Claire & Carl | NAS Whidbey Island Military Wedding | Oak Harbor Photographer

Claire & Carl | NAS Whidbey Island Military Wedding | Oak Harbor Photographer

Joining two lives together in marriage is always the start of an adventure, but when the military is involved, it's taken to a whole other level where flexibility, patience and a good sense of humor is always needed. I was originally scheduled to photograph Claire & Carl's off-island wedding late this October,

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Kristen & Jason + One on the Way | Oak Harbor Maternity Photography | Fort Ebey, WA

Kristen & Jason + One on the Way | Oak Harbor Maternity Photography | Fort Ebey, WA

I love autumn on Whidbey Island, the air is crisp, the leaves are turning warm hues, and there's such a sense of beauty when the seasons are right on the cusp of change.  I first met Kristen and Jason around this time last year for holiday photos,

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Luke & Nadine | Deception Pass Engagement | Whidbey Island Photographer

Luke & Nadine | Deception Pass Engagement | Whidbey Island Photographer

Engagement sessions are always the best way to get to know a couple before their big day.  We get to explore, laugh and chat in a relaxed environment, all with some stellar Pacific NorthWest backdrops behind us.  Nadine and Luke are getting married close to the Canadian border this summer, and they ventured down to the Whidbey Island area for some photos down at Deception Pass.

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Welcome Home VAQ-132 | Oak Harbor Navy Homecoming Photographer | NAS Whidbey Island

Welcome Home VAQ-132 | Oak Harbor Navy Homecoming Photographer | NAS Whidbey Island

Young love, finally reunited after months of separation...what could be sweeter?  After a few setbacks and delays, Casey was finally able to fly home to his beautiful girlfriend Kaityln who traveled from the east coast to be there for his Navy homecoming.

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Ashley & Dave | The Armour House | Chicago Mansion Wedding

Ashley & Dave | The Armour House | Chicago Mansion Wedding

Everything about Ashley & Dave's historic mansion wedding was completely swoon-worthy.  From the monogramed robes, immaculate garden landscape, incredible floral arrangements to the sparkler-send off, start it was an incredible day start to finish.  The weekend was a total whirlwind.  

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Cearra + Omar | Rosario Beach | Anacortes Couple's Photographer

Cearra + Omar | Rosario Beach | Anacortes Couple's Photographer

These two were so electric, narrowing down favorites was almost impossible.  This radiating session down at Rosario Beach was such an amazing experience.  From the way Omar looked at Cearra, the sun beams illuminating her hair, the dynamic background and the beautiful golden dress she wore, the whole shoot was just perfect.

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The Big One | Bowman Bay Cake Smash | Anacortes Family Photographer

The Big One | Bowman Bay Cake Smash | Anacortes Family Photographer

It's such a cliche', but I swear the older I get, the faster time goes.  These moments of toddlerhood, childhood curiosity, snuggles and dependence are so fleeting, which makes photographs so important.  I loved shooting Leo's first birthday cake smash photos.  His mom, dad and grandmother all adore this little boy and it totally shows in the photographs.

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Daughter + Mother + Daughter | Rosario Beach at Sunset | Anacortes Photographer

Daughter + Mother + Daughter | Rosario Beach at Sunset | Anacortes Photographer

he connection between mother and daughter is such a fiercely strong and powerful thing.  AJ reached out a few months ago to set up a session to surprise her mom with a portrait session. Willow is a photographer herself, and both of her daughters are artistic women, so it was such a wonderful experience to collaborate with a trio who brought so much creativity and beauty to the scene.  

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Webster Family | Deception Pass Family Session | Whidbey Island Photography

Webster Family | Deception Pass Family Session | Whidbey Island Photography

Whidbey Island is gorgeous.  It's rugged, dynamic and free.  The turquoise waters envelope us, and snow capped mountains stand tall in the distance, even in summer.  So when this darling family contacted me to ask about a session while visiting Washington from their home in California, I knew the scenery here would not disappoint.  We met at Deception Pass and explored the coves, beaches and trails together.  Their two daughters were the stars of the show, sharing huge smiles, giggles and laughter.

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