favorite images of 2018

I had promised myself I would have this done closer to the start of 2019, but here we are… three months in, and I am finally getting around to it. 2018 was the first year I really took on a full “work load” with photography. It was a year of chaos — personally, I wasn’t sure that I was going to come out of the year with my head above water.

Last year, I photographed:

  • 62 Portrait Sessions

  • 14 Weddings/Elopements

  • 14 Boudoir Sessions

Holy cow, right? This year my schedule is more than double for Weddings, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I started out as a second shooter for 2 years, learning and working for free. I wanted to make sure I was ready to take on the most important day of someones life. This will be my 3rd year as a Wedding Photographer and I feel like I’ve found my niche. I love story telling. I love capturing love. I realize that a lot of photographers use instagram and other marketing tools to share their work. I haven’t gotten there yet. My business is strictly word of mouth, and Facebook. So to all of you that have left me incredible reviews and testimonials about your experience working with me, you are the reason that my business has thrived into what it is. You are the dynamite behind my passion to create. Looking back through all of my sessions and galleries, it was really hard to narrow it down to these — every session I have is special. These are some of my favorites from the year.

To my 2018 clients — thank YOU. Thank you for believing in me and trusting in me to capture these moments you will cherish forever. Whether it be a Fall Mini Session with your family, or your start to forever on your Wedding day… every single moment spent doing this is the driving force in my happiness of being your photographer. You are all amazing… and I hope to see you this year.

love your love the most. {Z&L}

My final wedding of 2018! … Just kidding, I booked a December date :)

What I thought was my grand finale, was nothing short of grand. This was the first year I started offering my Wedding Photography packages to the Seattle area. Lydia and Zac found me right off the bat, and scheduled their engagement session with me. We met in West Seattle on Alki beach and truly hit it off immediately. The giggles, the smiles, and all of the kisses let me know that their wedding day would be nothing different. I was not prepared for what was to come.

When I blog, I try to give you guys a little outlook of how each day goes and give a little verbiage about how wonderful each couple is. I don’t know if I can put into words properly how beautiful, how incredibly fun, and how incredibly sweet this wedding was. Each person I interacted with whether it was a family member, someone in the bridal party, or a guest… has so much love for these two. I found out this was not a fast courtship… they grew up together, and finally kindled a romance in their adult years. I found out there were moves and miles among them and their families. I found out that Zac has never looked at a woman the way that he looks at Lydia, and if you are ever in their presence, you will see it first hand. The calm they bring to one and other is beautiful, and I love watching them interact. I had such an incredible time with every single person that was involved in this incredible day, and it was truly the best weekend in Seattle that I will never forget.

You guys are the real deal. You are kind, you are compassionate, and you are so in love. I am so happy for you both, and I hope we can continue to make more beautiful memories now that you’ve started your life together. Thank you for including me. Thank you for trusting me. And thank you for being the best example of what real true love is, and what marriage should be.


Vendors:

  • Venue - Mountain View Manor

  • Coordinator - Christina Brewer of Washington Wedding & Event Design

  • Bakery - South Fork Cake Co.

  • DJ - Events Tacoma.

  • Catering - Nick with Taste of the Town Catering

  • Flowers  - Sam’s Club & Costco (They made them all themselves!)

a dream come true. {j&b}

FINALLY! These two did it!

What a beautiful event. I can’t even tell you how perfect this day was, and properly put it into words. I’ve known Joey for years. We grew up going to the same schools and hanging around the same people. When I got a message from Brittney, I had no idea she was the fiance of an old friend of mine. We met for beers, and quickly started laughing, and hit it off. The wedding was like a mini reunion for me, which made the day run smoothly, because it was full of love and laughter, and I felt apart of the family. If you’ve never been to Trezzi Farm up in Green Bluff - you need to. Not only do they provide their own catering… they prepare it fresh for you in house. I can truly say it was the best pasta I have ever had in my entire life. The venue is simply a dream. Rolling vineyards surrounding a gorgeous large modern barn that completely opens up. This group was fun. We partied until we had to leave!

