Jessica & Levi - Motocross Engagement

I met Jessica and Levi at their house around 6:30 am. We didn't get back until around 11 pm. Every second in between (minus where I fell asleep...keep reading lol) was nothing but pure fun. Jessica and Levi are both huge motocross people. I grew up riding myself and although I sold my last bike a few years ago, I am still super passionate about the sport and follow motocross religiously. Fun fact about me most of you probably didn't know. 

They wanted to include some dirt bike themed photos in their engagement session. In true moto style, we decided to go big or go home. So with 5 bikes loaded up in their new 28' trailer, we headed out before sunrise to a riding area in Eastern Washington 3 hours away. It was beyond worth it.

We met up with their moto squad out there and they made it a hell of a fun day. It felt damn good to hang out around dirt bikes again for me and with such an energetic rowdy crew. We spent the day taking photos, riding motorcycles, and just hanging out in the sunshine. We were there all day until dark then loaded up and cruised back to Ellensburg (I fell asleep on that drive haha) for their group's traditional post riding day Mexican food.

Levi & Jessica did awesome during their session I'm pumped with these photos. Props to Levi for doing several massive burnouts and roasting a tire for the shot! I'm already looking forward to shooting their wedding next summer! 

Jessyka & Ellis - At Home

"Come on in! Would you like a mimosa?". I knew right away Jessyka and Ellis were my type of people. It's been too long since I did an in home session and they are definitely becoming one of my type of shoots. Jessyka and Ellis' living room was so photogenic we probably did half the session on that wall alone. I say this each time I get to work with a new couple, but they have to be the goofiest and coolest couple ever! That makes me realize time and again how grateful I am to get to do what I do. Thank you again Jessyka and Ellis!

Melissa & Zach - Mountain Engagement

Lake Wenatchee has been on my list of places to shoot for quite a while now. When I got my very first camera, an early photographer mentor of mine brought me over there during October to photograph some portraits and the fall colors. It's surreal returning at the same time 6 years later.

But before I go any further I need to give a huge shout out to Melissa and Zach. They were originally planning to drive 8 hours to come shoot with me. Lake Wenatchee ends up being about halfway between us though and I knew that would be an amazing place to do their engagement session. So we decided to meet there.

Despite the bitter cold winds it was excellent weather and we essentially had the entire location to ourselves the majority of the time. Zach and Melissa brought their dogs (YES!!!) and I was able to bring my dog Piper as well. It was quite the puppy fest and I wish every session could have dogs. They have such a cute little family and it was so fun taking their photos. I can't wait to shoot their wedding next summer!

Michaela - Mountain Portrait Session

Well, by popular request, the blogging of portrait sessions recommences. If you've been around for a while you may remember seeing a lot more blogs for portrait sessions and model work. When I "re-branded" my website earlier this year I elected to take all those off and focus strictly on couples to help "maintain my brand image". I tried out one of those nifty new Instagram polls however and a whopping 93% of followers said they wanted to see more portrait work.

And what better way to kick that off again than by sharing some images from a recent fall shoot I had with Michaela. After shooting earlier this spring, she hit me up to do another session for her. I don't see myself getting tired of couples, but it was nice to shoot some more portrait/model ish type stuff like I used to do so much of. We drove out into the mountains and played around shooting those moody northwest vibes that we all know and love. Thanks Michaela for doing so great in this session and braving the rain. 

Rachael & James - Waterfront Engagement

For Rachael and James' engagement session we returned to a cute little coffee shop where they met for the first time. At first it was a little crowded for photos so we grabbed coffee and walked down to the beach. James and Rachael might take the win for goofiest couple of the summer, and in the best possible way. I was smiling through my camera the entire time watching them interact with each other and hearing the jokes. We even got to go up the old Mukilteo lighthouse!

Caitlyn & Becky - Seattle Wedding

Last minute wedding round 2! Just 4 weeks ago I photographed Katelyn and Ryan's elopement. Joe, one of their close friends at that wedding, loved how the photos turned out and had some friends who still needed a photographer for their upcoming wedding. He referred Caitlyn and Becky to me and I'm so thankful he did. Shout out to you Joe for being so awesome and I'm glad we got to hang out again this summer!

And obviously a big shout out to Caitlyn and Becky! They are each really fun people to be around and I found myself laughing throughout the entire day. I'll fully admit I was a bit nervous for this one since I hadn't photographed a same sex wedding before. I'm happy to be able to cross that one off the list now. They not only were super easy to work with but also a ton of fun! Congrats you two!

Melissa & Austin - Beach Session

People who are excited about shooting and do whatever it takes to get the best photos are my absolute favorite to work with. And Melissa is for sure one of those people. We've shot together multiple times in the past on projects we've collaborated on. If you scroll to some of my blogs from last 2016, you'll see her among them.

This time her and Austin wanted to shoot together before she headed back to California. We had decided to head down to Discovery Park at sunrise. Neither of us had really been there before and weren't aware of the lack of parking near the beach. Temporarily ignoring all the government access only signs and notice of towing, we parked and quickly jaunted out around the beach. We knew this one was going to be a quick session to begin with, each of us having other early morning appointments, and we were able to bust out quickly. With about 20 minutes of actual shooting time Melissa and Austin got comfortable real quick and I wound up keeping almost 100 photos. You guys rock!

