Tara + Andrew // Mt. San Jacinto Tramway

I could not pass up the chance to blog my best friend's engagement pictures. Getting to spend an evening with Tara and Andrew just watching them play and be silly and do sneaky outfit changes behind big rocks filled my heart and brought me to tears (literally) out there on the top of that freezing cold mountain. I couldn't be happier for these two! They are going to be a blessing in so many people's lives.

Hannah + Aidan // Talariah Stables in Walla Walla, WA

Hannah and Aidan were married in April at Talariah Stables in Walla Walla, WA. The estate, owned by Aidan's family, is a small hobby farm sharing their farm, horses, and country life with the horse-loving children and families throughout our community. The gorgeous home was built in the early 1900s. While horse camps regularly happen on site, this was Talariah's first wedding.

A spring storm blew through during portraits and while waiting for it to pass, Hannah, Aidan and I ducked into the tiny Walla Walla airport lounge which is maintained by a sweet 70+ year old man whom I've met once. He keeps everything as it was in the 60's it seems, and the space, with its aviation memorabilia and navigation maps hanging from the walls, turned out to be perfect for some Wes Anderson-inspired portraits. We didn't avoid the storm completely though and ventured out into the wind...which always brings images to life! Hannah made her own veil--just one of the many creative elements that her crafty skills made possible! 

The ceremony took place down by the creek where they had a a simple hemp rug spread out to stand on. The rug will be in their new home--a great way to be reminded of their day! Aidan's grandma planted tulips at the front of the ceremony site the day before. So many sweet touches!

The weather cleared completely by the time the reception started and golden light set the mood for an evening of eating, chatting, making s'mores and listening to some of the sweetest toasts I've ever heard. Hannah's family's french heritage inspired a gorgeous charcuterie board of meats, cheeses and fruits for the reception. And pies--there were pies! The caterer Molly Morin did a beautiful job of making the French cuisine dreams come to life. Hannah and Aidan were ushered out through veils of colored smoke--a great exit for couples when venue's don't want you to leave any trace behind. Truly a creative, sweet, and thoughtful celebration of two talented and well-matched people! I am still so honored to have been there for it and grateful to have them as clients and now new friends! Here is Aidan and Hannah's day:

Maddie and David // Sunrise in the Mill Creek Mountains

David received a last minute acceptance to his PT program in Florida. With just two days before his flight out, Maddie texted to see if we could squeeze in some engagement pictures before they were on opposite coasts for the remainder of their engagement. I threw out the idea of sunrise portraits the next morning and they were up for it! We got to the mountain at the technical "sunrise" but it took a while for the sun to come up over the mountains. The early dawn light gorgeously flowed through the forest. The wildflowers decorated the trails and we had fun playing until the sun popped through the trees. Loved getting to know you better, Maddie and David! So excited for your wedding this summer! 

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Heidi, Stacy, River and Hang // Walla Walla, WA

In honor of this cold, wintery weather and also Valentine's Day coming up, I'm offering a select number of mini-sessions in Walla Walla! I'd love to both meet new clients and shoot old friends!

Where: Attic Studio on College Ave. in College Place, WA

When: February 13 at 11:30 (One slot left!) 

What: $120, 30 minutes, 10 images snuggling with 2-5 of your favorite favorite snugglers...people or fur-people!

Vision: I've got an array of blankets (you can bring your own, too!) I've got a Letterfolk board for you to use--go check out their Instagram for some catchy/cute mantra inspiration. Cozy up with tea/hot cocoa. Catch some window light. Bring your favorite stuffed animals or other mementos you'd like documented. Let's get creative. Couples, families, you and your dog/cat, your new babes--these sessions have few rules.

How: Shoot me an email to book your time. Let's chat!

The images here are all shot in the studio with natural light to give you an idea of the location and feel. All images will be delivered before Valentine's Day to give you something fun to share in celebration of love. Snuggle time!

 

 

Gleb, Lev and Darya Snuggle Session // Walla Walla, WA

In honor of this cold, wintery weather and also Valentine's Day coming up, I'm offering a select number of mini-sessions in Walla Walla these next few weeks! I'd love to both meet new clients and shoot old friends!

Where: Attic Studio on College Ave. in College Place, WA

When: February 6-13 (shoot me a message and see if we can squeeze something in before V-day!)

What: $120, 30 minutes, 10 images snuggling with 2-5 of your favorite favorite snugglers...people or fur-people!

Vision: I've got an array of blankets (you can bring your own, too!) I've got a Letterfolk board for you to use--go check out their Instagram for some catchy/cute mantra inspiration. Cozy up with tea/hot cocoa. Catch some window light. Bring your favorite stuffed animals or other mementos you'd like documented. Let's get creative. Couples, families, you and your dog/cat, your new babes--these sessions have few rules.

How: Shoot me an email to book your time. Let's chat!

The images here are all shot in the studio with natural light to give you an idea of the location and feel. All images will be delivered before Valentine's Day to give you something fun to share in celebration of love. Snuggle time!

