Six years ago, I photographed Jeff and Reesa's wedding day and six years later, they have three of the cutest babes.
Six years ago, I photographed Jeff and Reesa's wedding day and six years later, they have three of the cutest babes.
I met Kirsten and Eric back in 2014 when I second shot their wedding for my dear friend, Karen Obrist. These two have since moved to Chicago, but were back in town for Thanksgiving and Karen referred them to me, as she's now in New York! It was so fun to see them again and to meet their 7-month old baby girl as well as the rest of the family. Kennedy was the happiest baby and it was great to get some baby advice from Kirsten as we are expecting a baby girl soon too! A joy to have spent some time with this family.
I photographed these two three years ago when they were freshly engaged... and now they have a sweet baby boy. I was in San Diego for a week back in March and was able to meet up with Chapman and Hannah. It was a pleasure to meet their plump baby Shepherd... who isn't so much a baby anymore! These three are outrageously photogenic, and spending time with them went by too fast. Love you guys.
Ally is a co-worker who I met a couple years ago (what?!) and since meeting her, we've connected on our similar taste in style/cutesy things, family and most importantly Jesus! She has the cutest two girls, who continually teach even me things every time Ally posts about 'em. Aaron and I had such a great time hanging out with this family a few Sundays back. I love these images.
Yvonne is one of my bestest friends and was actually a bridesmaid in my wedding last fall. I'm so excited to say that I get to do the same honor for her this upcoming weekend! I was lucky enough to be able to capture some engagement photos for these two just a handful of weeks ago down in LA. Yvonne and Chandler- you two are so wonderful and we can't wait to celebrate your love so soon! Enjoy some of my favorite captures from our time together.
It's been a minute since I blogged! And another one since I've done some senior portraits. It's definitely that time again and no better to kick it off than my beautiful cousin, Jasmine. Life moves so fast and I can't believe she's starting her Senior year. Happy first day of school and let me know if senior portraits are still a need. Booking until this November :)
Elsa is the co-founder of Juliet + Lou, an event planning and design company. She and her sister did a wonderful job making the vision for my own wedding come to life so when I heard that she was expecting, I told her to call me up as soon as she was nearing her due date for some maternity photos. I am so glad she did! I joined Elsa and Tyson in their beautiful home and was able to capture some images of this big mile marker in their lives! Life is about to change for the better for these two; I am so excited for you guys. Can't wait to meet your baby girl :)
Who remembers this sweet family? Over two years ago I photographed Jaxon at two weeks old... and now they have their second kiddo. Of course the star of our time together was little Asher, but look at how much Jaxon has grown! It was great to catch up with this family; I adore these type of sessions because it captures little moments in time, especially when it seems to go by so fast. To see a little character in Jaxon was so fun and to see Megan and Colby in a new life stage as parents to two, it is really a blessing.
A little over four years ago, I met Jess and Tom for the first time as they were nearing the day when they would be able to meet their firstborn daughter, Sadie. It was seriously such a joy to be able to see this family again and to finally be able to meet their precious kiddos! Jess and Tom feel like old friends and photographing them was easy peasy. Thank you again for welcoming me into your lives for a morning.
In 64 days, these two will be pronounced husband and wife. Excited for you guys! Thanks for an enjoyable evening.
Second shot by my love, Aaron McCarty.
In honor of my Khiet's (my youngest brother) 18th birthday today, I thought I'd blog some of my favorite frames from a shoot I did with him last fall. This kid's style is way out of my league, but I gotta love him for it. Love you so much, bro.
PS: Some of these were taken by Khiet's almost brother-in-law, Aaron ;)
The Williams are not strangers when it comes to being in front of my camera! It was so sweet to meet Elle's nanny as well. I love seeing how much this family is growing everytime I see 'em. Can't wait to meet baby number two :)
My best friend is getting married!! Huyen and Duc live in Vegas but flew back to the Northwest so we could do a session in Huyen's hometown, Olympia, and also in downtown Seattle for a city look. We spent the whole day working on wedding stuff and I can't wait to be IN the wedding this coming March in Hawaii ;) Our girl, Shelby Payne, will do an incredible job documenting their nuptials and I'm pumped!
I remember how these two were quirkily (is that word?) flirting with one another sophomore year of college, how Joel reached out to me about photographing the proposal, and how wonderfully well these two balance each other out. Annie is sure and hilarious, bold and beautiful. Joel is steady and calm. Since photographing these two, baby Luca has arrived. I have no doubt they will be wonderful parents.
I met David four years ago, studying abroad in Italy. I love reconnecting with old friends, years later, in new seasons and life changes. He and Lindsey came to Seattle to celebrate one year of marriage together. We laughed, ate sushi, and had some heart to heart conversations. Lucky to know these two.
I'm getting to that age where I'm realizing how much family means and my cousins are the closest testament of that. I grew up with Mark and his siblings, making silly videos and inside jokes... it brings me so much joy to see them find their person. I first met Lydia last November over Thanksgiving, and immediately we clicked. Double thumbs up for this girl. She is already family. I flew out to Jersey a few weekends ago and we had a great time capturing their love at the very place in which they met!
A few hours spent at home with this little family. I can't believe a year has passed since I first met this little one. The days past too quickly.
A year and a half ago, I photographed Alison and Franklin's lovely maternity session. Last week we returned with their precious Eleanor and captured their family now. I love seeing how the seasons have changed and documenting these big moments in life.