I can’t say enough good things about these two together. They truly are the balance that each other needs. The way they look at each other is intoxicating, and I love that I got to be apart of their start to forever. Cheers to you guys and your incredibly bright future ahead. You are meant for each other and it’s so beautiful to see.

Vendor Spotlight:

Venue & Catering: Trezzi Farm Winery

Second Shooter: Theresa Farnsworth

Dress: David’s Bridal

DJ: Tina Bjorklund with Spokane voice

Cake: Sweet Dreams

Suits: Tuxedo Gallery

Flowers: Appleway Florist

Hair: Holly Soule at Flip hair co.

Rings: Tracy Jewelers

I don't remember me, before you. {A&C}

Where do I even begin?

Alina and I hit it off immediately. We met almost 2 years prior to this special day. We talked, we planned, we belly laughed… and before we knew it - it was here! Cole & Alina moved from the Spokane area to Seattle, where Cole is apart of the Seattle fire department! A huge transition, but ultimately this gorgeous wedding day brought them back home to Spokane. Ms. Kalins Barn in Green Bluff was nothing short of stunning, and the smoky weather did not stop us from capturing their perfect moments together. From start to finish, you could feel the love. Their bridal party had me cracking up the entire day - yes, that means YOU Jesse, the professional cross stitcher!

I just want to say from the bottom of my heart, and to the moon and back - how much I adore you two. I can’t wait to create more monumental memories with you. I am very thankful for our friendship and the time we’ve spent together. Your wedding day was PERFECT.

Vendor Information:

  • Venue: Ms. Kalins Barn - Green Bluff, WA.

  • Dress: Marcella’s Bridal

  • Cake: Sunshine Hanke

  • Doughnuts: Casual Friday Doughnuts

  • Flowers: Amy Wall of Salt of the Earth - Cashmere, WA.

  • DJ: On the go DJ Pro, Anthony Perez

  • Band: Junk Belly

  • Make up & Hair: McKenna Swanson of McKenna Jane Artistry

Rivers and Roads {T&E}

Rivers til' I reach you... 

This day was straight out of a movie. Emily and I had a fast friendship. We'd been talking and planning this perfect day for a long time. It could not have come together in a more absolute way than it did. I usually hold my composure well throughout weddings while I am hiding behind my camera.. but today was different. I can truly say I have never felt more present, raw, perfect love than I did this day. The passion these two humans have for each other is something we all search for. Tyler, I have never seen a man love a woman the way you love Emily. You are the man of her dreams and it was so very apparent from the moment she started telling me about you.

The wildfire smoke really set the tone for this wild romance. The setting was a beautiful venue up in Greenbluff with the most beautiful backdrop to share in the start to forever for Emily & Tyler. I hope you both know how blessed you are to have found one and other. You are so blessed with so many friends. So many family members. So much LOVE. I appreciate you both and your souls so much and wish you nothing but happiness and love for your future, wherever it may take you ... let your spark fly. 

  • Venue: Cannons Edge
  • Day of Coordination & Flowers - Those Girls
  • Dress: Annas Boutique (Alexandria, VA)
  • DJ: Cindy Grosbush
  • Catering: Couple of Chefs
  • Desserts: Marcellas, Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Make up artist: Evelyn Mauro
  • Hair Stylist: Heather Schmick Bridal Hair

