adventure session

SNOWY MOUNTAIN ENGAGEMENT SESSION IN THE PNW

It's always a funny thing, meeting people for the first time. Like Forrest Gump and his proverbial box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get. Fortunately for me, I seem to get to work with a lot of relaxed, kind, and generally just awesome people. These two take that to another level, especially with the story of how they met, fell in love long-distance, and decided to spend their lives together. Emily and I had so much fun cruising around the woods and mountains with Chris and Claire, right from the get-go. Turns out it's also hilariously good fun watching Texans play in the snow (even if it's a little colder than expected.)

Super grateful we got to spend some time with these legends!

Photographed on Kodak Portra medium format film, and Leica digital. 

MT. RAINIER SUMMER ENGAGEMENT SESSION

Summer came early this year in the Pacific Northwest... one of the best parts of that was getting to see the wildflowers explode in swaths of color across the alpine meadows. Kayla and Jonathan and I spent a pretty amazing evening in nature wandering around Mt. Rainier. A pretty perfect way to enjoy that sunset!

Photographed near Seattle on Kodak film, processed by Alpine Film Lab

PORTRAITS IN QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND

This year has been pretty full of traveling thus far, something we've be so grateful for, but going to New Zealand was so unbeatable, especially adventuring around Queenstown and the surrounding areas.  More to share from the wedding I photographed there, soon, but for now, here's some portraits I made of our good friends Ryan and Heidi. Emily and I couldn't have asked for better people to hang with for part of our time in New Zealand, these two are aces.

ANNIVERSARY PORTRAITS IN THE METHOW VALLEY

A couple years ago when I met Emilee and Taylor at Cafe Presse to talk about photographing their wedding, I knew they were awesome people. Since then they've become some of my wife and my favorite people and closest friends. Having clients who become friends is hands down my favorite thing about doing what I do, it feels like such a blessing to get to know so many genuinely great humans.

Earlier this winter the four of us cruised out to the beautiful Methow Valley to spend a couple days in a cozy cabin, sit by the fire, have dance parties, hike around the river with masks on ... you know, the usual. Oh, and we made some photos.

See more of their wintery portrait session featured on Magnolia Rouge.

NORTH CASCADES PORTRAIT SESSION

Jasmine and Jason wanted to go explore some new scenery in Washington before they moved away (sadness.) We hopped in the car and headed out on one of my favorite drives in the state - the North Cascades highway towards the Methow Valley. The mossiest of mosses, epic lakes, and some ginormous icicles. I think the great PNW did us proud. Diablo Lake is definitely is a place to go check out if you live in the Pacific Northwest.

More of this Pacific Northwest couple portrait session featured over on Junebug Weddings.

Photographed on Fuji 400H film, developed and scanned by Alpine Film Lab // Seattle Film Photographer

A LOOK BACK AT 2014

2014. Whoa. It's February and I feel like I'm still catching my breath from this last year. This has been by far our busiest, craziest year yet, which feels like - and is - a huge blessing. This spring my wife Emily joined me full time, helping making everything run smoothly. To everyone who commissioned us this year, thank you. Thank you for inviting us to be a part of some of the most momentous and long-planned days and moments of your lives. I know it's probably a cliche, but I honestly don't care - it's such an honor to get to do what I love.

I didn't want this post to be a "Best of 2014" or a "2014 Favorites" type of thing. Although these photos are some of my best, and some of my favorites. It was impossible to work every shoot into this post, or every photo I love - because I love them all and I kinda get attached. Just too many photos. Going through the tens of thousands of images we made was a joy, it was fun to take a step back, breath, and relive everything we created this year. It also made me realize that posting every photo I wanted to would make an internet-breakingly big post. Ain't nobody got time for that. So what this post is, is a small (haha) slice of the moments and portraits at some of the weddings, engagement and boudoir sessions that we photographed. Little pieces that meant something to me.

Look out for full blog posts of a bunch of these sessions in the coming months.

ADVENTUROUS ENGAGEMENT SHOOT IN THE MOUNTAINS OF MT. BAKER

With our game faces on, beers in our hands, and a heart for adventure, we all trekked up for an afternoon of fun engagement photos on Mt. Baker with no agenda beyond having fun, getting out of the city, and making some killer photos. As we neared to the top of the mountain, we expected to be greeted with wildflowers since it was the middle of summer, but instead we found a blanket of white. Bonus points for getting all 4 seasons in one shoot in one afternoon. 

Kate and Adam are amazing humans. I am so grateful to get to be a part of their wedding. Their love for each other is contagious and inspiring, Emily and I are pretty thrilled to call them friends.

See more of their session featured on Green Wedding Shoes