This is Jordan - she is one of the warmest people I have ever met. This girl's heart for people and life is beautiful. These are type of people you need in your life.
Kayla is one of my first friends I made since arriving here in Jinja, Uganda. I had been itching to get my hands on my camera after a month of being here so we spent an evening by the cows and near the Nile River. This girl is lovely.
a few of my lovely friend in her new home at sunrise and sunset.
Erin and Jack. These two were up for an adventure as we headed out to Snohomish the first weekend of 2015 in search of some beautiful PNW scenery. At one point, I really thought we'd be up on the switchbacks stuck in the icy snow. So dang lucky to know them and their love.
In late December, I was invited to come second shoot a wedding for a dear friend in Mexico. Coincidentally a friend of mine was also vacationing with her family during the same time and I was very excited to meet her and the rest of the motley crew for some extended family photos on the beach. It worked out so wonderfully and I had a great time photographing this sweet family. Thanks for having me!
Olivia and Nathan are getting married this coming July. These two are so silly and crazy in love with each other and I can't wait to photograph their wedding day.
Here is Gina and Josh and they are some of the most kind people. These two were just a few months into their relationship when I moved in with Gina a few years ago, and I'm so excited that I (ME!) get the chance to photograph their wedding day. Gina traveled to Florence, Italy with her sister for a culinary excursion this past summer and Josh pulled off the most epic proposal there. Gentlemen, take note.
I've known Shaelee for about 10 years- probably longer than that, if we're being honest... but it was only in the last few years that we've become good friends. I can't explain the joy I get when my friends find their loves. I adore Steven and the three of us had way too much fun hanging out, getting coffee, catching up and documenting their love.
PS: I'm way excited to be a guest at their wedding.
I've loved working alongside Megan and Colby this past year- they're incredible leaders and friends with large hearts for people. When they told me they were expecting, I could barely contain my excitement. Less than a year after, Jaxon is here and he couldn't be more perfect. Here are photos from him at two weeks old. Love you guys so much.
I wish I was this badass as a senior. Kristina, you're a gem. Excited for you!
I met Whiney over coffee a week before we took photos and it felt like we had been friends forever. I can't say enough wonderful things about this one- she is magic. Her warmth and her contagious smile are two of her greatest strengths and I'm so glad I was able to capture all of that and more. Whitney- you're already a game changer. So excited for you on your senior year and all the exciting things to come.
Just a fare warning: this is going to be longer than my normal posts… but I can’t help it, because this is one of my very best friends and it had been something in the works for almost two months.
Back in July, John had messaged me about his upcoming proposal. He mentioned that he wanted to do it over a weekend in late August or early September and that he wanted to do it in the Redwoods in Northern California. (Shalom looovess trees.) They had picked out a ring way back in January so this girl knew it was coming any day now. How were we supposed to catch her off guard?
I was in Vietnam at the time and I wanted to get Shalom a gift because her birthday was coming up. However because I was across the world, I couldn’t very well send her anything. I thought I’d plan a little get-away for us to spend some quality time together; it had been ages since the two of us spent more than one day together. Shalom is a work-a-holic and I knew that the only way I could force her to take time off is if I said I had booked and paid for everything. It was perfect timing. I called her on her birthday, left a voicemail and said, “Happy birthday! Get August 24-26th off because I’m taking you on a road trip.”
Over the next several weeks, John and I continued to plan and we almost had to figure out a plan B, because Shalom was panicking about taking time off of work. (Told you, this girl loves her job.) John ended up emailing her boss and filling him in and we were set!
Fast forward to August 24th, I picked Shalom up early in the morning and we jet off. I forgot to mention… this girl pretty much lives in her workout clothes and prior to leaving I told her that she was only allowed to wear them while we were driving and while we were at the hotel. To convince her to bring some nice clothes for the actual moment, I told her I needed some new photos for an editorial project I was working on.
The whole trip down, she was talking about her grand plans for the wedding as well as the moments of frustration she’s had about not being engaged by now. It was all I could do to keep cool and listen. I was pretty nervous about slipping, let’s be honest. We got in late Sunday night, caught up on all the things of life, drank Rose and watched the VMA’s before slipping off to sleep. Shalom’s last night as a ‘girlfriend’.
The next morning, we had breakfast at the hotel and then I took her to get her nails re-done (her paint was chipping and every girl knows that their nails have to look good for the moment, right?), as well as some shopping. I thought she’d like an additional outfit for the photos we’d be taking after John proposed, so as a birthday gift she picked out a few things. I was having so much fun, knowing what was about to happen in a few hours.
We got back to the hotel and had a few hours to kill so she hit the gym and I hit the hot tub. As she was in the shower, I called John to see how he was getting along. John had flew in to Medford the night before and had driven down the same time we were. Because Shalom and John keep in touch pretty well, he did an amazing job not raising any eyebrows on Shalom’s end during the hours he was in the air. Anyway, John told me that he had found the perfect trail and gave me specific instructions as to where he’d be. I was really nervous about not finding the right place. The Redwoods are huge and I knew that once we were out there, cell reception would be unavailable.
I had originally told Shalom that I wanted to do these photos on the beach, but as she was dressing I told her I thought we should hit the Redwoods that afternoon because we’d be way too tired on the drive back up the next day to stop to take photos. She was very nonchalant about it and responded with, “Whatever you think you need for your portfolio!”
