The other day I stopped by to see my friends Breanna & Kevin and meet their new puppy. You may recognize them from this session we did in spring. This morning we were just hanging out as friends, not really intending to do a shoot but I brought my camera #becausepuppy. We took photos for maybe 10 minutes but I couldn’t help sharing a few of these! Maybe a full in home session will be in store for the future!
When a shoot is planned at your favorite place in Washington, you know it's going to be good no matter what. The section of the North Cascades near Mt. Baker is somewhere I look forward to visiting every summer/fall. After an epic autumn portrait session (Check it out here) I knew I wanted to shoot a couple here at the soonest opportunity.
That came in the form of this styled elopement with Ally and Garrett. Two of the most chill and fun people I've had the pleasure of spending time with this summer. We had some of the best conversations talking about our Enneagram styles during the long car ride. As we predicted, the heavy smoke from wildfires diminished the usually bold mountain views. But we had a blast regardless and I had to steal a bunch of great new bluesy music from Garrett into a new playlist I appropriately named "Smoky Aftertaste". We were all happy about how the photos turned out and several of them have already been shared on popular feature accounts such as PNWedding and Adventurousstorytellers.
Huge thank you to Ally, Garrett, and all the vendors that participated in making this styled shoot such a great one! Check them out and give them a follow!
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I can't believe it's been a year since Katelyn and Ryan eloped. It's been such a blessing being a part of couples' journeys over time and I can't wait to see what else happens for them.
Spontaneoty seems to be a theme during shooting with these two. Last year at their elopement (check it out here) we had to change the entire ceremony/reception location with just a few hours notice. Same thing again. We were planning on going to the coast but ended up trading for the mountains due to some really ugly looking weather near the ocean. Katelyn also wasn't able to get her actual wedding dress the morning of so we used this forestry gown instead. We roll with the punches.
Here's how the rest of the day went: Head to the mountains, tried out a few random locations, had some insane weather and lighting, went in the lake, ended with day with burgers, beers, and shots of fireball. Happy one year you two!
Florals: Sarah Severin
A few months ago I put on a giveaway when I reached 3k on Instagram (I do this every so often so follow along!). A couple was randomly chosen and I couldn't be happier that it was none other than Alley and Jared. And get this, Alley and I actually knew each other from high school but it took a minute to register for us both since we're old and high school was 8 years ago. Turns out Jared graduated from WSU the same year as myself as well. He's also one of the nicest guys I've met in a long time so he's already cool in my book!
The timing worked out great as Jared had popped the question just a few weeks before. We headed down to Discovery Park in Seattle for a perfect summer evening session just before the storm rolled in. These two were total naturals in front of the camera and absolutely killed it, even before the Angry Orchards got busted out. After hanging out with them just a few times it's easy to see what a genuine love and connection they have for each other. That is always such a joy to photograph and be in the presence of.
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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 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!
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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!
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.
Yosemite. Where to even begin. Probably by saying that this place has been on my travel list for several years. Man does it feel good to cross this one off the list. And to shoot an elopement here? Even better!
I was second shooting this elopement for my amazing photographer friend Maya Lora and will just be sharing bridal portraits for now. We got to spend two days in Yosemite before Jack and Catherine tied the knot though and I'll throw in some of those photos just for good measure!
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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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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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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For 2018 I did what 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!
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.