A RAINY, VIBRANT LOPEZ ISLAND WEDDING

The San Juan Islands, often called the jewel of the PNW (ok, I made that up, but they should be called that) are a varied bunch. One of the most charming island is Lopez, often called Slowpez (that nickname is real, honest.) J & E invited their guests to join them on the water, near a marina that's been in their family for decades. I love when couples incorporate spaces that have that depth of meaning in their lives.

The day started out pouring rain, but ended with an incredible show at sunset. Honestly kind of my ideal day - soft overcast light, and then a killer golden hour. That colorful show carried throughout the day, including the vibrant florals and the mismatched print on the bridesmaid's dresses. 

The day was expertly planned by Tara with Sugarcomb, and the florals by Country Bouquets Floral.

A LOOK BACK AT 2016 - PART TWO

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

A LOOK BACK AT 2016

Twenty sixteen. What a year. Depending who you talk to, you'd probably get a wide spectrum of views on exactly what kind of year it was. I think that's one of the things I love both about what I do, and about doing these year-end retrospective posts. What better way to find and focus on the positive, than looking through a year's worth of weddings, elopements, engagements, families ... all the things that end up really defining what our lives are about. 

I delivered in the neighborhood of 50,000 finished photos this year (which kind of explains why I'm doing two parts to this post... how can I narrow all that down to one short post? Not happening) and if there's one thing that really stood out to me, it's the importance of community and connection. Those two things have this amazing ability to transcend, heal, and grow our families, lives, and relationships. I got to see huge tight-knit families, families who'd experienced loss, families that had been divided, rejoined, healed, people whose families were woven by choice and not birth, people who became family solely for each other... and of course family of the four-legged canine variety (prob the cutest kind of family, if you ask me.)

It's been amazing to continuely witness the way our love and connections defy labels and boxes, and matters all the more because of that.

I'm heading into my 10th year in this crazy photography career/life, and each year that ticks by feels like a blessing to be surrounded by love and commitment and amazing humans doing a thousand small/ huge / subtle / loud / monumental / heartfelt things for each other.

Can't thank each of you enough for allowing me into your lives to tell a sliver of your story, it's an honor I don't take for granted. You're the best, I appreciate you.

AN AL FRESCO DINNER WEDDING AT THE CORSON BUILDING

If you're looking for an amazing dinner in Seattle, you have a ton of great options. The Corson Building is easily one of the best of those options. If you want that amazing dinner for all your favorite people, in a charming courtyard garden, eating outside in a brick alley strung with cafe lights ... then the Corson Building is THE option. I can't say enough good things about this venue, or this couple, actually.

The photo of J & W right after their first kiss, arms raised and being cheered by their friends and family is one of my all-time favorites. Add in some amazing light and flowers by the one and only Floret, and you have a recipe for a fantastic wedding.

photographed on Kodak film.

A COLORFUL SUMMER RAINFOREST ELOPEMENT IN TOFINO, BC

If you haven't been to Vancouver Island, you should really change that. There are only a few temperate rainforests on the planet, and some of the most spectacular are on this evergreen island off the western coast of British Columbia. The two main towns, Ucluelet and Tofino, are filled with craft beer, seaplanes, good food, surfers, black bears, and a ridiculously good taco truck (looking at you, Tacofino.) Emily and I went there for the first time a handful of years back for our first anniversary, and it was pretty much love at first visit. So any chance to go back is always welcomed as it holds a special meaning to us.

All in all, a perfect place for Beth and Sam to spend time with their family at the Wickaninnish Inn, before eloping beneath towering trees, and dancing together on a sunny beach as the sun sank. A perfectly intimate wedding. I think the last few minutes of light, when they ditched their shoes and waded into the glassy ocean sunset together, was one of my favorite wedding memories of the year. 

AN INTIMATE CAPE FLATTERY ELOPEMENT

Cape Flattery lies at the most northwest point of the contiguous United States. Without a boat, or a (cold) swim, you can't go any further. It makes the perfect spot for an intimate elopement - you say your vows under old growth trees draped in moss, after walking down fern-lined wooden boardwalks, overlooking sea stacks, to a chorus of crashing waves. Like I said, perfect. :) 

 - photographed on Kodak film, on a Leica MP.

NOW SHOWING IN GLORIOUS WIDESCREEN

“While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.”  - Dorothea Lange

If I can get a little bit lofty, ponderous, philosophical for a second - which I think artists are totally allowed to do, right? - this quote does an incredible job of leaning towards what I love about photography. It isn't just about the literal scene in front of you. It can go so much further than that. Many of my favorite photos (my own, and from others) are beloved because they delve into the emotions and aesthetics of what's in the frame; letting the viewer's mind wander past the obvious and explore the experience of that image.

That's something I've been trying to create and find in my own work a lot lately. Showing some of my work in this panoramic format has been a super fun way to explore that. I think our eyes get so accustomed to the normal aspect ratios in our phones and "real" cameras, that moving to a panoramic format helps us escape the more literal view of the image. Ideally I think the superwide panoramic formats lend themselves to a more cinematic feel (probably because, you know, they actually are cinematic aspect ratios, ha) which encourages looking at the images as more than just an overt record of an event.

Anyway - I could ramble more, but really I just wanted to share a bit of an experiment in something different. As photographers, seeing things in a constantly different, new, and varied way is critical to keeping our work fresh and our minds free from burnout. Here's to finding inspiration in new places, and making photographs that see more than the immediately visible.