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.
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.
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.
If you've never been to the Pacific Northwest coast, the Olympic peninsula, or even seen a Twilight movie (don't worry, we don't talk about it either) - here's a little primer on what it's like: it's generally cold, stormy, rainy, grey, rugged and absolutely beautiful. La Push in particular, but really all the northwest coast, has some seriously unpredictable weather. One look at it, though, and it's easy to see why Chelsea and Zach chose this place for their elopement in the Pacific Northwest. When the day came, though,, it could not have been better. The light swung from quintessentially Northwest grey clouds, to warm, pastel-tinged skies, to one of the best sunsets I've ever seen on the Washington coast.
With the waves crashing into the sea stacks behind them, and a colossal downed tree as their backdrop, C & Z, along with two close friends, said quiet, perfect, heartfelt vows to each other. I love how elopements get back to the core of what a wedding day is about - about two people making new promises and reaffirming old ones. About focusing on what's important, and leaving what isn't behind. I was lucky to be a part of a few elopements this past year, and absolutely loved it. It just feels so honest and intimate and real.
Photographed on Kodak Portra 400 film, expertly developed and scanned by Alpine Film Lab.