Allen Welsch Photography: Blog en-us (C) Allen Welsch Photography Seattle, WA [email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:47:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:47:00 GMT Allen Welsch Photography: Blog 120 57 It's a Beautiful Summer Day! Summer afternoons are a great time for a family portrait session!

Family with three teenagersTeige-Sullivan FamilyA family with loving teens. Yes, its possible!

These kids were the nicest kids! Both moms swear that they've never seen them behave so well, but I bet they get along like this on more than one occasion. Maybe it was the lovely sunny afternoon or maybe they were just on good behavior. Either way, the whole family made for a fun, and relaxing portrait session. Thanks Holly & Selena!

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Seattle Photography children family portraits love mini sessions parks Thu, 16 Jul 2015 01:07:45 GMT
Eli is Three Years Old We had a terrific Mother's day helping Rhonda and Danni celebrate Eli's third birthday! Eli really understands what a camera is and what it does, so it was fun trying to capture the innocent moments. I think Allen succeeded:

Eli is Three!Eli is three years oldEli is three years old

What a great kid and what a great family! Thanks for letting us in to watch Eli grow!

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Mother's Day Seattle Photography children family portraits mini sessions photo books Wed, 20 May 2015 18:17:35 GMT
Another Year and Eli is Three! We can't believe we have had the good fortune to follow Eli from birth to now three years old.  Eli birth to twoEli Birth to TwoHere's Eli from his newborn shots to last year's two-year old portraits.

Here he is at 3 weeks, 1 year, and 2 years old. Today we'll be having a great time in Grandma's yard seeing what Eli gets up to at 3 years.

Stay tuned!

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Birthday Seattle Photography children family portraits Sun, 10 May 2015 16:15:00 GMT
Holland in the Pacific Northwest We went to Mount Vernon this weekend to catch the tulips in bloom. It can get awfully crowded and is very family friendly as well as tour-bus friendly. If you go early in the morning, the traffic is less but that's when the buses show up. By lunch time, the buses are leaving, but the traffic slows to a crawl as people tour the various tulip fields around the Skagit Valley.

Your other choice is to go later, which is what we did. The buses and the many people on the buses are gone, but lines are still long and the flower beds and borders are crowded with families. But it's so beautiful, you have patience with all the selfies and family shots and video recording in order to take your shot. And then you get this:

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Seattle Photography Skagit Valley Spring Tulip Fesitval flowers tulips Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:04:15 GMT
Family Love on Valentine's Day How did you spend Valentine's Day? We spent it working in the sunshine on a lovely Seattle waterfront park.

Family Love

 The Coburn family is an easy-going family of four. Mom, Dad and two boys: Clyde and Beau.  We met the family when Allen took Clyde's picture on a whim one day, long before Beau was in the picture:

Clyde disguised as a frog

Clyde looks the same to me, I think. A big boy now, but still just a little shy of the camera. No, not really shy, slow to warm up I'd say. But then, what a kid! Clyde found all kinds of weathered pieces of wood and sea-washed stones and then set to collecting them all up together. I wonder how Shane and Rachel managed to leave it all at the beach?

And Beau is always smiling. I mean always. He took a face-plant into the sand that left an impression of his face and he came up smiling, mouth full of sand!

A real loving family. It was a pleasure to capture them on a sunny afternoon.

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Seattle Photography boys brothers children family portraits love parks Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:30:00 GMT
Playing in the January Sunshine It's been a while since we've had a blog post. The best laid plans...right? But, it's always good to get back into it without excuses.

We went to visit with some very good friends who just happen to be very good clients as well. And a favorite muse of ours too. 

Capturing the 3-year in his elementCapturing the 3-year in his element

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Seattle Photography children family portraits playing in the dirt Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:44:20 GMT
Captivating We been photographing Danni's son, Eli since he was a newborn. She's been involved with all of his sessions, but often in a supporting role. As parents, we totally understand. Parents love their kids, and tend to make sacrifices all the time for them. That includes portrait photography. Parents usually want to be in the family portrait, and maybe they were pleased to have some wedding or engagement portraits a while back, but a camera focusing on them, right now, is the farthest thing from their mind.

That's where Allen's technique comes into play. He's never demanding nor provoking people into uncomfortable poses. He just waits for the right moment, when you're relaxed and comfortable, and then...Click!


[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Seattle Photography family portraits Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:11:15 GMT
Halloween Photo Tips Plan on capturing some Halloween photos of your trick or treatin' critters? We've got some tips for you to get your best shot (see what I did there?) on a dark and possibly rainy night. Grey Halloween KittyAm I amused or just bored?

  • Set your ISO on your camera to a higher setting. This will result in a "noisier" photo but it will increase your odds of getting a sharp photo.

  • Get close enough so your subject fills the frame.

  • If your camera has a night mode select it.

  • Start early, to get the last of the daylight. Photographers call this time the golden hour, because the low angle of the light is very forgiving.

  • Capture the preparation, especially if your kiddos created the costume themselves.

  • Bend down or kneel so you’re at the child’s level.

  • Remember this is a time for the kids so don’t go for perfection.

  • Take a lot of shots.

  • Go for actions shots, kids ringing the door bell, holding out their bucket, checking out their loot etc.

  • Using your camera flash doesn’t provide the most flattering lighting, so try to be creative. You can use street lights, porch lights or for a dramatic scene, shine a flashlight on them.

  • Group shots, show the kids interacting with each other.

  • After, use your phone's fun filters to make pictures look even spookier.

  • Have fun! 

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Halloween children family portraits holidays trick or treat Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:15:32 GMT
First Cars Do you remember your first car? Of course you do. Mustang!James & Zach hanging out with their Mustang

Allen's first car was a sky blue '72 Mustang with a 302 v8. He was 17 and it meant freedom.  Suzanne's first car was a butter yellow '74 Chevy Nova named Baby. And she didn't know how to drive it!

James and Zach have this pretty cool '83 Mustang kitted out for drag racing.

Tell us in the comments below what was your first car and what did it mean to you?

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Mustang Mustangs Seattle Photography Senior Portraits cars freedom Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:22:37 GMT
Call Backs are Validating It makes us feel all gushy when clients refer us or call us back to do more portraits. We were honored with a "call back" this month when a mom booked us for senior portraits again. Two years ago, we shot James' senior portraits, and his younger brother came along for some brother scenes. Last week, we went back to the same park because Zach is a senior now! Zach, Senior PortraitThis is one handsome guy!

Zach is taking photography at school, and confessed that he is more comfortable behind the camera that in front of it. Maybe, but Allen is terrific at bringing out the best in people. Suzanne think's it's because Allen was once a HS boy more comfortable behind the camera than in front if it as well.

What do you think?

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Seattle Photography Senior Portraits parks Sun, 05 Oct 2014 22:23:09 GMT
Good, Better, Best I know you've got loads of photos on your phone, your hard drive, and probably "in the cloud." But did you know that all those shots don't really exist? Yes, it's true. Unless you print them, they only exist as electrical impulses. And they can disappear in a flash - when you brick your phone, your hard drive crashes, or the cloud is breached. So I'm going walk you through the 3 ways you can ensure your memories are preserved.

  • Good:  Get your images printed. Honestly, even Walgreens will at least give you an envelope of prints that you can toss in a drawer so future generations can wonder who the heck those people were.
  • Better: Organize your images and send them to an online printer for an archival-quality book. We like but there are others out there - do a search on Google to find one you like.
  • Best: You know what I'm going to say is best! Yes, hire a professional photographer, but there's a caveat. Hire one who offers professional prints and products. If you go cheap, and just get the digital files you'll be back at square one.

