Red Cedar Studios: Blog en-us Red Cedar Studios [email protected] (Red Cedar Studios) Tue, 01 Mar 2022 23:52:00 GMT Tue, 01 Mar 2022 23:52:00 GMT Red Cedar Studios: Blog 120 80 Elegant Rustic Barn Wedding || Mica, WA Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Jared and Ashley Abrams!

When we first met with Jared and Ashley, we were delighted by how much these two were truly made for each other! Their first date was at a Starbucks, and Jared proposed to Ashley in a pumpkin patch last Fall - How cute is that?! Most importantly, these two share their faith in Christ and are dedicated to living out their marriage God's way.

Their wedding day beautifully incorporated details sentimental to both them and their families - The church, the family barn, the "getaway car", the Bride's ring with heirloom family elements, the flowers and decor put together by the Bride's mom, all had special meaning.

The fun started with a Fiesta rehearsal dinner the night before their big day, hosted by Jared's wonderful parents!

The next day was a whirlwind of anticipation and excitement, as Ashley got ready at her parent's home and Jared got ready at the church.

They both had special gifts to give to each other - a watch for him, and a personalized Bible for her.

When everyone was ready to go, we got to capture the father of the bride's first look of his daughter as well as the groom's first look of his bride.

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Then off to Valley Fourth Memorial Church we went for Jared and Ashley's ceremony!

One special element of the marriage ceremony was the incorporation of a beautiful tradition: God's Knot - Cord of Three Strands. "A cord of three strands is not easily broken" - Eccl 4:12. This tradition symbolizes the importance of God's influence in a strong marriage.

They made their getaway to the reception in Grandpa's Buick - a classic that has been a part of the Bride's family for decades!

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This amazing day for Ashley and Jared was made possible by:

Wedding Coordinator and Hairstylist: Nikki Mills

Officiant: Pr. Chris Brummett of Valley Fourth Memorial Church

Florist and Decor: Ann Romey (Ashley's Mom!)

DJ and MC: Max Casto

Bride's Dress and Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal

Groom's and Groomsmen Attire: Tuxedo Gallery

Bride's Ring: TamRon Jewelry Design

Groom's Ring: Zales

Make-up Artist: Sydney Derr

Cake: Happy Cake Co.

As well as the love and help of many friends and family!



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Rustic Nautical Wedding || Twin Lakes, ID Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Mike and Amanda Hays!

These two have a passion for the sea and for having fun together with their friends and family! We are honored to be a part of their shindig as they tied the knot (literally) with a traditional hand-fasting ceremony on Amanda's family property in Twin Lakes, Idaho.

The fun started with a laid-back BBQ style rehearsal dinner the night before. We got to meet their family, hear the band practice and witness the start up of the BBQ pit for the pig roast that will be enjoyed the next day!

The wedding details included many hand-made nautical elements - including a gorgeous wedding arch, guestbook, cake table, ring-bearing boat, and a hand-carved heart-shaped box made with African Purple Heart wood: all made by the groom, a talented boat-builder!

Their two adorable dogs, Kona and Huck, took on the two important roles of flower girl and ring bearer.

During the formal dances, Mike surprised Amanda with the hand-made box, with a personal note written on the inside of the lid.

Their outdoor reception included lots of dancing, games, and a large roast pig for dinner!

The Lucky Lizard Band from Hawaii provided the entertainment for the night.

We are so happy for these two! Mike and Amanda were amazing people to spend the day with and we are so glad that we could be apart of their day!

Officiant: Kris Missall (Bride's Uncle)

Band: Lucky Lizard Band (based in Hawaii)

Florist: Laurie Hitchcock

Bride's Dress: Demitrios Bridal

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse

Cake: Laurie Hitchcock

Bride's Ring: Fred Meyer Jewelers

Groom's Ring: Hawaii Titanium Rings

Hairstylist: Raela Rhodes, Maxx & Co.

Videographer: Tony Morrison

Decor and Accessories: Bride and Groom



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Spring in Manito Park || Spokane, WA Engagement Session

This is Vanessa and Justin. These two met online and fostered their love across two state lines and many mountains and deserts and plains. Vanessa is from Maple Valley, WA and Justin is from Bearmouth, MT - Spokane just happened to be their place to see each other in between and where Justin proposed to Vanessa earlier this Spring.

Vanessa is the best friend of one of my best friend's cousins (truly not as complicated as it sounds, we just have a connection!) And I was absolutely thrilled when she contacted me about doing engagement photos in the city they were engaged in. Bob and I absolutely adore this couple. During our session in the Rose Garden in Manito Park and our dinner together afterward, we got to learn about their love for God and each other and how all the details of their big day were coming together perfectly. We will be cheering them on from afar as they are married in the mountains just outside of Missoula this coming Saturday!