It took us about an hour to drive to the trailhead. As we were driving, she was telling me about her Pinterest board of the type of photos she wanted me to take when they were engaged. I was so tempted to ask her to show me them right then and there! Little did she know… I pulled in right behind John’s rental car (he had sent me a photo of it), and I knew that John was literally within a five minute walk of us.
Shalom would be engaged in the next twenty minutes.
John had asked me to come take photos of the proposal, but last minute I decided it’d be fun to make a video. I can’t really explain the emotions I felt when Shalom saw John for the first time, how her hands cupped her face, how she dropped to the ground. I can not imagine how these two felt- their rush of emotions. I can only speak for myself. But in that moment, the world literally froze for me. I’ve never experienced anything like that and I am so grateful that I was there for my friend- the spunky 7th grader with long blonde hair who was pumped on volleyball and loved her flute.
I love you both. Thank you for letting me be a part of your lives.
Also, yes... it is true. The first thing Shalom said to John when she saw him was, "I have jerky breath..." Damn me, I shouldn't have let her have that beef jerky prior to starting the trail. HA!
*This video is definitely an amateur's hand at work so I apologize in advance for the shakiness.
Can't wait for your wedding! LET'S GET YOU MURPHIED.
It's really amazing to see someone really grow into who they are now. Anna is one of these people and I am so proud of her. Congrats on your senior year, Anna!
Chapman is no stranger when it comes to being in front of my camera... I can't believe it's been three years since I met him in Italy and now we find ourselves here and he's married the beautiful Hannah. These two were married this past month, but while visiting I was able to grab some photos of them because why wouldn't I? They met in London, their love was at first conversation and I love everything about that.
Hanging out with Cameron was a whole lotta fun. I had my first milkshake at King Solomon's with her so I'd say it was a pretty memorable day. This girl knows how to rock the camera, so study up folks.
The past month... whoa, it's been non-stop-let's-do-this. Weddings, road trips, seniors, engagements and proposals, maternity and friends and family and a backpacking trip. I've stopped for a moment in the midst of this beautiful season of life and realized that if my life were to end today, I'd be so content. I've produced some of my favorite images in this last month and I can't wait to share all of the stories and all of the goodness. So many feelings and emotions. I am very happy to be alive and to document such beautiful glimpses of God's grace. Here's a preview of what's to come.
Meet two of the most down-to-earth humans ever. Erica and Nills were married one month ago (HAPPY ONE MONTH ANNIVERSARY) and are soon expecting a baby girl this coming December. So many life things! I've been in SoCal for the past week and it is always THE best when I get to make new friends. My time with them consisted of sarcastic jokes and non-stahpp laughter and I wouldn't have it any other way. Can't wait to meet your star, Anna Gray.
I graduated with her older brother and did his seniors, I photographed her sister's wedding, and now she is a senior in high school. It's such a joy for me when I get to stick with a family for so many years. Holly has grown up to be such a beautiful lady and honestly, it was a refresher to me to be back in the zone photographing seniors. Get the word out, 'cause I'd love to do a few more sessions this year! Congrats Holly!!
A quality guy with a huge heart.
I love what my friends over at Common Table Co. are doing. It's amazing to have people in my life who are go-getters. All it took was an idea, some connections and the guts to take a risk. Combining their love of community and shared meals, they've put together an amazing community. Hop on over and see what they're doing, because it's only getting bigger and bigger. It was a privilege to be featured on their journal a few weeks ago.
I met Emily and Andy over lunch just over two weeks ago. Emily felt like an old friend and the three of us talked about weddings and running and pending adventures overseas. The week after, I met them at their lovely home in Capitol Hill and we spent an evening walking their neighborhood and laughing a whole ton. To say that I am excited for their wedding day would be an understatement.
a spontaneous adventure with my lovely friend.
Okay, so this session was one for the books. First things first, these two looked pretty damn good. Second, just real good conversations and laughs happenin'. Third? Musashi's and Molly Moon's to boot. You just can't top that. I wouldn't mind third-wheeling with these two again.
Baby Kade at two weeks old. I think that newborns are growing on me. I love these two humans.
My friend Olivia has an incredible voice and is living her dream of teaching music to kiddos.
You may remember Alison and Curt. I photographed Alison's baby bump earlier this year. Well, I got to meet precious Cora recently. Here she is at a little over two weeks! She was the easiest little human I've ever had to photograph... I was surprised at how well she did in front of a big camera ;) Can't wait to see this family grow! Welcome to the world, Cora.
From the moment I met Alison, I knew that we were a great fit. I knew that creating some images that her and her husband, Curt, could keep for years would be easy. I knew that they'd be so easy to capture. Thank you to both of you for welcoming me into your home and for allowing me the honor of keepsaking such a special time in your lives. Cannot wait to meet your little one!
Well this is late, but so necessary… mostly for me. By the time another year ends, work slows down and along with it, my drive to do anything creative. Looking back through another year makes me grateful and if anything, inspires me to continue do what I love. 2013 was a good one-- dreams I forgot about came true, I continued to meet more and more people who allowed me to experience more life, and I grew. All of these individual lives intwertwined with mine, the faces- the beautiful faces- I get to capture... you are incredible and your lives extraordinary.
I was able to meet Kim and David before I photographed them and at first glance, I knew that it would be a breeze to create some beautiful frames with them. I admire the way these two desire Jesus in their lives and I love the way they love each other.... so fun and sweet. Thanks for kicking off 2014 you guys :)
We found ourselves on a roof and we caught the sunset.