Here's my neat segue to our Fall/Winter mini session special!

Holiday Portrait Mini SessionPortrait Mini Sessions are Back!

We love to do greeting cards, and we're not limited to the traditional holiday themes either. But if you don't send cards, you can use your print credit to get prints and products. See what I did here? We are indeed a photography business that does professional prints and products. Want to see some of them?

Okay, now here's your chance to do something good, better, or best. Let us know what you decide!

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Seattle Photography family portraits holiday special mini sessions Sat, 20 Sep 2014 01:04:13 GMT
Oh Baby! Do you remember the lovely family with a (very) pregnant mom we photographed a few weeks ago? Matter of fact, Lina made her debut a little more than 24 hours later! so this past weekend, we got to met the impatient girl. May I introduce you?

Newborn Baby GirlWelcome Lina!

Mom, Bette writes a blog chronicling her family's daily life called Adventures of the House Wolf; check it out if you want the details of Lina's unexpected arrival. 

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:30:00 GMT
Top Ten Animal Portraits We know Allen has a special way with animal portraits. I still don't how he doesn't hurt himself getting down and into all those contorted positions (and back up again!) to get the best shot. 

The photographer at workDown with the dogs The photographer at workDown with the dogs

 So what are Allen's top ten animal portraits?

10. Sheep


9. Goats


8. Cattle

CalfWhatchoo lookin'at?

7. Chickens

Proud RoosterCockadoodle-do!

6. Turkeys


5. Parrots

MacawI'm a Macaw!

4. Ducks

Momma DuckMomma Duck

3. Tigers

Royal Bengal TigerBagheera, Royal Bengal Tiger

2. Cats

Sharga KittenSharge coming atcha!

and of course...

1. Dogs!

RitaLovely, lovey Rita

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Cougar Mountain Zoo Seattle Photography cats dogs farms goats pet photography sheep Wed, 03 Sep 2014 18:00:00 GMT
Look What's New: Signature Albums! Allen Welsch Photography is proud to present our Signature Albums: Allen Welsch Photography Signature AlbumsAllen Welsch Photography Signature Albums

We have long thought about offering a premium album to our clients.  The problem was, we couldn't find a quality product around the price point at which we felt our clients would be comfortable spending.  Actually, we were sick to our stomachs at the thought of some of the WHOLESALE prices of the selection available.

We’re particularly proud of our Photo Books and think they’re an incredible value for your money. We wanted to offer the same value in a premium album. We’re pleased to say we’ve found the quality product for you!

Our Signature Albums are a gorgeous keepsake and have:

  • Flush Mounted Pages
  • Panoramic Spreads
  • Professional printing on Kodak Professional Lustre photo paper
  • 6 Genuine Italian Leather cover Options (Black, Midnight Blue, Sterling Gray, Cardinal Red, White, Mocha, Distressed) or
  • photo wrapped in canvas or lustre photo page
  • Front Cover Foil Stamping on Leather Covers or
  • Blind Embossing on Leather Covers
  • Up to 15 pages (add pages in groups of 5 for $30 each group)
  • Up to 12x12 inches

The regular price for this top-quality album will be $300, but we want you to have this beauty in your hands to see for yourself what a brilliant keepsake it is, so for a limited time only our Signature Album can be yours for $195! Close-up ViewA close-up view of our Signature Album

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) keepsake photo albums photo books signature albums Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:30:00 GMT
Welcome Baby! Want to see more of baby Parkson?

Welcome Baby ParksonWelcome Baby Parkson

Parkson's parents tried really hard to get him to sleep. He had been awake most of the morning, so we though he'd stay asleep after Lan (mom) and Daniel (dad) cuddled and rocked and hushed him. We got a few sleepy baby shots, but then the excitement was too much and Parkson stayed awake for the rest of the session. No crying until the very end though, even though the ratio of 6 adults to 1 baby (Gramma and Grandpa came to watch) could have spelled disaster. Not to mention big "brother" Tanner. The best behaved German Rottweiler I have ever seen. He stayed behind this ridiculously small gate and could have jumped it or even walked around it at any moment. I think he just knows he's got a new playmate and is patiently waiting for Parkson to grow a little.

German RottweilerTanner is the best behaved dog! Yes you are!

Who's a good dog? Yes you are!

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Seattle Photography children dogs family portraits love newborn photography Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:08:00 GMT
Sneak Peek of Parkson O.M.G. Have you see such a beautiful boy?

Baby Boy ParksonIntroducing Parkson

We'll show you more of Parkson's newborn session tomorrow. Just couldn't wait with this one, though. Enjoy!

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Seattle Photography baby photography children family portraits love newborn Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:05:00 GMT
And Baby Makes 4 - Almost We had a beautiful evening session with the Wolf family - Bette, Erich, and Jack. Lina was still in momma's tummy, but not for long! More on that later. Take a look at this special family:

Maternity family photo sessionCharming family of 3 soon to be 4!

It was a lovely evening and Ronald Bog Park is a quiet and pleasant space to photograph a busy 3-year old. Bette was feeling a few contractions, but was certain Lina was still days away from making her appearance. Little did we know how impatient Lina actually was. A little bit more than 24 hours later, Bette and Erich were racing down I-5 to the hospital! I'll let Bette tell it in her own words:

"...we pulled in to the valet parking in front of the hospital. I couldn't get out of the car, needing to sit there and scream a little more. Mike, the super awesome security guard who happened to be out front, ran to get a wheel chair and a doctor. I tumbled out of the car, and felt Lina crowning. I swear I wasn't even pushing. Erich came just in time to catch her head, then her shoulders, then the rest of her. The hospital staff showed up about two minutes later. And since that point, things have gone pretty well according to plan! Everybody's healthy, happy, and tired.


Allen Welsch Photography would like to welcome to this earth Paulina Averill Wolf (Lina) - may you be blessed with health, joyous adventure, and abundant happiness.

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Seattle Photography children family portraits love maternity photography parks Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:27:00 GMT
How the World Sees YOU Project FascinationThe greatest gift you can give is to show someone their highest value

Dear Readers,

Today's post isn’t about us. It’s about YOU.

Branding expert and leading authority on the science of fascination, Sally Hogshead, published her new book How the World Sees You on July 1.

To celebrate the insights gained from a decade of research, she is launching Project Fascination  with the goal of showing 100,000 people how their personalities add value.

As a part of this project, she’s given us a special code (BL-AWPhotos) to share with to you. The first 100 people who use it to take her Fascination Advantage® assessment will receive the assessment for free! This has never been done before, and will only last until August 31.

The best part is, you will trigger a chain reaction—a pay it forward situation. When you take the assessment using BL_AWPhotos, you will receive 100 assessments to share with your circle for free, too!

That’s $3700 of free market research at your fingertips!

So how do you take the assessment? Simple.
1. Go to How The World Sees You .com/you  and use code BL-AWPhotos .
2. Once you’ve taken the assessment, Sally’s team will load 100 assessments into your new account. Rinse and repeat.

That’s it. Now you’re ready to discover how your personality is custom built for certain situations, and which situations you should learn to avoid. And it only takes 5 minutes (you can even do it on your phone!)

28 questions. 5 minutes. A whole new way to communicate your value.

Your Fascination Advantage® Report is the first big step towards knowing how your personality can be heard and remembered in an overcrowded market. Sharing the assessment will help others do the same. Find everything you need to put this knowledge
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Remember that your code will expire August 31. Don’t let this $3700 value go to waste!
Take the Assessment today and encourage your friends and followers to do the same.

