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!

Kayla & Chance - Snoqualmie Elopement

The first wedding of 2017 is officially in the books. Occurring in an unexpected but an entirely welcomed fashion, this wedding is one of many that I plan on sharing with everyone this year. I say unexpected because I ended up shooting this ceremony at the last minute. Kayla and Chance decided to get married with a small intimate gathering of friends and family. This made coordinating efforts and all the photography work in the eleventh hour easily managable and I was happy to be a part of it all. Congratulations Kayla and Chance. Thank you again for having me along to document it all for you.

Heading North in November with Giana & Paisley

It's almost Thanksgiving already? Wait, how did that happen? Time has been going so fast, but I suppose that is the nature of things when you maintain a busy schedule. Thankfully I had the opportunity to shoot some more personal work this week with Giana and Paisely. I'm gonna start things off a bit differently this time, with a short video I put together of our day in the North Cascades.

I only half ass shot a few short clips so it's a bit repetitive, but I'm hoping to start doing more video work so be on the lookout for that and let me know what you guys think! I always appreciate feedback of any kind.

This waterfall is a pretty special one to me. I found it randomly exploring right after purchasing my first camera way back in the day and one of the first real outdoor adventures I went on. It's kind of sentimental to me for that reason and not many people know about it also. I've been wanting to shoot portraits here for a long time and I'm glad I was able to check that off the list.

Giana and Paisley have been friends of mine for quite a while. Paisley I've actually known since birth, so we've shot together before. Giana I've wanted to work with for a period of time and she recently began modeling as well so it worked out great. Paisley is a fantastic fashion blogger and model. She's been absolutely killin it lately so make sure to check her out here.

http://paisleynoelle.com/

We had a nice mixture of the "more serious modeling" look and "playful lifestyle" shots. Since Paisley and Giana are longtime friends, their interactions were fully authentic and easy to capture on camera.

Not much beats a solid day of exploring with cool people.

I think we shot 3 total looks for each of the girls and I was stoked with how the styling came out. Working with fashion bloggers is rad.

Since we shot both individual portraits and the girls together, and since they were both doing so good, I ended up with over 100 edits from the day.

The North Cascades highway is arguably (or not even arguably, it is) one of the best drives in Washington. I've lost track of how many times I've been here over the years. 

I've wanted to shoot models at Diablo Lake, and the North Cascades in general, for a long time now. Definitely worth the wait seeing as I got to shoot with not only one, but two awesome people.

Posting a lot for this blog but...I'm really stoked on all these...so keep scrolling. 

Color>B&W.....or....B&W>color....I don't know. I like both.

I had actually came up to the North Cascades about a month before this. There was some snow already, but this time the snow level had dropped a ton, which meant much more snow at the top.

Originally, I had hoped to make it all the way to Washington Pass to take photos. But we ended up leaving close to 3 hours behind our initial schedule and then detoured to the waterfall first. We were driving fast to try and make it there with enough light to shoot but then as I saw the temperatures dropping close to freezing, I thought it would be a bad idea to go blasting down the highway when there could be ice. And in all honesty, we wouldn't have made it there in time with enough light anyway.

Since Paisley is a fashion blogger, we shot a few photos for that as well. I'm not gonna share many of those though. Wait for Paisley's post!

Make sure to check out Paisley's content!

Website: http://paisleynoelle.com/                                                                                    Instagram: @paisley_noelle Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKplmjSFpwSi0gQ9zQw2SAQ

Follow Giana as well!

Instagram: @gianaamoretti

As always, thank you to the models and friends for this awesome day. And thank you to the readers who made it through this lengthy post. Get outside, take photos, and do awesome stuff. I know I will! - WM

Eastern Washington Canyons With Kirsti

Hey guys! I hope everyone has been enjoying the fall weather and slow transition to winter. I've really been able to take advantage of the colorful leaves sticking around so long this year and I'm thankful for that. On a recent trip to Eastern Washington, I was able to meet up with Kirsti and take some photos in the Yakima Canyon. This may be a shorter post but it is certainly worth sharing. 

Kirsti and I were connected through Instagram/a mutual photographer friend. I love the style of modeling she's been doing and knew we could work well together. Thankfully, she felt the same and we were able to make it happen. 

We ended up getting perfect weather for this session which was great. A cloudy drizzle created great light over the surrounding sage, orange colors of fall, and vast canyon walls. Along with all that, I was happy with how Kirsti styled the outfits. This was probably one of my favorite shots from the set. The sage brush made a great background and Kirsti's flannel colors were a great accent against the grey. 

If you haven't noticed by now, I have a thing for incorporating roads into a lot of my portraits. Overdone? Maybe, but they still always look good. 

In another post not too long ago, I got to shoot with Sydney in the fall colors of the north cascades. It was pretty great to be able to shoot the same, yet somehow also different, colors of fall on the other side of the mountains. 

Thanks are in order to Kirsti for another great shoot added to the books. Congrats again on her recent engagement and shout out to Jeff for doing such a great job on those photos. Be sure to give both of them a follow on Instagram. @ginger_spice & @sjencer.

