Megan & Alex // Wedding

Meet Megan and Alex.

These two amazing people tied the knot at the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle recently and showed us all what true love is all about. Megan and Alex have survived high school, college, living in a tiny home, living with lots of roommates, working together, and raising a dog. Their Seattle fall wedding was the perfect reflection of the quirky, wonderful life they've built together.

After a rehearsal dinner at the Hotel Sorrento in Capitol Hill, the bridal parties spent the morning getting ready, while eating sandwiches, cracking jokes, and relaxing. It was the most laid-back morning of the morning that I has ever experienced. Seriously, future brides, take note. Give yourself extra time in the morning and everyone will be happier!

From Polaroids to Kanye quotes, Megan and Alex kept their style consistent all day.

After a sweet and small ceremony at the Volunteer Park Conservatory, we all headed to Local 360, a restaurant in Belltown. Instead of a traditional reception, Megan and Alex opted for a sit-down dinner to share a brunch menu, a ukulele serenade, and some amazing cake.

Congrats Megan and Alex!! Thank you for welcoming me to photograph this amazing day! This experience was so inspiring and the room was truly full of love. An intimate Seattle wedding to remember.


Vendor Details:
Event + Floral Design: Sequoia and Co Design – Shalom Murphy
Ceremony Venue – Volunteer Park Conservatory
Reception Venue – Local 360
Cake – Side Piece Cakes
Live Music – Vervex
Invitations – Minted
Watercolor of Venue – Nicole Gelb
Makeup Artist and Hair Styling – Salon Maison
Wedding Dress – BHLDN
Bridal Accessories – Kendra Scott and BHLDN
Groom and Groomsmen’s Apparel – Menguin
Groom’s Ring – Point No Point Studio
Rentals – Grand Event Rentals
Paper Goods and Calligraphy – The Bright Line Studio
Favors – Flour Dusted Countertops

Tyler & Kevon // Engaged

Meet Tyler and Kevon!

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Kevon is my older cousin and Tyler is the amazing lady who's crazy enough to marry him! Together, we had so much fun taking photos in downtown Seattle and Pioneer Square to celebrate their recent engagement.

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You know how people say that your partner makes you a better version of you? Tyler and Kevon prove just that. Kevon has always been an outgoing and charismatic guy, but ever since he and Tyler began dating over four years ago, he's become more caring and gracious through her example. Tyler fits in so easily into our kooky family, so immediately loved by the American and Iranian sides! We're all lucky to have witnessed their love blossom and grow, from their fraternity and sorority days at Washington State University to now! Tyler and Kevon are such a balanced couple, enormously loved by their friends, family, and two cats. :)

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This rooftop parking garage turned out to be such a hidden gem for the engagement photoshoot, with amazing urban views of the city, Century Link stadium, the waterfront, and more! We also spent some time exploring the neighborhood before celebrating their engagement photos with a few shots of well-deserved Fireball.

For two people who were so nervous about being weird in front of the camera, I think Tyler and Kev rocked this engagement shoot! They are so loving, fun, and radiant together - they made my job quite easy.  I love these two and can't wait for their wedding in 2019!


Engagement Photo Details:
- Location: Pioneer Square; Downtown Seattle
- Engagement Ring: Blue Nile
- Tyler's Makeup: Bobby Brown
- Unofficial Love Languages: Badass, Carefree, In-Sync, & Undeniably Meant-To-Be

Karli & John // Engaged

Meet Karli and John.

Karli is from Seattle, John is from Grand Rapids, and they met - and fell in love - in New York City.  A classic tale, with some divine intervention from a dating app. Thank goodness these two met, because they're seriously a perfect match! Together, we explored and took some fall engagement photos at the Brooklyn Bridge Park.

I'm so grateful for Karli and John's positive, cheerful attitudes especially at 7:30AM on a Saturday! But honestly, these two bring out the best in each other and in everyone who is lucky to call them friends. There are people in life who just radiate kindness and accordingly, those people are always surrounded by love. Karli and John are connecters - they bring people together and have such a beautiful, varied array of friends. These friendships that they carefully cultivate together undoubtedly contribute to the strong foundation of love that Karli and John have for each other. They carry that commitment to caring in their work as well, through music and therapy and teaching and social work. They help others be better - and together, they keep growing and improving their own love.

Can't wait to photograph at your wedding this summer in Seattle, Washington! 100% will be crying behind the camera.

9 Months With Jess // Maternity Style

For the past nine months, I've had the most unforgettable experience photographing Jess as she has been growing a mini-human! Her strength, optimism, and grace throughout this journey has been so amazing to witness. Our relationship started in October when I began taking photos for her style and lifestyle blog, Let's Jess Up. Through frequent shoots and coffee dates, our friendship flourished. After Jess slyly declined a glass of wine one day, it was clear that something exciting was about to happen. As the months went by and her cute bump grew, Jess blossomed as a mom-to-be. In the process, her family and husband Matt stepped up to provide so much love and support. Baby Q couldn't be more lucky. 