How the World See YouHow the World See You by Sally Hogshead

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) How the world sees you advantage fascination Mon, 04 Aug 2014 15:00:00 GMT
Hang On! It's Atlas! We shared a sneak peak of Atlas yesterday on our Facebook page, but I think you'd like to see more of this happy 11-month old, so enjoy!

AtlasWhat a tongue!

What a tongue! We like to get high engery dogs running around right away, so after a bit they're ready to sit and take pretty pictures.

Atlas sitting stillAtlas is ready for his close up

Atlas makes friends so easily. We met Calvin at the park, and believe it or not, they're both the same breed - Australian Cattle Dogs.

Australian Cattle DogCalvin

Calvin's the more traditional Cattle Dog, smaller and the beautiful blue coat. Atlas is still young and growing out his white coat, and will end up with a more red and tan coat. 


One more of Atlas for today: Oh That Tongue!Oh That tongue!

Oh! That tongue!! ♥

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Seattle Photography dogs parks pet photography Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:28:10 GMT
Budding Photog Curiosity is a wonder to watch, especially in young kids. Quinn was one year old when he first showed an interest in my camera. By 20 months old, that interest had increased and I found it difficult to photograph him. He would walk right up to the camera to check out this magical device that kept flashing at him. By the time he was two he knew where to look at the back of his toy camera, just like the pros. Budding PhotographerHow does it look?

 A few weeks ago we visited Quinn and his family to deliver the photo books they ordered. I brought along a Canon rangefinder that I thought Quinn would find interesting. Budding PhotographerSay Cheese!

He was, so I showed him how to look through the viewfinder and click the shutter. Pretty soon he was enjoying himself, but after a while, he realized that I was holding the “special” camera. 1st camera lessonCamera lessopn #ThroughGlass

While hold the bottom of the heavy camera, I showed Quinn where to put his finger on shutter release and how to look through the view finder. In a flash, we were off taking photos of everything that caught his eye - mom and dad, a basket of books, a basketball hoop, his train set. Quinn's PhotosImages by Quinn

I think in a few short years, Quinn’s curiosity may be kindled into a budding career or at least a satisfying hobby. Who knows, I may have some competition!

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:45:00 GMT
Bang! Boom! Firework Photos to Remember

You’re sitting on the grass waiting for the sun to set and the fireworks show to start.  Boom! Fireworks over Epcot, Walt Disney World, FloridaBoom! Fireworks over Epcot, Walt Disney World, Florida

Before you pull your camera phone out of your bag, here are a few tips to help you capture better fireworks photos.

  • Begin by turning off the flash. It will only illuminate the 10 feet in front of you, spotlighting the crowd in front of you (and likely annoying them) and making the explosive night sky seem even darker. Just turn it off.
  • The key to great fireworks photos is a long exposure time and a steady hand so your camera doesn't move during that longer exposure time. A tripod is best, and if you're like most camera phones users you don't have one. But have no fear; there are ways to steady your camera. Look for a hard surface to rest you camera on. This can be a bench or table. It can be a light post or tree or simply rest the camera on the ground. If you’re lying on the ground rest the camera on your chest. The goal is for the camera to be a steady as possible.
  • Shoot most of your shots at the beginning of the show. As it progresses there will be more smoke in the air and the sky won’t look as clear. And shoot in both landscape and portrait mode.
  • If your phone has a night shooting mode, turn it on. Some newer phones have a fireworks setting. This will set up the camera for shooting in low light. If not there are several camera apps that will help with low light situations.
  • If you have an Android try Night Camera or Fast Burst Camera.
  • Here are several options for iOS.
  • If you have a Windows phone try ProShot.
  • Some of these apps also allow you to manually control the exposure but for now stick with the auto settings.
  • Your camera has a zoom but this is not the time to use it.
  • Remember to enjoy the show (watch with your own eyes, not through your camera lens), and post your best shots!


[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Epcot Fourth of July Walt Disney World camara phones fireworks photography tips Fri, 04 Jul 2014 21:00:17 GMT
Sneak Peak Two We had such a great time with Kirk and Skyler last week. Lots of oos and ahs during the (easy!) editing process. I just wanted to show another sneak peek as we open their gallery for viewing.

Beautiful, engage coupleKirk and Skyler are getting married!

 One of the privileges that we enjoy in our photography business is we get to peak into people's happiest life events. So capturing two people in love and so ready to face their future together makes us giddy!

FYI, today is our anniversary, so Kirk and Sklyer's session is particularly sentimental for us. We are excited for their future together, and if they have only half the happiness we have, then they will be rich indeed.

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Mukilteo Photography Seattle Photography couples engagement family portraits love wedding Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:14:20 GMT
Sneak Peak Engagement One of the best parts of being in the portrait photography business is that we get to take a little peek into the lives of people who love each other. In this case, Skyler and Kirk love each so much, they want to commit to each other a lifetime of togetherness. Congratulations to Skyler and KirkSkyler and Kirk engagement photos sneak peekThe adorable couple

From a technical standpoint, the light was good, Skyler and Kirk were relaxed, the location was beautiful, and the weather cooperated. But if you ask this romantic, I'd say doesn't this make you want to be young and in love forever?


[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Mukliteo Lighthouse Seattle Photography bride engagement photography family portraits parks Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:57:59 GMT
How Do You 'Dad'? How do you 'Dad'?

It's Father's Day today and that can be a touchy subject. Not everyone is or wants to be a father and not everyone had a great father experience growing up.

If you happen to be a father, how do you do it? What's your style? And if you're not a father, what's your opinion of Dads? Did you have a dad that seemed to do it right? Or how about a dad that did his best at the time and is trying to do it better now?

One thing we've discovered in the years we've been photographing families professionally: there are a myriad of ways to 'dad', and there is no one single way to do it best.

fathers and childrenFathersHappy Father's Day from Allen Welsch Photography

Here's just a few of the dads(and granddads) we've captured recently. They look like they're doing it well, don't you think?


[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Seattle Photography children family portraits father father's day grandfather love Sun, 15 Jun 2014 12:45:00 GMT
Beautiful, Beautiful Before you cross the street
Take my hand
Life is what happens to you
While you're busy making other plans

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy

- John Lennon - Beautiful Boy Lyrics Beautiful Boy PhotobooksQuinn - Beautiful Boy PhotobooksQuinn - Beautiful Boy Photobooks

We always feel honored when families ask us to come back and photograph them again. We've watching Quinn grow for over 2 years now. His family likes the value of our photobooks, because they don't have to chose just a few poses, and then decide which ones to frame, which to send to grandparents, and which to keep.

Quinn likes to look at pictures of himself! (Shh, we do too.)


[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Seattle Photography albums children family portraits photo books Thu, 29 May 2014 01:15:00 GMT
Irish Dance is a Man's Sport You are looking at the best male Irish dancer under 18 in the Western United States. And he just happens to be the 13th best male Irish Dancer under the. world.

Brendan, Irish Dance ChampionBrendan, Irish Dance Champion

I kid you not. And there's a saying in Irish dancing: if it were easy, they'd call it football.

We spent an exciting Sunday afternoon trying to capture the essence of Brendan's flying feet. I know, you don't see his feet here. But you do see the results of his hard work (MASSIVE trophy), and the elegant poise and confidence he exhibits.

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Irish dance Seattle Photography dance photography Tue, 27 May 2014 20:30:00 GMT
Thornton Creek Part 2 Yesterday you were treated to a lovely view of the urban oasis that is Thornton Creek at Jackson Park, Seattle. Today, I give you the other side of the camera: the artist at work.

