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  • Welcome to the blog. We're Julie and Andy. Here you will find our latest photographs and musings. We are a curious duo, intrigued by the uniqueness of life stories and how everyone is somehow connected. We are inspired by people who are confident, sometimes considered quirky, passionate and in love. Our time is split between Seattle and Hawaii and we'd love to hear about your upcoming wedding or celebration.

Seattle kids photographer // In the studio

Studio kids portraits are quickly becoming a favorite of mine. It’s fun to collaborate during imaginative play with little ones who have big imaginations, and then to upload the images and see what magic was captured. I’ve had parents tell me that they saw expressions in the photos that they hadn’t noticed in their child before. Children are so expressive and their diverse facial expressions change so quickly that sometimes it takes a still photo, freezing time, to see some of the in between looks they make as well. Here are a few favorites from some recent sessions. If you’d like to schedule an in studio portrait session, e-mail me at julie@julieharmsenphotography.com.



Mark + Julia // Kauai wedding photographer

Small, intimate weddings are something special. Mark and Julia invited family to join them on Kauai to share in their nuptials followed by dancing, drinks and a stellar view at a home they rented for everyone in Kilauea. Portraits were really important to them so they allotted a couple hours after the ceremony and we drove around the North shore of Kauai, stopping at many of the picturesque locations. These two were a blast to be around and have such a playful energy. We were grateful that they invited us to be apart of the day rather than just documenting it from afar. It allowed us to create more real, meaningful images.

The dinner reception was filled with laughter, toasts, Polish singing, vodka shots, and dancing. It was truly a joy to experience an insiders view of the family and their celebratory traditions.

It’s a Polish tradition to have the bride and groom take a shot when arriving to the reception. In one shot glass is vodka and the other water. From what I understand, whoever receives the vodka wears the pants in the relationship. Mark and Julia’s parent’s were clever and put vodka in both!

Mark thought he was the only one with the vodka but Julia’s face shows otherwise.


Wylie Gene…

Andy and I are proud to introduce Wylie Gene, who we welcomed into the world on Monday, October 20th. We’re completely in love and I’m pining for a way to bottle up his sweet baby smell. Our little bug loves listening to his papa sing to him, napping and cuddles so far. Here are a few pics I managed to capture throughout the week.

Zoe, mom + dad // Seattle family photographer

Isn’t this little pig tailed lady adorable? She has such fun, exuberant expressions and we enjoyed playing around at Carkeek Park. Zoe absolutely loves playgrounds and swimming with fishies, which we didn’t get to do at this session. Here are a few charming frames.


An Emerald Dress in the emerald city // Seattle wedding photographer

Gotta love a woman who wears an emerald dress at her wedding.