Home is wherever I'm with you. {N&T}

Where do I even begin? I met Natalie through her older sister. Karlee and I became quick friends and have an incredible friendship that I will cherish forever. Natalie was home from college, and needed some headshots to send out as announcements that she was graduating from OSU! We instantly connected, and laughed, and trekked around in the forest behind Karlees house. Timmy was with her, and quickly, I knew that they were perfect for each other. Natalie and Timmy are two of the goofiest people I have ever known. They compliment each other so well in so many different ways, you'd believe that they'd known each other since they were little. They are quirky. They are hilarious. They are so in love. When they got engaged, and contacted me to photograph their engagement, I was smiling ear to ear. We wandered around Spokane Valley along the river, and it was easy to capture what is so special about them. The wedding came up quickly, and as I arrived to meet Timmy in the same place he proposed to her, to do the first look.... he was sweating. He was so nervous. You could just see how excited he was to marry the love of his life that day. I feel like it's evident how much these two adore each other. I was blessed to be able to privately witness them exchange vows, and I can tell you all right now.... I've ever experienced such a special intimate moment like that. Your wedding day was straight out of a fairy tale book, Timmy & Nat. I mean it from the bottom of my heart that I could not have enjoyed myself more, and I wish and bless you both with nothing but light and love. Your future together is so bright. <3 

From this moment. {A & R}

Driving up the backroads from Spokane Valley to Springdale was breathtaking. Every turn and gravel road, filled with sunlight bouncing off of the trees, and filling the air with love. I had only met Ashley once prior to her wedding day. We instantly connected and chatted about her love for Ronnie and what she envisioned for her day. The property - her Aunt and Uncles, was straight out of a movie scene. It is up in the backwoods of Springdale, overlooking the valley. Basically every photographers dream. It started to rain. You won't be able to really tell in any of these photos, because these two didn't even care. The second they saw each other, the magic ignited. I felt so blessed to be apart of a wedding so full of love and gratitude for each other, and each others families. They put on such a beautiful event, and I can't tell you enough how much fun I had spending the day with these folks.

Ashley & Ronnie, thank you so much for letting me tell your love story. I will cherish these beautiful images, and I hope we can make more memories in the future! Cheers! :) 

Speechless. (D&M)

It's always on a night like tonight
I think that you can read my mind
'Cause when you look at me with those eyes
I'm speechless
Staring at you, standing there in that dress
What it's doing to me, ain't a secret
'Cause watching you is all that I can do
And I'm speechless
You already know that you're my weakness
After all this time I'm just as nervous
Every time you walk into the room
I'm speechless

Every single wedding I photograph, I fall in love all over again with my job. I fall in love with the people I meet, with the decor, with the venues... with the light when it's just right. This wedding was no exception. But, this wedding POURED rain, all day from start to finish. BUT, the best part of these photos and memories we have created is that you literally would never know, because every ounce of happiness from every person apart of this day pours through each image.

These two love each other. And that is the understatement of the century. What they have is rare. I met Melissa a couple years ago, and it happened to be the day after her first date with DJ. She told me that day that she knew she was going to marry him. I always imagine that people "don't actually know" ..... but she knew. And he knew just as much. It's cliche - but it truly makes me believe that your person is really out there, and you just have to be patient. I loved getting to know both sides of their families - they were so incredibly gracious and warm to me.... and I loved getting to spend the day with the bridesmaids and groomsmen. All of love from all of these personalities is just overwhelming and humbling. Thank you both for making me apart of your family. I will never be able to thank you guys enough for having me be apart of this perfect day. 

Thank god, I'm yours....

"I came to life when I first kissed you
The best me has his arms around you
You make me better than I was before
Thank God I'm yours...


The worst me is just a long gone memory
You put a new heartbeat inside of me
You make me better than I was before
Thank God I'm yours..."

These are two of the sweetest people you will ever meet. I was blessed to be recommended by word of mouth, and I couldn't be more thankful. I had never done a LDS wedding before, and I truly had such a lovely time. The temple was stunning to photograph, as well as the grounds.... and the venue set up was incredible - the brides mom is incredible! I hope you both had an amazing time on your getaway to the Oregon Coast... I am so jealous and wish you would have packed me in your suitcase! Here is a little preview from your incredible day... Enjoy!!!