Photograher through Google GlassBehind the scenes at Thornton Creek

One of the many advantages of Google Glass is that you can photograph from your point of view, in the moment, without interrupting the subject in his natural environment. Allen's natural environment being behind the camera, of course.

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Seattle Photography creeks nature photography parks water sheds Fri, 23 May 2014 17:00:00 GMT
An Urban Oasis There’s a lovely walking trail around the Jackson Golf course in North Seattle: Thornton Creek runs through the gulf course. You can access the creek at a few spots around the southern end of the trail and explore. Much of the creek has been paved over and it runs through culverts, but here the creek is exposed and you can enjoy the beauty of this little urban oasis. Surrounded by trees and plant life you might forget you’re in the city. The sounds from I-5, less than a quarter mile away are filtered out by nature. All you can hear are bird and the flowing water.

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) creek ecology nature outdoors park stream trail water Fri, 23 May 2014 02:18:54 GMT
We're Back with a Birthday Wish


Eli is 2 Years Old Today!

We've been honored to photography Eli from just a few days old, through his first and second years and have watched him grow to such a wonderful little boy. Want to see him tiny?

We love to watch kids grow and they grow so fast! It's just a wonderful gift to be able to capture them mid-growth. Thanks Mom and Grandma for letting us be part of Eli's journey!

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) birthday child photography children eli family portraits Mon, 12 May 2014 15:19:42 GMT
Some Couples Just Have It You know what I mean. They're timeless, ageless, and make being a couple look effortless.


This was actually a family portrait session for holiday cards. Yeah, we took lots of family shots as well. But this couple has two grown sons and I just love seeing parents on the other side of parenting still in love and still willing to express that love for our camera. I think part of the secret is they are both creative, independent-minded people. I see they encourage that in their kids and in other people.

What do you think their secret is?

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Couples Seattle Photography ageless family Portraits love Fri, 15 Nov 2013 23:50:55 GMT
Can't Get Enough... of this family. Quinn and DadQuinn and his dad

Sometimes it's hard being a location photographer. It's a little awkward explaining to new clients that, no we don't have a studio; we come to you. It's not that we wouldn't love to have a studio but it's a big step and we're still starting out. Plus our style is really to capture families being themselves. Not impossible in a studio, but much easier in clients' "home territory."

This family, though makes it easy. They are comfortable with each other and with Allen snapping away. In addition, we had multi-generational family members at this session, so we brought along our second shooter (daughter Kelley).  You'd think it would be hap hazardous or perhaps the photographer would have to get bossy and organize everyone, but it wasn't and he didn't. It was just wonderful to sit back and watch  magic happen.

You may think I'm a little bit crazy, but I got a little bit giddy doing the final edit on these pictures. I'm thinking, "we've captured an amazing family that loves being with each other!"


[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Seattle Photography children family photography family portraits location photography love parents Wed, 30 Oct 2013 18:17:49 GMT
Inspiration Comes In Many Forms Inspiration comes in many forms and yesterday I was inspired in a way I never imagined. I was doing a senior photo session and as usual our daughter Kelley was my second shooter. At one point we were setting up a shot and Kelley was positioning a reflector to illuminate the scene. Instead of directing her, I handed her the camera and I held the reflector.

At this point our roles changed and she seamlessly transitioned into the role of photographer. I watched as she found her shooting position and directed Brendan into a pose that worked for that scene. Brendan at Gas Works Park

As this was taking place though I wasn’t thinking inspiration, I was just intent on getting the lighting right for her. I didn’t have to direct Kelley on where to place the reflector but was free to work with the lighting as she worked the camera. As the shoot progressed we swapped roles back and forth.  I watched as Kelley scouted locations, pointed out different backgrounds to use, and in general thought and acted like a photographer. It was only afterwards did I realize that she had taken a very big step; she was now the photographer. She IS a photographer. She's got lot to learn about the trade, but what she lacks in technical knowledge is trumped by an artistic eye that I can only dream of obtaining.

Here's another one of her gorgeous shots from a family portrait session with Quinn: Quinn, by KelleyQuinn, by Kelley

I think my role has changed as well. I now see myself in the role of mentor and I’m very excited.

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Gas Works Park Seattle Photography child portraits inspiration menot parks portraits senior portraits Sun, 27 Oct 2013 01:17:55 GMT
Behind the Scenes Sometimes we go to marketing events to meet other local photographers, learn a few things and look for cool photography products. And since Suzanne has Google Glass, it's very easy to document (i.e. take unobtrusive pics) and share a little bit with you.
Behind the Scenes at ZoomBehind the Scenes at ZoomThings to do; people to see The lovely lady in the lower right is Victoria who came over from Bremerton for the event, which took place in the Alaska Building. The cool guy above her is Jay, although he feels less cool without Google Glass.

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Alaska Building Google Glass Seattle Photography marketing networking Tue, 17 Sep 2013 22:05:28 GMT
Now Is The Time to Make Memories Our Seattle area fall mini sessions are booking now! Here's the details:

Porrait Mini Session Details I really love the gift of portraiture and I always have, both giving and receiving. When our daughter was little, each year we'd get her dressed up and off to the portrait studio (Sears or J C Penney I'm afraid to admit). We included a wallet-size photo or two in our Christmas cards and always made sure to have a little photo jewelery made for the grandmas. A portrait for our walls was usually ordered as well.

It's so wonderful to look at those portraits now and see how she grew and changed over the years. Now that she's an adult, and a pretty good photographer, she takes OUR holiday portrait! So when you get Allen Welsch Photography's holiday card you'll see that talent runs in the family.

This year, our mini sessions include a set of 24 holiday greeting cards. I had a great time choosing and designing your choices:

Holiday Card Choices

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Loulu is a Retriever Seriously. If you looked up Labrador Retriever in the dictionary, this is what you'd find:Loulu, Labrador Retriever Last week, we posted pictures from Suzanne's Google Glass. Now you can compare them to the real photographer.

Loulu lives to chase and catch the ball. When we were at the park with her last week, it was a warm (very warm for Seattle) day. Didn't matter to Loulu. She demanded in a very loud, piercing bark that we throw the ball, throw it far, and throw it NOW! If Allen decided to play "tease the dog" (you know, pretend to throw and then laugh at hapless dog), we were subjected to non-stop barking until the ball was in the air.

We could hear her panting from across the field and tried to get her to stop and drink her water, but she was having none of that nonsense. Loulu had a job to do and that job was Retrieve The Ball! Allen was able to get some shots only when she decided to rest, the ball never far from her.

Tell us your dog stories. Do you know of a dog mad for the ball? Or could s/he care less? It would be great to hear from you!

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) dogs pet photography pets retriever Tue, 23 Jul 2013 01:40:22 GMT
Guest Photographer! Actually, it's Suzanne with the snap shoots today. She's one of the Google Glass Explorers and is very exited to have this straight-out-of-science-fiction opportunity. It's like wearing a voice-activated computer on your face. One of it's many wonders is it's point-of-view (POV) camera. The Photographer at Work It's not easy to surreptitiously take photos with Glass. You have to speak out loud, "Ok Glass...take a picture", or you have to reach up to the frame to push a button. All the while looking at whatever you want to capture. Still, it's good at catching candid moments.

Loulu loves her ball

We're figuring out how to incorporate Glass into our portrait sessions, possibly sharing some candids here on the blog. Clients can have a sneak peek at what to expect while waiting for their finished portraits. And Glass can also do short videos. So it might be fun to stream parts of a session right to a laptop so you can see what 's going on when it's happening.

If you're wondering how Suzanne got the opportunity to be one of the few to own and play with a Google Glass prototype, she had to answer the question, "If I had Glass..."  Her answer?

