These two. After being incredibly gracious rescheduling when I had to stay home with a sick kiddo, racing the rain clouds during our session and then surprising me with a very thoughtful session gift I really just wanted to give them huge hugs and add them to my Christmas card list. That’s normal right? Let me tell you, it was a whole lot colder than Emily made it look, but I’m thinking she had some help keeping warm. They just made it the whole session seem so effortless.
Since I started out in education, I’m not sure why it took me so long to see how incredibly fun & rewarding it could be to share the knowledge I’ve gleaned over the years with others. Taking photos is SO.MUCH.FUN, and do you know what makes it more fun than a barrel of rainbow colored monkeys? Feeling confidant and in control of your camera while doing it! Our phones have become a convenient crutch that stand in the way of really embracing that shiny camera we may have purchased but never really took time to figure out. If you’re anything like me manuals and reading the how-to’s are simply not going to happen. Ever. So getting your camera out, actively practicing and seeing results is the way to do it! I had such a fantastic time on Saturday with a terrific group of ladies. We had cameras out and lots time to practice while having the added bonus of making some new friends. I’m already looking at calendar dates to see when we can make this happen again!
Every good class should have delicious snacks right? Even better if they are pretty to photograph!
Woods Coffee was gracious enough to donate a much needed caffeine hit to get the morning started on a perfectly roasted note. The cake & cookies Jenny Cookies was thoughtful to provide were as tasty as they were perfect for practice photographing in different light or aperture. Having something so pretty to photograph definitely makes the whole learning process more enjoyable.
These oh-so-cute bundled journals & pens were such a sweet take-away provided for each attendee by my friend Nicole of Gracie Paper. The binding and cover is so thick & luscious. Yes it is luscious, very rich and providing great sensory pleasure. :o) Every attendee received a workbook because seriously it doesn’t matter how well you absorb information it is always necessary to have something you can refer back to for help. The lovely Harper Gray designs created the cover and I LOVE it. I know that you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but honestly, I always do. And this cover beckons me to read it. My two sweet things were brought in as models for the last 20 minutes to practice some shutter speed options. It was nice to have some live bodies to move around. I made sure Addison wore her new super twirly dress from Lularoe and it was perfect. Thank you ladies for making the class such a success! Be sure to be on the lookout for the next class in April.
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.