I got to meet up with these two in one of my favorite spots in the Puget Sound area - Fort Steilacoom near Tacoma, WA. This location, you guys. Just golden fields all over the damn place! Golden hour magic times 1,000. And of course a feature that will put a location on my favorites list right away: dogs/puppies everywhere. Ellen and Brannon mentioned that this was a favorite spot of theirs because they love taking their dogs here too! They’re headed down to Mendocino to get married next spring, and its sure to be a stunner!
The last time I saw Lindsay, we were doing her graduation photos to celebrate her finishing her degree at UW! Almost 5 years later, she’s on a whole new adventure, getting married! Its so fun for me to see all the fun milestones my clients go through, and I get to document! Lindsay and Cameron wanted something quintessentially Seattle, and Fishermans Terminal + a stop at Discovery Park was just the ticket. We had some awesome light and almost no rain, and the connection between these two was fire! Can’t wait to get them in front of my lens again next spring for their wedding!
As you can tell, I live in the PNW. Born and bred, 28 years. I’ve been a photographer for 6. I have never. Ever. In my LIFE - had a session with rain like this. You would think after all these years rolling around in soggy old Seattle I would have seen it all. I shit you not my shoes took a WEEK to dry. Here’s my question though - what dark magic is Rachel using?? She’s been hiking for hours in a torrential downpour and still looks flawless in these pics? I NEED THE SECRET.
After traveling to Maui for a wedding, I knew I had to shoot more while I was there. The beaches, the mountains, and the greenery are so gorgeous, and it was a crazy change of pace from the temperate forests of the Pacific Northwest. The tropical valleys were full of fog, and at 7 pm after St. Patrick’s Day, Sebastian, Priscilla, and I dragged our butts up a mountain to celebrate their engagement.
The story of how I met Priscilla and Sebastian is wild. I was searching far and wide for a couple the work with in Maui, and I ended up DMing everyone on Insta in a 30-mile radius who looked semi-in a relationship. (Hint: tag your location in your Insta posts! You just may find yourself getting a message from me) Priscilla jumped at the chance when I messaged her, and we planned on meeting at the entrance to Iao Valley, not far from their house in Maui.
The next day was St Patrick’s Day, and I decided I was going to eat as many appetizers in Kihei as I could since I was traveling solo. By my second or third bar, I found myself chatting with the bartender because we discovered he grew up about 5 blocks from where I live now in Seattle. He asked what brought me to Hawaii, and I mentioned that I had shot a wedding the day before. I also mentioned that I would be shooting an engagement session with a couple the next day in Iao Valley State Park. He looked and me funny and said “wait, is Priscilla the name of the bride?” I said yes… and he said “are you my photographer???” Turns out, he was Priscilla’s fiancé! He goes “oh she has this wicker peacock chair she wants in the photos” I was like “oh. we’re bringing that. I’ll carry it up the mountain myself if I have to” and I’m so glad we brought it! Doesn’t it fit perfectly with their styling? I’ve got a total 1950’s Cuba vibe from these two.
Kevin and Rachel’s engagement session was going down, rain or shine. We were in the middle of a season where just about every session was getting rained out, and for theirs we decided to buckle down and power through. We headed up to the rooftops of Seattle between Pike Place and Pioneer Square, and were surrounded by stormy, moody clouds. After a few laughs and a bit of dancing, we traveled over to Pioneer Square for an outfit change and droplet dodging. Rachel had mentioned that she really wanted twinkly lights, and I was kind of like “…wellllllll maybe they’ll have them out”. We turned the corner onto the plaza and WOW! The lights lit up the puddles in the bricks and made for the most sparkly moment ever.
I’ve been dying to get these two in front of my camera for years, so when Steve finally popped the question this fall, I knew we had to plan something big. One of the most stunning viewpoints in Washington, Diablo Lake, located up in the North Cascades, fit the bill perfectly. Diablo lake is surrounded by Ross Lake on one side and Gorge Lake on the other, all along the Skagit River. Nestled in the depths of North Cascades National Park, it has an eerie teal tint in the summer. Instead, we beat the snow and got the most perfect, foggy clouds. Brittany and Steve’s love and smiles lit up the whole park. These two are just about the most caring, generous pair you could imagine, and their whole session, even the three hour drive each way, was a blast!
Trying to schedule your engagement session in the winter can be rough if you want an outdoor session. In Seattle, it can be damn near impossible. But if you’re Samantha and Spencer, you dive into the session ready to get wet and wild! They got absolutely drenched in the Seattle rain, and rocked it anyway! Totally gave off an ultra-romance vibe. After almost getting blown off the side of a cliff while popping champagne, we headed back to the forest to grab some shots with their sweet black lab, Benson!
