MEET ADINA


Guided by a passion for photography and art in general, both entangled with a love for people, my inspiration comes literary from everywhere that surrounds me - from real life events, to each couple I meet and their uniqueness, all the way to fashion and bridal magazines.

Weddings bring me joy, and I am here to capture and unveil each of these amazing stories in the most genuine and organic way possible. I love going above and beyond to ensure the important things (and people) are captured. Whether you love being in front of the camera or dread the thought of it… I strive to make the experience fun with great (and natural looking) photos as the final product. I believe it’s important to give you many candids through-out the day and also traditional photos (like family formals) because nothing makes mama happier than a good ol’ smiling photo. Both styles are important, so this is why choosing photographers like me, make a difference for your wedding photos.

In my downtime, I live for excitement and adventure, I live for the thrill of my everyday life - seeing my kid laugh, sitting down for dinner at dusk with my family, giving my fur baby belly rubs, speeding freely on the highway, working and enjoying every second of it, meeting people whose lives are touched by my images... What I see through my camera is truly unbelievable!

I'm not afraid to live out loud, and at times, rules are optional.


My Approach - Am I Right for You?

My photographic style is not traditional. As a modern Seattle wedding photographer I really dislike cliche wedding photography. Instead I like to tell the story of your wedding day in a down-to-earth, as natural as I can kind of way, capturing all those special moments and all the details that make your wedding personal to you, enabling you to re-live your day again and again. I want to take you back and show you not just what happened, but how you felt too.

If you want someone to set up lots of group shots, or to pose you like models, I can certainly do that. But --- how about we try to make this as fun as we possibly can, and try to capture the action and emotion as it naturally happens?

The couples who choose me tend to be those who want a genuine and relaxed style for their day. They want someone to just blend into the wedding and be part of the day – making you and your guests feel relaxed and at ease. My personable nature helps me fit in well with the day – interacting with your guests to the extent people think I’m just a friend of yours, if it wasn't for my business casual attire. :)

Most of all I love weddings. I think everything about them is brilliant - the atmosphere, the buzz, the emotion. Every single one is different and every single one is a lot of fun. It’s this authentic passion and enthusiasm for your wedding day that is at the heart of my approach. Being there with you is genuinely exciting for me and genuinely an honor. It’s not a job for me – it’s a real passion.

Ten Things (and Counting) You Should Know About Me... And Please Have Your Sense of Humor on You as You Read Below! 

1. I fix things all the time... seriously, I always have my hands on my bride and groom, fixing their hair, dress, flowers, suit and tie. Why? Because I hate having to spend countless of hours in post production, so I try to get it right in the camera!

I also rearrange anything that stands in my way for better shots, from tables and couches, to room decor details. I climb on window sills, tables, beds, bathtubs, trees, anywhere as a matter of fact, to get different dynamic angles. I get into funny positions, like lay on the ground belly flat because I know that in the end it is all worth the trouble!

2. I love getting swept into the emotion of the wedding day - First looks, vows and toasts always get to me. Every wedding is different and every wedding is special, I take each one to heart with me. I don't just do a job, I also make it personal because without doing so, the photographs will not have that spice and intimate feel to them.

3. I say funny things - I have to accept the fact that even though I have been an American for 17 years, I still think in my native language sometimes, I can't help it! So when I'm in my zone, I might ask or say something, but mean something totally different. Oh yeah, and I mumble to myself - I'm working on that!

4. I get way too excited while I shoot and see the amazing photos that come out of my camera on the back screen. Don't worry, I will show you a few too...

5. The most exciting moments in my life happen at the last moment, never planned, and usually following some drama.

6. I go out of my way for my couples - I will Uber you, hold your belongings, bring you water, and try my best to make any of your family members feel comfortable in front of my camera.

7. I might rush you if I see that we're running out of time for your perfect photos. I want you to have amazing photos and a diverse portfolio, therefore I will do my best to keep you on track and abide by the wedding day schedule.

8. I may look all serious, but I have a goofy side.

9. I'm addicted to travel and seeing the world. I love food and would try anything once (food that is).

10. I have a disturbing hunger for adventure - I set foot in places where I should not be, and hike miles to chase the perfect sunset.

 

10 WAYS TO DESCRIBE MY STYLE

Here are a few of my engagement and wedding photos, and a bit about each one to give you a flavor for my style as a Seattle wedding photographer.

1. Candid moments personal to you

I love photos like this one above, as for me it’s a natural moment. Hima and Daniel share a genuine love, and that came out perfectly when I shot their wedding in June. The lavender fields of Kingston added even a more intimate feeling to this image.

I love photos like this one above, as for me it’s a natural moment. Hima and Daniel share a genuine love, and that came out perfectly when I shot their wedding in June. The lavender fields of Kingston added even a more intimate feeling to this image.

2. Up, down and in the thick of it

I love getting close and taking photos capturing moments that show our vulnerable sides. Couples always offer these moments in abundance when they are just being themselves enjoying each other's company forgetting I'm there with them! For this photo with Tessa and Aaron, I climbed a pretty decent tree, holding tight with my left hand by a branch, and trying to keep my camera steady and shoot with my other hand. I guided them to lay down exactly where I wanted them to be, so I can shoot this image that became our favorite from the entire set! 

