Courtney & Robert - Autumn Engagement

It’s so cool when one set of friendships leads to another. I met Courtney when she was a bridesmaid in Jessica and Levi’s wedding this summer. Now here we are just a few months later doing her and Robert’s engagement photos and I have their wedding on the books for 2019!

We ended up spontaneously switching up our plan for their session which ended up being awesome. We had the perfect combination of foggy moody weather and also bright golden hour at sunset. I finally got to shoot at Rattlesnake Lake too which was fun to cross off the list. It was great hanging out, taking photos, and shotgunning beers with these guys! Their wedding next year in Southern Washington is gonna be a good one just you wait!

Kelsey & Tyler - Mt. Baker Sunset Engagement

The section of mountains near Mt. Baker has to be one of my favorite places in Washington. I made it a goal at the beginning of this year to photograph a couple here at least once. Heading up with Kelsey and Tyler was the third session here for 2018 so I’d call that a success! The amount of trails and cool little areas up here are endless and I had a great time exploring around with these two.

Kelsey, Tyler, and I are all WSU alumi (Go Cougs!!!). They met at our favorite bar on campus and the rest is history! I always love hanging with other WSU people because we instantly have such a connection from our time there. Pullman community really is like a big family and like no other. Sunset in the mountains with these guys was so much fun and I can’t wait for their summer wedding next year!

Kaela & Alex - North Cascades Engagement

October in the Pacific Northwest can be tough to beat. Especially when you get a day like we did for Kaela and Alex’s engagement session. We drove through the North Cascades and shot at some of the most iconic places like Diablo Lake and Washington Pass. Kaela and Alex have basically been together since junior high. Who knew such cool things could come from math class! I had a great time adventuring the cloudy mountains with these two, talking about our dog obsessions, and running their car out of gas at the end of the day! Can’t wait to photograph their wedding next summer!

Lena & Vitaliy - Latourell Falls Adventure

Amazing! Stoked! Raw and real! These are some of the words that come to mind when thinking about shooting with Lena and Vitaliy. As a photographer it’s easy to get excited when subjects have great chemistry with the camera and, to put it simply, are just naturals. That was absolutely the case with Lena and Vitaliy. But what was so cool was that you could tell they just couldn’t help themselves but wrapping each other up regardless of it being a photo shoot. These guys are just crazy about each other and didn’t have to turn it up a notch. I’m so glad I was able to connect with them while I was in Portland for a few days.

Kara & Kyle - Colombia River Gorge Anniversary Session

After spending 3 days at Cannon Beach for Rachael and James’ wedding (Take a look here) I cruised east to hang out with some friends in Portland/Vancouver and do a few sessions. Right when I arrived in Portland I drove straight to Kara and Kyle’s, hopped in their car with them and we headed out into the Colombia River Gorge.

Kara and I knew each other from high school and then we both went to WSU (Go Cougs!!). That’s where she met Kyle. He was the house boy for her sorority. If that’s not a rad college sweethearts that became husband/wife story then….well then nothing cuz it absolutely is!

Oregon waterfalls are the best. We had an awesome session shortly before they celebrated 3 years of marriage. It was the first time I’d met Kyle, first time I’d seen Kara in a long time, and I felt like I instantly hit if off with them. They’re some of the nicer people ever and I feel like WSU alumni are one big family! We chatted about where we’d like to live, our goals, fly fishing (I’m convinced Kyle is gonna teach me now), and tons else. Speaking of where to live, if you’re ever house hunting in the greater Portland area Kara is your girl! She’s fantastic and the best real estate agent out there! Check her out here.

Happy anniversary you two!

Rachael & James - Oregon Coast Wedding

Rachael & James’ wedding is one I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. I was fortunate enough to spend the weekend with them in Cannon Beach. We shot their engagement session (check it out here) last September and since then it’s been so cool to pick up on all the little quirks and things that make their relationship such their own. Rachael and I first met back in high school almost a decade ago (I’m not freaking out, you’re freaking out) and it’s been a pleasure getting to know James throughout this past year.

While we ended up getting quite an ugly storm on the wedding day and needing to move the ceremony indoors, I’ll still take a day on the Oregon Coast any time. Thankfully we did catch a 40 minute break just long enough to get some portraits outside. The rest of the weekend was dry though and I had a wonderful time with everyone over these three days. I don’t think I’ve ever met a bridal party that was more welcoming and friendly. From Friday night brewery trips with the boys, to late night hangs with the girls, every minute was awesome. This is a weekend I will not soon forget. Rachael, James, thank you both so much for allowing me to be a part of such a special time.

Venue: Surfsand Resort
Florals: Mercer Island Florist
Gown: The White Dress Portland

Breanna & Kevin - At Home With The Puppy

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!

Ally & Garrett - Mt. Baker Elopement

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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Florals: Sarah Severin
Gown: Kirsten Paige
Hair: Shannon Wylie

Katelyn & Ryan - Mountain Anniversary

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

Alley & Jared - Summer Evening Engagement

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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 And last but not least, thank you Alley & Jared for the wine bottle gift!

And last but not least, thank you Alley & Jared for the wine bottle gift!

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!

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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.

Jack & Catherine - Yosemite Elopement

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!