Happy Engagement, Happy Birthday! Christa & Shaun

May 1, 2008 | Engagements

After a glorious sunny wedding on Saturday, the heavens opened again and Sunday afternoon was filled with gloomy gray skies and drizzly rain. Not to worry – my engagement session couple, Christa and Shaun, were all big smiles and bright eyes and made it feel a lot more cheery than it was!

We met up at Golden Gardens near Ballard, one of my favorite photography locations, and spent some time on the beach and by the beautiful red brick bath house. Christa and Shaun are so natural in front of the camera, and with very little direction they kissed, laughed, horsed around, giggled, smiled and hugged. It was a lot of fun just standing back and watching them interact, and I got so many fantastic photos of them on the beach!

After a while, we decided to head to nearby Fremont, and we played around in front of the graffiti at the open air movie theater (I love this spot) then retreated to a very nice coffee shop for some hot chocolate and a few final photos. I promised Christa I’d put up some teaser photos for her birthday … so here they are! I hope you’re having a fantastic birthday today, and that you finally understand why I love to shoot down. Thanks for keeping me warm and happy on such a grizzly day!

© Kate McElwee Photography


  1. Happy Birthday Sweetey!
    These pics are beautiful….. I love the one with the goofy faces…because that reflects both of their light-hearted spirits…which I love. The piggy-back one is one of my favorites….great smiles and just having fun…but they are all great! Wonderful job….!!!!!!!!!!!


  2. Kate, you are so wonderful! Thank you for making that day easy going and fun! You truley know how to capture the perfect moments, and we are so pleased with the pictures! Again, I can’t wait to see the rest 🙂

  3. Kate these are breathtaking! The ones at the ocean are spectacular!!! I almost wish I was getting married again so I could hire you 😉 Bravo!

  4. Christa and Shaun (and Kate) – What fantastic pictures! Your love for each other shines through like diamonds in the sky. I especially liked the black and white, the one of you two in the flowers and the piggy back picture. They are all beautiful. Great job Kate. Can’t wait to see you all in August! We love you both so very much. Grandma and Grandpa Hall

  5. These pictures are absolutely amazing!!! I LOVE THEM SOOOO MUCH…..




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