A Photography Experience That Taught Me About Faith, Family and Parenthood

By Mary M.,

Cassie and Vince Glondo are a devoutly Catholic family with deep roots in Cle Elum. When I first met them, they had three children: Gracie, Dominic, and Gianna. Cassie was also expecting a fourth baby, due November 9, 2017, but as her pregnancy progressed it became clear that the baby would be arriving well before her due date. On July 14th of that year, Cassie was hospitalized at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, and then was quickly transferred to the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. Their baby was only 23 weeks gestation. For the next two weeks, Vince traveled back and forth from Cle Elum so that he could be with Cassie as much as possible while continuing to raise their other children. University of Washington Medical Centernewborn baby in NICU

Few can imagine what a harrowing experience this was for their family but that didn’t stop their community from rallying around them during their time of need.

“When we had nothing left, our faith and community got us through. It carried us through that time in our lives. People literally were selfless – strangers, acquaintances, friends, and family. It was shocking to find out how many people we had on our side. Our community raised funds that allowed either myself or Vince to stay with Angelo throughout his time in the NICU. We gained a sense of community beyond what we imagined, and the difference it made in Angelo to have us there each day will be seen in him the rest of his life..”

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They held onto their family and their faith to comfort them throughout the many decisions that they faced in the following weeks and months. Angelo was born August 1, 2017, at 25 weeks 5 days gestation, weighing 1 lbs 13 ozs, and 12 ¾ inches long.

 

According to Cassie, “Initially we had a lot of concern that his chance of a normal life was really low. The neonatologist gave us the option of just holding him until his last breath, rather than fighting for him. With our faith on my side, we were his advocate at all times. The scientific data was not comforting but we knew that the Lord had a plan for our son. During this time UW Medical NICU in Seattle literally helped carry the load. The providers there loved and cared for him when we couldn’t be there. They supported us when we were scared, and celebrated the victories. The nurses told us that interactive and involved parents create happier and healthier babies, and we see that in Angelo every day. 

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University of Washington Medical Center Premature Baby Birth Photography Cle Elum

After 118 days in the NICU, we were able to take Angelo back to our home in Cle Elum on November 27, 2018. Since then, his growth has been incredible. When he was born he had a feeding tube, ventilator, intravenous medications, blood transfusions, ultrasounds, xrays, eye exams – and the list goes on. We had to pay special attention to all aspects of his development and maintain vigilance about signs of brain bleeds, cerebral palsy, etc.

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Today he is nursing, eating solid food, babbling, sitting up, and attempting to crawl. In the coming year, he doesn’t need any special medical attention beyond normal checkups. He doesn’t look like the typical 25 weeker and I know that our faith and love is what made the difference.

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This experience has shown me what is truly important in this world. When faced with a situation where the what-ifs were paralyzing and we were broken – what we took from our life and carried with us was very selective. Faith, family, and friends.”

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I believe there are times in your life when a situation presents itself to you with the power to change your life. You have two choices at that moment, to stay still as it passes by you or to move forward and embrace the moment. Such a moment presented itself to me when I heard of Cassie and Vince. Preserving memories is my passion, and without a doubt, I knew this particular story needed to be documented. Cassie is a photographer, but there was no way that she could photograph this story at that time in her life. Documenting this story taught me more about the power of faith and the sanctity of human life than I anticipated, and has reinforced my calling as a photographer.

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What Cassie and Vince would want people to know about having a baby at 25 weeks:
We’d like people to be more aware of the incredible isolation of having a severely premature baby.  It was so hard to explain what we were going through, and I think that is true for most parents of micro-preemies.  Thankfully, with enough faith and support, miracles do happen.  We are blown away every single day that we see Angelo continue to grow and thrive.  

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Thank you Cassie and Vince for trusting me to document your story, for letting me in and showing me the power of faith, family, and parenthood. 

Secret Garden Wedding in Historic Roslyn Washington

By Mary M.,

Wedding days are more than a single event. They’re a reflection of a team the bride and groom unknowingly create as they hire vendors to help bring their vision to life. Having a network of professionals who work well together is an important factor when planning a wedding.

Which is how a Secret Garden Wedding in Historic Roslyn came to be. A group of artists and entrepreneurs from eight separate businesses came together to plan and execute a dream wedding in historic Roslyn, Washington.  It all started with a simple conversation and grew from there. Our goal was to work together creatively and learn more about collaborating with one another.  We wanted to tell the story of this dream wedding and showcase the skills and services of those involved.

