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  • Yvonne and Chandler

    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.

  • Headed to Vietnam!

    Well, I'm headed to Vietnam for the next month! I found my photos from my first trip there back in 2006 today coincidentally. There were a little over 400 photos from my dinky little point and shoot from five weeks of being over there the first time around and many of them were blurry. The image below is one of the better ones :) Needless to say, I'm excited to go and re-document this place with my handy dandy Fujifilm X100 that I just picked up.

    I don't know how much access I'll have to the world wide web, but email response will be slower than usual and what not. Follow my Instagram for photos and updates!

    I'll be back August! In the meantime, good vibes and prayers for safety and good health as we travel would be greatly appreciated. 

  • Uganda | March 2013

    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.

  • A Day in Huntington Beach

    Maybe you recall my friend Chapman. Long story short, I met him while I was in Italy two years ago. About a month ago, I was in California vacationing and was able to make it down to Huntington Beach one afternoon to visit him before he headed back to Italy. Yvonne and I were able to check out his art show which was incredible, to say the least. You all should definitely check out his work here

    You guys, this day was one of my favorites of 2013 for sure. I know it's a bold statement, but Yvonne and I were just so blessed. We showed up, without any swimsuits, and Chapman had a pile of 'em to pick from. I met his whole family and some more, including his 91-year-old grandma who has energy from I-don't-know-where. We rode bikes to the beach and hung out in the ocean for a bit. Chapman's family owns the company Hamboards, which are basically long skateboards that give you the sensation of surfing (landsurfing). Over the years, they've developed other boards too. Anyway, we got to check all of those out around his neighborhood. We spent the rest of the evening hanging out, hot tubbing, eating dinner around a fire place and spending time with his fam bo bam. We were so honored to meet Emma, one of Chapman's childhood friends who is currently fighting bone cancer. She is an incredible human being and I loved having the chance to photograph her. 

    Chapman, thanks for this day.

    Hamboards was recently featured on the ABC show, Shark Tank. Check it out here!

  • Oregon Coast

    About a month ago, I hopped in a car with two of my best girl friends and we had a mini vacation down in a little town called Gearhart on the Oregon Coast. The weather was absolute perfection and everything was too good to be true. We rode bikes into town, ate our pastries and sipped on iced coffee, we walked on the beach in shorts and laughter, caught a beautiful sunset... we watched old movies like An Affair to Remember and French Kiss... drank real expensive champagne and did a wine tasting, took baths and read The Great Gatsby. You guys, I'm not exaggerating any of this- it was a dream and I can't wait to go back.

  • New York, New York! | Sept '12

    Well, we managed to do it all on this trip. We stayed at a hostel, a hotel, an AirBnB spot and a friend's home.... all within 5 days. Non-stop goodness. That's what this trip was. Ever since the beginning of last year, I had had an urge to go back to New York and I didn't think it would happen. But Bri called me up one night and said, "Let's just do it." So with no hesitation, we bought our tickets and were on a plane in early September for one last summer adventure. 

    I loved (almost) everything about this trip. (We had a few mishaps with plane delays and a sketchy hostel situation). I managed to see so many friends out there: Ty, who I had a met a few years earlier at Coachella through a mutual friend, happened to be out there the same time we were so we met up one evening and scootered around HIghline. Jennah and Shane... friends of mine who recently moved up to Syracuse. (You may recall their wedding here). Andrew, who I met to Brooks with a few years back... I hadn't seen him in about 3 years... and finally our friend Lyndsay who was out in New York studying creative writing for the semester.

    We walked through Central Park, we went up the Top of the Rock annnnd the Empire State building. We saw a Jimmy Fallon monologue, we drank Blue Bottle Coffee. We stopped by the Mast Brothers Chocolate store in Williamsburg. We visited the MoMA. We caught a train up to upstate New York. We saw Niagara Falls and walked over to Canada. We caught a cab and nearly missed our flight home. We had an incredible time.

  • Greece // December 2011

    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.

  • Two Thousand and Twelve

    2012.

    What a year. 

    The people in these photographs are pretty dang amazing. I'm thankful for them. My goal this year was to photograph 10 weddings. 10 weddings I photographed. Can you believe that I came into this year with nothing on the books? Yeah... neither can I. I did so much this year, met so many incredible people, traveled, and completed 23 years of life. 

    I could say so much more, there is much I want to say... but I don't quite know how to put it into words. But you guys, 2013 is gonna be somethin' big. I can feel it in my bones.

    A shoutout to the following talents (in no particular order) who I was privileged to meet, work and play with, and also who have shown me incredible amounts of support and encouragement. Any encounter with other creatives always inspires me... (and we always laugh a whole bunch). Kate Price, Karen Obrist, Stephanie Dolen, Sarah + Chris Rhoads, Marissa Maharaj, Jenny Linquist, Karen Wang, Mandie Sodoma, Yee Feng, Shelby PayneTim Dolen, Cara Robbins, Matt Wier, Andrew Roque, Willie Kessel, Julia Pulliam, Ty FergMatti Schumacher, Nick Hartigan, Brad LeachLauren Belknap, John Robert Woods, Alex Herbig, Phil Chester, Chantal Andrea, Tonhya Kae, Jeff Marsh and Kristen Marie.