Thanks for checking out the latest. See you guys next time. - WM

Lauren & Chad - Autumn Engagement

This week I had the pleasure of photographing an engagement session for an old high school friend of mine. Lauren was referred to me by her sister and she had some awesome ideas for taking photos that I'm excited to share.

Lauren had the idea to shoot at Bob's Corn. Since we originally planned on shooting over the weekend, we thought that it may be difficult navigating the crowds there. Due to a massive weather storm prediction and an extended forecast showing more rain than not, we spontaneously decided to rally and shoot our session midweek. With about two hours notice, but we made it happen. 

Lauren and Chad were so awesome to work with. Those who have spent time on either side of the camera know that sometimes there can be a certain amount of nervousness at first. It took very little effort or time to break the ice and get these two comfortable though. They were so playful on their own and did excellent being receptive to any suggestions I threw out. 

Our location was awesome and we really lucked out with great lighting conditions. Even with a decent amount of cars in the lot, Bob's Corn had so much space for us to get away and have our own area to shoot without interruption.  

I'm really happy with the amount of fall colors I've been able to incorporate in portrait shoots this year. I especially love this set where the orange continues from the background to the foreground with the leaves and pumpkins.

Prior to this session, I had been planning on shooting some fashion/portrait looks with a model in a corn maze. I'd definitely like to make that happen after seeing how great these turned out with Chad and Lauren.

I love when couples, or people in general for that matter, aren't afraid to act goofy, mess around, or be themselves. Even when I would tell Chad and Lauren to act playful with each other, the authenticity was never forged. They have such a great connection with each other and I think it's safe to say that can be seen in the photos.

It turns out that Lauren, Chad, and I are all die hard WSU fans. Bob's Corn has a murdered out Coug tractor so for our last shots before it became too dark, we most certainly had to get some in front of it. Shout out to Bob's Corn for doing such a cool job of representing my alma mater. 

Super grateful to be a part of Chad and Lauren's engagement celebration. Big thanks are in order to them. I've loved doing these engagement sessions lately and hope to continue with more soon! Thanks for reading. - WM

Autumn Mountains With Sydney

Fall definitely has to be my favorite season of the year. The deciduous trees litter the landscape of surrounding evergreens and mountains with impressive yellow, orange, and red color palettes of the changing leaves. The air becomes cooler and crisper. The fog and mist returns. The overall atmosphere creates a mood that can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors. So I knew I wanted to get out and take photos as much as possible.

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I recently discovered Sydney on Instagram through a mutual photographer friend of ours. Right away I knew she was someone I wanted to work with. Both her fashion and modeling styles seemed to be quite analogous with what I've enjoyed shooting lately. After reaching out and learning she was interested, we set our plans and were able to make this shoot happen soon after.

We headed up to Artist Point in the North Cascades mountains. Tucked between Mt. Shuksan and Mt. Baker with 10/10 views in every direction, it's one of my favorite places in Washington. I've been wanting to shoot with a model here for quite some time so I'm really happy it was finally able to happen.

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The weather forecast called for overcast conditions during the morning we had planned. This is what I was hoping for. I was actually almost concerned that it would be too overcast, blocking the views or we might get rained out. As you can see in the images, this was totally not the case. We had little to no cloud cover and the harsh lighting conditions proved to be a challenge early on. I've encountered this so many times by now though it doesn't worry me. Even if it's not ideal conditions, I'm confident in my capability to roll with the punches and find ways to get it done.

If you live in Washington, I highly encourage you to take a trip to Artist Point. There's great elevation changes, twists and turns galore, massive open spaces, and stellar surrounding mountain views that will make you feel like you're straight out of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth.

The mountains ended up being more blown out than I had hoped due to the harsh light. I'm honestly still really happy with this set of images though and can always go back again in the future. Which I'm sure I will, because this place has so much potential. 

After we finished at the summit, we switched to look number two and started descending down the mountain to shoot in some shaded areas. I gave Sydney some general outfit ideas I was interested in and was beyond stoked with what she came up with. 

As it turns out, Sydney and I went to the same school for a while. So we got to spend time reminiscing about the past and figuring out the other mutual people we knew which was fun.

Even with the less than ideal lighting conditions, the views were insanely cool.

During the driving time when we weren't talking, we jammed out to some throwbacks.

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I'm usually so simplistic in my editing process that I hardly do any adjustments. But for this I tried desaturating some of the yellows and greens to mellow out the background from being too overpowering in the bright light.

Although most of the epic background was lost because of the lighting, sometimes you can have fun with it so I still enjoyed this spot.

On our way back down the mountain highway I spotted a gravel road offshoot. If you have the time and gas to spare, it's a no brainer to me. You always take the gravel road and see where it leads. This one ended up taking us to an epic lookout spot where I definitely will be coming back to camp. 

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Sydney and I also got to have some really good talks on topics like business, modeling/photography industry, Instagram community, relationships, life in general, etc. I love meeting and connecting with new people and that's just as much fun as the photo shoot itself to me. 10/10 conversation quality. 

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I don't think I'll ever grow tired of shooting beautiful girls with hats like these either.

