Rosario Beach Romance | Roman Inspired Wedding Feast | Anacortes, Washington

Rosario Beach Romance | Roman Inspired Wedding Feast | Anacortes, Washington

Last night's stylized session was a dream come true!  A few months ago my wildly talented photographer friend Kim (of The Big Day) and I were catching up at Whibey Coffee, and a vision of collaborating on a Roman inspired wedding shoot began to evolve.  We imagined the rocky cliffs of Rosario Beach and a beautiful bride in a gorgeous flowing gown standing upon the rocks at sunset...

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Tiffany & Jon Married at Sea | Whale Watching Wedding off the San Juan Islands | Anacortes Wedding Photographer

Tiffany & Jon Married at Sea | Whale Watching Wedding off the San Juan Islands | Anacortes Wedding Photographer

Talk about the epitome of the PNW at its finest!  Usually the turquoise waters surrounding our island are in the distant background of photos, but for this maritime wedding, it set the scene for one of the most unique ceremonies I've photographed.  Tiffany and Jon celebrated their I-do's surrounded by their closest family and friends on a whale watching tour boat docked out of Anacortes.  For about 3 hours we cruised the open waters, passing bald eagles and various densely forested islands I didn't even know existed, until we came to a stop to watch an orca pod breaching and tail slapping in the distance and eventually coming right alongside the boat. 

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Columbia College Class of 2017 | NASWI | Oak Harbor Photographer

Columbia College Class of 2017 | NASWI | Oak Harbor Photographer

I get teary at weddings....it's just what I do. The pure joy, the heightened emotions, the candid moments...So who knew I'd also be turning on the water works at a graduation celebration?! Photographing Columbia College's graduating class of 2017 at NAS Whidbey Island was such a moving experience.  I loved hearing the students' personal stories of what their degree meant to them, watching the ceremony unfold, and documenting the pride and sense of accomplishment on not only their faces, but also on the faces of their loved ones. 

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Taylor & Caleb | Fort Ebey Engagement Session | Whidbey Island Photographer

Taylor & Caleb | Fort Ebey Engagement Session | Whidbey Island Photographer

Taylor & Caleb's PNW engagement session was the first time I actually was able to meet this darling couple in person.  I had spoken to Taylor a few months ago on the phone as she was out of state, planning a wedding back in Arkansas while engaged to a handsome fella stationed here at NAS Whidbey Island.  Engagement photos were scheduled during her recent visit to the island, and I totally hit the jackpot with a couple who not only were so natural and photogenic in front of the camera, but who were also up for an adventure of exploring Fort Ebey in less than ideal weather.  

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Twin Golden Hour | Joseph Whidbey State Park | Oak Harbor Couples & Family Photography

Twin Golden Hour | Joseph Whidbey State Park | Oak Harbor Couples & Family Photography

Twin sessions will always have a special place in my heart, for obvious reasons of course...and so when Katy reached out about taking some family photos with her boy / girl twins while her mother and grandmother were in state visiting, I was so excited.  #1) It gave me a chance to talk "mom of multiple" life, #2) I got another excuse to see her little ones.  (The last time I saw them was at their newborn session, and my, have they grown!) and #3) I always love getting outside and exploring with my camera.  

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Retro Bus Camp Out | Bowman Bay | Whidbey Island Photographer

Retro Bus Camp Out | Bowman Bay | Whidbey Island Photographer

Last night's time behind the camera made me happy...and for so many reasons.  First off, it's beginning to feel like summer here on Whidbey.  I know, I know....we're just hitting spring now, but last night the sun was out, the breeze was just right, and the air was just cool enough to enjoy the warmth of a bonfire.  Being surrounded by the beauty of the PNW is therapeutic enough by itself, but paired with a day like yesterday....ahh, heaven.  

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Ysabel & Brett | Safeco Field & Gas Works Park Engagement | Seattle, WA

Ysabel & Brett | Safeco Field & Gas Works Park Engagement | Seattle, WA

There are 3 top reasons I love being a photographer.  1) Telling stories through images, 2) meeting awesome new people, and 3) exploring different places that I probably wouldn't discover on my own.  Ysabel & Brett's engagement shoot was no exception!  After a beautiful rugged Saturday down at a Deception Pass engagement session, I was looking forward to a totally contrasting urban look at downtown Seattle.

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Ashley & André | Deception Pass Engagement Photos | Whidbey Island

Ashley & André | Deception Pass Engagement Photos | Whidbey Island

I feel like Deception Pass State Park is the epitome of PNW livin'.  Beautiful, rugged and amazing. Saturday started off as a dreary day, but as we approached sunset, Mother Nature sure brought her A-Game for Ashley and André's engagement session!

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Carl & Claire | Fort Ebey Engagement Photos | Whidbey Island Wedding Photographer

Carl & Claire | Fort Ebey Engagement Photos | Whidbey Island Wedding Photographer

This island...seriously.  Been here 8 months now and I still can't get over it. On the same afternoon, I get to go from forest, to beaches, to fields with mountains in the distance....what?!  So when Claire said that she and her husband-to-be wanted to do engagement photos at Fort Ebey, (one of my favorite spots!) I knew it was going to be a good day!  

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