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.


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

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