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.
I showed up to Stephanie’s house so very excited to get this wedding season on the move! In fact, I was so early I made myself wait in the car for a little while so as not to be too over zealous. I am so glad to have started the day with this fabulous group of girlfriends who were so supportive and incredibly helpful. I cannot tell you how it warms my heart when bridesmaids and groomsmen genuinely take their role seriously and really come alongside the bride & groom to make their day as fabulous and stress-free as possible. The whole day was just a lovely unfolding of this sweet couples friends and family’s heartfelt celebration of Keith & Stephanie. It was such an joy to be in the mix watching, enjoying and feeling very much a part of it all.
The details were so perfect. Stephanie painted this piece of art for the sign in table along with all of the centerpiece cards. Just tapping into some new watercolor talent for her classy wedding. So many cute details!
I loved how the bridesmaids were totally trying to catch a peek during portraits.
That moment, right before you become a Mrs.
It’s a little bit magical when I can sneak the couple out for a few more sunset portraits. Everyone is relaxed, happy and so ready to just be happy in love.
It takes a great team to make such a spectacular day!
Dress- Brand/Style: Allure Bridal 9068 from pearls and lace (http://www.pearlsandlace.com/
Shoes- brand: Menbur purchased at: BHLDN
Venue- Hidden Meadows
Hair- Posh Styling (http://www.posh-styling.com/) stylist: Leah
Makeup- Holly Holman (hollyjholman gmail.com)
Videographer- Andy Fitts ‘Fitts Studios’ (http://www.fittsstudios.com/)
Florist- Contemporary Floral Kristen Pedeferri (Kristen@contemporaryfloral.
Wedding planner: Elizabeth Dougherty (email@example.com)
Just to mix things up I thought I’d try my hand at making my own holi powder and adding a little flair to a shoot. I’ll need to add a little more color next time to make the powder more vibrant, but all in all I’d say it was a success. I mean, there really wasn’t an unhappy (or clean) face to be found. I used this recipe but you can find a ton of ideas on pinterest. Enjoy!
When a good friend of mine called and wanted to do a styled generations shoot at her families cherry orchard I was pretty dog gone excited. Full on happy dance excited. First off, she is an absolutely fantastic stylist and I new anything she was working on would be fabulous and second, I LOVE cherry blossoms. They are simply classic beauty in their elegant blossoms, purity and promise of life. It was not disappointing. In fact, there is so much incredibleness that I have to break the photos up. We’ll start with the wonderful family warmth of three generations of special ladies who gathered in an orchard to enjoy lunch, love and a whole lot of laughter.