This was a first for me! And keeping quiet has been k-i-l-l-i-n-g me!
But finally, Zach and Trang have announced their engagement. I’m SO blessed to have helped Zach plan this amazing proposal and surprise engagement session. It was windy, but an absolutely beautiful Spring day.
Congrats you two <3
Summers in the PNW are insane. When the weather cooperates, the scenic views open up and paint the most beautiful backdrop for a wedding.
Justin & Lisa were two lovebirds I was very excited to photograph. They are so kind and share such genuine love for one another. Their day was bursting with love, wonderful family and friends, and joyful celebration. The venue was Red Cedar Farm in Poulsbo, WA; quaint buildings, landscaping, and charming animals provided so many pockets of surprises! It was such a wonderful celebration full of meaningful details – and don’t get me started on the delicious food and drinks. A truly great day for two lovely people!
Lisa & Justin: Thank you SO much for inviting me to capture your day. It was such a wonderful experience getting to know you two, and photographing your love. Cheers to a lifetime of happily ever after <3
Late summer in Eastern Washington produces some of the most beautiful days. This was one of those kind of days.
The way Megan and Robby adore one another is quite stunning. And their day matched their love so perfectly; so much joy and love was felt throughout every detail.
Their day was spent getting ready with friends and family. The ceremony and reception were held at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco in the outdoor courtyard and gorgeous Ballrooms, respectively. We escaped mid-day to do a private reveal and all of the bridal party photos in a local park that was the perfect backdrop for this late summer wedding.
Megan & Robby: Thank you for allowing me to share in the memories of your wedding day. You two were a dream to work with and I wish you two many years of wedded bliss <3
October weddings are so pretty! The weather is usually fairly nice in eastern WA, and this October day definitely made a gorgeous wedding day.
Eric and Sara planned a beautiful day. Lovely romantic colors of pinks and golds were seen in every detail. They chose not to see one another before the ceremony, so as soon as their eyes met, hearts melted.
Venue: Pasco Red Lion // Floral: Simplified Celebrations // Decor: Sash // DJ: Platinum Entertainment
Ah, yes, the question frequently asked by many clients and friends alike. Sometimes they throw in their anxieties about the job being stressful (“it’s someone’s WEDDING!”), or that wedding photographers charge a lot (“It must be a great way to make money!” – Pro tip: If you want to make any portrait photographer laugh and cry at the same time, say this).
Sit, let me explain why I chose the path of a wedding photographer.
As a natural creative, my heart was always in art and design. Even as a kid in art classes, I gravitated toward drawing people, for some reason it’s always fascinated me. So I guess it was only natural that I was drawn to photographing people.
I picked up a camera and learned kinesthetically (ie: pushing buttons and studying my results). I took a formal photography class in high school, and found the technical approach to be limiting… So much to remember (f-stops, ISO, shutter speed, what?), granted we were using film cameras, and in order to get a good exposure you need to know your stuff.
But for me, weddings require so much more than technical knowledge. Yes! You absolutely must know your camera like the back of your hand. You need to know it in every situation possible and on the fly, because you never know what will happen next. You can’t be great at just one photography niche either (like, just great at documentary photography, or portrait photography, or details). You are the whole package, baby. You have to be a master generalist, sharp technicalist (I made that word up, just go with it), and truly mountains over all of that; emotionally intelligent. You have to read people, emotions, and anticipate. You are going to read people and know what they will do, say, or emote next.
So yeah, it’s scary being a wedding photographer. Do you know how many dreams I’ve had (literally) about my camera being lost or stolen, or my computer crashing with all of my life’s work on it (I back them up, but still…), or being sick, or my camera breaking/freezing/malfunctioning?! Why not throw myself in a profession that stresses normal people out, let alone a natural-born worrier!? I live on the edge, people! So why do I still do it? Because I love love. Paint me a Nicholas Sparks junkie, but I love watching people in genuine love. And I want them to see how beautiful they look living it.
When I stop and think about why I shoot love portraits – and weddings in particular –it’s not about the people at all. It’s about the moment. The emotion. The feelings. I look at my personal wedding photos, and remember the exact way I felt that day.
I always say, if I can make my bride (or groom) cry when they see their photos, I’ve done my job. Hell, if I’m not crying at my clients wedding, I’m not doing my job! I want my clients to feel emotion – the exact emotion of the “happiest day” of their life. I want to take photos that get couples through their inevitable rough times because they were able to remember how they once felt about the person laying next to them.