When I met Shana three years ago, I knew we'd be friends for a long time. She is one of the most welcoming and kind people you'll ever meet, not to mention so talented in the arts and design. I couldn't be more excited for her and Nate. Congrats you guys! Can't wait for your wedding :)
It is difficult to believe that exactly eight months ago from yesterday, I was stepping off a plane on American soil home from an adventure that inevitably changed my heart and its desires for the better. Going to Uganda has been a longtime dream and this trip was the fruit of something planted in my heart years ago—a seed that I had long forgotten.
On March 16th, Yvonne and I boarded a plane bound for Entebbe. My friend (and incredible photographer) Mary had been in Uganda for a few short months and the trip’s intentions were to visit her and to spend time with the children at Arise and Shine Uganda, a babies’ home and orphanage. At the time, we were all I’m sure a little frustrated at the timing of Mary being ill with malaria… but looking back, God had his hand on every portion of this trip.
We were there for seven short but very full days. I had just finished the toughest quarter of school and my desires were simply to rest and to spend time with Yvonne and Mary. My friend Julie had just moved to Gulu two months prior and she made an eight-hour trip down to see us too—so much love for you! I met all of Mary's friends who were all so hospitable and kind. Along the way, we had many adventures and conversations that put my soul so much at ease.
I won’t paint an unrealistic picture while I was over there. We weren’t in rough conditions or anything like that. Jinja is very much a tourist town. The greens were lush and the dirt so saturated. Uganda truly is a beautiful place. We spent afternoons at The Keep, a local restaurant with great milkshakes or The Source, a rad café that brought internet to Jinja for the first time. Yvonne and I spent many hours reading, writing or simply reflecting. It didn’t matter what we were doing really— one afternoon we spent at the doctor’s with Mary just laughing about the silliest things. We went on a boat ride in the Nile River, and ventured to Sipi Falls—a three-tier waterfall. Truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever experienced.
Visiting the babies’ home made my heart so full. It’s true what they say about the kids jumping on you and wanting only to be held… which was incredible because that is the one thing I am able to do. In situations like this, I can only think of the Kingdom. It does no good to compare the conditions these children are in to the ones we are used to. I think about how much God loves these children, these humans, these lives… they are the kingdom. They embody all of the things our culture craves—authenticity and contentment. I brought my journal along and let the kids draw in some of my pages and I smile every time I open up these pages with these tiny little drawings...
One afternoon, Mary took us to visit the Street Child Project. (DO check out their beautiful website if you have a minute to spare.) Spending time with these young boys who used to live on the streets was the highlight of my trip. I kid you not, they were some of the most well behaved boys I’ve ever had the privilege of meeting. We played ‘futball’, Yvonne taught some of them how to play the guitar and in exchange they taught her how to play the drums… We arm-wrestled and they let me win. Time passed all too quickly as the boys passed my camera around and I, sitting in this place so humbled…
I have to go back.
I love this time of year for portraits- Zach is a graduating Senior at Black Hills this year and I loved coming home and documenting this momentous time in his life. Congrats Zach!
I always told myself that I'd never really photograph maternity sessions, but I'm telling you what- with clients like Alison and Franklin, you can not go wrong. These two welcomed me into their darling Seattle home and we shared many laughters and created rad images that I am proud to share. Alison and Franklin have been married for three years- meeting Freshmen year of college and after a few years, she admitted to Franklin that she had more-than-friends feelings towards him... to which Franklin responded, "Really?"
I love it. Alison is due at the end of this month and they are waiting to find out the sex. They're going to be amazing parents, because they're amazing human beings.
See more maternity sessions here.
Desi is a close friend of mine and so you can imagine my level of excitement for her and Chad, her now fiancé! These two are like chips to salsa, peanut butter to jelly, mac to cheese, eggs to bacon... (that one was for you, Desi). I can't imagine two more perfect for the other. I remember days when Desi came home and attempted to explain these feelings that she didn't want to admit. When she told me they were official, I knew that was it. This session was a blast- thanks for soaking in that rain, you guys (literally!)
From the moment I met Laura and Chris, I just knew that we'd get along. They both have a sense of humor similar to mine and it was as if I'd known them for years. Also, Laura has the BEST laugh. I can not wait for their wedding this coming April. Thanks for hanging guys!
While on the last leg of my three-week self-declared "vacation", I was able to visit my lovely cousin Karyn and her husband Asif.... oh I guess I musn't forget Pepper and their tortoise, Huckleberry. Karyn has a little bun in the oven that is due this coming November (the best month, if you ask me). I loved that beautiful California sunlight... (but by the time I left, I was ready for the PNW because it was hot, hot, hot).
Karyn, I am excited to welcome baby Petra! Congrats.
Scott drove me to the grocery store because I forgot a toothbrush. We made it an adventure, took some photos and listened to 1975...
So should you as you view this post.
Where has all the time gone?! How is this girl already a senior in high school? Regardless, Kim has grown up to be a beautiful young lady and I am so proud to call her a friend.
I've known Jason ever since he was a toddler and it is incredible to see how much he has grown and to see him as an older brother. I don't remember the last time I photographed senior portraits but Jason made it easy. You rocked it. Congrats, kid.
Dave, Cathy, Jessica, Julie, Laura, Eleni, Phil, Gracie, Owen, Rosie and Evie... and no, I didn't write those down. The only thing I'm not sure of is the spelling :) This family was so easy to photograph- their home near Gig Harbor was lovely. Thank you for welcoming me in.
