARD. These two were complete rockstars and never complained about the weather. Not once. We brought clear umbrellas and a white sheet to keep the dress super clean (they flew to Malaysia for their traditional ceremony the very next day). And guess what? It was just as incredible and magical of a day as any sunny dreamy day! When you’re marrying your soul mate, two physicians who met in true Grey’s Anatomy fashion, all that matters is that you’re sharing an incredible day with the love of your life. The rest will fall into place. And it did. And it was truly a magical, foresty fairy tale day at #treehousepoint Have you ever been there? Did you know you can stay overnight in their treehouses and have an awesome homemade breakfast the next day?!
These little cuties crack me up! When you work (primarily) from home and it’s Spring Break (last week) you spend most of the week charting the waters of balancing family time but also getting work done, all without completely demolishing the house with kid stuff! 🔸I’m thankful that Friday’s weather was awesome so that the whole crew could head to #rattlesnakelake while I shot engagement photos out there too! 🔸My favorite part of Maddux’s week off was watching he and Avery truly entertain each other! They have their own little way of chasing each other around and making each other laugh. Avery’s really missing him this morning! 🔸 It’ll be fun to see what wedding season and Summer brings! Tell us about your fav ways to keep the kids busy and content over the Summer while working from home!
Bridesmaids that keep you laughing, are happy to help and truly enjoy the day with you are the BEST!🔸 Kaitlyn and Kyle’s wedding was so calm, relaxed and beautiful!!! It was the perfect way to get the season really started at @hiddenmeadows ! Go see their beautiful day with Spring blooms galore on the blog today!
Steven and I have been married for 12 years this Summer. TWELVE! We picked a location that was so meaningful to us. My aunt did all the florals (she was still a florist at the time) and everything was whimsical and gorgeous. It was simple, yet really personalized to us. By the time of the wedding my Dad wasn’t walking anymore, but he happily walked me down the aisle in his wheelchair. & what do I have left to remember the day? My photos!
If I knew then, what I know now, I would have done a few things differently, just to reduce some of the stress for my family, and myself!
1.) Hire a wedding planner! Or a day of, at a minimum. My Mom is the first to say that she doesn’t remember a whole lot about our wedding day before she was busy doing evverrrything. Literally. Everything.
2.) Hire a REAL hair and makeup artist, and do a trial! Not knowing how I wanted my hair to look come wedding day was incredibly overwhelming! HMU artists know what works best for your hair, the correct makeup etc. It would have been a more relaxing pre-first look time for me if I did that.
3.) Don’t be SO picky on choosing literally Trust your DJ. It’s totally ok to pick your must-haves for first dances, but after that, trust your DJ to really run the show based on the genres you like, and the guests response to it.
4.) Don’t pick up your own wedding cake! ! I remember my sweet Mom stressing about getting it home without a disaster, then figuring out how to put all the layers together. Stress!
5.) Truly know what to expect from your photographer. We didn’t do engagement photos (big mistake) and were nervous about what to expect from our photographer, day of the wedding, and after. Communication is so so important. Do you get a next day preview? How does your photographer give guidance/direction? Do they know the photo groupings you need? Do they backup your images? Do they have the timeline? Do they shoot with emphasis on capturing your details? 12 years later & the photos are still it. So having all expectations laid out makes everyone more at ease.
If there was anything you’d do differently about your wedding, post below and tag a friend!
Karen and Andy both moved to Queen Anne. They both lived in the same building but didn’t know each other. That all changed one day after an afternoon of laundry, drinks, laughter and conversation. They fell in love and really the rest is history. 🔸
Their wedding at @hollywoodschoolhouse with @simplybytamaranicole and @fenaflowers was the perfect mix of classic beauty, peonies and the sweetest, most joyful people. 🔸
As we near the end of “off season” (let’s be honest, it’s more like engagement photos, consult, blogging, gear maintenance, website and magazine guide updates and more season) I have all the feels for these incredible 2017 weddings!
So many beautiful weddings, engagements and personal blog posts will be up in the coming weeks! Karen + Andy’s wedding day is on the blog today, go see! (Link in bio!)
Easter family photo! Photo credit to my Mom! As photographers we document so much of everyone else’s families but truly getting us all in front of the camera doesn’t happen as often as it should! Life gets so busy and then we blink and the kids are growing like weeds and the crazy of days is something I know we’ll miss someday. Let’s be honest, when did YOU get in front of the camera?
After loosing Cooper and then getting pregnant right away, I felt like I never had the chance to get my bod back! Feeling stuck in the “mom bod” (is there even such a term?) has been a struggle for me. I want to jump in every photo with the kids, but then we also pick ourselves apart.
But guess what? Our kids don’t see us that way. In fact, we’re the light of their lives and we make their worlds go round. So next time you’re feeling like you should just take the photo of your kids, jump in it instead! You’ll be so glad you did.
He is Risen! Happy Easter friends! We had an awesome morning at @brooklake and now we’re heading out for Kid’s opening day at Safeco! Go Mariners!
I’ve been SO excited to finally get this incredible wedding on the blog! Bonnie & Darin’s amazing day at @melrosemarketstudios with @weddingwise was AMAZING and it’s definitely a must see! #linkinbio #melrosemarketstudios #melrosemarket #seattlewedding #seattleweddingphotographer #seattleweddingvenue #citywedding
Our sweet friends at @floressencellc  gifted Avery this special floral crown. Thank you Anne! I hadn’t gotten Avery out for an official “1 year” shoot (although who am I kidding, we took SO many her birthday weekend) but this was really special. She’s such a beautiful little girl.  Maddux and Avery are best buddies already and are currently chasing each other around the living room, belly laughing and having the best time! It truly is the greatest blessing watching the bond between your children! Side note- Maddux isn’t on my feed as much these days because he never sits still! But we just took the sweetest family photos and I promise to share them soon!
If I’m being honest as an entrepreneur I stress about what I should say in these posts because I feel stumped on what to say! My friend @jennakutcher Is the queen of captions and man has she made an impactful statement this week! So proud of Jenna and the impact you make! ** On a complete side note-  Is anyone else super anxious to plant new things in their yard this year? What are your go- to favorites for Spring in your yard?
Hey insta friends! It has been a few weeks of being MIA on here! (Except on stories) we have had a busy off season house hunting and enjoying the kiddos as much as possible! Engagement session time is in full force now and it feels so good to be back out shooting and getting SO excited about the 2018 season! And Spring is here! Also, how sweet are Rachel and Skyler? Really excited for their wedding at @hidden.meadows next Summer with their 22 person bridal party! (You read that correctly!) it’s going to be quite the day! Can’t wait!