Now, let's look back on some of my favorite maternity looks that Jess created! Her maternity style was SO fierce, we should all take notes.

Jess' gender reveal announcement was undeniably adorable, right?

Her bump here was similar to my post-burrito bump, but Jess' glow is undeniable. 

These shots were the epitome of spring; such a radiant portrayal of motherhood.

This NYC momma was an unbelievable champion as egg and cheese sandwiches helped her survive tired nights, achy feels, and swollen ankles. And through it all, she maintained such a positive attitude with one end goal in mind, meeting her baby girl. This look said it all, she was already in love.

As Jess packed her hospital bag here, the due date seemed more close than ever.

On August 7th, Baby Q was introduced to the world, eager to meet her parents Jess and Matt. It's safe to say no baby was ever loved more. 

Jess, you are so inspiring and I'm so so lucky to call you a friend. I can't wait to see you experience motherhood, and to photograph beautiful Baby Q! She's so lucky to have you for her mom. Love you, girl!

Which maternity outfit of hers is your favorite? Comment below! Follow all Jess' adventures and outfits here.

Bobby & Thomas // Cape May Wedding

Meet Bobby and Thomas.

A dancer and a doctor, these two grooms had the most lovely wedding at The Southern Mansion in Cape May, New Jersey. Echoing the seaside theme, their decor utilized anchors, shells, and best of all - lots of saltwater taffy!

Such an amazing wedding venue, right?! And so close to New York City. Each room was filled with vibrant colors and intricate details.

Surrounded by family, both chosen and by relation, there was such strong sense of love throughout this whole day! Bobby and Thomas are two of the most giving and selfless people I have ever met. So it is definitely no surprise how much they are loved in return.

As two gay men, Bobby and Thomas' path to love and marriage has not been as easy as others'. But thanks to their steadfast determination and enduring love, they made it! There are truly no two people who deserve to be married more than these two. 

Is it too much that I already can't wait for them to become dads?! Future Baby O'Brien is going to be SO lucky. :)

Throughout the speeches and toasts, there was one common theme. Everyone kept discussing what a good match Bobby and Thomas are. Truly yin and yang, they balance and better each other. Bobby is friendly, bold, and full of sass. Thomas is loyal, kind, and so hardworking. Together, they radiate joy and support! 

Bobby, Thomas, and his 305 Fitness family. With studios in NYC, Boston, and DC, this dance-inspired cardio workout definitely makes sweat sexy.

At the reception to end all receptions, Bobby and Thomas had multiple tracks of choreographed dance moves to Britney Spears! And believe me, the dancing did not stop all night.

Congrats to the happy couple! Thank you for teaching us all what true love is about. Here's to many future dance parties at each anniversary! 

Megan & Alex // Engaged

Meet Megan and Alex.

They're kind, welcoming, laid-back, and adventurous. They're always there for friends in need and cherished by their families. Best of all is their love for each other! Within minutes, it is obvious how comfortable and authentic they are together. They know each other's faults and strengths, and love every bit. When I've been gone through tough times, their positive and caring attitudes really have made such a difference in my life. So thankful for these two! 

A true VIP, George Michael is the king of this household. He's so photogenic, right?!

After exploring the Kirkland waterfront a bit, Megan and Alex headed to their engagement party at Heritage Hall. A party filled with family+friends+mushy emotions+all the cheese, it was a clear indicator of their amazing marriage to come!

I can't wait for their wedding in Seattle next fall! :) Cheers to the happy couple!

Love Is Badass // NYC Holiday Mini Shoots

Let's be real. Relationships are not always easy. Sometimes the house/apartment feels too small. Sometimes the sight of dirty dishes makes you want to scream. Sometimes you just want to throw a temper tantrum because the breakfast got burned, the keys misplaced, the plans ruined. But then... you catch the glance of your boo, lovingly smiling at you while you passionately ramble on about the injustices of the day. And they keep smiling. They listen, nod, and gently touch your arm. They give you space and assurance, until the beast is soothed. Love is badass. Let's celebrate it.

Our loved ones evolve into our human diaries, confidantes, partners. They witness every grumpy mood -- because when you live together, you just can't hide it -- and they don't leave. No matter how crazy or anxious or upset we get, they stay. And the best part is, we willingly return the favor. This holiday season, celebrate your badass love with a mini photoshoot! You don't need to be newly engaged to deserve a photoshoot, (but if you are, congrats!). You don't need to be dating for a particular amount of time. You don't need a special occasion to take fabulous photos of you and your babe. Hell, you are still together! You are surviving and enduring and loving. That is more than enough of a reason.