First and foremest I'd like to thank Lisa and Nathan for being extremely rad human beings. When I met them for the first time, I knew that they were my type of couple. They love food and exploring new restaurants- speaking a girl's language here! So of course, we hung out one night and they took me to 8oz Burger Bar, which is, if I may say so myself, the best burger I've ever had in Seattle. I had a blast with these two and I felt totally comfortable being myself in front of them. I can't wait for their October wedding- I know it's going to be amazing, because these two are stylin'!
It's been awhile since I've photographed an engagement session- or at least it feels like it. These two flew back from Colorado to spend a Saturday with me and I'm so grateful for that. Their love is easy and I definitely felt it while with them. Congrats you two :)
I've had the privilege of living with Desi for the past year and a half-- it has been such a blessing to call her a friend. She's been there for me through a ton and I know that the Lord is gonna use her in big ways. From the skype dates from I was in Italy and she was in Guatemala, the crazy dances to Skrillex's Cinema, our (mostly her's) obsession with bacon and BLTs, decorating an apartment together and then moving up to a house, I'm gonna miss calling her a roommate.
It's this lady's birthday today- I've had so many good times with this one. She is an adventurous spirit and she's gonna do cool things.
See part 1 here.
This girl amazes me. She's such a babe and has a beautiful heart for people. I love living life with her.
Lauren and Kyle are local architects here in Seattle and their home truly reflected their warmness and style. Avery, their little girl, was such a joy to follow and photograph. She is a beauty. Loved spending time with this family.
Emily and Brett are two of the raddest people ever. They both work as graphic designers here in the Seattle area and make a super dynamic couple. We spent an awesome Sunday afternoon making these images and the light was exactly what I was hoping for. And Emily's eyes? SO GOOD. No doubt I had a blast hanging out with them! It's the best when you end some photo magic with a good meal and some drinks. Happy Friday, friends!
Raise your hands if you remember these two siblings?? Mason's been a long time friend of mine and I've photographed their family numerous times. They wanted some quick portraits to give their mom as a birthday present so we did a little hike in Priest Point and captured these. Love hangin' out with these two.
The first time I met Julie was was when we were planning an 18-hour road trip down to Indio, California for Coachella. Yeah, that was a good time. This girl is strong-headed, strong-willed and one of the most independent women I know. She inspires the hell out of me. I asked if I could snag a few shots of her before she moved to Uganda a few months ago. This was before I was 100% sure I was going to be able to travel over there, but guess what? I get to see her next weekend as I'm leaving for Uganda tomorrow! Happy Friday! Hope you're enjoying that sunshine; I know I am as I'm listening to JT's new album. Good stuff.
*Last three frames taken with a Canon AE-1 using Portra 160 film.
Alex is one of those quiet, humble souls who is full of talent and passion for what he does. See his wonderful work here.
*Last four frames taken with a Canon AE-1 using Tri-X 400 film.
These two spent a whole rainy afternoon with me and they were so fun to capture. I loved hearing about their first date. They make a lovely duo, don't they? Congrats you guys!
I've known isaiah since elementary school. Needless to say, we've both grown up quite a bit :) He's doin' and makin' music.
Three and a half years ago, I was an amateur photographer in my first year of photo school still learning the ropes and these two people trusted me enough to photograph their wedding. I am so grateful that these two took a chance with me. (And boy, have I come a long way.) Weddings are a big deal and you can probably imagine how wrecked my nerves were that entire day. Lam and Tonya are some of the most hospitable people you will ever meet. They always manage to put smiles on the people they encounter. They really know how to love. So I can say with full confidence that this kid that is on his/her way come this March is one lucky child. (The two of them want the sex to be a surprise).
I was in San Diego two weekends ago and man, it was so good to be in that sun. I photographed these two in literally only 20 minutes and it was the most fun I've had in awhile. Gettin' it done during that magic hour! Can't wait for little Lamya to join this world!
A little over a year ago, I traveled to Athens with one of my best friends, Joe. We were there for 3.5 days, but managed to do so much. I have always wanted to go to Greece, ever since seeing The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Haha. Well, the place I was thinking of was actually Santorini... an island off in Greece. We didn't have enough time to make it out there, but I am glad we were able to explore Athens. (Also you can bet that I'll make it out to Santorini in my lifetime... along with Mykonos and Thessaloniki.)
It was incredible to see the Acropolis... and to have seen the pieces from it in the British Musuem only a few months before. It was rad to have read Acts the morning before we climbed up Mars Hill where Paul preached the gospel. Authentic Greek food is amazing-- so much better than in the States. We saw the reddest sun setting I have yet to see in my life. We got a ride on a bike with a local, we drank a lot of Coke and we had a grand old time. We made a Coldplay music video (no shame), we played cards, we lived it up. It was also so nice to get away from the cold weather in Italy and be in jeans, a t-shirt and my Birks.
This is the last installment of blog posts from my European travels from August to December 2011. For those of you have only been recently following me, I was out there studying abroad in Florence, Italy for four months. On the weekends, we would travel... and travel we did!
During my time out there, I went to a total of 11 countries and over 25 cities. I would recommend doing this to anyone. It was an adventure of a lifetime. You can see my blog posts of Istanbul, Venice, Paris, Rome, and Prague/Vienna by clicking on the links.
Before Joe and I left, we had thought it would be fun to do a video series of our travels. They were entitled The European Experience... I helped with a little filming here and there, but Joe was the man when it came to putting them together. You can check 'em out here. You'll notice that I was playing the super touristy role and Joe played the know-it-all. One of our friends Mandie was able to join for the first 2 weeks of our travels and you'll notice her in the beginning videos.
