Angelene + Michael // Intimate In-Home Session meets Engagement Shoot // Seattle, WA by Alejandra Aguirre

As evident by the presence of fur coats- this session is from far too long ago, but I'm terrible at blogging so whatever. Sue me.

Whether this post is long overdue or not, the truth is that I can't think of many love stories more beautiful and palpable than Angelene and Michael's. These two humans are so expressive in their love for one another, both in their unique ways, and something about that transparency in their individual love languages couldn't be more appealing to me. 

They can't help but let you in, because they can't help but be themselves. Authentic expression and bold love: the stuff photographer dreams are made of. 

These two decided to have a staycation at Seattle's Ace Hotel and invited me to come over and document them. We spent the morning eating waffles, listening to Beyonce, drinking too much coffee, and romping about town. Couple's that boogie in their underwear and then get dressed to the nines and look fierce as hell around town stay together. 
That's a saying, right?

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Simone // Phenomenal Woman // Seattle, WA by Alejandra Aguirre

A woman is power personified. Both vulnerable and fierce, kind and in control, silly and quick-witted. Women are infinitely capable beings in pursuit of truth and balance, with a depth, knowledge and strength that demands respect.

Simone fully represents the multifaceted nature of being a woman.  Getting to know her story and fight reminds me of our capacity to not just endure, but to thrive. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to capture the many faces of this woman... all commanding, admirable, and wholly beautiful. 

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Kristen + Dave // Elegant Ballard Rooftop Wedding // Seattle, WA by Alejandra Aguirre

Kristen and Dave know how to love, how to make their photographer tear up during their vows, and most of all - they know how to throw one hell of a classy celebration. Each detailed of the day echoed the quiet elegance (DIBS- new perfume name!) they each exude, and felt so personal and relevant to them. The day allowed for room to breathe and soak in each moment ... no stress, no rushing. The three of us were able to take our time, stroll around Ballard, stop for espresso, and spread their cuteness and love all about town. I love it.

The ceremony took place in a beautiful, light-filled ballroom and had everybody feeling all the things. Kristen and Dave didn't go for a bridal party, there was no flashy cake-cutting/smashing-in-the-face, and no garter toss. Instead, they had family, their closest friends, the bombdest food, and a killer dance party that was almost impossible to break myself away from. 

Those that celebrate their love in ways unique to them = my happy place. It is what fuels my passion in this otherwise often taxing industry, and pushes me forward in my pursuit of growth.

I live for telling these stories.  

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Thanks for viewing!

xoxo, Alex

A Leap of Faith: On Going Full-Time with Photography // Personal by Alejandra Aguirre

Guys. I officially put in my notice. The title says it all, but even as I read it, I can't believe it. 
Some of you may or may not know, but during my past year and a half in Seattle I have been busting my butt working two full-time jobs- one being establishing and running my photography business, and the other being a barista at Google. It's been a struggle balancing the two, but it wouldn't be right if I didn't pay my respect to this weird ass corporate day-job that ended up being one of the best things to ever happen to me. Seriously.

Let me explain.

Having a steady source of income + benefits and working for a place that went above and beyond in their endless support of my photo career afforded me the opportunity to slow down and reevaluate my relationship to photography and my business. I didn't need to shoot to survive any more. I was for the first time able to say NO when a client or situation wasn't right, and instead, only take on work that was fulfilling and fueled my creativity. I was able to grow, gain a real point of view (where I was totally lost before), refine my style and reignite my passion. This is not to say that I have my shit figured out, or that I am by any means done growing (oh hell naw), but it is important to acknowledge that without this security, I may have never learned that I am crazy about intimate engagement sessions, weddings + elopements, have never gotten over my fear of conceptual studio shoots, or felt confident enough to expand my business and plan something as ambitious as Babely. Though the idea of leaving stability IS TOTALLY GOD DAMN TERRIFYING, something in my gut tells me there is no other way. I need to give it up and lean in. I need to do things on my own time, in my own way, to see what I'm made of. 
I'm not scared to be scrappy, to hustle, to get creative or even to 'fail'. It's all a part of learning and I feel a fire in my belly like no other. I'm ready for a challenge and I am not shy of hard work. All I know is that this is right right now and I owe it to myself. Time to get to really get to living, learning and growing

My story is not unique. There are so many of us grinding and working damn hard... pushing through tough transitions as we move toward a more fulfilling future. I can only hope that sharing this little bit of real talk from my heart gives you a boost of encouragement and confidence. Keep going, following your intuition and fighting for your dream. We got this. 

"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward."

-Amelia Earhart

Whiskey + Love: Moody Seattle Engagement Session // Jaimie & Curt by Alejandra Aguirre

I was introduced to Jaimie by a mutual friend, and have been thankful every day since. Before I ever met her, I was told something along the lines of, 'Jaimie is the kind of girl you see standing across the street, looking fierce and intimidating as hell, but then you wave to her and her face breaks into the most loving smile as she excitedly waves back.' It's all true... So much sweetness, in leather and lace- how is it possible??

