One of my most favorite moments from any engagement session happened during Branden & Brooke’s that will forever live in my memory alongside a giant grin. We hadn’t been shooting very long when I asked them to walk out a little ways and dance. They both embraced the task like we were filming an episode of America’s Got Talent. My heart melted. And then I wanted to join in. I haven’t laughed that much with new friends in a long time. The rain held off until the very end and I’d say this day of adventuring was a huge success. I’ve got some incredibly muddy boots to prove it.
Every time I meet a new family I am drawn to the dynamics. The relationships that play out in natural interaction. It was such a pleasure to meet, photograph and just enjoy time with the Gebrils. The grass was tall and scratchy in the field we traipsed through, we were bumping up against nap time and yet the beauty of their family is evident in every frame. My absolute favorites are the frames in between. The photos when the love and caring just flows out seamlessly and I am just delighted to be near enough to capture.
Kierston + Eric
I cannot believe I’ve lived in Washington my entire life and had never visited Mount Rainier National Park. A serious oversight on my part for sure. Now I only wish it was closer so I could go every week. We enjoyed beautiful but chilly weather for our shoot in July and the mountain didn’t actually make an appearance until two hours after our shoot but I still consider the day a complete success. Amazing beauty is in abundance around every bend and it’s hard to not just sit in awe and soak it all in.
Campbell + Safford
Such a fun wedding at Green Gates at Flowing Lake. Kilts, firemen, and so many details that melded these two families together. I loved all the symbolic touches that spoke loudly of the love and connection Jessica + Rob have grown over the years and are now cementing in marriage. Cheers!
There are so many summer days that I wish I had tangible photographic memories, but it is hard when you are actually living them as well. The simple, everyday activities that fill summer days and make up the deep-seeded-contented happy that is childhood. Little backyard pools filled with flowers, toys and grass. Blowing bubbles to chase with sticky soapy fingers. Slip and sliding down a hose soaked tarp that is more fun than Wild Waves because you’re at home with family. Then wrap up all these simple pleasures with a meal shared around a picnic table under the shade of a tree. Yep, these are the moments that fill up that happy in my heart reminding me childhood doesn’t have to be plugged in or expensive. Bring on the bubbles!
My favorite part of engagement shoots? Spending the day with two fabulous people with nothing to do but explore, have fun, get to watch love in action and take beautiful photos! This day at Discovery Park & the Ballard Farmer’s Market with Nate & Kendall was an absolute success. I cannot wait for their wedding this summer. I know it is going to be grand.
Eric & Jenna’s wedding was an international affair. Guests traveled from London, Australia, Kenya just to name a few, to a little paradise escape in Yakima. Cascade Gardens is a hidden gem sequestered across from the largest hops farm in Washington. It truly felt like a meet up of long lost friends. The atmosphere was joyous, celebratory and so very welcoming. A sweet love affair for everyone to enjoy.
Oh what a day. A day I have personally been praying for for years. The day one of my very good friends found the man God had chosen for her and began their life together. I am so very proud of the journey that led to this day and the incredible honor it was to photograph its beauty unfolding at Maplehurst. There were many short breaks for happy tears and heartfelt hugs (Andrea’s favorite), but I know I am forgiven. So very, very joy filled for you my friend and looking forward to watching the journey continue.
I know I’ve said this before but there is something so incredibly special about spending time in a beautiful location with a couple in love and getting to photograph it all. Seriously, it is so much my favorite. You can’t look through this shoot and tell me you’re not a little jealous of our sunny day at the river and secretly wish you were there with us.
Want to know why this is the cutest, best idea ever? Because it was Trace’s! I love a man with a plan.
Filmed a fun video with my friend Jenny Cookies the other day (you can check it out here!) on making little, incredibly delightful terrariums. Turns out I am completely enchanted with succulents. They have so much beautiful texture, color, variety and just amazing cleverness wrapped up in a small package. Grouped together they make for some serious eye candy. Combine that with all the wonderful details of Jenny’s ladies luncheon and it was quite the afternoon. Illume‘s Cactus Verde scent is splendid. It’s clean, refreshing and seems to energize. That’s a lot for a yummy scent to manage.