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.
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.
On one of the busiest weekends of our year, we got to drive over to Lake Chelan, in Eastern Washington, for the wedding of two of the sweetest people we know. Every part of this day fit Kate and Adam so perfectly. The ceremony was on a hillside overlooking a vineyard and the lake, with the reception at a family friend's lakefront home. Not only that, but they put such a huge amount of their labor and love into the wedding. From hand-built tables, to the amazing florals and design by the wonderful Stacy Anderson, and the watercolor-dipped invitations and calligraphy table settings by Sally at La Happy Design ... everything just felt so put-together, yet still relaxed and fun and personal. Knowing Kate (who's a super talented photographer as well) and Adam, none of this came as a surprise. So much fun to see the outpouring of love and support from their family and friends who were there that day.