Wow. This wedding caught me totally off guard. I'd never met Louise and Cameron before their wedding day since they had planned it from across the country. When I showed up and realized I got to capture such an incredibly beautiful day, I was overjoyed. Not only was everyone kind and happy, but every detail was perfectly thought out. They blended Filipino and Jewish traditions, the bridesmaid's dresses were designed by a friend, and a family member sang live during the first dance. Hosting a black tie wedding in the woods isn't an easy feat. They even brought in a baby grand piano! Check it out. Get inspired.
This day was a perfect example of being able to "go with the flow" on your wedding day. The setting was the always stunning Gorge Crest Vineyards, which is typically an hour drive from Portland. Myself, the wedding party and all the family made it out there early in the day, but an overturned semi prohibited the rest of the guests from arriving for hours. Incredibly, everyone was calm, and we spent the extra time capturing portraits and enjoying the view. Once the rest of the folks arrived, the ceremony commenced followed directly by dinner. It was a little unconventional, but you can't control everything, and Margaret and Jeff stayed relaxed the entire time. Cheers to a bride and groom who enjoyed their day regardless of the circumstances!
Lattes, leather pants and blissful love. Two people never made the change of seasons look so good!
I love these two, and I can't wait to shoot their wedding in Switzerland next Summer.
Whoa. This wedding.
There really is so much I can say about these beautiful people and this incredible day that it's difficult to know where to begin.
I've known Cori and Evan for years, and I adore them both, so being invited to Tuscany to shoot their intimate wedding felt like a bit of a dream come true.
A few dozen of their closest friends and family flew out to Italy, and we spent the first few days sipping champagne by the pool, exploring the villa grounds and all becoming great friends. By the time their wedding day rolled around, we were all so relaxed. The day felt personal and heartfelt, and oh man did we eat so much Italian food. Plus, a dinner with never-ending wine leads to one hell of a dance party.
So congratulations to these two, and one million thank you's for flying me across the world to capture it.
Earlier this year I had the most lovely getaway with some of the coolest photography ladies in the biz. Not only did we stay in a beautiful coastal home, but we also collaborated with some local artists and models (okay, they're not models, they're actually real people who are just so damn sexy), and during sunset we created some magic.
I've been sitting on these photos for awhile, and now that I'm blogging them I'm really wondering why.*
These two!! Oh my goodness... They got married about an hour north of LA at a desert museum in Santa Clarita. If the scenery wasn't spectacular enough, their cowboy boots and bolo ties and slightly steampunk bridal party made the day incredibly interesting to photograph. Not to mention, they had a hawk fly the rings down the aisle. Seriously.
I think the best part, aside from all the coolness mentioned above, was really that they are two of the nicest people I've had the honor to spend the day with. So, congratulations again to these two creative, compelling humans! More weddings like this, please.
*Probably because it's Summer, and I'm shooting all the time, but now I'm remembering how incredible this wedding was.
I've been sitting on these images for a month, because I'm not entirely sure how to sum up my experience in Cuba. It's a country full of contradiction: filthy yet beautiful, peaceful but frustrating, simple yet terribly disorganized. Daily tasks and travel logistics take three times as long to complete. The people are some of the nicest in the world, but no two will give you the same answer to even the simplest question. It's easily the most difficult country I've traveled through, but at the same time I'm so thankful I saw it like this. It's changing so quickly (tourism doubled in the last year), but if you get there soon you can still catch a glimpse of an untouched country.
This is basically the wedding where adorableness knows no bounds.
This rad little venue that spans three floors (including the rooftop) of an abandoned high school opened up in Portland last year, and it was the perfect backdrop for their big day.
Plus, it was just so damn fun. A dance party in the auditorium!? Incredible.
Because some weddings have all the good vibes..
In our first correspondence, Layne and I discovered we grew up just a handful of miles from one another in the great state of Texas. Though we'd never met or had any common connections, we somehow came together in Portland when she was looking for a wedding photographer.
Josh, who grew up in Oregon, is a musician in Austin, and even though I was told there would be live music at their reception, I had NO idea how talented these folks would be.
These guys switched instruments and vocals with an amount of ease that I've never seen before. Everyone killed it.
Plus so much dancing. And love. And joy.
I love that rolling into a new year feels like a fresh start. You get to think about last year's challenges, mistakes, triumphs.. you get to hold on to what worked and let go of anything that didn't. It's a clean slate that makes you feel like anything is possible. Again.
2015 felt pivotal. It was a year that made me realize that life is constantly shifting. Decisions were made that felt all too "adult." My business was so busy that at times it felt overwhelming. Life sped up, and the momentum was difficult to keep up with.
Yet looking back I'm already realizing that it was one of the greatest years of my life.
It was my third year being a full-time wedding photographer, and even after all this time I feel insanely lucky to be able to call this a "job." I spent almost every weekend capturing peoples' happiest day while witnessing love in every form.
Wanderlust crept in and took over me. I visited 6 countries and spent about two and half months of the year traveling for pleasure. It allowed for innumerable experiences that I'll never be able to explain to another person, but I'm forever changed by them.
Now it's a new year, and that brings new clients, more weddings, more love, more travel and all the change. I'll take what I learned from last year and hopefully be better in every area of my life. Here's to a fresh start. I'm ready.
(These images were shot over the last five weeks of the year as I traveled through Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. I brought one film camera, a 35mm Canon AE-1 from the late 70's, and only a 24mm lens (the same one I brought to Indonesia earlier this year). To say this is limiting would be an understatement, and there were days and places where I never even snapped a photo. It felt good to let go of the need to capture everything at all times while also letting go of the desire for perfection that occurs when shooting digitally.)