2018 was, in the best (and sometimes hardest) ways, a real heckin’ rollercoaster of a year. We kicked off the year with the birth of our first child, which was a bit of a game-changer, to put it mildly. Weddings, portraits, engagement shoots, and family sessions (which I love even more, now!) kept me super busy all year, bouncing around the northwest, from Idaho to the San Juan Islands, along with spending a lot of time on the east coast, Colorado (forever favorite) and down south.

It’s taken me ages to put this post together, and in the end I have to hold it with a bit of an open hand. There’s no way - short of throwing a few thousand photos on here - to really represent the breadth of love that I saw this year. There just isn’t space to truly it justice, so know that, while I love all these highlights, there is always so much more. I was truly blessed by how many amazing people let me into their lives, and allowed me to document such heartfelt moments.

To all the couples, families, individuals - and all the planners, florists, designers, and artists - that shared their lives and gifts: you are incredible, and being a witness to you and your moments was a pure celebration of life. Thank you!



The ivy-swathed cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill in Boston are so charming you honestly feel like you’re on a movie set. It was great spending a rainy afternoon this fall strolling around admiring the scenery and dodging tourist selfies with Kelsey & Patrick. I tend to show a lot of photos of people laughing - I’m all about celebrating that joy, and these two had such a naturally laugh-your-face off relationship that was so fun to see.


If you ask me, summer is hands-down  the best time of year in the Seattle. The days are long, golden hour seems to last forever, and mostly, it's finally just warm and not raining.  What better time to trek around Discovery Park for these guys' engagement session? Add in their ridiculously cute goldendoodle (are you sensing a theme here? bring alllll the dogs to your wedding / engagement shoot with me) and it was a heck of a summer's eve.

photographed on Kodak Portra 160 film


Can't believe we're already coming up on the end of 2017. 2016 was such a full year with so many amazing clients and moments, and 2017 has proven to be no different. As I start to sift through the thousands of images and *attempt* to put together a recap post from this last season, and since there are no rules in photography or blogging, I thought it's never too late to share my Part Two post from my 2016 season in the meantime (because ok maybe I sort of got too busy to post this Part Two ages ago). It's still so crazy to me I'm approaching my 11th year now in this industry, and every time I get to tell couple's wedding stories I feel refreshed and inspired.

As 2017 season wraps up, my highlight this year was my wife and I finding out, in May, that we were pregnant with our first son, due this next month (January). We are breathlessly waiting and preparing for his arrival, which makes this holiday season that much more exciting. We're in full baby prepping mode over here, and can't wait to start off 2018 being parents. We *think* Bodie will be the best big puppy brother too. He'll just have to learn to share a little of our attention. ;)

All our love and appreciation,

- Ryan & Emily