When Bekka and Dillon started planning their engagement session, they knew their parents property near the Hood Canal might be the perfect place. After taking a look at several options around the PNW, we decided that there’s no place like home. We got to explore forests and beaches, and even had to do a little Indiana-jonesing to get onto a sunken dock for the perfect morning light. One of the reasons I just love areas near the Olympic Peninsula like this is because of the awesome variety there is. No two beaches look the same, but they’re usually near mountains, forests, and sometimes even waterfalls! This little part of the earth featured the most enchanted looking trails. Can’t wait for these two to tie the knot at Mountain Spring Lodge this summer!
Ok buckle up ya’ll cause I could only narrow this session down to 30 blog images. These two are just too precious to my little heart and I can’t wait for their big day this summer in Wenatchee.
I have known Erica since we were five years old. She and her family are a part of mine. From dressing up and sleepovers to forts in the woods to taping her sister into two pillow-filled laundry baskets and throwing her down the stairs (normal children). Hundreds of hours of Girl Scouts followed by coug life at WSU, dads weekends with our wild fathers - a long way from "trying” Wild Turkey bourbon (our dads saying yeah stick your finger in there kids! Tasted like turpentine to us) and chatting on AIM. We even had a duo-control-system going for our favorite rocket ship computer game, complimented perfectly by chocolate milk, root beer, and 10,000 cookies. Probably a good 50% of my total memories involve this amazing woman.
When Claude stepped into the picture with his chest-length hair and easy going attitude, at first we were like ok..????? And within moments we were like OKAY!!! Together they are the perfect balance of fun and chill, adventurous and creative, free-wheeling and accomplished. Claude has since cut his hair, they’ve adopted the adorable Lily and Louie (German Shepherd and Cat, respectively), and started a life all their own. My dad is officiating their wedding this summer. Time to get ordained!!
We ventured up to the Mount Baker National Forest at sunset to get some golden shots of them doing what they do best, adventuring. These two have a lifetime of adventures ahead, and it truly feels like the beginning of a new era. Love you both.
I swear its the summer where like, the rest of my friends get married. All the singletons except me finally tying the knot, and these two are no exception. Their wedding in Suncadia at Swiftwater Cellars is going to be AMAZING. For their engagement session, they wanted to stay close to home, which I love. I think its so special to be able to document this little snapshot of a moment in time - no kids, just you, your honey, and the city in your own way. We started off at their apartment in Lower Queen Anne, then meandered toward Seattle center, playing tourists in our own city. We had to stop for coffee of course, took a moment with the fall leaves, and strolled all over their sweet little neighborhood. Perfection.
Caitlin and Ben couldn’t have picked a better day for their engagement session: the sun was out in Seattle, the tide was low (for once) and since it was pretty chilly, we had the whole place to ourselves! Of all the times I’ve shot on the beach in Seattle, I’ve never seen the tide out this far! Forget soft white sand though - this beach with the tide out will remind you more of the black sand beaches of Hawaii! Of course, this engagement session involved a little hiking (in heels no less!), and a whole lot of galavanting in the winter sunlight.
For Lauren and Josh’s engagement session, we knew we needed something spectacular. These two are a true modern romance: meeting online while Josh was visiting the PNW, then doing two years long distance while he lived in Yakima. Their love story involves many nights on the phone up till 3 am, and millions of text messages before they could move to the same city. Josh loves Lauren’s confidence and sense of self, and Lauren is in love with Josh’s hardworking spirit and of course, his dance moves! They both love slow mornings making breakfast together and just enjoying each other’s presence. Their wedding this fall at Salish Lodge is sure to be one of the most romantic.
Molli and Jordan’s engagement session was on just about the chilliest fall day we had in Seattle this year. It was perfect timing for the ultimate fall color in the Seattle Arboretum. Have you been to the Arboretum? Its a few square miles of gorgeous foliage not too far from the University of Washington. It features a botanical garden and a centuries-old aqueduct bridge that feels like you’re in ancient European ruins. Its one of the best hidden gems in Seattle and its right in the city!
Right now I’m sitting in a coffee shop writing this just steps from where we did this darling engagement shoot with Stephanie and Alex! They wanted something that reflected the city they love, Seattle. We met at Specialty’s Bakery downtown, and from there walked through downtown to Pioneer Square! I actually just parked my car near these rooftop shots only moments ago, before I head to shoot a courthouse elopement on this sunny Tuesday afternoon. I can’t believe its January, and it was late fall when we did these engagement shoots as well! Seattle, especially downtown, has been so sunny lately!