Wedding designer Sarah St. Laurent’s vision provided the foundation for the shoot and it turned out impeccably thanks to the talent and dedication from each vendor.

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Tablescape ontop of wine barrel at Secret Garden Wedding in Historic Roslyn in Stonehouse Venue 101

 

Roslyn Wedding Venue by  StoneHouse 101

Website Link:  StoneHouse 101 Events

FB: @StoneHouse101

Nestled in the heart of historic downtown Roslyn, Washington, StoneHouse101 is the perfect intimate setting for any style event, including weddings. The charming building was built in the late 1800’s by Italian tradesmen and coalminers, and was originally the Piedmonte Saloon. Over 100 years later, the building has since been remodeled and renovated to house modern amenities with indoor and outdoor settings.

StoneHouse101 features a beautiful, welcoming reception area with a mobile bar and a great room that fully opens to a private lighted yard surrounded by lush garden areas. Brides fall in love with wood farm tables, wine barrel cocktail tables, and the seasonal fire pit or fountain.

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Wedding Design and Coordinator Services by Sarah St. Laurent of Sarah St. Laurent Design

Website:  Sarah St. Laurent 

IG: @Sarah.StLaurent.Designs 

Sarah and her husband recently relocated to Cle Elum.  The idea of starting a wedding planning business began 24 hours after Sarah St. Laurent experienced her own fairytale wedding. There was something about the way the day felt magical that made Sarah want to turn it into a career. Her designs are classic and timeless, with a little bit of whimsy.

 

Tablescape ontop of wine barrel at Secret Garden Wedding in Historic Roslyn in featuring florals by Rose and Sparrow Floral

Flowers by Adrian Hayden of Rose and Sparrow Floral Design

Website: Rose And Sparrow Floral  

IG:  @RoseAndSparrowFloral 

Boutique floral designer based in Cle Elum, WA.  Adrian is a traveling bird for weddings, events and workshops.  On Sundays during the summer you can find her beautiful floral arrangements at the Roslyn Market.

Cake by Natalie DeHaven of Natalie Dehaven Cakes at a secret garden wedding in historic roslyn

 

Cake by Natalie DeHaven of Natalie Dehaven Cakes

Website: Natalie Dehaven Cakes 

IG: @NatalieDehavenCakes 

Natlie owns a custom cake studio located in Ellensburg Washington that creates one of a kind cakes that are visually impressive and unforgettably delicious – for the brides who want to have their cake and eat it too!

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Macarons by Charmaine Mosiman of Lemon Thyme Macarons

Website: Lemon Thyme Macarons 

IG: @LemonThymeMacarons

Located within the heart of the Cascade Mountains in Roslyn, Washington.  It began with, Charmaine, a  self-taught baker who wanted to turn her passion into a dream. She has always loved the aesthetic beauty of colorful confectionaries and she wants to continue to spreading her love for the French macaron.

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Makeup by Patti Gomes of Revive Makeup Artistry

Instagram: @Revivemakeup_artistry 

Patti may be an esthetician by training, but she is an Artist by nature, and makeup is her art. Her goal is to revive and highlight your natural beauty.

Bride getting her hair done by Andi Sherill during a Secret Garden Wedding in Historic Roslyn Washington

Hair by Andi Sherill

IG: @Shevere 

Patti Gomes and Andi Sherrill are a dynamic wedding team.  Patti, an esthetician and artist, enhances her clients’ natural beauty through her expert makeup application.  Andi, Roslyn native, is a talented hair stylist and has mastered the art the updo (or any other wedding style that your heart desires!).

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Bride IG: @the_violetvirgo

Groom IG: @nick.osmonovich 

Photography by Mary Maletzke, Roslyn Photographer

Website: Mary Maletzke Photography

IG: @Mary.Maletzke.Photography

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Personal Branding: Cle Elum Wedding and Event Planner, Sarah St. Laurent

By marym,

The idea of starting a wedding planning business began 24 hours after Sarah St. Laurent experienced her own fairytale wedding. There was something about the way the day felt magical that made Sarah want to turn it into a career.