 

 

Mini Snuggle Sessions // $120, 30 minutes, 10 images

In honor of this cold, wintery weather and also Valentine's Day coming up, I'm offering a select number of mini-sessions in Walla Walla these next few weeks! I'd love to both meet new clients and shoot old friends!

Where: Attic Studio on College Ave. in College Place, WA

When: February 2, 3, 5, 10 

What: $120, 30 minutes, 10 images snuggling with 2-5 of your favorite favorite people or fur-people!

Vision: I've got an array of blankets (you can bring your own, too!) I've got a Letterfolk board for you to use--go check out their Instagram for some catchy/cute mantra inspiration. Cozy up with tea/hot cocoa. Catch some window light. Bring your favorite stuffed animals or other momentos you'd like documented. Let's get creative. Couples, families, you and your dog/cat, your new babes--these sessions have few rules.

How: Shoot me an email to book your time. Let's chat!

The images here are all shot in the studio with natural light to give you an idea of the location and feel. All images will be delivered before Valentine's Day to give you something fun to share in celebration of love. Snuggle time!

 

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Give the Gift of a Gallery!

Planting this little idea-seed as you plan for your Christmas giving! I'll be offering 10% off family/portrait sessions when booked as a gift for someone else! Booking is good for all of 2017. Contact me for more details!

David and Lindsay // Pomeroy Farms, WA

This past summer a very talented photographer named Shelby Brakken let me tag along as an assistant/second shooter/apprentice as she shot David and Lindsay's 4th of July wedding! Shelby has a knack for catching and telling great stories in her images. You can see her blog of David and Lindsay's day here! As I assisted her, I snagged a few shots of my own. A seriously beautiful/joyful celebration. David and Lindsay, I love your love and I'm so glad you sealed the deal.

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Tyler and Joelle // Rosario Head, WA

Joelle and Tyler's wedding day started with a soft rain (beautiful coastal mist!) and to the quiet sound of coffee dripping into a pot for a house full of girls. I was honored that the bridal party made room for me to stay with them in the seaside vacation rental. You hear the truest stories when you're on the inside. It's a rule of life, not just photographing weddings. Everyone wakes up with their hair unbrushed and says funny morning things. All the true moments emerge! One person I fell in love with was Joelle's mom. She is genuine, smart, creative and thoughtful. She spent part of the morning on her knees in the grass under the old cedar tree arranging the ferns and sticks and flowers she'd gathered in order to make Joelle's bouquet. It was the first picture I took of the day. I saw her there calm and not posing--and it moved me. Maybe that's the sugar/honey of a really good photo. When your idea--your framing, the light you're after--is motivated by a feeling/story and connected to your heart. The ocean, the forest, the family and friends--and the love between Tyler and Joelle...it truly moved me and I'm so happy to have shared in these moments.

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Kristina, Lin & Aloha

Kristina and Lin's wedding was one of a kind and full of details celebrating both old Victorian and tropical Hawaiian themes. 4,000 plumeria. A pup in a tux. Vintage Hawaiian postcards. Floral Vans on the bride's dancing feet. As inspiring as the details were, it was the couple's kindness and love for their guests that stuck with me after all the photographing was done. I've never seen kids gravitate to a bride like they did to Kristina. She spent most of the night's celebration dancing with 5-15 year-olds under strings of lights. It was beautiful. And as the bubbles fell over their exit, all the wonder and love of the day was wrapped up perfectly. Tommy and I were so, so honored to shoot Kristina's wedding. She was the first one to hire me as a wedding photographer--knowing I didn't have a single wedding under my belt at that time. What trust and what a gift! Thank-you Lin and Kristina for sharing your love! <3 

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ROSS, KATIE AND BOWSER // WALLA WALLA, WA

I was so excited when Katie asked me to take pictures of her and Ross...in their wedding attire! This session is the beginning of a tradition for them (and I'm adopting the tradition for Tommy and I as well)--to take pictures every five years in their wedding clothes! Such a great idea that will translate into an incredible photo series. It also will serve as some serious motivation to stay in shape! :) 

After we shot a few anniversary photos, we let Bowser, their boxer, join in too. The Magi's love (including that for their boxer) shines bright. Thanks Ross and Katie for the fun photo adventure. Take a peek below: Katie, Ross, and Bowser!

NEWBORN ESSENTIALS // WALLA WALLA, WA

This little guy is spreading baby fever around wherever he goes! It was a kick putting together this shoot with Lawrence's mom Nelita--everything a little boy needs to become a man! This includes, but is not limited to, a guitar, "Bunbun" the bunny rabbit, a harmonica, a yoyo, a bow tie, a whistle, a baseball bat, a world atlas, diapers, a razor for shaving, a comb for styling, a spelling dictionary, the Crawford Irish pink plaid, an abundance of trucks and cars, Old Spice deodorant, and then planes and trains of course....Happy growing-up little Lawrence!