I am so so so thankful for my time over there and would do it again in a heartbeat.
Amanda and Brandon rocked this sesssion- Seattle rain and all. They've been married for nearly four years and I'm so glad that our paths crossed. Their first date was at Pikes' so there was no better place to take these portraits. They recently dove into photography themselves this past year and it's gonna be so rad to see where it takes them.
These two took advantage of my current portrait special that is going on until the end of January. I'm fundraising for a trip to Uganda at the end of March to work at a childrens' home. If you want to book a session or find out more about my trip, feel free to send me an email or read about it here.
I hope that you all had the most wonderful Christmas day with your loved ones!
So, I'll go right out and say it. This was my first maternity session and I was nervous but Jessica and Tom welcomed me right into their home and I loved every second I spent with them. I left my time with them with a happy heart. These were taken about a week before she was due and I am honored to have been able to capture such a monumental time in their lives. When I asked what they would name their daughter, all they could tell me that it would start with an S and when they saw her they would know. Jessica is stunning, is she not? Thanks again to you two and congrats on becoming parents :)
It was time to get out of the city, to turn off the phone, to adventure with some friends and get some quiet. Together with my friends Matt and Matti, we spent last Friday at the coast. We literally just drove around, took photos, and had hearty conversations. Matt started a community Facebook page a bit ago called The Roaming Tree, which encourages people to have adventures every day. I think that many of us believe we don't have the ability to get out and have this particular life that we see on social media platforms (like Tumblr or Instagram), but the reality is... it's definitely feasible. You just have to go out and do it. Go spend time outside... even if you can't gather friends. Often it is more difficult to spend time with yourself than it is to spend time with a bunch of people. There were moments this day where none of us talked to one another... we were in our own spaces, lost in our own thoughts and that's totally okay.
I hadn't taken personal photos in a long time, because I knew that if I did I wouldn't have time to edit them... so it was lovely to pick it up again and take photos for the hell of it. I decided to also expand my horizons a bit and film some clips from our day in the video above. There really isn't a narrative, just moments. I loved this day.
"And God, let me enjoy this. Life isn’t just a sequence of things waiting to be done..." - Ze Frank
I like Erika. I like Kevin. And I reallllly love the two of them together. Kevin relentlessly pursued Erika for years before she finally admitted that she liked him too. Her engagement ring is the coolest- he had it custom made and engraved with three mountains that they have special memories with. If anyone knows Erika, then they'll agree that it's perfect for her.
I met these two nine months ago when we embarked on a road trip of a lifetime down to Joshua Tree. Originally I went just for the adventure, but it was because of this trip and because of these people that I fell in love with rock climbing. These two define kindness and friendship. I am blessed by them all the time and I am so very excited for them to begin the journey of marriage. Congrats you guys, you two are somethin' special.
Images from a few months ago when I teamed up with Hello Monster for their Fall lines. I loved this shoot. Take a look at their website here! Maybe pick up a shirt or something for Christmas presents :)
This is my dear friend Mandie, who is blessed with many many talents. It is rare to see her on the other side of the camera. Her story is not mine to share so I won't attempt. But I know this is something she did for herself and I'm very proud of her for doing so. From her blog, and found in a letter from 1903:
Ripening like a tree, which doesn’t force its sap, and stands confidently in the storms of spring, not afraid that afterward summer may not come.
It does come.
*BW frames shot with a Canon AE1
The last time I saw Keilani and Tanner was when I photographed them 2 years ago. Now they have this beautiful baby girl named Maicee. Those baby blues. She's gonna be a heartbreaker. Loved spending time with this family.
This beautiful lady. She's off to travel the world in January with the organization World Race. They'll be visiting 11 countries in 11 months. I remember us standing my kitchen just 10 months ago talking about her desire to go and it's coming true. Excited for you!
This family has got to be one of the most photogenic families I've come across, I'm not even kidding. I was so honored and excited to be able to spend some time with Gabriel, Lorraine, Ashley and Alyssa. They have some good genes and some good vibes. Lorraine runs a successful photography business herself specializing in senior portraits and she rocks at it. You can find her work here :)
I kid you not, I was literally grinning ear to ear the whole time I was working on these photos because this family was hilarious. Yee and Carolyn are two of the coolest parents around town. I mean, I'm pretty sure that the Gangnam style is actually the Feng style. The whole family has that dance down to a tee. I hadn't seen Ellie since she first came into this world about a year and a half ago... and Jediah, well words just won't do justice to the kid. This family is rad annnnd they're the first ones to help me out with my Uganda fundraiser! More cool points!
Yee is an amazing photographer himself and I've had the privilege of working alongisde him. Definitely check out his work if you've got some time (let's face it... you're on my blog, you have time).
I was feelin' it. As a photographer or any creative in general, sometimes you just get burnt out... gotta get out there and do a little something different. This is what happened. And I'm feelin' it. The black and white frames towards the end were shot with my little faithful Dallas (also known as my Canon AE-1). Jordan is also a creative and does freaking amazing work. Check it.
Also, as a sidenote if you're reading this, I would like to thank you. Thank you for being a faithful supporter of my blog, my work and my life. Things have been crazy on my end and it's hard to keep sane and keep things on track. I have so many wonderful things to share with you in this next month! It's NOVEMBER. My favorite. Thank you. Your encouragement means the very most.
