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Firstlight Photography

Seattle, Tacoma And Beyond! , WA

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Seattle, Tacoma and beyond!, WA 98375 US (map)

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253-335-7958

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ABOUT US

Planning a wedding takes a village. Your once busy schedule is now really crowded. We completely understand and that is why our process is easy.

We meet over coffee/tea and... Read more
Planning a wedding takes a village. Your once busy schedule is now really crowded. We completely understand and that is why our process is easy.

We meet over coffee/tea and review your wedding ideas. We quickly draft a wedding schedule that helps us design a perfect-fit package. Several weeks before your wedding we touch base and update the wedding schedule {a great tool for attendants, family and vendors}. If you have opted to work with a planner, we will coordinate the details with him/her and we are happy to coordinate with your other wedding professionals too.

And that village we spoke of earlier? We are here to help you with any questions or help you may need along the way. Since we are by your side on your big day, we are the closest at hand to pin on a boutonnière, straighten a tie, give directions or to fix a bouquet. If you would like, we will follow you on Pinterest to see your wedding inspiration unfold.

What about editing? You will only see images that show you and your loved ones in the best light. In working with you we get a strong sense about the style and look you are after and we blend that insight with our editing expertise. You end up with options that you might not have known existed.

Life is great and we love our work. We are lucky that such amazing, witty and fun couples choose to work with us. Read less
Photography

PHOTOS

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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Prints, Thank You Cards
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
We offer an extensive array of photo editing options. Your online gallery comes with what we call the "variety pack" of editing. This includes stylized black and white, vintage, textured and more. If we love a photo we will even remove the stray "exit" sign or other elements that don't need to be in your photos!
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
We are experienced photographers with a wide array of lenses that capture your wedding even in the darkest of chapels or venues. Did you know that many chapels don't allow the use of flashes? So, having the right lens is very important.
Is your media preference film or digital?
We use digital cameras.
How many photographers do you work with?
Kier Smith is the primary photographer and is present at all weddings. We have 4 other photographers that work for us.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes!
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
No. On occasion we will do two weddings/week. But, we can't clone ourselves so we only commit to one wedding/day.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes. We have several that have the Firstlight Photography stamp of approval.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
We bring several camera bodies, multiple lenses, flashes external lighting systems and a wide variety of gadgets to help along the way.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes. We bring plenty of equipment, cards, batteries and backup cameras, lenses and flashes. We know there are no "do overs" in wedding photography.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Our packages are posted online. We work with clients to provide a perfect fit package. We also offer ala carte menu items.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Yes. If booked in advance, the hourly price is reduced. If booked the same day our cost per hour listed on our website.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
At a wedding the only time to take a break is during the meal. No one likes photos of people eating! We have a light dinner and then provide an extra half hour of coverage.
Do you charge for travel?
We will travel 60 miles outside of Seattle or Tacoma without charge. We keep travel fees reasonable and discuss them up front and at time of contract development.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Proofs are typically ready 3 weeks after the wedding.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
We provide a password protected online gallery that your friends and family can view. They are also able to order from this gallery.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
NA
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes but we provide a copyright release.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes, but if a couple is opposed we honor that.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes. We provide DVD's with copyright releases.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes.
What kind of albums do you offer?
We offer a wide variety of album options.
When will the client get the final album?
This depends on how quickly the client can proof an album. Typically albums are completed within 3 months of the wedding. This leaves time for the honeymoon and proofing.