These two were all smiles with Justin's zany personality and the connection they shared. We are excited to see them grow in their marriage as they make their faith the cornerstone of their relationship together!

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Bainbridge Ferry + Ballard || Seattle, WA Engagement Session What happens when you schedule a photo session with this awesome couple in the almost always rainy and dreary city of Seattle? You get sunshine, of course!

Introducing Kate and Robert. This lovely and adventurous couple live in Kirkland; we connected with them as they were searching for wedding vendors for their Spokane wedding, set for October 1st of this year. They met at the marketing firm where they both work in Seattle. They love traveling and visiting Seattle beaches with their sweet dog Henry! They were engaged on Halloween of last year, at a friend's party - with Kate dressed as Princess Buttercup and Robert dressed as Wesley from The Princess Bride; I have to say, the cutest engagement story ever!

We started out our adventurous engagement session on a ferry from Bainbridge Island to Seattle...

We aimed to capture some beautiful and authentic photos of the love they share on the short ride over to Seattle.

After the ferry ride, we enjoyed an slam dunk dinner at a burger joint in Ballard before heading up to a park just north of Ballard called Carkeek Park. This provided some beautiful pictures with the greenery and some fun pictures on the beach!

We are honored that Kate and Robert haven chosen us to be their photographers for their Spokane wedding in October. We are looking forward to capturing their special day!

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Meet Reganne: JP Senior Rep for Class of 2017 We are so excited to have Reganne on our rep team this year! She is going into her senior year at Central Valley High School - graduating in 2017! Reganne enjoys art and running. She is also involved in Cross Country and ASB Leadership at school as well as Life group and Youth at church! Since she is our only rep for Class of 2017, we got to do two model sessions with her!

For Reganne's natural light model session, we went to the entrance of the Dishman Hills Natural Area - so many beautiful natural textures! We brought along a vintage film camera and a handful of lilacs for use as props.

For our second model session, we had her in studio - testing a new lighting setup. She was a star!

As part of our senior rep program, Reganne receives a pack of her very own senior rep cards to share with friends! She is also our featured model in our 2017 Senior Client Guide - Request your copy today!


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Snowy Lakeside Engagement Session! Introducing Dezeray and Tristen - This beautiful young couple's wedding will be in July and we are so thrilled to be their photographers!

 These two are high school sweethearts! Tristen has been serving in the military. Since he was home for a short while over the holidays, we did a New Year's Day Engagement Session with them in the snow along Lake Coeur d'Alene in North Idaho. Was it cold? Um, YES!! If I remember correctly, the temperatures were in the teens - but we broke out the blankets and these guys were rockstars in the snuggling department. We had a lot of fun with them and can't wait for their wedding in Deer Park in July of 2016!

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Now Booking SweetHeart Sessions! Get ready for our Valentine's Day Special!

For all those couples that haven't had photos done since their wedding day - we want to provide this special opportunity to celebrate your love in a unique and meaningful way: in photographs! 

SweetHeart Session

  • 1 Hour Couples Photo Session, 1 Location
  • 20 Digital Proofs in a Private Online Gallery
  • $100 to use towards Wall Art (ready to hang canvas gallery wraps, standout prints or gallery blocks)

Only $199

This special is good for sessions scheduled January 23rd through February 29th, 2016 - Couples Only

Contact us today to schedule your session!


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2017 Senior Rep Program

Introducing our new Senior Rep Program for Class of 2017!

We are are excited to announce our search for eligible juniors who will be the face and voice of Jacobs Photography in their schools!

The program will feature:

  • A fun concept mini session!
  • Social media profile & cover photos!!
  • 100 rep promo cards to share with friends!!!
  • A great discount on your very own Senior Portraits!!!!
  • Incentives for referrals & social media endorsement!!!!!

Program Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must currently be a junior in high school, graduating class of 2017
  • Must live within 25 miles of the Greater Spokane Area
  • Must be active on at least one form of social media
  • Must participate in concept mini session in April 2016
  • Must agree to promote Jacobs Photography exclusively through the Spring of 2017
  • Parental Consent

Let's be real here

We have learned that successful photography business is all about personal connection and building relationships! Bob and I are about as old as dirt - We've been out of high school for more than a decade! This is where you come into play - we'd love for some help to spark those personal connections that our business thrives on. For that reason, we will be selecting one or two senior reps per school that are involved students, active on social media and will enthusiastically promote our brand!

We will have a point based rewards program that features gift card incentives and additional discounts on your own senior session and photo products - you earn points for any personal referrals, using our images for your social media profiles and endorsing our brand. Bonus points will be awarded for over the top creativity and the grand prize for our top earner will be a custom designed Senior Album - a treasured keepsake to remember Senior Year!!