I love getting close and taking photos capturing moments that show our vulnerable sides. Couples always offer these moments in abundance when they are just being themselves enjoying each other's company forgetting I'm there with them! For this photo with Tessa and Aaron, I climbed a pretty decent tree, holding tight with my left hand by a branch, and trying to keep my camera steady and shoot with my other hand. I guided them to lay down exactly where I wanted them to be, so I can shoot this image that became our favorite from the entire set! 

3. Creative and dynamic

I am passionate about creative wedding photography. I place real importance on composition and photos which are visually pleasing. I love to try and give you photos that aren’t just the standard and expected shots - like this one for example... :)) 

I am passionate about creative wedding photography. I place real importance on composition and photos which are visually pleasing. I love to try and give you photos that aren’t just the standard and expected shots - like this one for example... :)) 

4. Emotions at heart

I’m a 'wear my heart on my sleeve' type of girl, I love to capture emotion. This type of shot is a moment all the girls dream of, the 'First Look', so I’m always there waiting for it, as I know how important it is to you! These moments are what make your wedding day what it is - purrrfect!

I’m a 'wear my heart on my sleeve' type of girl, I love to capture emotion. This type of shot is a moment all the girls dream of, the 'First Look', so I’m always there waiting for it, as I know how important it is to you! These moments are what make your wedding day what it is - purrrfect!

5. Perfect portraits for your living room wall

The majority of my photos are natural and unposed. But I do think it’s a great investment to spend 20-30 minutes on your day getting some portraits that can go on your living room wall. I like my portraits to have some drama to them. Whether it’s you both in a beautiful setting, or just up close being in love. 

The majority of my photos are natural and unposed. But I do think it’s a great investment to spend 20-30 minutes on your day getting some portraits that can go on your living room wall. I like my portraits to have some drama to them. Whether it’s you both in a beautiful setting, or just up close being in love. 

6. A wide coverage of everyone at your day (not just you!)

I know you don’t just want 700 photos of you. Who was at your wedding is just as important. So I always aim to get a wide range of photos from your day. Whilst you are both my number one focus, I will always go after more moments of everyone that made your day special.

I know you don’t just want 700 photos of you. Who was at your wedding is just as important. So I always aim to get a wide range of photos from your day. Whilst you are both my number one focus, I will always go after more moments of everyone that made your day special.

7. Expressions, tears and laughter

I really work hard to capture all those expressions throughout the day - and that means the whole entire roller coaster of emotions. I want the photos I give you to have feeling and life to them and deeply feel the same way you felt at that time.

I really work hard to capture all those expressions throughout the day - and that means the whole entire roller coaster of emotions. I want the photos I give you to have feeling and life to them and deeply feel the same way you felt at that time.

8. Photos with those who matter to you

To me candid shots are so much more fun than set-up group photos, but those still have their place at a wedding. I don’t recommend lots of formal shots (usually just 8-10) as it gets quite tedious for you, and it eats into your day (I’d much prefer to see you having fun and mingling with your guests!). Getting some candid portraits of you and your family, and wedding party (think bridesmaids and ushers) are worth getting though, so I always suggest allowing around 30-40 minutes for this. But if you want endless combinations of aunties, cousins and friends from every era, I sadly won’t be right for you.

To me candid shots are so much more fun than set-up group photos, but those still have their place at a wedding. I don’t recommend lots of formal shots (usually just 8-10) as it gets quite tedious for you, and it eats into your day (I’d much prefer to see you having fun and mingling with your guests!). Getting some candid portraits of you and your family, and wedding party (think bridesmaids and ushers) are worth getting though, so I always suggest allowing around 30-40 minutes for this. But if you want endless combinations of aunties, cousins and friends from every era, I sadly won’t be right for you.

9. I love to work with beautiful light

The vast majority of my work is produced using natural, available, light. At the heart of beautiful photography is lovely light. Light makes a photo. I will often look to do some portraits late afternoon or at dusk – as this light is magical.

The vast majority of my work is produced using natural, available, light. At the heart of beautiful photography is lovely light. Light makes a photo. I will often look to do some portraits late afternoon or at dusk – as this light is magical.

10. I love to have fun

I really enjoy engagements and weddings that are relaxed and full of happy people who like to giggle. This is about unique photos that really capture the real energy between the two of you, how you interact with each other. These are the ones that will make you really smile every time you see them!

I really enjoy engagements and weddings that are relaxed and full of happy people who like to giggle. This is about unique photos that really capture the real energy between the two of you, how you interact with each other. These are the ones that will make you really smile every time you see them!

Last one… I’m with you all your day… 

My approach is to tell the story of your day – so that means it all from start to finish. That means I’m there to get all the last action…

My approach is to tell the story of your day – so that means it all from start to finish. That means I’m there to get all the last action…

Expectations

From Me to You! 

I can't promise you the moon and all the stars, but I can promise that if you reach out to me, you can count on my support. We will find ways to turn the No's into Yes's, and make the Impossible, Possible. Or at least we will do our Very Best Together!