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Elysha
Wedding:
11/15/2014
4.6/5.0
Kier, Mitzi, and Fawn are amazing! Kier was really comfortable to work with during our engagement shoot. He & Fawn were absolutely fantastic on the wedding day as well. Our photographing shadows were as much a part of our special day as all the other guests and that is exactly the way we wanted it. When we needed last minute help with a couple of other services, Mitzi was on the ball with multiple suggestions. Even due to technical difficulties with his hosting site, Kier was super flexible getting our photos to us for certain gifting deadlines. The photos themselves are stunning and have captured our personalities and sheer joy of the day. We can't wait to work with them again in the future!
Kier, Mitzi, and Fawn are amazing! Kier was really comfortable to work with during our engagement shoot. He & Fawn were Read more...
Kier, Mitzi, and Fawn are amazing! Kier was really comfortable to work with during our engagement shoot. He & Fawn were absolutely fantastic on the wedding day as well. Our photographing shadows were as much a part of our special day as all the other guests and that is exactly the way we wanted it. When we needed last minute help with a couple of other services, Mitzi was on the ball with multiple suggestions. Even due to technical difficulties with his hosting site, Kier was super flexible getting our photos to us for certain gifting deadlines. The photos themselves are stunning and have captured our personalities and sheer joy of the day. We can't wait to work with them again in the future! Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
8/15/2014
5.0/5.0
Kier and Mitzi are absolutely wonderful! They helped us feel comfortable around the camera and we had a lot of fun with them during our engagement and wedding photos. They were able to organize our large and easily distracted family, get all of the photos we wanted, and keep everything on schedule. They also went above and beyond by helping us figure out what timeline would work best for our wedding and answering all of our questions, photography related or not. They were easy to get a hold of, on time, and professional. The photos came out great, and were more than we had hoped for. We would definitely recommend Firstlight Photography to anyone looking for a photographer for any event.
Kier and Mitzi are absolutely wonderful! They helped us feel comfortable around the camera and we had a lot of fun with Read more...
Kier and Mitzi are absolutely wonderful! They helped us feel comfortable around the camera and we had a lot of fun with them during our engagement and wedding photos. They were able to organize our large and easily distracted family, get all of the photos we wanted, and keep everything on schedule. They also went above and beyond by helping us figure out what timeline would work best for our wedding and answering all of our questions, photography related or not. They were easy to get a hold of, on time, and professional. The photos came out great, and were more than we had hoped for. We would definitely recommend Firstlight Photography to anyone looking for a photographer for any event. Read less
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Firstlight Photography responded with the following comments:

Thanks for letting us photograph your wedding. You are a fabulous couple with an amazing group of family and friends.
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Allie
Wedding:
8/12/2013
5.0/5.0
As a couple from out of state planning a wedding in Washington, we could not have been happier with the help and service we got with First Light Photography. We communicated via phone and email with Kier and he was always professional and quick in his replies. He was very easy to communicate and plan with. When we met Kier on our wedding day, he was flexible, relaxed, and excited to be there. Because we were doing a small, immediate family only wedding, we went with the Elopement package which was perfect for our needs. The product was incredible! When we showed pictures to friends and family back home, they said how the photographs captured the day and they felt like they had been there, too.
As a couple from out of state planning a wedding in Washington, we could not have been happier with the help and service Read more...
As a couple from out of state planning a wedding in Washington, we could not have been happier with the help and service we got with First Light Photography. We communicated via phone and email with Kier and he was always professional and quick in his replies. He was very easy to communicate and plan with. When we met Kier on our wedding day, he was flexible, relaxed, and excited to be there. Because we were doing a small, immediate family only wedding, we went with the Elopement package which was perfect for our needs. The product was incredible! When we showed pictures to friends and family back home, they said how the photographs captured the day and they felt like they had been there, too. Read less
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Debbie
Wedding:
3/13/2013
5.0/5.0
My fiancé and I left our photography choice until the last minute. Annemarie our wedding Officiate had recommended Firstlight to us and I sent them an email. We received a quick response and were given a reasonable price. Kier showed up well before our ceremony and took fabulous shots of us before, after and during. He even stood in as a witness. Kier was very creative yet unobtrusive and we found him extremely friendly and accommodating to the shots we wanted to have. The finished pics were fantastic. Kier was very easy to get along with, friendly and outgoing!

Debbie and Joe Vance
My fiancé and I left our photography choice until the last minute. Annemarie our wedding Officiate had recommended Read more...
My fiancé and I left our photography choice until the last minute. Annemarie our wedding Officiate had recommended Firstlight to us and I sent them an email. We received a quick response and were given a reasonable price. Kier showed up well before our ceremony and took fabulous shots of us before, after and during. He even stood in as a witness. Kier was very creative yet unobtrusive and we found him extremely friendly and accommodating to the shots we wanted to have. The finished pics were fantastic. Kier was very easy to get along with, friendly and outgoing!