To get started, just fill out our Senior Rep Application >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

We will contact you to set up an interview. If selected to be a Senior Rep, a signed senior rep contract will guarantee your spot in our concept mini sessions!

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A Cozy Starbucks + Old Barn Christmas Engagement Session! Introducing Ashley and Jared! These two are set to get married in July - and they are amazingly fun people to hang out with. 

We have enjoyed learning about their love story - turns out Ashley wasn't too interested in getting to know Jared at first, but after an introduction at a bonfire and a couple more group get-togethers, they eventually had their first date at Starbucks! We started off there for their engagement session before heading out to Ashley's parent's old barn - which will be where they will be holding their reception for the upcoming wedding in July!

The old wood of the barn provided a beautiful backdrop for a Christmas themed session, complete with Christmas lights and some mistletoe!

The engagement ring that Jared presented to Ashley at his proposal is a custom heirloom design by TamRon Jewelry Design based locally in Spokane, WA. It carries incredible meaning to both Jared and Ashley that is showcased best when paired with the wedding band that will complete the design on their wedding day. Bob and I are both giddy about the love that these two share and we are so glad that they chose us to capture their big day!

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Real Life at the Jacobs': Adventures with Celena Introducing our dear little friend, Celena! She's doing her senior project on photography, so we have had her come along on a couple photography adventures with us!

For our first little adventure, Celena and I went to Manito Park to photograph some of the Fall colors at the beginning of October. We hung out at the pond for a little bit and then headed up to the rose garden. We had a great time with all the colors, the ducks and the beautiful roses!

A couple weeks ago, Bob and I took her to Liberty Lake County Park at the south end of Liberty Lake. There we had a little interaction with a curious little buck. He got so close to us!

The following Saturday, we had the amazing privilege of taking her senior portraits! She wanted to do her pictures someplace that would remind her of Oregon, so we took her up to Mount Spokane. She was a joy to work with!


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Real Life at the Jacobs': (GF)Pumpkin Spice Muffins! We are starting a new blog series called Real Life at the Jacobs' - just to give a little insight into what's going on in our lives: what we are doing, what matters to us, and our adventures! This week, in honor of all things October, I wanted to show off these mini pumpkin spice muffins I've been making once a week for the last 3 weeks! These ones, I added some mini chocolate chips for a little pizzazz.

I've been using a basic pumpkin spice muffin recipe from Lovely Little Kitchen. I substituted Namaste perfect gluten free flour blend and a little flax meal in place of the all purpose flour and since I did not have brown sugar, I just added a little molasses. 

I like to use these silicon mini muffin molds I got a few years ago from DeMarle - they bake so evenly and pop so easily!

Most people who know us know that we have two very different, but adorable dogs:

  • Phoebe, the Papillon, I have had since she was a puppy and she is now 8 years old. She just wanted to take a nap this afternoon


  • Ted, the blond German Shorthaired Pointer. He is a rambunctious 3 year old dog that we just obtained last Spring. If you are in the kitchen, he wants to know what you are up to!

Also, little known fact about us - we love acoustic cover songs! I'm just going to leave this here for ya'll to enjoy :)

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20% Off Fall Color Sessions! Bob and I are just so excited about all these Fall colors and the amazing photo opportunities that come with them! This is the perfect time to squeeze in those last minute family photos right before the busy-ness of the holidays sets in - just in time to include in your Christmas cards. Now through November 15th, we are offering 20% off our session fee:

Full Session (was $299) now $239 + tax* 
Two hour shoot, up to Three locations
40 Digital Proofs in a Password Protected Online Gallery
Two 8x10 and Six 5x7 Lustre Finish Prints

Half Session (was $185) now $148 + tax*
One hour shoot, One location
20 Digital Proofs in a Password Protected Online Gallery
One 8x10 and Three 5x7 Lustre Finish Prints

*all prices subject to WA State destination based sales tax - the sales tax rate is determined by the delivery location of the photographs

Contact us to schedule your session today!

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Mikala & Josiah 7|25|2015 Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Josiah and Mikala Kohl! Mikala is the cousin of a good friend of ours - I had the privilege of taking her senior photos a few years ago, so when she contacted me about photographing her wedding, I was absolutely thrilled. They got married amidst one of the cherry orchards up in Green Bluff at Mrs. Kalin's Barn. They had so many beautiful details incorporated into their day, but their love of the LORD and the love for each other shined brighter.

The sky threatened rain for most of the day, but even with overcast skies, the clouds provided a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony!

The bouquets were done by CJ Curtis of Lily of the Valley Florist. These were very beautiful and unique arrangements incorporating maroon calla lilies, white football mums, and succulents.