A few months ago, I got an email from a fellow photog named Becca. She was sending her friends my way to the Olympic National Rainforest and wanted to gift them with a photo shoot. I was so excited to hear they were interested in visiting Marymere Falls for their session! They had spent the whole weekend exploring everything the Pacific Northwest had to offer, from the Seattle ferries to the coast. Full disclosure, Taylor and CJ are actually married and have a little baby girl named Winter at home! Can you believe they’ve been married nine years? Their connection was truly undeniable, you can just tell how much trust and appreciation they have for each other. Trekking through the rainforest with them and their friends was a fabulous adventure.
If you’ve been to the Oregon or Washington Coast, you know all about the beautiful rock formations that line the shore. From Cannon Beach in Oregon all the way up to Port Angeles, the dark jaggy rocks stick out like ruins of old castles. When I visited Portugal in 2017, it was like seeing the golden older brother of these formations in Lagos: giant blonde fortresses dot the shores on the southern coast of the country.
Sheila and Nick but went to WSU with me back in the day, and its been amazing to see the journey they've been on ever since. They live down the street from me now right north of Seattle, and their wedding is sure to be a full blown coug party.
Sheila’s family has a beach house on the coast in Kalaloch, not that far from Ruby Beach, and we explored some other hidden gem beaches on our way to Ruby. I was lucky enough to get to stay the night with them on the coast, and Sheila’s mom made us minestrone soup! Sheila and Nick are not only a blast to shoot with, but it doesn't get more fun than draining a bunch of truly’s and reliving our college glory days while the ocean roars outside.
Jordyn and Austin… one of my most fun and sweet couples this year. Lately I’ve been obsessed with their puppies on Jordyn’s Insta story. They are the cutest little puffs! Jordyn and Austin chose Deception Pass for their engagement session, which features some of the most stunning views the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Deception Pass is a little strait that connects the Skagit Sea with the Strait of Juan De Fuca. The bridge connects Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island. Its a gorgeous state park, not too far from Rosario Beach and all Whidbey Island has to offer.
After a little hike under the bridge, we crossed it to look out toward the Salish sea. We then hiked down toward the beach, explored a little, and they even got in the water! These two are tying the knot in Central Washington and its sure to be a blast!
Remember when we had all that crazy smoke in the air this summer? Seattle’s air quality was actually rated worst in the country! The smoke from British Columbia rolled in from the north and fires in the Cascades blew in smoke from the east, so Seattle was a post-apocalyptic looking nightmare zone. As nasty as the smoke was, WOW did it make some glorious sunsets. The light all day was just peachy, soft, and gorgeous. I’d trade the smoke for our typical fresh clean air any day, but it was definitely easy to make the most of the hazy light.
Tori and Colin found their engagement session planned for just such a smoky day, and we headed down to Golden Gardens just as the sun dipped lower over the water. They danced in the waves and of course, made a beach bonfire. I can’t wait for these two to get married in June!
Claire and Theo have an amazing wedding planned for The Orchard at Sunshine Hill for next August, and I can’t wait to repeat the golden magic that we made at Discovery Park in Seattle last summer. One of my favorite things about being a Seattle photographer is having the opportunity to shoot in Discovery park. Discovery park is right on the coast of the Puget sound, and offers some of the most gorgeous views imaginable. It also has acres of forest, golden open fields, and romantic pathways around every corner. Its almost hard to believe that such a green oasis could be just a few minutes from downtown Seattle, but we’re pretty spoiled in Western Washington - you can have a forest adventure right in the middle of the city.
Finally blogging one of my favorite sessions of the year! This was Memorial Day Weekend in Joshua Tree State Park, just outside of Palm Springs. Joshua Tree has become a huge destination for photography, and you can see why. This Joshua Tree blog post is about to be twice as long as any other blog post, images wise.
Also, spoilers, Amber and Scott aren’t actually engaged yet. I have no idea how we’re actually going to top Joshua Tree when Scott buys the ring.
Since I usually am shooting up in the Pacific Northwest, getting to shoot in somewhere as drastically different as Joshua Tree was like a breath of fresh air (as if one could ever find a fresher breath of air than one from the PNW, but you get the idea). The landscape just provided so many visually interesting options. Plus Amber and Scott are INSANELY photogenic. Pretty sure I could sell these pictures to a perfume company. How does “Desert” sound for the brand? Too on the nose?
I also had about the dumbest moment while driving in. I said “these trees are so interesting, I wonder what kind they are!” Amber goes “…they’re Joshua Trees….” like OKAY Lindsey good normal brain.
Okay all you Palm Springs/Los Angeles/Southern California brides! You better get at me cause I am DYING to go back to this golden paradise!