  • O'ahu | August 2012

    In August, I got a plane with 21 of my family members and headed off to the island of O'ahu where we spent a whole week in a 1.8million home and lived it up like there was no tomorrow. I had an incredible time relaxing and spending time with them. We ate good food, jumped off a plane 14,000feet in the air, went on a dinner cruise, did the tourist thang and laughed a whole lot. Recently there have been rumors of a family trip next summer.... CANCUN 2013 anyone?!

  • Prague + Vienna

    Prague, Czech Republic

    Vienna, Austria

    I almost didn't go on this trip, but I'm thankful I did. Prague was easily one of my favorite places we visited. It's sad to me that I'm forgetting so much already... I remember Prague having very friendly people, many people spoke English, it was very cold... Joe and I managed to find a legitimate Thanksgiving dinner at an English bookstore that was also a restaurant. During our time there, we also found amazing Thai food and had lots of great wine. We went to a jazz bar and had late night coffee and ice cream. We caved and got a little taste of home at Starbucks. We took trams and visited castles.

    Then it was on to Vienna! We took our first international train ride... people should ride them more often. It was a cold day and grey and we spent most of it to ourselves, reflecting, listening to our tunes and journalling. I enjoyed it. I learned a lot from this trip... honest conversations and silences. I remember seeing buildings I studied in my art history class, I remember late Christmas markets and hot drinks. 

    I cannot believe it has been a year. I still have a few more blog posts from my study abroad trip and yes, the places I went were amazing and incredible. I will always be grateful for all the places I was able to visit, but what I remember the very most from those four months is how much I learned about myself. One of the things I miss the most is the time I had. Life was slow-paced, I didn't have too much responsibility to other people but myself. I spent hours on trains reading and writing. I spent hours walking and thinking. Perhaps too much thinking, but thinking. That's something I don't have here back in the States. It is near impossible to find solitude what with cell phones, social media and the need to always be connected. It is difficult to not want to know what's going on... so the moments that were hard and the moments I had to myself, I am thankful. And I hope to carve out more time for those moments.

    Here's the video Joe made from our time in Prague and Vienna.

    Click on these links to see my past posts from my time abroad of Istanbul, Venice, Paris and Rome.

    I am hoping that you are all having a beautiful Thanksgiving!

  • Rome, Italy // November 2011

    I did the math and I was in Rome for probably about two weeks altogether in the four months I was living in Florence... but, it was always in passing. Rome was the cheapest to fly out of so I was constantly on trains back and forth from home base. It wasn't until mid-November that a handful of friends and I did a weekend trip to Rome, rented an apartment and did the tourist-thang. It was a perfect trip. We got in Thursday and saw Fleet Foxes there (no big deal, right?) and one evening invited some friends over and enjoyed a meal together complete with wine (obligatory). These are photos from the Vatican, our cute little apartment, the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and St. Peter's Basilica :)

  • Paris, France // November 2011

    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.

  • Sasquatch! 2012 via Film

    What do you do when you are without a media pass and can't sneak in a dSLR? You bring your 35mm film camera and run with it... which is exactly what I did. Besides, who needs the pressure of constantly lugging around a 5lb piece of equipment and having to worry about it right? (At least this is what I kept telling myself) I will admit that it was nice to walk around with a film camera with the air of curiosity looming over me. This was my first experience at the infamous Sasquatch music festival (as well as the Gorge Amphitheatre) and it was definitely a treat. We roughed it for 3 night nights amongst the strung out, crazy people and soaked in some ear candy, eating nothing but snack foods. I unfortunately lost a roll of film, but maybe one day it will magically appear. Admist these shots are Santigold, Girl Talk, Pickwick, Macklemore, Coeur de pirate, and Gardens & Villa. Sasquatch was wonderful and it was great to share the experience with good friends.

  • Venice, Italy // November 2011

    About four months ago, I took a day trip out of homebase (Florence) while abroad with a friend of mine to Venice, the city of water, bridges and lights. One of my favorite movies is The Italian Job (Charlize Theron is such a BA in this movie!) and ever since seeing it, I have wanted to go to Venice. It was cold and rainy, but still, so worth it. A town full of Venetian masks and water cabs, pigeons and little canals of water to the left and right... known for its tiramisu and Bellinis. Don't worry I bought both ;) I'm definitely feeling a bit nostalgic today.

  • Lexi in Florence

    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.

  • Chapman

    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 :)

  • Mackenzie

    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.

  • Griffin

    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 ;)