Ken_and_Tania_3.jpgKen & Tania Shepard, the husband-wife team of Azzura Photography
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Monday
Apr072014

The "Love for Life" 2014 Project

One of the things that drew Ken and I together is our shared love of nature and animals, and a common desire to make the world a little better place. Each year we choose specific charities to help support, either financially or through our photography. In the past, we have participated in organizations such as Race for the Cure and Wounded Warriors. This year, we are committed to providing livestock and medical supplies to children in underdeveloped nations. So far this year I am excited to say that we have provided over $2,500 worth of chickens, goats, sheep, and medical supplies, and our goal is to triple that number by the end of the year.

Thank you to all of our wonderful clients that make projects like this possible - it is because of you that we are able to give back to the global community. When you see your photographs, I hope it brings you a little extra joy to know that some of that love has been shared across the world and has made an impact on someone you will never meet, but whose life has been changed.

Images courtesy of World Vision

Friday
Feb142014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday
Dec242013

Happy Holidays!!

Friday
Jul192013

A Moment of Gratitude | Daily Shot of Inspiration

Seattle Wedding Photography by Azzura

This has been one of those crazy/fabulous/super-busy/wouldn't-trade-it-for-the-world weeks, and I'm feeling particularly grateful today. Although I am once again behind on my ambitious blog-post schedule, our 2014 summer dates are quickly filling up and we are already looking forward to many wonderful celebrations. I know I've been saying 'thank you' alot, but we really are thankful for all the goodness in our lives. Our wedding industry friends and clients are such a big part of that goodness, and we appreciate the opportunity we have to be in your lives.

Thank you.

Friday
Jul122013

Sun Mountain Lodge Wedding | Daily Shot of Inspiration

Sun Mountain Lodge Wedding by Azzura

After choosing the beautiful destination of Sun Mountain Lodge for their Wedding Day, Lisa was determined to find a horse to frolic with them in the fields. Her planning was rewarded with an incredibly cooperative horse and some gorgeous photographs to celebrate the adventure.  

Thursday
Jul112013

A Princess is Born | Daily Shot of Inspiration

Bellevue Newborn Baby Portrait by Azzura Photography

With all the hustle-and-bustle of the summer wedding season, this simple and sweet image reminds me to relax, savor the moment, and indulge in the occasional nap.  :)

Wednesday
Jul102013

Kerry Park Wedding Photography | Daily Shot of Inspiration

Kerry Park Wedding Photography

I love everything about this image ... the romantic feeling, the unbelievable clouds, and the gorgeous Seattle Skyline. I have a feeling this may be the very first page in their wedding album! 

Tuesday
Jul092013

Vintage Rolls Royce Wedding Getaway | Daily Shot of Inspiration

Vintage Car Wedding Getaway by Azzura Photography

All the beautiful chaos of the day seems to fade away when the bride & groom get a moment together, just the two of them ... 

Monday
Jul082013

Woodmark Hotel Wedding | Daily Shot of Inspiration

Woodmark Hotel Groomsmen on the Dock by Azzura Photography

You can almost feel the swagger in this photograph ... they rocked it!

Sunday
Jul072013

Delille Winery Wedding in Woodinville | Daily Shot of Inspiration

Delille Winery Wedding with Vintage Chalkboard Sign by Azzura Photography

The little details that catch our eye can create the most charming photographs ... this vintage chalkboard sign was a surprise gift from Chris & Dori's wedding coordinator, Merry Beth from Aisle of View - so sweet!

