A Year in Review - 2017

A Year in Review - 2017

For my first Year in Review, I don't want to just show you all the amazing shoots I did and places I got to travel to, but to share the moments that meant so much to me, and to the people I made them for, and to hopefully inspire other couples and photographers that this is what it's all about.  

I wish I could share all the stories behind every photo, I already can't get through it without crying as I relive all these moments I've had with strangers, friends, and families.

Los Angeles - Quigley + Alex

Los Angeles - Quigley + Alex

These two just got married and yes they are just as fun as they look.  Spent the morning around their amazing LA home, playing with their sweet little dogs, hanging in the hammock, and cuddling on the couch. The perfect start to a Sunday. 

Carmel Valley California Wedding

Carmel Valley California Wedding

Probably the funnest wedding I've ever been to.  Katie reached out to me before her and Colin were even engaged which was my favorite because it allowed me to follow along when Colin did finally pop the question, to the day she found her dress, and all the in-between.  The first time I ever talked to Katie on the phone, my face hurt from laughing so much because as you will soon see, she has the biggest, most loving, and unique personality that shines like a bright light in every room and their wedding was nothing short the extension of that. 

Traveling Iceland

Traveling Iceland

Here are a few of my favorite landscapes that either Rich or I took. I have such a huge love for landscape photography, the light, the texture, the natural composition. It's storytelling but in such a different way and my approach is from a emotional + sensing place. I want to feel the water the mist, hear the wind, smell the air through the photos. I've not compiled a personal project like this in a while so I feel a bit rusty, but no better place than Iceland to get back into it!

Sunrise Yosemite Elopement

Sunrise Yosemite Elopement

These two had their big, traditional wedding planned for the end of the year, but in the midst of planning it, they caved and decided to elope instead and have a reception afterwards and I was so happy when they called to tell me the news!  They decided to elope in Yosemite in the fall when the tourists had gone, but the park is as beautiful as ever with glowing orange leaves and frost covered fields.  We woke up while it was still dark out and drove into the park to a field where Half Dome was towering behind us and with thermals on under their wedding clothes, they had their first look.  

Oregon Coast Engagement

Oregon Coast Engagement

From the first time I talked to these two, I knew right away that they were the most relaxed, down to earth couple and we would all have so much fun together.  They had found this spot on Canon Beach where the tide goes down far enough to access a different, secluded beach, and their dream was to have a little private table setting, in the water, as the sun was going down.  It was nothing short of amazing. 
Then we spent the rest of the daylight dancing in the waves and I just stood back and captured these two playful souls be together just as they are.  

Horseshoe Bend + Antelope Canyon Elopement

Horseshoe Bend + Antelope Canyon Elopement

We started our adventure in Vegas, driving out to Zion National Park for a first look at sunrise, but kind of left late and ended up in the full desert August sun aka 100 degrees.  Not to worry, we wiped off all our sweat in Lake Powell for a little afternoon dip. Addie clipped up her hair and got in too.  This is the most BA couple every by the way, they are nuclear scientists and I hardly felt worthy to be hanging with them.  

The big event was their personal vows they wrote to each other that they planned to say while the sun set over Horseshoe Bend.  These two had initially wanted to elope, but realized that having a wedding was just too important for all their family + friends, which I think is the case for most people.  So instead, they met up with me a week before their wedding to say personal vows in the desert on the side of a cliff and it was nothing short of incredible.  We all cried. 

The next morning, we timed it just right and went to Antelope Canyon right when the sun was peaking through.  The adventure of the year. 

Remote Iceland Vow Renewal

Remote Iceland Vow Renewal

One of the most meaningful shoots I've ever been a part of.  Erin + Dirk spent 10 days adventuring around Iceland for a belated honeymoon/anniversary and asked if I could come out and capture their vow renewal - I couldn't have been more excited.  Dreams came true in every way for me here, flying to Iceland, hanging out with the sweetest couple in the world, complete creative freedom, and honestly just the best few days spent together.

Destination Wedding in Bulgaria

Destination Wedding in Bulgaria

If there's one thing that I love the most about photography it's the opportunities I get to travel to some of the most amazing places, learn about different cultures, and have this thing I call "work" be an experience.  When Allison, an amazing photographer based on the east coast, reached out to me to shoot her wedding in Bulgaria, I was so incredibly flattered I didn't know what to do with myself.  These two met and fell in love when Lyubo lived + worked in the US for a while, and due to some unfortunately tough visa situations, they had been doing long distance for long enough. So this day and wedding was quite the celebration of two people finally able to be together.  I am forever grateful to have been a part of this incredible weekend.  

Oregon Waterfall Anniversary

Oregon Waterfall Anniversary

Jessica and Critty are amazing photographers based out of South Carolina and decided to come to Oregon for a much needed vacation to celebrate their anniversary.  These two had never been out to the area, so hiking through the lush PNW forest was quite the experience in itself and this was before we stood under this massive waterfall cascading off a cliff as a little sliver of sunshine peaked through illuminating the falls for 10 minutes.  It was just incredible.