Saturday, June 7, 2014

Highsmith Family • March 2014

Yes, March. Yes, I'm really that behind. Wow. Oh, well! I'm getting it done! Right??

I was so pleased this family was my first shoot of the spring season. To make a commitment to getting family portraits with an infant is a big one and even though their littlest one was feeling a little grouchy, we were still able to nab a few beautiful shots. Okay, a lot. This family are pretty effortlessly adorable.

See for yourself…

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring 2014 Newsletter

After a long winter of rain, cold and indoor activities, the first signs of new life beckons us outdoors for much-needed fresh air and open space. At least that is what it means for me and my family! We are lucky enough to live in one of the most beautiful places in the nation and I have spent the winter running to stay sane but also to stake out new locations that are unseen by car. I’ve had the pleasure of shooting with some diehards during the cold winter months at these new locations and spring will transform these places into lush, open spaces perfect for Spring portraits for families, children and seniors. Speaking of seniors, read on for some exciting new things happening this senior season!

We've made some changes to make your experience with us better:
  •  While it might seem counterintuitive, we believe the less you have to choose from, the easier the decision-making process is. That is why we have taken the time to reduce  our product menu to a carefully-selected collection of items based on what was most popular last year. We are known for the ease of our image selection and ordering process and now it is even easier. You have to experience it to believe it.
  • To strengthen our focus on this product-centric philosophy, we are pleased to announce that we have lowered our booking fees across the board by about 12%. We stand behind the quality of all the work we do and we want to enable our clients to reap the full benefits of working with us without being concerned about breaking the bank. While we still believe good photography is an investment no matter who you hire, we also want good photography to be available to anyone who has a desire to make reasonable room in their budget for images they'll treasure forever.Last year, our senior program was the best it’s ever been. Developing a relationship with a great salon enabled us to offer all-inclusive hair and makeup services factored right into the booking fee, leaving the scheduling and coordinating to us. The program was so successful, we decided it deserved to be in the echelons of our commercial and executive portraiture. With this in mind, we’ve developed a separate division where all of our more grown-up portraiture will exist. Thus, Kristin Tetuán Photography was born. Go check out the new page by clicking the new logo to the right. (Don't worry! TPD  Studios will still be the place you find the fun, youthful brand of kid and family portraiture we have become known for!)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

It's been a long while…here is a little update!

I needed to get something into the blog to let whose who follow me know I am still here! I guess I'm still enjoying the quiet the rainy season tends to bring me since so much of the shooting I do is outside.

It has given me a lot of time to think about how I want to approach the new year. What my goals are as a photographer and artist and where I see myself going over the course of this year and years to come.

As a freelancer, I am often alone in finding ways to advance my craft and take the next step in making better work and seeking out the steps I have to take in order to get to the next level. The new year is a perfect time to reflect and seek out opportunities, which is exactly what I began to do in January.

While browsing freelance opportunities, I found an opening for a part time position that fit almost my exact skill set. Not only that, they were right under my nose here in the Valley. I now find myself a part of a small but very talented and powerful design team where I have already begun undergoing a dramatic personal and professional transformation, which I am still coming to understand.

(Queue Talking Heads Once in a Lifetime. ;) )

If you have a chance to check out this little design powerhouse, click here, watch the reel and explore the site. And think of me as a liaison to the services The Medium offers, including web, print, identity, illustration and now photography. I am humbled and very proud to be a part of this team.

As professional creatives, we often rely on our intuition and heart to guide us in the right direction and show us the path we must take. Happening upon this opportunity was exactly that: a sort of "life path opening up before me" type thing.

What does it mean for my studio, you might ask? Well, let me address the question that almost all of the few people I have divulged this to: What will happen to your photography studio? (Many automatically assume I'll be quitting. Ha!)

Contrary to popular belief, this new adventure will only make me a better photographer. Because I am expected to meet a higher creative standard within my position, that higher expectation will carry over into the work that I create on my own. I will be a more deliberate photographer. I will be more relaxed in guiding my clients through my creative vision. I will be a better business owner. This will be the year I begin creating the work that has been in my head for years.

It is important to me to stay honest with my clients and keep you posted on what is going on here at the studio which is the motivation behind this post. I am also so excited for the coming year and what we will make together. Being a continued part of your lives and capturing beautiful images along the way is still and will always be my passion.

Have a question? I'm an open book. Email me at or call me at 425.281.8312.

(And a little tiny reminder that Springtime is coming! March is already filling fast so book your Spring sessions while I still have openings!)

Here is to daydreams and making them a reality!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Nugent Family • December 2013 • North Bend, WA

Happy New Year, all! The passing of Christmas means I get to blog some past shoots I have been sitting on. Yay!

Despite the frigid temperatures (no lie, it was below 30), this family was committed to getting some beautiful shots and that we did! The benefit of also being a runner? I discover gorgeous locations you can't see when you are driving, which is exactly how I found this gem. I can't wait to keep coming back to this place because the light, background and open space is truly magical.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Guichard Family • November 2013 • Preston, WA

One of the coolest things about being a photographer is when old friends seek you out to capture their families. Kimi and I have known each other since elementary school and grew up in the same neighborhood. While we were shooting, it hit me how surreal it was to see her and her beautiful family and the honor I felt to be capturing the love between them all. What an honor!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Double Senior Session • Kyle & Makayla • Snoqualmie/Preston, WA

Being a Northwest photographer means having the ability to be flexible. The weather is unpredictable and as the summer closes, rainy days become more frequent. I am still navigating the realm of darkness at 4pm and am continually trying to improve my indoor capabilities by equipping my studio set up with new and better things. But every now and then, I am graced with patient clients who are willing to brave a sudden rainstorm and still rock their shoot like pros. Kyle and Makayla were no exception. While we did do some more shooting on a drier day, the first 4 collages of images below were captured during the flash storm back in August that caused rivers to swell and records to be broken. Finding shelter in an abandoned mill proved to be the perfect backdrop.

Special Thanks: 

Kimberley & Kyle, Makayla & Jennifer, Jill O'Donnell (Owner, Salon O), Tracy Monahan (Hair & Makeup)

Friday, November 8, 2013

Cowart Family • September 2013 • Snoqualmie, WA

There isn't much I appreciate more than committed clients. Going into a family shoot with a 1.5 and 3 year old is no easy task. Not only did this mom execute the styling of her brood with expert hands, both Mom and Dad were patient and willing to put in the time to getting the shots. Not to mention, their adorable girls were absolutely joyful and it is capturing this joy on camera that makes what I do a blessing.