Surprisingly, they took her seriously and a month later responded:

Your turn!

What would you do if you had Glass?

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Went to Vancouver And all you got me was this collection of photos?? Thanks! I love your photography!

Downtown Vancouver, BC Here's a slide show of our quick in and out visit to Vancouver, BC. Seriously, we spent less than 24 hours there and 3 of them were spent running a half marathon.


[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Canada Vancouver Vancouver, BC buildings cities downtown foutains landscapes mountains parks super cars urban Mon, 01 Jul 2013 22:17:15 GMT
Seattle's Worst Kept Secret If you live in the North Puget Sound area chances are you have been to Seattle's Green Lake at least once.

Greenlake, Seattle, WA You will never find this park empty of people, even on the coldest, rainiest day in Seattle. And when it's warm and sunny, you will never find a parking space. Walkers, runners, bikers, swimmers, rowers, roller skaters, jugglers, drummers, tight rope walkers, Canada geese - they all flock to Green Lake. For people (and dog) watching there is very little to compare in Seattle.

To see each photo larger, click on the thumbnails below:

Canada Geese on Green Lake Paddle Boats on Green Lake Water Lily on Green Lake

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Canada geese Green Lake birds flowers geese greenlake lilies paddleboats Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:55:20 GMT
Champion Irish Dancer Lots of hard work and dedication pays off for Ivy.

In order to become a world-class level competitive Irish Dancer, Ivy had to win First Place twice. That's after working her way up five previous levels. Now she gets to compete at the National and World level.

Ivy's dance school holds classes for beginners on up starting around age 6 up to and including adults. Want to know more? Check out their web site: Tara Academy of Irish Dance.

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Irish dance Ivy Tara Academy of Irish Dance trophy Wed, 05 Jun 2013 00:30:12 GMT
A Visible Mass of Liquid Droplets "or frozen crystals made of water or various chemicals suspended in the atmosphere above the surface of a planetary body."

Whisoy cloud At least that's Wikipedia's definition of a cloud.

Percy Bysshe Shelley used the cloud as a metaphor for the unending cycle of life. A cloud forms and reforms. What do you think?

In Seattle it seems we only notice the clouds when they cover the sky. If it goes on for too long, we grumble about never seeing the sun. I like the think the sun is still out, just above the clouds, and anyone who happens to be flying into Seattle thinks it's a sunny day. Then they come down through the clouds to reality.

Stratocumulus clouds What do you see in the clouds?


[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Shelley clouds sky Sun, 26 May 2013 05:18:58 GMT
Eli At One We've photographed Eli from just a few weeks old: And then again around 6 months old:

And now Eli is a big one-year-old!

Happy Birthday, Eli!

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Eli baby portraits birthday newborn photography Mon, 20 May 2013 22:29:34 GMT
Attention: Fur Baby Parents! Are you a mom or dad to a furry, four-legged baby?

Mama & Kittehs

I was thinking that Mother's Day might be a good time to talk about neutering and spaying our fur babies. Hopefully, I don't need to convince many of our readers the importance of this. Neutering your pet not only keeps them healthier for longer it also decreases the number of unwanted and abandoned pets.

A neutered male pet has less risk of testicular and prostate cancer and has much less aggression, making him easier to train. When you spay your female pet she has a reduced risk for breast cancer and virtually no risk of ovarian or uterine cancer.

Kittens and puppies are cute, but on any given day about 70,000 of them are born. I don't think there are 70,000 families everyday willing to adopt them and given them the care they need and deserve.

Want more resources? Start here: The American Humane Association for more information about spaying and neutering.

Do you have room in your heart for a(nother) fur baby? is a one-stop pet adoption site for over 13,000 shelters nation-wide.

And of course, if your fur-baby is in the Seattle area (or you're willing to pay travel costs) let us come and take portraits of your lovies!


[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Cats Mother's Day Pet Photography kittens Sun, 12 May 2013 05:07:42 GMT
Spring Blossoms This photo has  rendered  Suzanne almost speechless.

Cherry Blossoms Seriously. It's been sitting here in the draft blog waiting for me to sing it's praises and all I can do is think, 'Wow.'

So you can stare at it for a while and let us know if any words come to mind, 'kay?

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) cherry blossoms flower photography flowers speechless spring Fri, 03 May 2013 21:15:12 GMT
Yellow Part Deux Let's see some more on the yellow theme:

Daffodils and Tulips Don't you just love daffodils? They have a cheery face and I'm always reminded of the flowers singing in Disney's Alice In Wonderland. You can also call them narcissus, or jonquils and they come in all sorts of shades from pale white to pink to orange as well as the stand-by yellow.  Want to see one close up?



What's your favorite flower? Let us know in the comments and we'll do a future blog post on the answers we get.

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) daffodils flower photography flowers jonquil narcissus spring yellow Sun, 28 Apr 2013 05:09:30 GMT
The Promised 'Yellow' Blog Post Assignment So last week we teased you with a future photog assignment: Yellow.

Yellow Hydrant Yes, it's a fire hydrant. A brief foray into Wikipedia informs me that fire hydrants in the US are commonly painted yellow for quick identification. You may have heard of hydrants being called fire plugs. Interesting story, that. Again, Wikipedia says that originally, fire fighters would dig down to the wooden water mains and quickly bore a hole to access the water. Then they would plug it back up to use for future fires.

Fire hydrants have been use artistically as well. Do an image search and you'll come up with dogs, Winnie-the-Pooh, Eyore,  Mario, gumball machines, American flags, Huckleberry Hound (I sense a dog theme). What unusual fire hydrants have you seen?

[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:58:10 GMT
Call for Haiku Submissions!  

Hermione had a little surgery that requires she wear the "cone of shame."



We thought the occasion needed a little Haiku to lighten the mood, so here is our first call for submissions. Write a little poem to brighten her day and feel free to share this with your friends. The more poetry the better!



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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Sun, 21 Apr 2013 22:12:00 GMT
The Easter Kitteh Has Arrived

And she's sittin' in your basket!

What is it about cats that they must squeeze into spaces too small for them? Hermione also likes boxes, laundry baskets, and shopping bags.

If you have pets, tell us where you've found them cozied up. And how about a caption contest? Just what is Hermione thinking?

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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Wed, 27 Mar 2013 09:50:00 GMT
Reluctant News and a Spring Special

This kind of news is never easy to deliver, but we wanted to let you know that in February, our professional lab unexpectedly informed us of a price increase that took effect March 6, 2013. We decided it wouldn't be fair to pass a sudden price increase along without warning or softening the blow.

Our Session Fees, custom cards, and photo books remain unchanged, and we've decided to honor our 2012 pricing structure for prints and framing until April 30, 2013.

And any sessions that are booked before April 30, 2013 will receive the 2012 pricing along with your session. See our Spring Portrait Session Special below:


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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Sun, 10 Mar 2013 19:20:00 GMT
What's Dat?

Quinn is really interested in Allen's camera!

While most kids like seeing their picture when Allen turns the camera around, Quinn was much more interested in the camera parts. Here you can see him poking at the lens, but he also was curious about the flash unit.

When Allen showed him his picture on the LCD monitor, Quinn jabbed his chubby fingers at the controls. He just knew they should do something.

Perhaps Quinn's parents have a future photographer in the family!

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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Sun, 03 Feb 2013 14:33:32 GMT
Baby It's Cold Outside

For Seattle that is.

We don't really do winter here in the Pacific Northwest. We might get a bit of snow that's gone in a few days, if not hours. But occasionally, the temperature drops into the 20s and we get these pretty ice crystals on the plants. 