Personal Branding Headshot for Cle Elum Wedding and Event Planner, Sarah St. Laurent

Sarah St. Laurent of Sarah St. Laurent Designs, Wedding and Event Planning and Design.   www.sarahstlaurentdesigns.com  www.instagram.com/sarah.stlaurent.designs

When starting your own business there are so many exciting aspects: choosing a name, creating a website and developing your brand are chief among them. Sarah wanted to take care of Personal Branding right away so she came to me for personal branding headshots to use as visual imagery for her social media, website and even business cards.

Womens Personal Branding Headshot for Cle Elum Wedding and Event Planner, Sarah St. Laurent

Why Personal Branding:

I am just starting in my business & I realized I do not have any professional images of me to use on Social Media or my website.  Professional photographs help me portray my brand, which is a higher end, boutique business.

What do you want people to know about you?

My husband and I recently relocated to Cle Elum.  He is a chef and found an amazing opportunity here.  We came here because we wanted a quieter lifestyle that allowed us to pursue our passions, and for that reason, we love Kittitas County and all that it has to offer.

My designs are classic and timeless, with a little bit of whimsy.  Planning my own wedding sparked my passion for wedding and event planning & design.

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Why Mary Maletzke Photography?

I found Mary on Instagram and connected with her images.  They are clean and clear, with a little bit of an edge.  Her personal branding images appeal to my aesthetic, I feel they will appeal to potential clients in search of the perfect wedding (and event!) designer.

You can learn more about Sarah at her website  www.sarahstlaurentdesigns.com  www.instagram.com/sarah.stlaurent.designs

 

A Special Mothers Day Photography Session

By Mary M.,

The month of May is known for a few things. For starters, there’s the old adage “April showers bring May flowers.” Reminding us that May is a time for renewal and growth. Of course, May is also known for Mother’s Day. For some of us, both of these bring happy thoughts. But for many others, Mother’s Day is a reminder of grief or loss.   Cle Elum is a small community, where most business owners know one another on some level. Which is how I learned that Amanda Heins, a small business owner of the Roslyn Grocery, lost her husband in February.

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Within a short time of her husband’s passing, Mother’s day was upon us. It seemed to be the perfect time to celebrate Amanda. As a Photographer in Cle Elum there was only one answer. I reached out to offer a photography session with her daughters and mother-in-law, and they accepted! We planned the session for Mother’s day. I brought a picnic, some games, bubbles, etc.  Things that would make it special for the girls. Plus, a bouquet of handmade cookies donated by Confection Concoctions for both Amanda and her mother-in-law, Anne.

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After her session, I sat down with Amanda to talk to her about what the photography experience was like. As someone who lost both of her parents at a very young age, I identified so much with what photographs and the experience meant to her.

 

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In Amanda’s own words…

“My grandmother had a love wall in her home and she always had pictures of her 24 grandkids and 7 children. My mom did too. We always had lots of pictures on the walls and family portraits. However, my husband Matt did not like the camera. He was very camera shy. We could never get him to do a family photo. Then when he passed away we realized how few pictures we had of all of us together.

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I asked her if, after his passing, she felt like it was more important to have family photos.

“My kids are 8 and 6 now. You don’t really realize how fast it’s going by. I hadn’t had them professionally photographed in some time. It just goes so quickly. If you blink, you miss this entire stage of adolescence.”

Amanda had asked me to include her husband’s mother in the session. I thought that was a beautiful gesture and of course wanted her to be involved.

“My mother in law had one child. This was her first mother’s day without her son. That was her identity. Her life. Being a mother was a big part of her life. We are both very lucky to have live in a community that is so supportive and so amazing. But we are both going through the process of what is essentially redefining ourselves. Finding who we are without his presence. So it’s important to have her as part of the pictures. They’re his legacy and her connection to her son.”

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Personal Branding Photography: Kristin Jeffries, Ellensburg Mortgage Advisor

By marym,

When Kristin Jeffries contacted me for updated personal branding photography she knew that she wanted her photos to be different from your standard headshot. If you’ve ever obtained a mortgage you know that it requires an immense amount of paperwork and numbers are everything. It can also be a stressful experience for the average home buyer. Working with a mortgage advisor that is committed to making your experience as stress-free as possible is everything. But as a Mortgage Advisor in Ellensburg, Kristin Jeffries knows that we can sometimes forget how important the human side of this experience can be. personal branding photography of a mortgage lender standing at her desk

Kristin Jeffries,  Mortgage Advisor, NMLS 1542061, Fairway Independent Mortgage, Ellensburg, WA.   https://www.kjhomeloans.com

Which is why I really wanted to place Kristin inside her office for some of her personal branding photography. The visual imagery we created reminds potential clients that there are people on the other side of the paperwork and finding someone who can relate to you and your experience is so important.