Jaimie & Curt are the kind of duo every photographer dreams about. They are as open, kind and loving as they are beautiful. They live their lives guided by intuition and passion, AND they love whiskey, dogs & good food. See??? DREAM COUPLE. 

For their engagement session we decided to take on Pioneer Square. It went a little something like the bombdest happy hour at Girin, getting serenaded by a brass band that happened to be walking by (wtf is life?!), drinking espresso at arguably too late an hour, and climbing on top of parking garages, loading docks and dumpsters... and they made it all look so. damn. good. 
Jaimie and Curt, thank you for letting me tag along and document your fine selves as you live your lives. You are both so good and words cannot express how excited I am to document your Halloween elopement (yup. that's right). 

Compassion wrapped in witchy attire, I couldn't describe these two better myself. 

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Shana + Elie // Love // San Francisco, CA by Alejandra Aguirre

Ya'll know how it goes... we have good days and we have bad days. My emotions ebb and flow with the seasons and try as I might to hold onto a sense of grace and compassion for myself, there are times where I've been unproductively critical of my work, spiraled in comparison to others, overanalyzed my editing and wanted to scrap everything, or just all together felt down and disconnected. 

But I find when I focus on the work, I ain't got time or energy for any of that negativity nonsense. It's truly the most beautiful thing. When I am connecting with my clients, camera in hand, chasing light and fueled by inspiration and love for my craft- everything is right. 

Elie and Shana are an exemplary reminder of why I do what I do.

First off, meeting them was easy. I walked up to their crazy cute San Francisco home (think iconic SF row house) where I was greeted by their insane + wonderful dog. While their furry beast incessantly licked my legs, we hung out in their living room and spent some time getting to know one another... and not like, how bout that weather fluffy talk, but the cut the bullshit, get on the level kind of get to know each other. THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIN BOUT YA'LL. Right off the bat, I knew I was in good company.

Elie ran out to grab some sushi and the three of us wine, dined and got so lost in conversation we (almost) lost track of time and damn near missed the sunset! Honestly, the timing couldn't have worked out more beautifully... as we walked down the hill and Sutro Baths came into view, we basked in soft, warm light, gulped the crisp and salty air, and our adventure began. 

These are a collection of photos documenting Elie and Shana's story. A peek into their world full of love, adventure, connection, generosity, passion and joy. Witnessing and documenting the two of them be so openly themselves is an honor; one I will hold on to, cherish and forever be grateful for. 

Puerto Rico // Personal by Alejandra Aguirre

This post comes at a crazy time. Life be crazy, my love is crazy (hello long distance relationship), and our country be (even more) crazy... it's a wild, wild world ya'll. But it fills me with inexplicable joy to take my time here tonight to go through these pictures, edit them so pretty and present them to you. This is my family. My love. My whole heart.   

For those of you who may not know or can't tell, my white ass is 3/4 Puerto Rican. I was born in Carolina, PR but left young and lived that military child life where I grew up in New Orleans, San Diego, and Sicily, visiting my dad and family twice a year. As I grew older, twice a year became once a year, became every couple years, and before I knew it, FIVE years went by. 

This trip was damn long overdue, but it reminded me this: family is forever. Reconnecting with my family and merging my worlds together by bringing along Kiel left me with a heart so full, a belly even fuller, and sweet sweet memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. 

My family, my love, my heart. 

Te quiero. Until next time. 
 

Ashley + Tosh // Wedding // Lummi Island, WA by Alejandra Aguirre

Island magic in its purest form.

When a couple manages to create a space for an entire island (no lie. the whole island) to come celebrate, eat, drink, dance and rejoice in love, you know you're in the company of some next level humans. Ashley and Tosh are a special breed, and the love they share for one another is a true honor to be around. These two managed to cut out the bullshit that often surrounds the wedding world and instead put their focus on what matters: love, duh. No gimmicks, no fuss.
 
Bomb dinner was courtesy of dad, gorgeous desserts and wedding cake baked by sister & friends, flower arrangements done by BA friend crew and the venue was on grandma's property. An entire community coming together to make something so beautiful. That's what I'm talkin' about. 

Simple. Elegant. and full of heart. 


As a photographer, I couldn't ask for a more dynamic and beautiful scenario. Ashley and Tosh, you two are a dream. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of such a glorious occasion. 

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Miriah & Eric // Wedding-ish // Seattle, WA by Alejandra Aguirre

it's official. i am literally THE WORST at blogging (see: previous blog post- Nov2015).

let's ignore the fact that maintaining social media is hard and that i may be painfully irrelevant bc whatever! it's time to move on and focus on the present! cuz man oh man, is the present good. 

Miriah and Eric got hitched among the closest of the close in their lives, and I imagine it was the most perfect, love-and-food-filled celebration there ever was (note- i was not there to witness/photograph this). however, as with most weddings, the day flew by so fast and furious that it wasn't until they returned from their honeymoon that they realized they never really got photos of just the two of them. the family, the home, the food and details - all documented beautifully, but perhaps not quite as many photos of the two of them just... being. together. so when Miriah asked me if I would be into a wedding-ish part ii - duh (!!) - i was super down. 

we met up in georgetown, these two dressed to the nines, and our itinerary as follows: drinks, snacks, more drinks, explore.   

i couldn't love this more. couples who do what they want, when they want and how they want. there are no rules in love and marriage... in documenting it, at least (ha! ignore me plz). feel like you want more photos of you and ya boo because you are so damn in love, and let's be honest- ya'll look fine as hell in that dress and tux? let's do it. feeling like chasing the sunset the day after because your special day was too jam packed? i'm game. when you get weird and do what you want, good things happen. and in this particular case, good things mean bomb drinks, big laughs, finding hidden gems in the city, and memories for life. 

