Tim and Val. I feel so connected to them. Last spring I got to photograph their intimate beach wedding and brewery reception, where they did a gender reveal and we all found out they were having a baby girl. It was such an intense and beautiful thing to share with them - it's so hard to walk away from something like that and not feel like best friends. I was SO thrilled to photograph their maternity session in a cozy Airbnb in San Diego! So stoked on these images and I can't wait to meet their baby girl who is officially now outside that belly!Read More
In July, I had the honor of officiating some of our closest friends wedding in Maui. The last time I was in Hawaii I was getting married - so it felt right to be back there to marry friends of ours. Hawaii is such a magical place. I couldn't leave without getting a couples session in of my own (because helloooooooooo I can't pass up the opportunity to photograph a beautiful couple in paradise). Matt and Paige are friends of ours (Matt is the grooms brother of the wedding we were attending) and Paige has become a great friend of mine over the last year. They got married in Maui LAST year, so it was extremely special to photograph them together just shy of their one-year anniversary in the place they got married.
My husband and I location scouted ALL over the island and I found this place. I knew this was "it" as we were walking through and I couldn't wait to bring these two here. YAY! I love how these turned out and I am so thrilled to finally be sharing them.
Enjoy. Mahalo!Read More
Jamie+Amanda - A day spent exploring the Anza-Borrego desert, followed by a long drive home listening to true crime podcasts together. Dream day.Read More
JACOB+ALISHA // Deception Pass engagement session.Read More
Kim + Eric at Venice Beach, CA.Read More
Aaron & Tiffany at Desert Garden in Balboa Park. San Diego, CA.Read More
Mark & Tori at Sunset Cliffs in San Diego, CA.Read More
Cassi & Kris at Mount Laguna in San Diego, CA.Read More
I don't think I've ever blogged so many images from a portrait session, so sorry about that in advance (not). It was so hard to hold back with this one; this is some of my favorite work of my career and there's so much variety within this one location. I had the pleasure of shooting their gorgeous PNW backyard wedding last September, and I was so stoked when she asked me to shoot an anniversary session for them. We've had this session in the works for *months* and it did not disappoint. I am always so excited to go on an adventure with my couples and shoot in a new place. Spend the day together. In this case, catch up and hear all about their first year of marriage!
ok ok ok y'all. More anniversary sessions please (any excuse to get dressed up in your wedding dress again #amiright) and don't be afraid to ask about a location that's on your heart. Because odds are I'll always say yes. ;)Read More
I don't know if it's the new Blink-182 album that came out (if you haven't heard it you should stop what you're doing and listen now), but lately I've been feeling the need to let my inner SoCal skater punk chick out to play. Sierra was the perfect person for this vision. I knew of Sierra in a kind of roundabout way (girlfriend of a friend of a friend kind of situation) but I've been following her on Instagram for about a year now (no shame) and have been DYING to get her in front of my camera. Her style is perfect and she has the sweetest and most contagious smile ever, but at the same time has this sassy cool-chick factor I always love to photograph. It's always amazing to bring an idea in my head to life, and Sierra was perfect for the job. Someday I want to move to SoCal and capture the skate/surf/beach culture and work with brands who serve this lifestyle, but in the meantime I'll grab my friends and bring it to life myself.Read More
About 4 years ago, a friend from church asked me to shoot her wedding. At that time, wedding photography wasn't even on my radar. I had been doing makeup at weddings for years, but never had any interest in wedding and portrait photography. At the time I was studying photojournalism at Western Washington University, mostly doing live music photography and working for music blogs and small publications. For some reason, I said yes. Now looking back that seems crazy - if I knew how hard wedding photography is and how in-over-my-head I was, I probably would have said no. I had never even second-shot or assisted anyone, I was going in totally blind and completely just following my intuition on how I should do things. Luckily, I had about 9 months to prepare, so I spent that time learning everything I could about portrait photography and working with couples. I shot their wedding, it went great, and people saw those original images from their wedding and I ended up booking more weddings. And all of a sudden I was a wedding photographer.
I feel extremely lucky for that opportunity and for their trust. I know photographers who try for years and years to book their first wedding. Trying to get a couple to trust them with that task. I always kind of joke that wedding photography happened to me rather than me pursuing it. I feel like I owe my whole career to Whitney and Dan. If it wasn't for them, would I have become a wedding photographer? I have no idea. Maybe wedding photography still would have found me one way or the other. But the way I see it, I owe it all to them.
I took them out to their wedding venue on their 3-year anniversary, set them up with a hair and makeup team, created a bouquet for her, and re-created some wedding portraits for them. To celebrate their love and give them the wedding portraits I wish I knew how to create back then. Also as a celebration for me - that day was also my anniversary! The anniversary of my first wedding. And that's a huge day for me. There's no other way I'd rather be celebrating that than shooting with these two: the two who started it all for me.
Thank you, Whitney and Dan, for seeing something in me that I didn't see in myself back then. For giving me my start and trusting me to capture your most intimate moments. I owe my career to you.
Huge thank you to Shannon Mercil Makeup + Jamae Wiederhold hair for coming along and being my dream-team glam squad. Thanks to Jeremy Millar for coming along and assisting! He also got some gorgeous images of the day, check out his work to see what he created.Read More
Jess, in the studio.Read More
FIRST DAY OF SUMMER YAY and I just had to share this dreamy golden hour session with Ivy. This collection is a great example that you don't need to get far to get amazing results. All of these locations are within a 2 mile radius of each other around the town I live in that I stumbled upon while running. This session was such a fun way to celebrate the start of summer; playing in this stunning golden hour light with my babe of a bff is a pretty dope way to spend a Sunday night.
Ivy's hair and makeup was done by her crazy talented sister Saige. She is a hair-stylist based out of Kirkland (also not-so coincidentally who does my hair!). Follow along her Instagram or Facebook to see what she's up to.
PS I have no ideal how this girl isn't a professional model yet.Read More
Kevin and Jordan. Two good friends of mine who got in front of my camera for a little personal shoot in the city. Sometimes I just have something in my head I have to get out, and this was one of those shoots. Thankful for friends who are willing to wear leather jackets and black sweaters on a rooftop during a 90 degree Seattle evening. These two are the best!Read More