Ryann and Jeremy were probably one of the most relaxed couples I've had the pleasure to photograph over the years. Every interaction between them was just so effortless and joyful. Their connection was so genuine and they'd just be giddy whenever they looked at each other. They were married at Nature's Connection Place in Arlington outside in a beautiful garden. Guests enjoyed stone fired pizzas and a Baskin Robbins ice cream bar as they danced the night away! Many hugs to the new Mr. and Mrs. It was a delight!
Mount Baker was standing proud in the background on the most stunning afternoon when Julie and David were married in Anacortes. With a first look at Cap Sante overlooking their ceremony site at Seafarers' Memorial Park, the couple shared an intimate moment before joining their families and becoming husband and wife. Not only did they exchange vows and rings, but they serenaded each other under during the ceremony to a beautiful rendition of "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts. It was a lovely afternoon full of joy, and I was thrilled to be there the document it.
Marrying into the military means a life full of unpredictability, flexibility and adventure! And Ryan and Abby's new life together will be no exception! Not only is Ryan getting deployed with the Navy, but Abby will soon be joining him to begin their journey as husband and wife stationed in JAPAN! I met this darling couple Friday morning at Deception Pass where they had a private and beautiful elopement ceremony. They had an intimate vow exchange married by a family friend, and then walked the beaches through the pacific mist as a newly married couple.
I love working with this family. I first met Katy and Kyle when they had just brought their newborn twins home for an in-home lifestyle session. This time we were able to connect again with their whole crew, and it was so adorable watching the big brothers love up on their siblings. And when there's 4 kiddos, 2 of them super active, what better place to have a photo-shoot than at the park!
The bond between a family is a powerful thing, and how amazing is it to know from day 1 that you have a line of strong, caring, and committed women surrounding you with love. This Anacortes lifestyle session was so special because baby girl not only was wrapped up in her mother's arms, but also the arms of her grandmother and great-grandmother! 4 generations together, loving up on this sweet little lady.
The story of the military family is one of strength, resilience, and love. It's one of unpredictable phone calls, trying to explain to little ones why daddy or mommy can't tuck them in at night, and count downs of days until being reunited. It's also a story of joy. The excitement and anticipation of being able to have a conversation face to face, the camaraderie and bond you make with your fellow military families, and the pure elation across both parent and kiddos face when finally in arms reach of each other.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
People kept saying it was going to snow all week, and I kind of wrote it off with a "sure, we'll get a tiny dusting that will melt by 10:00 am, no biggie..." attitude. So imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning to a beautiful winter scene instead of the dirty slush that I had predicted.
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So I'm definitely aging myself, but I remember the days when senior photos consisted of going to a previously assigned dark studio, choosing from a variety of watercoloresque backdrops, and draping a black cloak over your shoulders (or opting for the letterman jacket) while slightly tilting your head to the side. That was your yearbook photo. That was it.
Ok, I loved this session so much. I first met Katie when I photographed her wife's Navy homecoming in the fall. It was such a special moment when Kate got off the plane and finally was reunited with her wife. Fast forward a few months, as these two are getting ready to say goodbye to Oak Harbor for their next station across the country.
Guys, it's a small, small world. We moved to Whidbey Island from Oklahoma this past summer, and part of the "settling in" process has been finding great people to help out with our twins while Kristopher is away and I have a session or other obligation. And I'm gonna be honest...finding someone you trust with your kiddos is no easy thing!
I thought I loved a Whidbey Island sunset...until I got up early enough to photograph a Whidbey Island sunrise! Holy moly! I first met Liz when I shot some bridal stylized portraits for her back in the fall. She's was so fun to work with, so I was really looking forward to meeting her husband and two pups for a family session.
Ok, I'll just say it....I LOVE lifestyle sessions. They're so intimate and real - a perfect little glimpse into every day life. I originally met with this darling family at NAS Whidbey to do some photos on the flight line to commemorate their time stationed at Whidbey Island before heading back home all the way to Australia.
Whether I'm doing a shoot down at Deception Pass, spending time on base or grabbing coffee downtown, I always find myself pausing to watch the jets soar when I hear them screaming through the sky.
It's October...in Washington State...and I had to kill a good 25 minutes with this couple because there was actually too much sun....whaaaattt? I try to time these things out pretty well to give pictures that unbeatable "sunsety" glow, while making sure we have plenty of time to shoot.