Ken & Tania Shepard, the husband-wife team of Azzura Photography

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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 ... 


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!


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!


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. :)  


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!  :)

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!


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! 


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


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


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.  :)


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.


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.


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? 


Columbia Tower Club | "First Look" Wedding Style Event 

With only a few months to plan, Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom created an amazing Style Event at the newly remodeled Columbia Tower Club. An hour or so before the doors opened, Ken and I photographed a whirlwind fashion shoot with two stunning brides as models. I'll be sharing more from this event in the weeks to come (including some truly inspiration decor ideas), and I'm kicking it off with a "double-shot" of Daily Inspiration featuring A Princess Bride Couture wedding gown ... gorgeous!

Columbia Tower Club Wedding Event featuring A Princess Bride Couture and Azzura PhotographyColumbia Tower Club Wedding Event featuring A Princess Bride Couture and Azzura Photography


Emerald City Applause Awards Winners Announced!

Last night was incredibly exciting for Ken and I when we discovered that two of our weddings won the 'Emerald City Applause Awards 2013'! The Emerald City Applause Awards is one of Seattle's most prestigious events, and it was such an honor to be the photographer for the winning weddings. Erin Lindeman from Lindeman Events and Geoffrey Gilmore from Geoffrey Gilmore Signature Events were the brilliant coordinators who made these two events spectacular, and its was great to see all their hard work and talent recognized. 

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you for a wonderful (and thrilling) evening!