Hurry though. They melt quickly once the sun comes out and warms the ground. And soon, we're back to the regular drizzle that is Seattle's winter.

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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:20:00 GMT
Chill air and wintry winds!

My ear has grown familiar with your song;
I hear it in the opening year,
I listen, and it cheers me long.

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Winter days in Seattle can often described as "dark, short and overcast," but occasionally, we get a reprieve. So this past Sunday, we were able to shoot a family portrait session at the Washington Park Arboretum.

We could tell you a lot about Grace; we've watched her grow from a baby to the marvelous young lady you see today. But don't you think her green boots tell you more about her than we can say here?


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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Mon, 31 Dec 2012 22:13:12 GMT
Everybody Say Cheeeese!!

Outside of hiring a professional photographer, how do you perfectly capture your Christmas morning festivities? We've got some tips to help you avoid those blurry just-missed-it shots or the hurry-up-and-take-the-picture frozen faces we all seem to end up with.

  • Have your camera ready before the kids start opening their stockings. Charge the battery the night before and make sure you have enough room on your memory card. Have another memory card handy for when you fill the first up.

  • Set your camera's white balance to match the lighting in the room. For most people this will be tungsten or incandescent. If you have compact fluorescent blubs then select fluorescent.
  • When photographing small children, get down on their level by sitting on the floor. Look for natural reactions as they open their presents and interactions with family members.
  • Look for natural reactions and position yourself so you can capture their first glimpse of the box. Then continue shooting as they open presents. Action shots are great as kids (and adults) tear open presents with paper flying all about.
  • If you want any posed shots, do it at a time when everyone is relaxed. Seat your family in comfortable positions and never, ever tell them to say cheese. Natural expression are much more pleasing, if little Timmy doesn't want to smile don't force him.

  • Don't forget to enjoy the moment yourself. Set the camera down occasionally or hand it off to someone else, that way you can be in the photos as well.
  • The night before take a few shots of the tree with all the presents arranged underneath. Then after all the presents are opened take an "after" shot.
  • If you have presents from people who aren't there, make sure to get reaction shots then email (or Facebook) them to let them know their gift was appreciated.

Wishing you every happiness this holiday season and throughout the coming year.

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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Mon, 24 Dec 2012 17:15:00 GMT
Introducing Søren

Well, his little feet actually.

Søren was the most wide-awake newborn we have ever photographed. It was startling the way it seemed he was looking at the camera.
Such a calm and content baby. It comes from his sense of safety and his innate knowledge that his family loves him more than anything else in the world. 

Welcome Søren!


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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Thu, 20 Dec 2012 19:59:00 GMT
Holiday Portraits with Babies

I've had enough Christmas. Can I be done now?

Whether you've hired a professional photographer or just visiting Santa at the mall, there are some simple but often over-looked tips to getting happy baby portraits.

The single, most important thing to remember is baby's level of tolerance and comfort. It sounds logical, but sometimes even the best parents forget logic when it comes "once in a lifetime" pictures. He doesn't know it's a "once in a lifetime moment", he's just doing his best to cope with all the incoming stimuli.

What a great opportune time to hire a professional photographer who will come to your home. That keeps at least one element constant and familiar.

If Santa pictures are a must, you have a fair chance of good photos with a  well-rested, well-fed baby. Yes, I know. That's logical, but we do forget even the simple things when we're in this busy time of year.

One thing is certain, when the tears start, it's all over. You could certainly try again another day, but crying baby on Santa's lap does have its charms and of course, Facebook memes.


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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Tue, 04 Dec 2012 20:36:06 GMT
Holidays with a Smaller Footprint

A heartfelt thanks to all our friends and family who have supported us in our photography business journey.


Are you looking for ways to participate in holiday gift-giving that supports local businesses, reflects simple-living values, yet expresses your individuality? We would love to be the answer to your search!

If you've already had portraits with us, we have a selection of photo gifts from ornaments, key rings, photo books, small pocket "grandma" books, image cubes, to magnets, calendars, mugs, t-shirts; almost anything you'd think of to put a photo on or in we can do. We offer framing too, in all price ranges. Your beautiful portraits deserve  attractive frames.

Another way to support our local business and gift simply, are Allen Welsch Photography gift certificates.We can create gift certificates in any amount, redeemable for either prints or portrait sittings. You tell us the amount and we'll provide a customized gift certificate for you to give.


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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Wed, 21 Nov 2012 15:33:43 GMT
What Does It Say to You?

Packaging speaks volumes about a business and beautiful packaging says beautiful portraits.

 We've given a lot of thought about the Allen Welsch Photography image and packaging because we want the whole portrait experience to be memorable - from start to finish.

When you order any of our custom-designed products (albums, photobooks, greeting cards, framed portraits are just a few) we hand-deliver them to you in enticing cocoa and lavender-accented packaging.

Our packaging also reflects our commitment to local, sustainable business practices. We chose Rice Studio Supply for our packaging, not only because they are pretty close to being local (Seattle to Beaverton, OR is a 3 hour drive), but they make a serious effort to offer sustainable, recycled, and eco-minded products. And it's gorgeous to boot!


Keeping your portrait investment in optimal condition is very important, so we custom-design care cards to help you take the best care of your memories.

In the future, you can look forward to your shipped-direct orders given the same care and thought as our custom-designed products. We're hoping to set that up soon because we value all our clients and want you to say "Wow!" even before you see your portraits.

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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Sun, 28 Oct 2012 12:57:00 GMT
Showing a Little Character

Arlene takes jazz vocal lessons and has even showcased at a local club called Tula's.

We were honored to take her professional head shots this past week, and although we did do some shots that showed her professional side, with this one we got to see a little impish side of Arelene.

I think this is a perfect example of how being relaxed in front of the camera really brings out your personality. Easier to say "relax" than be relaxed, though. That's why we never rush people when we're shooting portrait sessions, and rarely "pose" anyone. That way, eventually you forget about the camera being there and the natural you starts to come out.

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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Mon, 15 Oct 2012 22:25:00 GMT
Cash Can Catch

Catch ball. Done.


So far this autumn has been wonderful for late afternoon location photography, and yesterday did not disappoint. We went up north of Seattle to visit Cash, Pixie and their parents.

Both dogs really like chasing balls and are exceptionally good at catching on the fly. I set up my position to where I could frame Cash, and then had Kelley (acting as Photographer's Assistant in this shoot) toss the ball straight on. I could see his eyes on the ball and just hoped I could click the shutter at the right moment.

How did I do?

Please vote for this entry in the BorrowLenses Fan Photography Challenge: Pet, on the Facebook page! Click here to see it:

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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Mon, 08 Oct 2012 17:13:43 GMT
Black and White: Do You Think It's Simple?

On the surface, it seems that black and white is a simple concept. Just two choices: Black. White.


But in photography, black and white is a continuum. Believe this: black and white is still composed of all the shades of color; you adjust the colors to get the mood of the picture.

So here's James in two different black and white portraits. What mood does each evoke for you? Which do you prefer?


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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Sun, 30 Sep 2012 12:36:00 GMT
This Just In: Brothers Cooperate!

They certainly do look like they can get along with each other. At least for a photo or two.

We were shooting James' senior portraits this past week and mom had hoped to corral Zachary into a few shots. Like many busy families it has been years since the last formal portraits, so of course we were happy to include him.

Actually, both boys have an easy-going attitude and once they warmed up we got some great shots. We anticipate mom and dad having the wonderful predicament of having to pick and chose from the finished portraits.

