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product photography: Browse Hardware


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Browse Hardware Product Shoot

Good news, Everyone! Business has been gaining some more traction. I have been partnering with Browse Hardware photographing some of their point of sale hardware. The products were shot isolated on a white background. In addition to shooting them on white, I took to the streets to photograph the setup in a quaint cafe setting. It was a great project. And I’ve already started on a completely new project for Browse Hardware! Keep it coming! Repeat business rocks!

I am always seeking to add to my list of commercial contacts! I love working with people that truly understand the full impact that quality photography can have on a business; increased sales through inspired interest, professional and consistent branding, informed and empowered customers, etc. Commercial product photography is a whole different game than lifestyle portrait photography. While I do enjoy both, I feel that I have more freedom to obsess over those tiny details that can make or break a product photo. And yes, I do obsess. A lot. I am eternally grateful for each and every client that arrives with a prepared product however I always take preparation a step further. You would be surprised how many almost invisible tiny hairs that I will find on a “clean” product.I like this game of I-spy, though. haha

Family Portrait Session from Late December

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Late December family portrait session

This was a really great family portrait session! Joy and her wonderful family made my day! I am incredibly thankful that the weather, albeit a bit frigid, it held out just for us! This time of year, the golden hour comes a bit early in the Pacific Northwest. I think we nailed it, though.

Each and every member of this family was a pleasure to meet and to photograph! Between their brilliant smiles and your lively personalities, I had an absolute blast! This is such a great family!

Thank you for a beautiful 2016 holiday season!

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Thank you for a beautiful 2016 holiday season!

The 2016 holiday season was a tad bit chaotic. Overall, the outcome couldn’t have been better! I am thankful to have been able to spend quality time with loved ones. Also, I am thankful for all the considerate presents that I received. ┬áOf course, I am especially grateful the gifts that I gave were very well received. I love surprising people with kindness.

New Year’s Eve was rather quiet. It was fun just the same. I had good company and a little pacific northwestern snow in between the rain.

I hope that each of you had a wonderful holiday season. I hope that you found yourself surrounded by love and comfort.

The business has been picking up a little steam. This December has had me on some pretty awesome projects!

I’m going to rock 2017. Are you with me? This is our year!

Client Testimonials That Melted My Heart

Photography Kirkland couple portrait photography
A while back, I took a step outside of my comfort zone. I collectively asked some excellent clients for their honest feedback on my provided service. These client testimonials really tugged at my heart strings! I was really blown away by the flood of heartwarming positivity and encouragement. It is the little things that really matter. I’m so happy that I could make the best of their photography experiences.

I feel so fortunate to have such lovely people in my life. Every single one of these clients has made a positive impression upon me. I fondly recall each of their sessions. I must be doing something right to be attracting these awesome people! Asking for testimonials is difficult but I am so thankful that I could set that anxiety aside. These are amazing people and it has been my goal to keep these people smiling. ­čÖé


Client Testimonials:

Alaina is fantastic to work with. She is helpful, prompt, and goes beyond the call of duty. From staging the scene to final edits, she is capable and talented throughout the entire process.”- Sara D.

“Wow! They [the images] turned out AMAZING!!! Thank you so much! I LOVE them! You have a gift!“- Shawn G.

“Alaina was instrumental in helping me and my boys have a great photo shoot. She helped with suggestions on what to wear (colors/pattern wise) and she effortlessly brought out their smiles and silly faces alike.”Jack B.

Working with Alaina was fantastic. She turned some of my mediocre ideas into clever masterpieces and used the natural light to add a sense of whimsy to the photographs she took. She was able to use the same lighting to create some slightly more seductive pictures, too. I was thoroughly impressed with her professionalism and her ability to just go with the flow. I was pretty awkward and uncomfortable at first, but we ended up having a great time laughing and being creative together. The pictures she took made me feel like a bombshell and even caught the attention of the man who is now my husband. The fact that she let me use wine as a prop was definitely an added bonus.”-┬áDebra M.

Professional, patient, and easy to work with to get the imagery and retouching you are looking for and need for a great photo.”- Olivia C.

“Alaina took senior photos for my son – and was able to accommodate us on a short notice. She inspired confidence that we would end up with quality shots and we were very pleased with the results.“- Jenny R.

“My husband and I recently had a photo shoot with the spectacular Alaina ofCiceri Photo. I was a little concerned about how my husband would do, as he never “modeled” before. (I had, but it’s been many years.) My fears were immediately put to rest by Alaina’s professionalism and easygoing demeanor. We began by being silly, and then progressed to many different poses with a few wardrobe changes. The photos came out PHENOMENAL and I could not be more pleased! Everything about them, from the lighting to the composition, is perfect. These photos will be cherished for many years to come. I can not say enough good things about Alaina, her ability or her creativity! I feel honored to have been able to participate in a photo shoot with her and hope to get an opportunity to do it again sometime!”Barbara S.


Playing with Bokeh: Christmas Lights

`Tis the season!

I’ve been spending some time playing with some Christmas lights! ┬áMy goal: To achieve some silky smooth bokeh orbs.

I experimented a bit with the placement of these lights. I began by placing them being my subject.

Our dog recently turned 9! 9 years old! I had to get some more shots of him in his older age. The dusting of gray makes him look distinguished, does it not? The Santa beard, not so much. He reluctantly indulged my ridiculous costume requests for a few milk bones.

After wrangling and bribing the dog to pose for me, I changed it up a bit. I moved the Christmas lights between the subject and the lens. Having no other available model at this hour, I then stepped into the scene. I shot tethered so that I could better review and adjust my scene as needed. No makeup and unkempt; the images came out better than expected. ­čÖé

Overall, the project was fun. It was fun, albeit a bit difficult to manage the orb┬áplacement while creating self-portraits. I would really like to get a patient model in my studio so I can play around with some bokeh lighting ideas. It will have to wait until after the holiday season, though. I’m already running around like a chicken with my head cut off. At least I still have time to do these lighting experiments. The practice is good.

On another note: See what overplucking your eyebrows in your youth can do! ­čśŤ Slowly but surely they are filling in. Very slowly.

Kirkland Marina

I took a short walk down at Kirkland’s Marina Park.

It was mighty brisk but it was a nice day nonetheless. The sun was shining and a few people were out taking advantage of it.

Some families and tourists walked along the pier as enjoy each other’s company. There was also a small group of teenagers tempting their luck by balancing on and jumping between some of the rocks. As one of the boys┬ámade a leap of faith from one boulder to the next, I fondly recalled all the dumb dares I didn’t turn down in my youth. He made it. Thank goodness he didn’t plunge┬áinto the frigid water below… with his phone in his pocket.

Kirkland certainly has some great parks. Heck, Washington has some amazing parks overall! Even at this tiny park on the water, wildlife can be easily found. I saw some seagulls, ducks, and pigeons. Of course, the were happily picking up after the messier of the marina’s visitors but the majority of them lazed in the afternoon sun. ┬áI also found bird poop. A whole lot of bird poop. Lots and lots of bird poop. I can appreciate the wildlife, even if that means dodging the green duck turds along the walkway.

Honestly, I wish that my little adventure had been a bit longer. I wasn’t feeling too well and had to cut it short. Perhaps, another (probably warmer) day. ­čśŤ