Bradi - Sunrise In The Desert

I'm so fortunate that I get to do what I love all the time, which is photographing couples. By no means have I gotten burnt out on that, but it is nice to shoot some personal work on occasion and mix things up creatively.

Bradi and I have talked about doing just that for quite a while now. With our schedules and living in different parts of the state it took a while for the opportunity to arise. After the sunrise session we had in the dunes though I'd say it was well worth the wait. I've been wanting to check out this area as a potential location to bring a couple so...two birds one stone and what not. Bradi killed it and she deserves an enormous thank you for getting up at 3am to meet there for sunrise (which we still missed but that's ok).

Jared & Olivia - Intimate Forest Wedding

Jared and Olivia's wedding was really one of a kind and such a joy to be a part of. They chose to hold their ceremony on 80 acres of private land, under an incredible 300 year old maple tree, with just a small number of their friends and family present. It was one of the most intimate ceremonies I've had the pleasure of photographing, full of moments like Olivia surprising Jared by washing his feet as a sign of service to their marriage. I love spending days with such wonderful people and happy times. Cheers to Jared and Olivia!

Jen & Devin - Joshua Tree Elopement

Similar to what I said in my recent Yosemite post, Joshua Tree is somewhere I've wanted to visit for a long time.  I couldn't have asked for a better way to experience it for the first time also! Jen and Devin ended up being the winners from an Instagram giveaway I was a part of a few months ago. They officially got married at a courthouse recently before this day but wanted to do bridal photos in one of their favorite places. 

Jen grew up camping in Joshua Tree and even showed us photos from her childhood. Things like that, though simple, seem to add so much to the experience even for us photographers. We spent a few hours shooting bridals and a few family photos with their adorable little girl Phoenix. Jen and Devin absolutely killed at everything from the close intimate shots, to running down the highway, to cracking beers with so much swag. Not only that but they're a few of the nicest and most laid back people ever. There truly is nothing better than photographing beautiful people in beautiful places and I can't wait to return to Joshua Tree!

Ashleigh & Brian - Sunset Cliffs

While I was in California this month we took a day trip down to San Diego to hang/shoot with some of our Instagram friends. It's crazy that that's a thing these days but I'm so glad it is. It had been years since I had visited Southern California and believe me it was much needed. 

Ashleigh and I had talked about doing a motorcycle Cali vibes themed shoot with her and Brian. It was so damn fun hanging with friends and taking photos. Nothing beats an amazing couple along with a warm sea breeze, a flask of rum (I may or may not have taken a pull), and roasting a tire to finish the session. Oh, not to mention the hours of talking and laughing at In-N-Out that took place right afterwards.

Alexzia & Kyle - Deception Pass Elopement

The first thing that comes to mind when starting to write this blog post is how happy I am that this has finally come to fruition. This styled shoot has been months in the making and, considering it was a fairly simple one, threw a lot of curve balls my way before coming to completion. Scheduling a time that worked for all the vendors, models, and that Seattle weather agreed with was no small task.

With that being said, it was absolutely worth the wait. The weather and location could not have been better and I'm pumped on the images we got. Kyle, Lexi, and I headed up to some cliff sides near Deception Pass. We may have technically still been in Washington, but it felt like we had teleported ourselves to Scotland. Our time shooting on the edge of the sea and watching fighter jets fly in and out of the Navy base did not dissapoint. 

Nature elopements are becoming a new favorite of mine. I'm happy to say this is just scratching the surface as I'm heading to California next week and have two elopements which I can't describe how excited I am for. Thank you so much to Anna of Grace & Blooms, the folks at Dress Theory Seattle, and to Lexi and Kyle for modeling.

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Breanna & Kevin - Spring Sunset

It's always a privilege when other creatives I'm inspired by trust me with photographing them. Not only are Kevin and Breanna awesome photographers, they're some of the nicest people you'll ever meet (Example A: when I lost my chap stick and Breanna gave me one of their home made ones!). I knew right away I would be excited to shoot with them. I mean, man oh man do they have style!