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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Sat, 22 Sep 2012 16:37:49 GMT
They Do Grow Up

Don't they?

Allen was still an amateur photographer years ago when he snapped the photo on the right.

Time has a way of moving on and now Joey is on the cusp of manhood. I love the easy affection he has for his mom. This shot was taken between set ups and both were unaware that Allen had his camera focused on them.

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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Sat, 15 Sep 2012 19:57:39 GMT
In Memorium

Have you ever done something in memory of someone?


In January, we wrote about a dear and inspirational friend who along with his wife was struck by a truck and killed while in a crosswalk. Robert was the founder of, an unparalleled source of information concerning walking and running Disney.

Members were encouraged to wear their Disney Running gear at other races as well as Disney ones, and then post photos in the forum. It was cool to discover that there are people the world over who love running at Disney, and sometimes you discovered Disney runners in your own backyard.

Robert was also a strong proponent of kilt wearing at his races. And drinking beer after the race. With that combination, The Great Kilted Run seemed to be a race designed specifically for him. After all, the beer garden opens half an hour before the race! We had invited Robert up to run this race in the past, but he never was able to make the timing.

So, this past Sunday we ran the Great Kilted Run as "Team Disney Running" in memory of Robert.




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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Mon, 06 Aug 2012 16:06:00 GMT
Caption Contest!

What would you caption this photo?

The adorable baby is Eli and his adorable fedora is from Crochet by Carla. There's a matching little man tie, but Eli was having nothing to do with it. Foreshadowing?

Should we give a prize for the best caption? How about a photo keychain with any non-human photo from Allen Welsch Photography? (If you've had a photo shoot with us, you can choose one of your photos.)

Ready? Steady?...Go!

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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:53:00 GMT
Mmm Garlic

Like it or love it? Oh horrors! Don't say hate it!

We grow our own garlic. In the fall, we plant a raised bed, 4 feet by 8 feet, of two - three varieties of garlic. We usually plant hard-neck garlic because it has a deeper, more full-bodied flavor than the soft-neck garlic. This year, we added an Artichoke strain that is suppose to have a long storage life, but still good flavor. Hopefully, that will be enough to last us for the year.

We start harvesting in mid- late July and let the bulbs dry and cure in the garage for about 3 weeks. Then we order more planting stock and start over again.

Where does garlic rate on your flavor scale?

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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Sun, 22 Jul 2012 16:08:00 GMT
Little Kitty Has Big Dreams

Do you think Nesto dreams of being a huge tiger, hunting in the wild?

When we were visiting Cougar Mountain Zoo last week, we couldn't help comparing the big cats' behaviors with their little domestic cousins and finding many similarities.

Bagheera, the Bengal Tiger on the right, followed (on his side of the fence, of course!) a visitor who had a wrapped turkey sandwich in his hand. Reminded us perfectly of our kitties meowing for a bit of turkey lunchmeat!

Want to see more tigers and other creatures from Cougar Mountain Zoo? Check out the gallery on Allen Welsch Photography.


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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Sat, 14 Jul 2012 23:13:40 GMT
Ducklings! Sweeet!  

Have you ever seen anything so adorable in your life?


I had a hard time choosing which ones to show you. They're so fluffy!




It's rather difficult to get photos of ducklings swimming. They skim across the water, almost faster than the shutter can click.




Momma's not too far away.




And apparently, Papa's nearby, too.



OK, one last pic and it's a sweet one:



Did any of these inspire your thoughts? Look for a caption contest soon on our Facebook page!



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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Mon, 23 Apr 2012 18:16:13 GMT
Young Entrepreneur  

This is Violet, a 7 year old budding entrepreneur.

Violetscarwashewcc-aug-7x5front-whccEW Couture August Freebie file

I stopped by last Sunday afternoon to take advantage of her latest business endeavor, a car wash. She has expanded her summer base of lemonade stands into spring car washes. While this is primarily due to the weather (it’s not quite lemonade season yet) she's demontrating strong skills in rethinking the market's needs.

She also earns high marks for customer service: She had a waiting area set up with a supply of magazines, but to be honest she worked so fast I didn’t have time to relax, or read anything. Could be because I was busy taking photos, though.

What did you do as a kid to earn money?



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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Fri, 20 Apr 2012 19:20:00 GMT
Egg Hunt Fun  

What do you think is inside this egg?



Modern-day egg hunts. I hear stories of over-zealous parents, but I've never seen it personally.


This egg hunt had 17 kids under middle school age hunting for eggs and the older kids and parents helping the wee ones get their fair share.

So if you had your own personal egg to crack open, what would you find? Feel free to be as silly or conceptional as you wish.


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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Sun, 15 Apr 2012 21:08:00 GMT
Wowsa! (I Love My Job!)  

Doesn't this shot leave you breathless?



Malcolm Gladwell puts forth the theory of the 10,000 hour rule, which states that to master a task you need to spend at least 10,000 hours in focused practice.

I was reminded of this last Monday when I spent the day with 20 other photographers at Clay Blackmore’s Master Class on portrait photography. Clay demonstrated every bit of his 34 years of experience as he easily and rather gracefully set up shot after shot. On top of that, he explained everything he was doing and why he was doing it.

I got a head full of information, a huge splash of inspiration, and a reminder that you cannot afford to become stagnant.

What are you in the process of mastering?


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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:25:08 GMT
What Were You Expecting?  

The Easter Bunny?


You do know that in a household of 3 cats, the possiblity of a rabbit sneaking in and hanging about long enough to fill a basket with goodies is remote at best?


Just thought I'd remind you.


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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Sat, 07 Apr 2012 16:42:00 GMT
Quiet Beauty  

Some people are creeped out by a cat's stare.



I'm more in the camp that you can see unknown depths in a cat's eyes. This particular cat is a total sweetheart, but she's not a snuggley cat. Sometimes, if you're very still (and happen to be sitting in her favorite corner of the couch) she'll jump up on your lap and settle in.


What do you see in her eyes?


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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Sat, 31 Mar 2012 17:37:00 GMT
Can you Clean Your Toes Like This?  

Well, maybe you wouldn't want to.


It looks like a yoga pose of some sort. Sometimes I think cats are the embodiment of  yoga gurus.


What would you name this pose?


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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Mon, 26 Mar 2012 15:30:00 GMT
No Rain for St Pat's Parade  

Yes, you read that right. It did not rain on this year's parade.



We walk every year in Seattle's St Patrick's Day parade with a local dance school, Tara Academy of Irish Dance. There's a big difference between watching a parade and shooting it, and actually being in the parade and still trying to get good shots. The paraders are on the move in both situations, but add in your movement and it can get tricky to set up a favorable photo.


The grey overcast day didn't help matters much. Yeah, just because it didn't rain doesn't mean it wasn't regular Seattle grey skies. To compensate for that, Allen shoots with a wide aperture to allow for a faster shutter speed.

What was the last parade you watched?


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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Tue, 20 Mar 2012 18:15:00 GMT
Is It Raining? Must be Seattle/Spring  

I think it's rained on more St Patrick's Day parades than it hasn't in Seattle.



Even though spring has been butting it's head against winter for over 2 weeks now, in Seattle spring is really more of a concept.


Chris Burke, a Seattle meteorologist puts it succinctly: There's no such thing as spring. March through June is just "disappointment."

So the forecast for Saturday is rain. Doesn't stop us though. We just hunker down, put on another layer of Gore-Tex and walk on.


What do you do when it rains?



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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Wed, 14 Mar 2012 15:16:00 GMT
Porter Hijacks the Blog  

 Hello humans! Didja know I"m a big brother now?


