SARA & STUART // RATTLESNAKE LAKE ENGAGEMENT

We left sunny Seattle, bound for the mountains a little bit outside of the city. We got out of the car when we arrived, and stepped out into pouring rain. Like, bucketing. Little rivers of rain running through your soaked clothes and off your fingertips. I can't say how grateful I am for couples who are up to climb and adventure around and make some awesome images no matter what. Love having that kind of trust and collaboration with people.

Shot on Kodak Portra 400 and Tri-X film.

MY PARENTS // BEND, OREGON PORTRAITS

"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."

     - GK  Chesterton

 

When I think about my mom and dad, gratitude is one of the first, strongest emotions that I feel. Not that I can claim a long life and deep wisdom, but, the longer I live, the more appreciation and awe and admiration I have for what they did for me and my siblings. And not just that, but the longer I'm married, the more appreciation and awe and admiration I have for what they did, and do, for each other. Seeing a couple travel through thirty plus years of mountains, valleys, and plateaus - and constantly aiming for those joyous peaks - is incredible, and hugely inspiring. 

 

I'm so thankful for my parents example and friendship, in life and everything that goes with it. Getting to photograph them as a Christmas gift was without a doubt one of the highlights of my journey as a photographer. Honestly there probably wouldn't have been much of a photographic journey without their support and encouragement. I can only imagine that your oldest son deciding that college was lame and he wanted to be a photographer wasn't an easy thing to support initially, but they did. Their encouragement to always pursue what I loved and work at it wholeheartedly really sums up the kind of souls they are.

SAM & JOHN // PALM SPRINGS ACE HOTEL WEDDING

I've long been a fan of the various Ace Hotels ... the aesthetic is so well suited to photographs, clean and minimal and still charming. Getting to photograph a couple like Samantha and John at the Palm Springs Ace Hotel was so fantastic. They know how to do a wedding right, and more than that, I think they have a pretty great handle on how to do life and love right. Seeing the way they spoke about each other, the way their family and friends spoke about them - and vice versa - was truly special. That depth of emotion is without a doubt the most inspirational part of what I do, for me.  It didn't hurt that their dogs were awesome and wore bowties, even if they looked at me like I was the Abominable Snowman. 

 

It was a joy getting to work with Dean of South Social and Home, who did the coordination and design for the wedding.

 

Lastly, a hearty thank you / high five to Logan Cole to shooting alongside me. There are several of his frames in here.

2013 RETROSPECTIVE // SEATTLE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

How do you sum up an entire year in a few paragraphs? I've been staring at the blinking cursor on my screen for a while now trying to figure that out. Then I realized I don't have to sum it up with words. That's not really possible. Not for me. Even the photos below don't entirely encapsulate a year. What I want to share, though, is a look at the heart of the last twelve months of shooting. What I saw, felt, and witnessed.

2013 was in many ways a defining year for me, a "big" year. So much happened, so much changed, and in some ways a lot of things stayed the same. I'm tempted to break down what happened into personal and professional. My profession, and my person, are so closely tied, though - for better or worse sometimes - that it wouldn't make much sense to do so. And, honestly, I'm not in the habit of writing a lot on here. I figure people come here to look at some  photos, not read some English-major-turned-photographer prattle on about who knows what. Probably best that way. 

But hey, blame it on turning 30 this year or something, because I'm going to ramble a bit. :)

2013 was a lot of tiring, joyful travel, and seeing my work recognized and published in a couple magazines.

It was getting a ridiculous, adorable little puppy in the midst of the busiest summer ever. (Don't do that. Except it was totally worth it, so maybe do it.)

It was incorporating more of my favorite medium - film - into my work, realizing that it's so much truer to how I envision the world, and my work, than digital is.

It was more weddings than I've ever photographed before, which was a true blessing in so many ways. Getting to really challenge myself and push myself to work more, and better, than ever before is a blessing. Every single time I think about the fact that people trust me to come to a monumental day in their life, and create something beautiful for them to enjoy for years and show their kids and grandkids, something they can maybe look at on those days when marriage is hard and remember ... that thought is amazing. That's a blessing. 

One of my favorite things about the year was the sheer variety and scope of unions I got to witness. Different people, races, orientations, everything. What I loved about that variety was seeing how differently - yet equally deeply - people love the person they're committing their lives to. It's impossible not to be inspired and moved by that. Bearing witness to that is very literally what keeps me going. That's a story that's always worth telling well.

So hey, thanks for listening. If you read all that, I think you're really neat. Let's hang out. Here's about 170 photos from this year that I really love. It would be impossible to show every moment/wedding/shoot from the year, because scrolling through 41,759 photos takes a really long time, trust me. Enjoy, preferable with a cup of coffee and some tunes (I recommend this one).