New Years is my favorite time of the year. My favorite holiday. Not because of the partying or dressing up, but because I love the whole idea of it. I am so goal-oriented and I love the concept of having a clear beginning and a time to check-in. I love setting goals and intentions for my year (I hate the word resolutions) and then looking back at the end of the year and seeing how far I've come...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 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
The Vine and Flourish workshop hosted by Carly Bish Photography and Kristen Marie Parker was *such* an amazing way to kick off the wedding season. This was my second workshop this year and workshops will always be an important part of my personal and professional growth. We are *never* in a place where we know everything and there is always so much to learn from others. A fresh boost of energy and inspiration to carry me through the season. Being a wedding photographer can feel so lonely at times, but it doesn't have to. Fostering community and connecting with other artists is always a worthy investment and will always be a priority to me.
I can't take credit for how amazing this shoot turned out, because Carly + Kristen planned the entire thing. The styled table, the couple, the vision... it was all them. I am so thankful for the opportunity to shoot alongside them and create some images I am *so* in love with. Personal work like this is so good for the soul.
Thank you to Rob and Cici for being amazing models!
Cici's hair+makeup by Shyn Midili of Pacific BridesRead More
2015 // This year kicked my ass and blew my mind. Exceeded all my expectations, hopes, and dreams. The year I got married and the year I took my business full-time.....Read More