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Why Did You Choose Personal Branding?

“I see personal branding it as a new way to market myself beyond the classic real estate headshot.  It allows my clients to get a better sense of who I am and how I work.”

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What do you want potential clients to know about you?

“I want clients to know that I am just like them, I understand the balance of family and work.  I make what could be a stressful large purchase as stress-free as possible.  Securing home loans for my clients is incredibly rewarding.”

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Why Mary Maletzke Photography for your Personal Branding Photography?

“Mary and I met in a networking group, and at the time I was updating my marketing for the year.  I liked her energy and work, and realized it was a great fit for my brand.”

You can find out more about Kristin Jeffries on her website at https://www.kjhomeloans.com or https://www.facebook.com/kjhomeloans/

What You Need to Know About Personal Branding and Headshots

By Mary M.,

Think about the last time you had a job interview or met up with a potential client or business partner. How much time and care did you spend getting ready for your meeting? You probably put some effort into carefully selecting your clothing, your hair (and maybe your makeup). That’s because as business people we realize that the way we look and carry ourselves is the very first impression we make on someone – today more than ever, first impressions matter. We will work together to create your visual brand by using photographs to show people what it is like to work with you. During our initial consultation, we will talk about whether to tell your story with your personal branding headshots, with a session that shows “a day in the life of…”, or with images at your desk or in your work environment.

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First, you’ll want to bring about 3-5 outfit choices. Think about what these clothes say about your brand. Are you friendly and approachable? Your clothing should reflect a laid back but business appropriate style. Are you a no-nonsense attorney set to win? You’ll want bold and serious colors conservative in nature to express a formal and authoritative style. Our goal is that you look like your natural selves on our very best day. Ladies, for this reason, I personally recommend adding professional hair and makeup and can make those arrangements for you.

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The location also sets the tone of your branding headshot. An attorney might find a brick wall a great backdrop for their headshots to further convey the message of strength and dependability. Whereas a lifestyle blogger or family photographer might opt for a garden setting. A coffee shop owner might prefer their branding session take place on location!

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The way we presently do business has changed dramatically in the world of digital commerce. While social media and Google may be an efficient medium for connecting, it’s a cold way to do business. Bring life and warmth to your online presence with a headshot and personal branding session. Remember the old adage, a picture is worth a thousand words? Let’s create personal branding that speaks to your audience.

Justin and Jessicas Aviation Engagement Photos in Cle Elum

By Mary M.,

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Justin and Jessica have perhaps one of the most unique engagement stories I have heard. He lives in Oklahoma and she lives in Florida. By chance, they met on a skydiving adventure and immediately bonded over their combined interested in aviation.  She is a flight attendant and he has his private pilot’s license. Honestly, what are the odds? Their love of aviation extends further than flying in (and jumping out of ) planes. They also wanted an aviation theme for part of their engagement photos. I love when couples incorporate meaningful places and things into their engagement session. Especially when it’s such a big part of the reason these two became engaged in the first place!

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When they contacted me for an engagement session, I realized that Cle Elum is not the premier aviation location given that we are so close to the Museum of Flight in Seattle. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect location for two aviation enthusiasts. A month before they arrived I travelled from Cle Elum to the Museum of Flight in order to plan the session and get special permission for exclusive access to the Museum before it opened. Talk about taking an engagement session to a whole new level! One of my favorite aircraft was the Chance Vought F4U Corsair,  premier Marine fighter of World War II. It was so massive and absolutely stunning.Engagement Photos at the Museum of Flight in Washing during Engagement Photos in Cle Elum
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After we finished at the Museum of Flight, we drove back towards Cle Elum. About halfway through our journey, we made a stop in Issaquah for the remaining portion of their engagement photos. Honestly, they rocked every single part of the entire experience. Not only were they absolutely gorgeous but Jessica has an impeccable style that coordinated perfectly with each of the locations.