Last week, I met up with Danielle and Jarred for a mini shoot. They got engaged in May, are getting married in February, and they keep loving each other every month in between. :) Our goal of this shoot was to capture some cozy holiday photos and give these two a special moment to remember what they love about one another. 

Interested in booking a holiday mini shoot with me? Email me at shadi.garman@gmail.com

Photos for Orlando

It's been 8 days since the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. On June 12th, 49 people were killed and 53 wounded by a gunman at a gay nightclub in Orlando. 

It's sickening. It's a tragedy. It's a devastating act of terrorism and bigotry. And I still don't know what to do or say. I'm not sure if writing this blog post is not my place or uncalled for on my photography platform. But please bear with me and definitely feel free to educate me further in the comments!

As a heterosexual woman who still has so much to learn about how to be an LGBTQIA ally, I've stayed pretty quiet due to fears of intrusion or occupying space that isn't mine. It would seemingly be easy for me to move on, to not spend much time or energy reflecting on what happened. I could tweet a hashtag, add a rainbow filter somewhere, and then forget. But that doesn't seem right.

More effort and compassion must be spread.

As a friend, I'm going to try harder and educate myself more about being an ally. When I hear hateful language being spewed, I'll speak up. While I can't fairly understand the depth of sadness, struggle and frustration that the queer community faces, I'll try to be a better listener. 

As a voter and citizen, I'm going to back candidates who support gun control and are against homophobia and transphobia. I will learn more about how to take direct action and how to exercise my democratic rights, supporting those views.

And as a photographer, I hope to create a safe and welcoming environment for everyone. I won't discriminate potential clients based off their race, social status, or sexual orientation. I won't tolerate any hate or bigotry directed at potential clients. While I haven't photographed an LGBTQIA couple or family yet, I hope that will happen soon. When that time comes, I will be thankful for the opportunity to learn, expand my horizons, and make new friends. 

Two Ways I Plan To Contribute

1. Photographers For Orlando
Until August 2016, I will be accepting contributions in place of session fees to benefit the victims of the Pulse shooting in Orlando, Florida.
Here's how it works:
1. Get in touch with me via the Contact page.
2. You will send your donation of $50 or more via a Venmo or Paypal invoice, I will then donate the money instantly to either GoFundMe.com/pulsevictimsfund or OneOrlando.org and provide you with a copy of the receipt.
3. We will meet for up to 45 minutes, capture fun memories, and I will send you a minimum of 20 high-resolution digital images. 
[Not in New York? Find a participating photographer at http://www.photographersfororlando.org]

2. Free LGBTQIA Couples Sessions
Until September 2016, I will be booking FREE sessions for LGBTQIA couples on select dates, for anyone based in the greater New York City area. So hit me up and let's make this happen!


Those 49 people at Pulse were having a joyful night out when they were murdered. They were brothers, sister, daughters and sons. They were lovers, friends, neighbors, caretakers. 

Let's not forget their names. 

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
Amanda Alvear, 25 years old
Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old
Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old
Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
Cory James Connell, 21 years old
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old
Frank Hernandez, 27 years old
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old
Kimberly Morris, 37 years old
Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old
Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old
Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old
Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old

Learn more about these beautiful folks here: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/06/12/481785763/heres-what-we-know-about-the-orlando-shooting-victims

  ANDREW WARD / BUZZFEED

ANDREW WARD / BUZZFEED

Vanesa & Jorge // Maternity Photos in Central Park

Just weeks away from her due date, Vanesa and Jorge arrived at Central Park to take maternity photos!

We met at dusk to celebrate their baby-to-be and their genuine love for one another. With bags of outfits and props in tow, they arrived ready to go! They had moved to NYC about six months prior, so it was a blast exploring the park together. 

Their little boy, Benjamin, will be the first baby of the extended family, to the delight of loved ones in Australia and Argentina. I have a feeling Vanesa and Jorge will be hosting guests very soon and very often.

Benjamin is quite a lucky boy to have such wonderful parents!

During our time together, I could immediately tell how kind and light-hearted that Vanesa and Jorge are. They would consistently and subtly check in with one another, making sure each person was comfortable and feeling good. As they giggled between shots, Vanesa and Jorge gazed at one another with complete love. 

 

Motherhood comes in many shapes and forms. Some women become mothers through pregnancy, which is such an amazing accomplishment of the female body. Other women gracefully decide to adopt, providing a loving home. Family members and friends can also take the role of mothers, as they give advice, share laughter, and soothe tears.

Motherhood is deep and unconditional commitment to loving and raising a child, and that experience is unlike any other. 

Vanesa radiates joy and strength. 

She will undoubtedly a wonderful mother and I can't wait to hear about all of her and Jorge's adventures raising Benjamin!