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PAIGE | Senior | Bellingham, WA by Alejandra Aguirre

hot damn ya'll, i am craaaazy excited to finally be blogging this gem of a session!!
 
Paige approached me about doing senior photos this summer and I learned preeetty quickly that this young lady ticked a little differently... she was open, comfortable, ready to explore, down to get dirty (or soaked, in this case) and wanting to create something beautifully unique. 

*dead* 
the girl gets it! together (with the assistance and company of her lovely mama and aunt), we had a total blast and ended up with a killer final product, if i do say so ma'self ;)

so without further ado, let's just get into it, shall we?


best of luck to you paige. you a freakin' phenom. 

xoxo, 
Alex

Kirsten & Phil | Wedding | Moscow, ID by Alejandra Aguirre

These two mob deep.

Being a part of Kirsten and Phil's big day meant getting in good with a big, bad, beautiful group of family and friends, and I tell you- this. is. the. way! Being a witness to (and perhaps even small part of) a group who so openly love, laugh, share and let's not leave out- party proper (paella/never-ending cheesecake/raging dance sessions/etc) made for a most incredible experience and unforgettable memories. 

Good people, good times. 
Not much better in this world than that.  Congratulations you two!! I'm sure I'll be seein' you's again :)

Kira & Chase | Wedding | Pullman, WA by Alejandra Aguirre

Good grief, it has been far too long since I've blogged! (das my bad, i'm sorry!!)

Well let's kick it back off with a beaut, shall we? These two couldn't have been more kind, spunky,  stunning (like, seriously) and totally in love. This day was filled with giggling, running about town, chasing good light, playing in the street, sweet moments, shared glances, impeccable company and a whole lotta love. Sounds to me like a recipe for something really beautiful and special, amirite?  

So with that, I present to you the forever-incredible Chase and Kira. 

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Hess Family | Portrait | Moscow, ID by Alejandra Aguirre

I am so so happy Amanda contacted me for family photos before I moved away... this session was everything I needed to fill me up and send me off right. It was incredible to work with a fellow photographer and creative and make something so damn darling and fun happen over just a few days of planning/making (which- major props to wonderful Amanda for creating this teepee in just one weekend! You are amazing!). 

Not to mention, this family is straight gorgeous, so um, there's that. ;) 

Please enjoy. 

Like what you see? Let me know in the comments. 
Feedback is my fav <3 

Happy Saturday! 

Jordyn & Brandon | Maternity | Moscow, id by Alejandra Aguirre

I had the honor of photographing this gorgeous goddess woman, her handsome hubby and her babe-to-be. 

It has been wonderful watching these two grow in their love and now in their family. I could not be more excited to meet and love upon their adorable little nugget. 

EDIT: Congratulations on your sweet babe! Jackson Lee Nafsinger, born on March 27th 2015, is sure to be the coolest, most down to earth, lively, creative, well-adjusted, loving and bad ass baby/human around. 

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Alex & Melissa | Wedding | Lummi Island, WA by Alejandra Aguirre

What an honor and blessing it was to be witness to such a beautiful, love-rich weekend. I mean that with all my heart. (And to think, these two almost didn't document it! What a crime that would have been!) 

But yes, at long last, I am happy to present to the you/the internet: Alex and Melissa's somewhat-secret getaway island wedding. 

Enjoy. :)

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If you've made it down this far, congrats and thanks for taking the time to get through this lengthy post! It was 2 days of unforgettable sights, smells, food, and of course, a whole lotta love. 
After this wedding, I felt rejuvenated and inspired, leaving with a happy heart and some of my most favorite photos I've ever taken. Good stuff. 

Forever grateful to have been a part of such a lovely event, and can't wait for round 2 :) 
It's gonna be a freaking party. 

xoxo, 

Alex

2014: My year in photos by Alejandra Aguirre

Be warned, this is going to be a long post, but it's something I am so thrilled to piece together and share (although maybe I'll feel differently by the end of it, ha). I'm a visual person (obviously), so I'm looking forward to being reminded how this crazy year has unfolded.

These photos are my memories; a blend of personal and professional, which seems pretty appropriate considering how I shoot and live. 

Alright. 
Here we go. 


JANUARY

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FEBRUARY

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

JUNE

JULY/AUGUST

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SEPTEMBER

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OCTOBER

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER

First Blog Post! by Alejandra Aguirre

Here I am, venturing into the unknown.
 
I've never been able to keep up with a blog before, but let's hope that with this new year, comes positive changes and commitments. Scratch that... I don't want to hope, I am going to make it happen. 
yay! Feeling good already.