Clay wanted some photos to celebrate Cassi's birthday. They're both babes, am I right or am I right? That is all that is to be said. Thanks for the laughs, you two.
Haley was my last Senior of the season and what a great session to end with. She is a stunner and easily photographable ;) Loved working with her. Congrats girl!
Binh has certainly grown up to be quite the guy and it has been a pleasure of mine to see him mature over the past years. It's been rad to see him serve in the church. It blows my mind away that he's now a senior. This kid has quite the sense of humor and he brings a lot of joy into peoples' lives. If you need a good laugh, befriend him.
A few weeks ago, I just shot for the heck of it. And it was amazing. This is Karen and she's drop dead gorgeous. Here are past photos I've taken of her.
Jennah and Shane were extremely welcoming and so were their families, treating us just like their own friends and family. Shane's mom put together a beautiful rehearsal dinner in their own backyard. There were kids running around, grass stains I'm sure, custom designed t-shirts, laughs, slideshows and memories. The night was so warm, the light was so warm and I felt blessed to be there. Stay tuned for their wedding which is hittin' up the blog tomorrow :)
Ashlee was super easy to photograph- she's a babe, let's be honest.
Katie and Kellie are identical twins but though they may look alike, they are pretty opposite in almost everything else. I had such a fun time with these two and they were so easy to photograph- pretty stunning ladies, if I do say so myself ;)
Scott's a trooper for waking up early this morning and meeting up with me. He looks so much like his brother, who I photographed two summers ago. Washington weather gave us a few sprinkles this morning, but we got some great frames. Congrats on your Senior year Scott :)
Samantha was a great way to start off senior season! She's cute, spunky and not to mention, a stunning lady.
Kristen and Jesse are two Washington-natives who are currently rockin' the Alaskan lands. I loved that they were game to shoot even when the rain was comin'. It was definitely their style and these captures represent the PNW so well. Can not wait for their backyard wedding coming up so soon!
I was in Denver this past week for some photo-taking goodness and gave myself some time to spend with friends out there. Josh is one of 'em- he showed me where the coffee and ice cream was at (that's what's up) and then we had some time to kill before I headed to the airport. So easy to photograph and so good at the guitar. That is all.
Okay I'm pretty sure I was super intimidated by Taylor when I first met him, but you know, over the past three years and especially this last one, he has become a good friend and I'm blessed to know him. He's been pretty influentual in my latest obsession of rock climbing ;)
This guy is a talented photographer himself and is currently in the Middle East working on a film with Within Broken Borders about the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. Kindaaa awesome. If you have a moment, definitely check out their blog and see their progress.
While abroad, we made a list of places we wanted to visit. You might be surprised to know that Paris wasn't on this list (or not near the top anyway) But we made it here mid-November and I was surprised that this city made my heart stop. There is a certain air and feeling to the place and I would come back in a heartbeat. We managed to see the Eiffer Tower light up over eight times, which is kinda awesome. We squeezed in some beautiful sights in the 3-4 days we were there. Musee d'Orsay was the sweetest museum I'd ever been to. And of course, the crepes and croissants were winners. Dinner with a view of the Eiffel Tower was such a gift. Thankful for my time there.
Here's part two of my time with Reesa and Jeff a few short weeks ago. I had such a hard time picking frames to blog because there were so many that I loved. They made my job so incredibly easy! Reesa and Jeff were recently married so stay tuned for that post. Until then, I experimented with film and blogged that portion here. Hope you're all enjoying the Seattle sun today!
A rainy day is a typical day in Seattle-- even in June.
"Dorothy, when I get married you are going to photograph my wedding!" said Reesa, sitting across the lunch table over four years ago. Now here we are and it's actually coming true. Who knew? I remember going to my Senior prom with this girl in my group and then the year after, photographing her senior portraits. Seeing her with Jeff totally makes sense. They are two of the kindest and most genuine people I've come across in my life. They wanted this time together to be as low-key and fun as possible, which resulted in games of Mother, May I and Simon Says. So fun! These two challenged me in my art in the best way possible and I left them remembering why I love this job of mine so much. To add a little bit of somethin' somethin', I decided to photograph some frames with my 35mm and these are the results. Stay tuned for more of these two! They're getting married tomorrow!
It baffles me that I have known Melissa for 7-8 years now. I remember the days we spent at summer camp, whispering about the cute boys and noting how gross camp food was... now here we are and she's about to graduate college in a week and a half. I photographed her about three years ago and she's still stunning as ever. So proud of all this lady has accomplished. Congrats Melissa!
Kelsey and Whitney are two fun-loving sisters who laughed their whole way throughout our time together. It was a joy to work with Kelsey, who was rockin' that red hair, and Whitney, who worked her sass. So glad to have been able to meet these two! Thanks ladies :)
Zach is graduating from the University of Washington in a few short weeks and I was privileged enough to get a few hours in with him. He was a real great sport and looked pretty dapper if I do say so myself.
Seattle's funny. It had been nice all day and as soon as I met up with Rediet, it started pouring. Naturally when we finished the sun came out. No matter though, because with some killer window light combined with Red's amazing skin, we got some great frames. I had so much fun photographing her. Rediet has been a dear friend to me these past few years and I am so excited that she is graduating soon. She's gonna be doing big things!
Natalie is someone who I am so blessed to call a friend. She plays the cello, loves Jesus and loves adventure. Photographing her was so refreshing to me.
It's that time of the year! Graduation. Shane, thanks so much for being so fun to work with.