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I’m so glad that they sought me out for their extra special Cle Elum/Pacific Northwest engagement session! Next, I’ll be the one flying out to see them, as I photograph their wedding on Tuesday, June 26th in Bat Cave, NC.
Congratulations you two, I can’t wait to see you soon!

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Why The Consultation Is The Most Important Part of Your Photography Experience

By Mary M.,

If you have found yourself on this page, it’s likely that you’ve inquired about booking a portrait session with me.  The very first step in our process is a pre-consultation at my Cle Elum photography studio.  Come on in, have some coffee, and let’s plan!  If you are not available to meet in person before your session, we can schedule a remote meeting.  This is where half of the fun (and preparation!) of your photography experience takes place.   It’s also one of the most important aspects of our work together.

Just like we wouldn’t build a home without blueprints or purchase a car without thinking about how it fits our family, we wouldn’t want to go into a portrait session without thinking about the end result in mind. From location to outfit selection, every detail is important.  I want to work together so that you feel confident that your session will be the perfect fit for your family.

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Is your family looking for a single, large wall piece or a cluster of images? Maybe you prefer albums for the coffee table and you want to add a smaller album for the grandparents. Is your aesthetic traditional or modern? These design choices will help dictate the best medium (metal, mounted print, or canvas, and framed or not framed, etc) that fit your home.

Believe it or not, even your decor style and size of your walls matter. When it comes to displaying heirloom artwork in your home, it’s important to find the appropriate size for your space.  If you live near my Cle Elum photography studio, I can visit your home to get a better idea of the custom fine art images that will fit your style and space, or if you live farther away, we can arrange a remote design consultation.  I also have sample artwork in a variety of styles and sizes for you to see and touch.

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This is also a great chance for us to get to know each other better.  I want to know about your children’s personalities.  Are they shy or outgoing?  Do they love to play in the dirt and climb trees or are they more likely to get all dressed up and play make-believe?  Are they about to go off to college or start junior high? I want to know your family so that when you look at your heirloom artwork decades from now, we will have captured the true essence of who your family was in that moment in time.

The consultation is a great way to get excited about your session and the artwork that will soon be hanging from your walls. I can’t wait to meet with you soon!

Meet Your Photographer: Mary Maletzke

By Mary M.,

Photographers all begin their journeys in different ways, for different reasons.  I think my passion for photography, in part, came from losing my parents early in life. I doubt that when my mother passed away she realized that my most prized possession would become a collection of family photographs dating back to the mid-1800s.  Every time I see these photographs I’m aware that I’m viewing a piece of history, a part of my legacy.  These portraits are a tangible connection with my past, and they inspire me to document the future.  My path to becoming a photographer in Cle Elum was wide and winding, and my calling came from my family history combined with becoming a step mom to two amazing kids.

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Portraits of three of my ancestors.

Having a family of my own intensified my calling to capture and document our time on earth.  When I look at our family portraits on the wall of our home, it is a daily visual reminder of who we are as a family, and the love that we hold for one another.  I have realized that as parents we can obsessively photograph each moment of our children’s life, but we often don’t realize the need to step into the portraits ourselves.  If life plays out in the way that we hope, we will leave this earth before our children – and when we do, those photographs of us will serve as the catalyst for stories that they will pass down to future generations.

This is why every step of your experience with me centers around the creation of heirloom portraits to be passed down from generation to generation.  As a photographer, I can’t help but be an advocate for printed portraits in an age where so much of our life centers around intangible photographs, stored on media that will no longer exist in this lifetime.  Each of the heirloom products I offer is designed and built to withstand the test of time.Decades from now your great, great grandchildren will be able to see the same portraits that hang in your home today.
 

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A portrait of my mother as a child.


Choosing the right heirlooms begins with a design consultation.  In this first meeting, we will discuss which locations around Cle Elum and surrounding areas will best suit your style.  Choosing a photography location is more than choosing a beautiful space.  It’s about selecting a location that reflects your family and fits into the style of your home.  After all, your photos will end up proudly displayed there.  Once we’ve mapped our location we’ll also discuss the different mediums we can preserve your family photos on – from heirloom canvases and metals, to framed prints and albums, there is no shortage of options to display your family’s legacy.  I look forward to meeting you and working together to create the perfect images for you.