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Now Scheduling Hello Fall! Mini Sessions

Bob and I are so excited about Fall - The crispness of the air, the falling leaves, the colors and the sweaters & boots of course! (Ok, I'm a little more excited about sweaters and boots than Bob is.) We went scouting for our mini session location the other day and found the most beautiful part of Plantes Ferry Park in Northeast Spokane Valley - it has wonderful big trees, a wooden bridge and access to the river. We'll hope you will join us for a 30 minute mini session on September 26th: See available times below and contact us to reserve your spot!

3:45 - Available

5:15 - Available


Mini Session FAQ's

What do we get with our mini session?  You will get a half hour of our photography time. You will also get 5 of the very best images fully edited in your own password protected online gallery. These will be available for download for 90 days and will be sized for web sharing and printing up to 5x7. 

Where is this park exactly? Plantes Ferry Park is located on E. Upriver Drive just before it becomes Wellesley Ave. in Spokane Valley. The easiest way to get there is to take the Pines Rd. Exit off I-90, head north, turn right on Trent Ave., turn left on N. McDonald Rd. and left on Wellesley Ave. Go about a half mile past the sports fields, as the road curves to the left, turn left into the parking lot that is surrounded by big trees. 

Can we bring props? Absolutely! We will have a few blankets on hand, but if you have a special teddy bear to snuggle, a cute sign to hold or funny rubber chicken (hey, whatever floats your boat), we will accomodate!

I want to schedule more time and I want more images - is this possible? Yes. We have set aside this day for mini sessions to accomodate those who may not be able to afford a full or half session, but we would love to spend more time with you! Click here for more information on these sessions - they include 1-2 hours of photography time, more location options, unlimited clothing changes, and prints!

How do we pay you? At this time, we only take cash or check. You may bring payment to the session with you. A quick note on sales tax: In Washington state, photography services are subject to sales tax and it is dependent on the location that you will be receiving (i.e. downloading) the photographs. If you live in Spokane, Spokane Valley, or Libery Lake, that amount will be 8.7%, if you live in unincorporated parts of Spokane County that amount will be 8.1%, etc. There is no sales tax for Idaho residents.

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Ash'lee & Sean 7|24|2015 Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Sean and Ash'lee Cunningham!

These two wonderful people are very close friends of ours. They are a part of the college age small group that we facilitate for our church. We even remember the night they met - Taco night at our house! We are so incredibly blessed to have been a part of their big day and able to capture the hugs, tears, and laughter of it all. The wedding took place in the back yard of Sean's parent's house in Newman Lake, WA. 

The bright and beautiful details that Ash'lee put together were stunning - from the chinese lanterns and blue pom poms, down to the garden flowers that she grew to decorate the tables and ceremony.   

The most moving and beautiful part of the wedding day was the prayer they shared right before partaking in communion together.

Brad Pesnell, the officiant, holds a special place in our heart as well - he was the guy who married us!

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Meet Bob! This is my husband Bob. We got married in the Spring of 2014 and he has recently transitioned from assisting my photo shoots to picking up a camera himself and will be playing a larger role in the photography business! He enjoys pet photography, sunsets and experimenting with lighting. We have made some significant investments to our photo gear and technology. Over the next couple months, we will be switching our branding to "Jacobs Photography" so we can best serve clients as a husband and wife team.

 I took these photos up at Mrs. Kalin's Barn, a very nice wedding venue up at Green Bluff while we were taking some test shots for an upcoming wedding.

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Ashley & Brian 6|12|15 Just a couple weeks ago I had the privilege of photographing the wedding of Ashley and Brian at the Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center in Post Falls, Idaho. I have known Ashley since we were 14 years old so it brought me so much joy to see her marry the man that God has for her. The wedding was so sweet, elegant and carried a touch of class with their black tie inspired cocktail reception.


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A New Year, A New Camera! I have been doing photography for four years now. I started out just exploring the realm of photography with a nifty Canon Rebel XS. To be completely honest, I wanted to just take pictures of my knitting and other craft projects. I never imagined that I would ever be seeking out hard to get to landscapes, taking portraits and even gaining the trust of brides to capture their wedding day! After a few months of sharing photos of daily life, a couple of people expressed interest in my talent and gave me opportunities to do my first portraits. I was so nervous at first, but learning to trust my eye with practice sessions with friends and family gave me confidence. The next year, after a handful of portrait sessions and two weddings, I decided it was time to upgrade to my first full frame camera, a Canon 5D. While not the latest technology, it was a good, solid "workhorse" camera that served me well during my portfolio building years. Recently, I sent it in for cleaning, and while servicing the camera, Canon found that there was something wrong with the Digital PCB Assembly. With that news, my husband and I looked at some of the newer models of Canon DSLRs available and decided that a Canon 6D would be the perfect investment for my photography endeavors! I just got my new camera last weekend and I'm eager to get some great shots with it. I did get to test out the low light capabilities with it using my spastic little dog as a test subject - love the detail on her nose!

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