I met these two on a rare sunny Seattle day in a beautiful part of town that I had never been before. Every Saturday, Joy and Steve grab an afternoon coffee at the same Tully's. This is where we started our session. I loved sitting down and listening to how the two of them met and after listening to them and reading their story, it is clear that these two are made for each other. Cheesy, I know but I'm serious. Steve absolutely adores Joy and it was so evident. I am so very excited and honored to be their wedding photographer. It's gonna be good!
Karen has been such a blessing in my life. I can't believe we've known each other for almost four years now. I have loved getting to know her, seeing her grow in her art and work over the years. (She's an amazing photographer!) These are photos taken back in December and then in March (on her 24th birthday!) Man, I'm definitely behind... you can check out these days from behind her camera here and here.
Meghan and Reed are two real kind people. I spent a lovely sunny Seattle afternoon with them a few days ago and it was so great to be back in action. I'm excited for their LDS wedding day in a month :)
Kate is a new friend of mine who is another rad wedding photographer in the area. We met for the first time a few weeks ago and since then, have become fast friends. I've also had the privilege of second shooting for her and let me tell you, she is a joy to work with. We share the same love for Jesus, dancing, "singing" and good times with good company.
You should check her work out and see her shots of me here :)
Lexi was the last friend I was able to coerce into letting me photograph this past fall while I was living in Italy. I'm glad she did, because I loved loved capturing these images of her. She's a beaut. Missing you across the country lovely.
Jennah and Shane are engaged. You may remember Jennah here. I love this woman to pieces and I think that Shane is the perfect guy for her. They both live and love to the fullest, adore and appreciate their friends- some of the kindest people you could meet. I know God's got rad plans for the two of them together :)
This has got to be the longest blog post I've ever done of an engagement session but these two look so good together, I couldn't help but run with it. I can not wait for their wedding in July- it's going to a p a r t y!
This is Stephanie and Tim. They're my friends. I've photographed them four- (ish) times. First back in December of 2009, then in July the following year, then we went on an adventure to Port Townsend in September the same year. They've been together for three years as of today. And they're getting married this coming September... AND I AM SO EXCITED. It's been a privilege to see the beginning of their story and be sharing life with them. Can't wait for these two to finally tie the knot :)
Melissa and Niki have been together for over 3 1/2 years and they are the cutest. I've known them for awhile (Mel was part of my youth group back in high school). The both of them just started college this year and over Winter Break they reunited and we met up in Seattle for some fun portraits. Goooood stuff. I like them.
It's definitely become a tradition to photograph this family every Winter season for the past three years. At least Meghan and Mason, who I've known since the 7th grade. This year Bonnie joined in on the photo-making and it was so great. It's real fun to see the difference each year makes and I'm glad that I can be a part of that with the Payne's. Love this family!
David tricked me. I came to find out that he's worked as a model a couple days after I photographed him... and there I was thinking to myself, "Wow, this guy's a natural." It all makes sense now. Ha. But I'll be honest, photographing guys has been such a fun challenge for me. David is one of the few guys I've met while abroad and he's been an awesome friend. We were lucky enough to have design class together and this guy's sense of humor and love of life never failed to make me laugh. He's smart, loves the big guy upstairs, knows what he's doing with his life and there's no doubt in my mind he'll go far. Gonna miss you, David :)
Chapman. I'm really going to miss Chapman. My first impression of this kid was a happy-go-lucky, full of life and laughter, I love his laugh... you can't not laugh when you're hanging with him. I was not wrong. He's one of those people you have to get to know. Chapman is here in Florence for the next three years studying Fine Art and he is an incredible artist (check out his work here)! I was able to travel with him along with a few other friends to Palermo, Sicily back in October and it was one of my favorite trips during my time here in Europe. This guy loves Jesus, and makes everyone feel so loved.
This morning, the two of us woke up at the crack of dawn and hiked up to Piazzale Michelangelo here in Florence to catch the sunrise, record some videos of Chap on his guitar and have a photo adventure. It's amazing the things you can accomplish when you wake up early, but I'm definitely not a morning person. Regardless, the two of us had a blast taking advantage of my last few days here in Italy! So thankful for days like this.
It's a holiday here in Italy (don't ask me what holiday, I was just happy classes were cancelled today), so the remainder of the day has been spent not doing much. For me, that means catching up on editing my photos. I was too excited about these images. I can't believe that time has passed so quickly here. Also the fact that my Facebook page has reached over 1000 Likes, which is awesome! Thanks so much for all of your support. I can't wait to get back into the swing of things when I return to Seattle in January! Much love :)
Every now and then, if you're lucky, you'll come across people who will change the way you see things, challenge the way you think, cause you to slow down and see the world in a new light... Mackenzie is one of those people. She has a beautiful, quiet, yet hilarious sense of spirit. From her, I've learned the importance of words, the necessity for words... and my words will never do justice for the friend that she has been to me. Mackenzie is a poet and I love that.
As much as I love expanding my horizons and being challenged to photograph the beautiful places I have been traveling to, it always makes my heart happy to photograph people- this is what I love doing and lately, I've been having serious withdrawals. In the past few months that I've been in Italy, I have been honored to befriend Griffin, who is stinkin' gorgeous. She is a joy to be around and I am in complete envy of her hair. We ventured off and got lost in the city a bit ago and ended up in this beautiful neighborhood, where it seemed like all the mansions were at... In my dreams, right? We were lucky enough to catch the sun going down- I had to snap a few photos of her ;)