After descending from the mountain peaks, we stopped along the mountain highway to shoot with the golden fall leaves. These only last a few weeks usually and I'm glad I was able to get some good portraits this year. 

After shooting a more serious look throughout the day, we decided to wrap it up with some light hearted playful shots. 

And of course to end the day, nothing sounded better than burgers and milk shakes. So we headed into Bellingham and had our post-shoot lunch. Thanks Sydney for another great shoot to add to the books. Make sure to follower her @sydneystarkk because, spoiler alert*, she's gonna be up to some cool things soon. Pumped on all the images we ended up with and I hope to be back again with another set to share before too long. See you guys soon - WM

A Trip To Mt. Rainier

I was recently able to get together with Jordan to take some photos after being connected by a mutual photographer friend of ours. We set up a date and decided to shoot around Mt. Rainier. I had only been here once, about 5 years ago, in the winter. 

Most of the girls I've shot with in recent months have actually been fairly new to modeling. This was the case with Jordan as well. However she did a great job picking up on things quickly. 

It's the time of year when the wildflowers come into bloom near the mountain. This was one thing that attracted us towards shooting here so we took a lot of images that incorporated the flowers. 

This shoot actually turned out to be a bit of a struggle if I can be honest. With it being a weekend, traveling anywhere in Mt. Rainier National Park there were enormous crowds of people, trails were restricted, and areas to shoot were limited. We also had to wait for the sun to go down some before the lighting was suitable for the spots we had chosen.

We were limited to the trails nearby Paradise but we ended up finding a few spots to take photos and avoid the crowds.

The majority of Mt. Rainier was covered by clouds while we were shooting. This was a bit disappointing after the 3 hour drive to get here. But, you can't win em all right? The surrounding peaks and valleys were amazing and still made for some great photos. 

Mt. Rainier National Park has so many awesome areas that I still have yet to visit. I'd definitely like to get back here again in the future, perhaps with better preparation and at a time not during peak tourist visitation. 

One of my goals for the next few months is to get some photo books created. I'd like to include as much diversity as I can so I'm still waiting to complete shoots with more models I'm collaborating with. Those should be out and available to anyone who's interested by this fall. 

A big thank you is in order to Jordan for not only modeling, but for putting in the driving time and being patient with the challenging conditions. And as always, thanks to everyone reading. Back again soon - WM

Summer Evenings With Melissa

As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm working with a bunch of new people this summer so there will be new posts coming more often. I got connected with Melissa early in the summer and we finally got the chance to set up a shoot together. I'm pretty stoked to share these images because the session went really well.

Melissa started following me on Instagram and as soon as I checked out her profile I was intrigued. She's a super talented model who has worked with some great photographers and her photo feed speaks for itself. All her photos and her bio said that she was located in San Diego however so I didn't foresee us working together anytime soon. Not long after though, I saw her post that she was back home in Washington. I immediately shot her a message and we were both stoked to get together and take some photos.

We shot a local wildlife park along the Snohomish river. Ironically this is where I had my senior photos taken back in the day. Thankfully the park is big enough and timing was good so that we didn't have to work around many other people being there.

We made our way down to the river and we timed it just right with the lighting.

Melissa has a great style of modeling and it was cool to bring together both aesthetic styles and knowledge for this shoot.

After we finished shooting by the river, we switched to the second look and we made our way back up towards the fields.

The trail down to the river had a few massive clusters of logs and tall grass to get through. Thanks to Melissa for being such a champ and dealing with the unexpected obstacle course as well as me getting us lost through the bushes at least once haha.

This final round of images we got in the field are probably my favorite from the set.

I set up my 7D and shot a little bit of behind the scenes footage. There should be a short documentary film coming by the end of summer.

Model selfies for Snapchat are a must of course. 

Thanks to Melissa for another great shoot to add to the books. Hopefully her and I will work together again in the future. Hope you guys enjoyed this set and I should be back with another soon! Until then - WM

Storms At Deception Pass

Hey guys! As always, it's been ages since I last did a blog post. I'm gonna try and change that now though and in some new ways. In the past I have usually elected to save blogs for times when bigger events or stories have occurred. I have a lot of shoots planned with new models and new places this summer though. I would like to start doing shorter, and consistent, posts so that more images from each set get shared with everyone. So here goes.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to take some photos with Natasha. As with most connections, we were introduced through social media and soon made plans to shoot together. I was hoping for some overcast and somewhat drizzly weather because I love the moody atmosphere and smooth light in those scenes. As we met up early Saturday morning however, the rain was descending on us in pretty extreme amounts with the forecast showing no sign of relief. After contemplating it for a few minutes we decided to be bold and go for it anyway so we headed north. We arrived and took our first shots here at Pass Lake where the rain had dissipated enough to permit us. 

Next we made our way down to Rosario Beach. The rain started to pick up again as we were here and, despite the claims of being weatherproof, I'm usually pretty hesitant about having my 5D Mark II exposed to too much. We managed to grab a decent amount of shots here regardless though. 

Natasha didn't have much experience modeling prior to this. She picked it up quickly though and did a great job taking direction and delivering what I was going for.