In January, Rich and I went on an adventure of a lifetime. Patagonia is a place that I have heard of and knew it was as beautiful as ever, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine myself actually going there. After long days and multiple flights, we finally made it to the most southern part of the world I had ever been to and our flight landed right next to the craziest blue lake with glaciers, mountains, and alpacas running around. It's pretty surreal.
Whit + Garrett
I spent the weekend in Seattle with these two,
hanging around with their two cute little girls
and the most adorable dog I have ever seen.
We stayed up late drinking wine + talking about life and photography.
The next morning we spent the day finding good light around their sweet little home,
and ended the day in a snowball fight in the mountains.
I left this weekend feeling so encouraged, refreshed, and inspired.
Thank you Whit + Garrett for inviting me into you home, and into your lives. I am so grateful for you both!
I only got to go to Yosemite twice last year, both were for weddings that were within a week of each other and both times were so, so different from each other it was crazy. Yosemite in the fall is just breathtaking, the roads are clear, kids are back in school, the leaves are changing colors, and you have this whole magical landscape all to yourself.
Valerie and Vedran are probably the most easy going couple of all time and hanging out with them and their east coast family who were experiencing Yosemite for the first time, shot gunning canned wine in the valley, was the best ending to an amazing summer. You know when you meet people and you think - we would absolutely be friends if you lived in the same place as me - well it happened to me countless times this year and these two are no exception. They planned their whole day to just take it as it comes and enjoy each other in one of the most beautiful places and that's exactly what they did.
Courtney is 100% babe and spending the afternoon with these two getting completely soaked in the waterfall, sliding around in our mud covered shoes, wiping down my camera every two seconds because it was completely covered in mist, was the best adventure.
The region we were in for this shoot is called Rajasthan. It's a part of the country that is most famous for camels and brightly colored women in the desert. And then there's Udaipur - the city of lakes - a desert oasis full of palaces, restaurants right on the water, narrow streets and sunset boat rides. I had never been here before and was so blown away by how beautiful and unique it was compared to anywhere else I had been in India.
I met up with Sydney + Dexter at one of the palaces you could stay in and we bonded over experiencing India for the first time, something I have never been able to do with any other couple before. It's experiences like this - tying my love for photography and travel with such a huge part of my past - that make me feel something I've never felt before.
I'll just start out by saying if you don't know who Dawn is, then you probably should. She's an amazingly driven photographer who lives in Oregon and has a huge love for adventure and the outdoors. I was so honored when she asked me to shoot her engagement session and her plan to go into the mountains and adventure around for an afternoon was so perfectly her, I didn't expect anything less.
We drove out towards Sisters, OR, stopping along the way when we found pretty forests, braving some epic winds that left our hair in one giant dreadlock, and laughing so much my abs were sore by the end of the day. If you can't tell through the photos, Dusty is a character and these two together is an experience to be had.
It was so cool to be a part of their story, not only because I think Dawn is the sweetest/coolest/most bad-ass photographer, but because as a wedding photographer, you know the ins and outs of the whole industry, and every decision you make for your OWN wedding is well-informed and thought out. That being said, they are doing everything exactly the way they want to, no outside pressure or following obligation, but making it just about the two of them, and I love this so so much.
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.
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.
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.
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!