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me
Wedding:
8/5/2011
5.0/5.0
We had a great time working with them
We had a great time working with them
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L. Fin
Wedding:
4/3/2011
5.0/5.0
Firstlight's Kier Smith, really understood that we wanted to enjoy our reception & how important it was, that all of our formal pictures were taken by then. So, we were not pulled away from our guests while we were having a good time. He was very efficient in getting all the formal shots done beautifully before the reception started & no one important was forgotten or missed. Then during the Reception, he had the eye to catch ad-lib shots that told the story & kept the memories alive each time we view them. He was like a ghost at the Wedding, there to catch the laughs & smiles, yet unseen almost, as he worked to capture the images of every treasured guest at the party.
Firstlight's Kier Smith, really understood that we wanted to enjoy our reception & how important it was, that all of our Read more...
Firstlight's Kier Smith, really understood that we wanted to enjoy our reception & how important it was, that all of our formal pictures were taken by then. So, we were not pulled away from our guests while we were having a good time. He was very efficient in getting all the formal shots done beautifully before the reception started & no one important was forgotten or missed. Then during the Reception, he had the eye to catch ad-lib shots that told the story & kept the memories alive each time we view them. He was like a ghost at the Wedding, there to catch the laughs & smiles, yet unseen almost, as he worked to capture the images of every treasured guest at the party. Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
12/28/2009
5.0/5.0
We were very impressed with Kier. He did an amazing job for us. In our short period of time with him, we managed to get to 3 different locations and ended up with pictures beyond our imagination. Now we have the difficult task of choosing the ones we like best. Kier was extremely easy to work with, listened to what we wanted, returned phone calls and emails promptly, and was very quick to get pictures back to us. We have had nothing but compliments on our photos. I would highly recommend First Light Photography. Thanks so much for being a part of our special day.
We were very impressed with Kier. He did an amazing job for us. In our short period of time with him, we managed to get to Read more...
We were very impressed with Kier. He did an amazing job for us. In our short period of time with him, we managed to get to 3 different locations and ended up with pictures beyond our imagination. Now we have the difficult task of choosing the ones we like best. Kier was extremely easy to work with, listened to what we wanted, returned phone calls and emails promptly, and was very quick to get pictures back to us. We have had nothing but compliments on our photos. I would highly recommend First Light Photography. Thanks so much for being a part of our special day. Read less
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Camron
Wedding:
6/13/2009
5.0/5.0
Kier was great and A LOT of fun to work with. The photos were awesome, from the candids he happened to catch to the locations/poses he had us do for some of the more staged shots... my wife and I couldn't have been happier. The quality of his work is amazing and he's a great person to work with. I'd have given him all 10s if I could have!
Kier was great and A LOT of fun to work with. The photos were awesome, from the candids he happened to catch to the Read more...
Kier was great and A LOT of fun to work with. The photos were awesome, from the candids he happened to catch to the locations/poses he had us do for some of the more staged shots... my wife and I couldn't have been happier. The quality of his work is amazing and he's a great person to work with. I'd have given him all 10s if I could have! Read less
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Tiffany
Wedding:
3/13/2009
5.0/5.0
Having really great pictures of my wedding was something that was really important to me. I spent over 6 months looking at every photographer in the Seattle/Tacoma area and even some further away. Kier of Firstlight Photography is the only photographer I met with. Our first meeting went so well that I signed with him on the spot and it was the best decision I made. Kier came to our meeting loaded with albums of other weddings he had done and I was really impressed with the quality of the photos. I really feel that with Kier I got the highest quality service without the price tag that others were charging at the time. Kier went above and beyond to make my wedding photos perfect. He totally blew away my expectations. I really just couldn't be happier. Kier was extremely nice and professional and having him around really felt more like having pictures taken by a good friend then anything else. I was able to relax and be stress free thanks to him. I HIGHLY recommend Firstlight Photography!
Having really great pictures of my wedding was something that was really important to me. I spent over 6 months looking at Read more...
Having really great pictures of my wedding was something that was really important to me. I spent over 6 months looking at every photographer in the Seattle/Tacoma area and even some further away. Kier of Firstlight Photography is the only photographer I met with. Our first meeting went so well that I signed with him on the spot and it was the best decision I made. Kier came to our meeting loaded with albums of other weddings he had done and I was really impressed with the quality of the photos. I really feel that with Kier I got the highest quality service without the price tag that others were charging at the time. Kier went above and beyond to make my wedding photos perfect. He totally blew away my expectations. I really just couldn't be happier. Kier was extremely nice and professional and having him around really felt more like having pictures taken by a good friend then anything else. I was able to relax and be stress free thanks to him. I HIGHLY recommend Firstlight Photography! Read less
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Janet
Wedding:
8/8/2008
5.0/5.0
Kier was awesome! He listened to all of my requests (and my mother's) and was so flexible and fun. He put in the extra effort and really went above and beyond my expectations. Everyone loved him at the wedding, he was so friendly! The pictures are absolutely beautiful!
Kier was awesome! He listened to all of my requests (and my mother's) and was so flexible and fun. He put in the extra Read more...
Kier was awesome! He listened to all of my requests (and my mother's) and was so flexible and fun. He put in the extra effort and really went above and beyond my expectations. Everyone loved him at the wedding, he was so friendly! The pictures are absolutely beautiful! Read less
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