Saturday
Jul062013

Kerry Park Wedding Pictures | Daily Shot of Inspiration

Seattle Kerry Park Wedding on a Summer Day

Niomi has a smile that would make any man melt ... she was such a lovely bride, inside and out. :)  

Friday
Jul052013

JM Cellars Winery Wedding Photography | Daily Shot of Inspiration

JM Cellars Winery Wedding in Woodinville
The past few months have been a whirlwind, partially because we've been busy photographing some amazing weddings, and partially because we are in the process of completely renovating our main website. I've hesitated to say too much about the new site until it neared completion, but I'm happy to say that it's getting close, and I can't wait to share it with you! All new galleries, all new design, lots of new images, all new album examples, and more ... it's been quite the project, and we are really excited for it. 
In the meantime, going through our recent weddings on a quest to update our galleries has yielded lots of images perfect for our 'Daily Shot of Inspiration', so I am dusting off my keyboard and recommitting to our blog. We look forward to sharing moments, thoughts, and photographs that make your day a little more inspired!  :)
Thursday
Jul042013

Happy 4th of July!

Sailor Homecoming Return Kiss

To celebrate the spirit of Independence Day, I wanted to share one of my favorite recent engagement portraits. Soon after Marty returned from his Navy deployment, Kelly had the brilliant idea to honor his arrival with a recreation of the vintage 'Sailor Homecoming' photograph. It was the perfect inspiration for this image, and we wish you all a Happy 4th of July!

Wednesday
Jul032013

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

 

Azzura Photography wins Seattle Bride Best of 2013       Azzura Photography wins Seattle Bride Best of 2013

We are honored beyond words to be awarded Seattle's Best Photgraphers of 2013 by Seattle Bride Magazine.  Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of our wonderful clients and colleagues that voted for us - we are truly grateful, and will are determined to make 2013 the best year yet! 

Monday
Mar182013

What Happens in Vegas ...

Ken and I just returned from an amazing trip to Vegas where we had the honor of photographing for the MGM Grand Signature Wedding campaign, as well as meeting up with some of our far-away friends who joined us for the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) 2013 Conference. It was a busy week, but an awesome opportunity to spend some time planning our goals for the upcoming year, starting with the complete revamp of our website (yay!) We'll be keeping all the good stuff, adding lots of never-before-seen images, useful info, and as much entertainment as one little url can handle. :)

In the meantime, enjoy a few of the images from our photoshoot with MGM ... it was such an honor to be chosen to participate in this, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed to see some of the images on a 50-foot billboard!

MGM Grand Las Vegas Wedding by Azzura Photography

MGM Grand Las Vegas Wedding by Azzura Photography

Simply gorgeous ...

MGM Grand Las Vegas Wedding by Azzura Photography

Wednesday
Feb272013

In Search of Destination Inspiration - Azzura in Paris

Azzura Photography Glamour in Paris

Last April I joined a group of amazing photographers from all over the world to photograph in Paris, and I've been saving the images for a rainy day like today. This trip was an inspiration to me, and I'm especially grateful to the Boudoir Divas for putting the workshop together. Looking at the images have ignited my wanderlust ... if anyone has a great idea for our next destination photoshoot, feel free to leave a comment with your recommendations. :)

Eiffel Tower Glamour by Azzura Photography

Sunday
Feb242013

An Unexpected Kiss at Pike Place Fish Market

Bride Kissing Fish at Pike Place Fish Market Seattle

On a wedding day, anything can happen! Samantha won my undying adoration for this little kiss.  :)

Sunday
Feb242013

Skansonia Wedding on the Ferry at Lake Union

I grew up in the midwest, so perhaps my land-locked childhood makes me gravitate toward the water ... there is something so lovely about the expanse of the lake as the background for this ceremony. When I look at this image, I can hear the waves gently lapping along the side of the ferry, and I feel peaceful, hopeful, and happy.

Saturday
Feb232013

Skansonia Wedding | Seattle Skyline at Night

Skansonia Wedding with the Seattle Skyline by Azzura Photography

I love the twinkling lights of the Seattle skyline in the background, contrasted with the velvety-blue richness of Lake Union. Beautiful.

Friday
Feb222013

Skansonia Ferry Wedding | Daily Shot of Inspiration

Skansonia Ferry Wedding in Seattle by Azzura PhotographyThis image reminds me of a sailor returning from his years at sea to finally embrace the woman he loves, the many years of waiting finally culminating in one beautiful, perfect kiss ... did I read too many romance novels as a teenager?