I am! His name is Quinn and my parents love him a lot. I mean A LOT. They spend all sorts of time taking care of him, but I don't mind too much. He needs lots of taking care of. Not like me. I can feed myself and take myself out with just a little bit of help from mom.


I behave myself around my little brother. He looks like he could get hurt really easy if I play too rough, so I just sniff him a lot.

Someday, I suspect Quinn will be more fun to play with, but for now I'm content with just mom and dad playing with me. And my big sister, Jessica.

That's all from me.

Signing off,

Porter the Sheltie


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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Wed, 07 Mar 2012 23:09:00 GMT
Time for a Portrait Special  

It's spring in Seattle and that means the weather is more dependable for location photography.

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We don't have a studio (yet), so when we do your photo session it will be at your home or at one of the multitude of beautiful locations in and around Seattle.

Location photography has many advantages for capturing your child's portrait. When kids have room to move they're more comfortable and can be themselves. This makes a much more natural portrait that lets your child's personality shine through.



And of course a happy kid makes a happy portrait session and you get photographic proof of happy memories.


Contact us today!


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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Sat, 03 Mar 2012 19:48:00 GMT
New Life  

A baby always gives me hope.


Someone (in this case a group of someones) decided the world is worth it enough to care for another human being. Yes, I know the world is overpopulated and yes, I agree that most of the world lives in poverty and I suspect that adding to this planet is probably not in the planet's best interests.


But still. One tiny part of the world lives in hope right here, right now. And I like that.

Welcome baby Quinn.


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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Wed, 29 Feb 2012 10:37:51 GMT
Look What I Got in the Post  

I got a lovely box!


Once my persons took out the useless packing material (a "DVD") I tried it out immediately. It fits just perfectly! I just need to turn around a few times, scratch a bit in the corners and settle in for a nap.




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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Sun, 26 Feb 2012 13:35:00 GMT
You Can't Put the Toothpaste Back in the Tube  

...once it's been squeezed out. That's my feeling about Spring. It's here. I don't care that it's still February and they're predicting snow mixed with rain for this weekend. Spring is here and I have proof:



Tell us below: what signs of Spring have you seen?

And for our below the equator friends, what signs do you see that summer is winding down?


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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Fri, 24 Feb 2012 14:32:00 GMT
Moving Around at Bark!  



Allen's pet photography has been on the walls at Bark! Espresso for over 6 months and we've really enjoyed the comments and compliments.It's time for another artist to occupy the walls, so we moved our photos out.



Don't despair if you haven't been over to see them though! They're not moving far - just next door to the Hound Hang Out Room. This is the room next door with a window into the cafe so you can order your drinks and nosh. Your pooch doesn't have to wait outside, and you don't have to sit outside while you enjoy your coffee.

Even if you don't have a dog with you, stop by, peek in, and then let us know what you think.


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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Mon, 20 Feb 2012 19:01:00 GMT
Them's Fightin' Words!  

Happy Valentine's Day.



It's a day that seems to celebrate couple-dom and all that is associated with having a partner. I think we can get past all the media hype and the corporations that seem to need us to believe that we are nothing without a relationship.


Celebrate love today! Turn off the radio, TV, Internet (after you finish reading this of course) and find some love in your life to celebrate. Could be another person, or a pet, maybe just the day we've been given. Or best of all, celebrate you.


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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Tue, 14 Feb 2012 09:50:24 GMT
In The Artist Spotlight  

Allen is featured in the Artist Spotlight on The Emancipate Artist this week!






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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Fri, 10 Feb 2012 13:10:54 GMT
Photographing Cats  

How do you photograph a cat? They're definitely not dogs, and it's a rare cat that you can get to perform or sit still on demand. But there are some tricks to getting a good cat portrait.

Of course the easiest (if you can time it) is to photograph her while she's sleeping:



Distracting a cat away from you can result in a very adorable portrait:


Conversely, drawing attention to the camera can also get the money shot:



Bottom line, there's no one, single way to get a good feline portrait. But, patience, treats, a quick eye, and a bit of luck can get you a beautiful portrait.





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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Tue, 07 Feb 2012 20:38:16 GMT
Some More of Sharga  



He's just so photogenic!



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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Sun, 22 Jan 2012 21:32:00 GMT
This Just In: Seattle Has...  




After living 30 years in the Northeast, land of Lake Effect, we are quite happy living in Seattle, land of Weather Wimps. In Seattle, even the threat of snow has us closing schools, canceling bus routes, and the caution to stay home if at all possible.


We hunker down and wait for the rain, which is usually just a day away. In the meantime, we snap photos, place them on Facebook, and compare the inches: We've had 4 inches of snow accumulated  since Sunday, which is quite a bit for Seattle. That's because we live a Convergence Zone. A little microclimate influenced by our unique geography.

But that's enough science for this winter's day. Tell us your brave winter weather tales!


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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Tue, 17 Jan 2012 21:38:04 GMT




Would you believe this is a 12-week old kitten! A very well adjusted kitten with lots of energy and no stranger anxiety.

This feather on a bit of string might look harmless to you but Sharga knows better. All prey must be immobilized, destroyed, and then consumed. Which is exactly what Sharga did! Good thing kitties are designed to eat feathers, but they will attack and most likely eat anything. So, If you've got a kitty, make sure his or her toys are safe for cat consumption.


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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Wed, 11 Jan 2012 21:28:00 GMT
Winter in Seattle  



Well, this was going to be a bragging post about how mild the winters are in Seattle. This is an Azalea blossom, a sort of miniature Rhododendron. They usually bloom in spring when they live in more temperate climates, but this is Seattle, where we can have spring-like weather 8 months of the year (i.e. mild temperatures and damp).


But I see that the east coast of the United States is having very unseasonably warm weather so alas, I cannot brag about our mild January weather. I can, however post a lovely picture.

Is anything blooming in your neck of the woods?


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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Sat, 07 Jan 2012 17:53:17 GMT
How Do you Say Goodbye?  

This was going to be a post about welcoming the new year, but the old year had to intervene a little bit more.

We heard news today of the death of Robert Mathis, race director and Disney Running Guru, on December 30, 2011. He and his wife were killed while crossing the street. Senseless.



 Robert was really dedicated to running, walking, and all things Disney. And dedicated to following through. When he could no longer run marathons, he walked them.  He encouraged so many others to run, walk, and follow their dreams and desires.


Robert and Linda lived their lives the fullest they knew how. I don't think it was a coincidence that their full lives included giving so much to others. 

We can't go through life untouched by death. It's part of life. We don't want to become calloused, though. So, we remember those who went before us, hope we'll be remembered at least as fondly, and continue on with life.

What are your thoughts? - on life, death, the new year, continuing on, following through...saying goodbye.


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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Mon, 02 Jan 2012 11:33:21 GMT
All I Want for Christmas...  


Merry Christmas from Allen Welsch Photography!



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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Fri, 23 Dec 2011 17:40:35 GMT
Bob Enjoys His Christmas Bone  





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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Sun, 18 Dec 2011 21:10:00 GMT
Happy Turkey Day!  





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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Thu, 24 Nov 2011 14:15:00 GMT
Holiday Cheer to Brighten the Dark Days  



I do not like the dark, cold weather that will be with us for the next few months, but I do like the festivals that brighten this time of year. Whether you celebrate Christmas, the Winter Solstice, Yule, Hanukkah, Festivus, Kwanzaa, or a lovely jumble of all of them, they all break up the monotony of  cold, dark days.


What do you celebrate?


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[email protected] (Allen Welsch Photography) Tue, 22 Nov 2011 12:52:00 GMT