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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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 :)
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!
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 :)
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!
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!
Last Saturday, I went on an adventure day with Dan and Heidi up near the mountains. It was foggy in the city, but it was gorgeous out up there. These are dear friends of mine and these photos don't even do half the justice of the ridiculousness of the two of them in front of the camera. They laugh with each other a lot, they love each other even more, and their wedding this coming August is going to be nothing short of an adventure. It's been a long time comin' and I can't wait :) Also, is that ring not killer? Heidi may have mentioned it once, but Dan was spot on.
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.
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!
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!
"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!
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!
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 :)
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 :)