After the 4am wake up call, I ended up traveling to Bainbridge Island again later that day for another shoot. Needless to say, after the nighttime ferry ride back to the mainland I was exhausted and did my best to not fall asleep on the drive home. 

Katelyn & Ryan - Forest Elopement

Tuesday night DM on Instagram. Saturday elopement. That's how this one all went down. Katelyn and I used to hang out back in high school, though admittedly lost touch for a few years as can happen when people go to separate colleges and then make the transition into full time "adulting". It was so good to hear from her though, especially with the news that her and Ryan had decided to truly elope last minute and wanted me to photograph it. 

Katelyn and Ryan were some of the most fun and probably the most easy going people I've ever seen on their wedding day. From getting the wedding dress, organizing, and literally changing the entire event location last minute (180 minutes to be exact) when the original place got double booked, everything seemed to come together wonderfully. I'm so happy for Katelyn and thankful I was able to come along and document it all. 

Pabst Family - Senior & Family Photos

Family isn't always blood. I'm beyond grateful to have grown up having Auntie Cris and Uncle Fred as my godparents. Casey and Jay are also like the brothers I never had. It was an amazing time traveling over to Bainbridge Island for a weekend of laughs, amazing food, a lot of hugs, and a lot of taking photos.

Anytime I take the ferry in and out of Seattle, it always is such a humbling reminder of how much I love living in this great city and a short boat ride across to the island is always a welcomed getaway. It blows me away that it's already been 3 years since I was there shooting Casey's senior photos. Jay and I shot in some of the same locations and it gave me a real case of deja vu. Living a short jaunt up the hill from beautiful Port Madison made things really easy for great beach access and taking photos. Not to mention their gorgeous yard and home is super photogenic as well.

My time spent there couldn't have been better. Everything from drinks and cornhole outside in the sun, homemade pizza in the pizza oven, ping pong machines and old school jukebox, and most importantly the quality of the people makes me love what I do so much more. An extra thank you to Fred, Cris, Casey, and Jay for helping celebrate my birthday as well. I love you all.  

 

 

India & Drew - Idaho Country Wedding

After many months of cold and rain, summer is finally here in the pacific northwest. Winter seemed never ending this year but at the same time, it feels like it wasn't long ago that I was shooting engagement photos for India and Drew. Nine months later though, here we are and their wedding finally came. 

Having known India since my early college days I can't say how much of a pleasure it was to get to photograph her wedding this many years later. Taking place in the Idaho countryside, surrounded by the rolling hills of the Palouse, and with the perfect combination of blue skies and gray thunderstorms, this was a great way to kick off the outdoor wedding season. Thank you to all who helped make this day so awesome and the biggest of thanks to India and Drew for having me along to capture it all.

Venue: The Barn at Mader Farms
Makeup: Jenna Tank Nelson
Floral: Adeline's Peony Farm

Kylie's Graduation

Since I graduated college, I've pretty much jumped at any opportunity to go back and visit. Wazzu will forever be some of the best four years of my life. And going back to take photos for awesome people? Even better! Returning to Pullman never fails to hit me with a wave of sentimentality. I can't believe it's been a full year. So much has happened since then and it's awesome. Thank you Kylie for giving me the opportunity to take your grad photos. I'm proud of you and I can't wait to see what the first year out of college has in store for you. 

Ryan & Carissa - Seattle Wedding

This is one I've been looking forward to for a while. Ryan & Carissa chose to get married with a few close friends present, in the beautiful floral setting that is Volunteer Park Conservatory. I've seen many photographers shoot here but had not been myself until now. The Bacon Mansion Bed and Breakfast where they got ready was also a beautiful historic venue located on Capitol Hill. I love how all these images turned out and it was a pleasure to photograph their wedding ceremony. 

Valarie & Tim - Snohomish Wedding

Weddings and spontaneity usually don't coexist in the same sentence. That's how this one turned out for me however. With less than 24 hours notice, a friend of mine asked me if I would like to help shoot his sister's wedding the following day and of course I agreed. Valarie and Tim had a beautiful wedding at Hidden Meadows in the Snohomish valley. I'm very grateful to have had the chance to document this awesome day with a great friend of mine.

Marci & Wyat - In Home Session

One of the greatest lessons I've learned over the past few years is how important it is to surround yourself with good people. People you can enjoy being around, learn from, and end up better for having spent time with them. I'm thankful that Marci and Wyat are both those type of people. Great photographers and friends, we got together in their Seattle apartment to catch up and take some photos. Them, their puppy, and their living space are all so great on camera and I had a blast getting to shoot and talk with them. Make sure to check out their work as well!

Kaylee & Tim - Mountain Anniversary

Spring is well on its way here in 2017. With the drier weather and wedding season will come more frequent sessions. I couldn't be more excited. This weekend I drove out to the mountains to take photos with Kaylee and Tim. I've known Kaylee for almost 10 years now and it makes me so happy to get to work with friends. After recently celebrating their 3 year anniversary, they wanted to do a session and get some new photos together. I think it's awesome when married couples still invest in their relationship this way. They wanted photos that showcased how they like to spend time outdoors. So we shot some lifestyle type vibes. This included building a fire by the river, making coffee, and even baking some home made bread that Kaylee made from scratch. It doesn't get any better than that!