A summer evening engagement session at Discovery Park in Seattle, Washington
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).
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.
Lake Wenatchee has been on my list of places to shoot for quite a while now. When I got my very first camera, an early photographer mentor of mine brought me over there during October to photograph some portraits and the fall colors. It's surreal returning at the same time 6 years later.
But before I go any further I need to give a huge shout out to Melissa and Zach. They were originally planning to drive 8 hours to come shoot with me. Lake Wenatchee ends up being about halfway between us though and I knew that would be an amazing place to do their engagement session. So we decided to meet there.
Despite the bitter cold winds it was excellent weather and we essentially had the entire location to ourselves the majority of the time. Zach and Melissa brought their dogs (YES!!!) and I was able to bring my dog Piper as well. It was quite the puppy fest and I wish every session could have dogs. They have such a cute little family and it was so fun taking their photos. I can't wait to shoot their wedding next summer!
Well, by popular request, the blogging of portrait sessions recommences. If you've been around for a while you may remember seeing a lot more blogs for portrait sessions and model work. When I "re-branded" my website earlier this year I elected to take all those off and focus strictly on couples to help "maintain my brand image". I tried out one of those nifty new Instagram polls however and a whopping 93% of followers said they wanted to see more portrait work.
And what better way to kick that off again than by sharing some images from a recent fall shoot I had with Michaela. After shooting earlier this spring, she hit me up to do another session for her. I don't see myself getting tired of couples, but it was nice to shoot some more portrait/model ish type stuff like I used to do so much of. We drove out into the mountains and played around shooting those moody northwest vibes that we all know and love. Thanks Michaela for doing so great in this session and braving the rain.
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!