Deciding to wing it, we headed out to a location none of us had been too before and it worked out perfectly. Not only do Breanna and Kevin look amazing together (Ryan Gosling doppelganger?), they're the kind of couple that you can tell truly are amazing together even after a single meeting. The way the interact with each other both goofily and intimately, even when the camera isn't pointed at them is amazing to see. And to think they got together all because of a college roommate with bad body odor (I'm not gonna tell the story but trust me it's a good one). 

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Aaron & Kenzie - Snowy Mountain Engagements

After their amazing cabin proposal last month, Aaron and Kenzie wanted to do their engagement photos in the snow. Despite driving through a minor blizzard on the way over the Cascade Mountains, we ended up with nearly perfect conditions at our destination. We spent a wonderful afternoon goofing around in knee deep snow and laughing our butts off. At their request, I brought my dog Piper to play with their handsome boy and we met some other pups along the way.

Aaron and Kenzie have to be some of the kindest and most enjoyable people I've ever met. They're all smiles, all the time. Despite me accidentally pushing Aaron over into 2' deep snow it was a great session. We wrapped up the drive home with some fun conversation and excellent diner food as the snow fell outside. It had been a bit of a gap between shoots for me and I was yet again reminded how much I love what I do. I can't wait to shoot their wedding later this year!

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Aaron & Kenzie - Mountain Cabin Proposal

For 2018 I did we most of us do. I made a list of goals, things I wanted to do, etc. Shooting a proposal was one of those and within the first week of the year I was able to cross that off the list. Not only that, but I can't think of two people whose proposal I would've wanted to witness more. I shot Aaron & Kenzie's grad photos when we all graduated from WSU a few years ago and they have to be some of the sweetest and nicest people I know.

Aaron and I met up at the mountain cabin he rented early in the morning to scope things out and figure out the plan. It's a good thing we did too because we had some unexpected curve balls thrown our way. The biggest was that the top layer of snow wasn't snow. It was inches of solid ice. The type you could skate on. The drive in and even walking was incredibly sketchy. So we decided it best to move the proposal inside.

Everything worked out awesome and I'm so happy I was able to both witness and document this incredible moment. Aaron and Kenzie are some of my favorite people and I can't wait to do a full engagement session with them soon!

2017 - A Year In Review

Looking back on 2017 I'd say this was an establishing year. I have been a photographer for 8 years now, but this was my first year as a full time licensed business and my first season as a wedding photographer. Some of my goals for the year I accomplished, some I didn't. But I learned so much and that is more valuable than anything. Not only that, but I had so much fun along the way.

Traveling, epic locations, and Instagram likes are all awesome, but its tears in the eyes of brides, grooms, and parents when they see their photos that mean the most to me. Hearing their expressions of gratitude and that they'll cherish these images for the rest of their lives is the greatest compliment I could ever receive and it's a big part of why I do what I do.  

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported throughout this first year. A special thanks is in order to my parents, friends, and especially everyone who has trusted me with capturing their love. I'm currently booking for 2018 and it's already shaping up to be a fantastic year. I can't wait to see what else is in store. 

Jenna & Mike - Winter Session

One of the things I love about photography is how it helps me stay connected with old friends. Back in the day there were more than a few times Jenna and I skipped school together to go get Subway. While her and Mike were visiting from their home in Kansas we got together for a photo session. They even flew their two cute puppies home with them. We had a lot of catching up to do and Jenna and Mike had lots of cool things to say. Little did I know they own a wedding venue in Kansas! How awesome is that? It's definitely going on my bucket list of venues now. 

Lindsey & Adam - Christmas Tree Farm

Man oh man does it feel good to be back. Between having surgery, recovering, and then Thanksgiving, I wasn't able to take any sessions during the month of November. That did allow me to work on many of the back end aspects of running a business though so no major complaints.

I had the idea of shooting at a Christmas tree farm during the weeks leading up to December. After hitting a goal on Instagram I put out a giveaway for a free session. Lindsey and Adam ended up the winners and, after bailing on the first two locations, we had a great little session as the early December sun went down over the valley.

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!