What a day. A farm, horses, sun, rain, a double rainbow, and a Norwegian wedding cake. And, of course, this couple. Just the sweetest. There was such a huge amount of love and effort and joy that went into this day.
I've been blessed. Lucky. Either, or both, perhaps. Point being, I get to go make photos for amazingly kind, genuine people like Claire and Ted. And sometimes those kind people happen to also brew fantastic beer, get married at Spring Creek Ranch in Winthrop, WA in the Methow Valley, one of my favorite spots in the state. So, yeah, lucky.
See more of their wedding featured on Wedding Chicks.
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.
See more of their engagement shoot featured on Style Me Pretty!
Shot on Kodak Portra 400 and Tri-X film.
"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.