I can only describe this as the perfect late spring wedding day in the Pacific Northwest--any early ferry ride to Vashon Island, pure blue skies, love, laughter and lots of delicious food. We loved the location so much, we're planning to spend our anniversary at the Lodges on Vashon! Big hugs and kisses to Alicia and Colin, thank you for sharing your day with us!
This session was photographed one rainy Seattle February afternoon and while I was initially disappointed about the grey skies and lack of light, I ultimately fell in love with the softness and subtle moodiness that it brought to the photos. My Little White House provided a perfect backdrop for this romantic boudoir series and the gorgeous antiques were enhanced by the talented Colibri Blooms and candles from Careations. Film processing by Richard Photo Lab. I'm honored that this shoot was recently featured on The Boudoir Collective.
I shot this session a few years ago in Elk, California and I've been dreaming of getting back to the coast ever since. I love to travel and any excuse to see the beach is a good excuse, right? There are so many gorgeous spots in Seattle for photography but there's just something about the sand and the waves that says romance...anyone up for a little field trip?
I adore living in the Pacific Northwest. The natural beauty of the region takes my breath away and the best part is that every season brings something new and different to appreciate. This was my first session in the snow and I'd be a happy girl if there were many more of these in my future! We met Lindsay and Sean at Gold Creek Pond one weekend afternoon in late January to take advantage of the winter wonderland scenery. This gorgeous trail is only about ninety minutes east of Seattle but feels worlds away. It was an overcast day, which lent a quiet and peaceful feeling to the images, captured entirely on medium format film with a Pentax 645n. Special thanks to Lindsay (a talented photographer herself) for braving the cold and to Fraîche Face for lending her talents with hair and makeup styling.
When I made the decision to only bring my Pentax, no digital equipment, on this trip, it was with the intention of slowing down and taking the time to really appreciate every moment. Success. :)
When Joey contacted me to schedule a portrait session and mentioned that he was going to surprise his boyfriend by proposing during the session, I wanted to jump on my desk and do a little dance! This was the first proposal that we have photographed and it was such an honor to be a part of their special moment. The couple flew to Seattle for a vacation and we had originally planned to shoot at Chateau Ste Michelle--but our Pacific Northwest weather had different plans. We were able relocate to the Volunteer Park Conservatory, where the light is always soft and beautiful no matter how hard its raining. I loved the suits that they chose to wear, so dapper and perfect for the early fall. We added a little extra element to the session by filming the proposal with a GoPro camera and I hope this little film is something that they treasure forever!
Fall is a bit of a risky time for a portrait session in Seattle. Some days are gorgeous despite the forecast and some are horrendous--despite the forecast! We had scheduled this engagement session months in advance, to take advantage of the changing leaves and dramatic autumn foliage at the Washington Park Arboretum. When the weekend rolled around and the skies were grey, I scanned all my favorite weather apps and found that we had the best chance for a dry session for one hour in the middle of the day (not the sunset time we had originally planned on.) Because Kassaundra and Mohsin are awesome, they quickly agreed to meet us on short notice and it seemed that the weather gods had smiled on us. The sun was out, I was regretting my decision to wear a jacket, I was snapping away....and then the raindrops began to fall. But honestly, the photos we took in the rain are some of my very favorites from the session, there's just something inherently romantic about cuddling under an umbrella with your love!
For photographers: Pentax 645n, 105mm lens, Portra400, film processing by The FIND Lab
Oh, how I love a garden wedding! When Debby told me that she had planned for her wedding ceremony to be in colorful gardens of the Willows Lodge in Woodinville, I did a little happy dance inside. The Lodge is a charming hotel, and was made extra cozy on this October afternoon with a fire roaring in the lobby and lovely blooms still populating the extensive gardens. It was the perfect setting for Debby and Laurence's intimate and thoughtfully planned marriage. I love the sweet details that they incorporated, from the custom wax seal on the invitations, to the rich autumnal palette of the florals provided by The London Plane, to the cat-shaped macarons as favors, a nod to Laurence's business, as co-owner of the Seattle Meowtropolitan. To make it even sweeter, all of their friends and family helped out--setting up, acting as MC and even performing the ceremony. The couple read letters to their parents and to each other during the ceremony, a beautiful gesture that I absolutely loved. The best way to make your wedding day special to to add these personal touches and share the love!
For photographers: Pentax 645n, 105mm lens, Fuji 400h, film processing by The FIND Lab & Canon Mark III edited with Mastin Labs
Sarah and Kyle were married on a beautiful, cloudless summer day; the kind of day that wedding dreams are made of. After a first look and wedding party portraits in the grassy fields of Discovery Park, they had a waterfront ceremony at the lovely Ballard Bay Club. The sun sparkled on the water, the perfect Seattle summer backdrop. These two are absolutely amazing and Bill and I feel privileged to have been a part of their forever.
I'd never been to Jefferson Park in Seattle before, but the spot is special to Kelly and Aaron. They love to spend time there together and I can see why; it's a lovely spot with wide open fields and plenty of space to explore. We met on a recent sunny Sunday and strolled through the gardens of the Urban Food Forest before checking out the giant red sculpture on site. These two are so much fun and have such an ease together, I can't wait for their spring wedding!
I was thrilled when Debby suggested the Volunteer Park Conservtory as one of the locations for her engagement session. It's one of my favorite places in Seattle (and it's just a few blocks from my house!) because of the soft, dreamy light that fills the greenhouse and the beautiful plants on display. We finished the session at Golden Gardens park on one of most gorgeous days of the summer so far. The warm light glinted off the water and the mountains provided a stunning backdrop to the Sound. Bill and I had so much fun photographing Debby and Laurence, we can't wait for their wedding this fall!
Shote with a Pentax 645n, 105mm lens, Fuji 400h, film processing by The FIND Lab & Canon Mark III edited with Mastin Labs
Sarah and Kyle are Washington natives and love spending time in their city. Discovery Park was the perfect spot for their engagement session--it's in the heart of the city but feels like the middle of nowhere. The park offers such a wide variety of landscapes, from dense forest, to sunny meadow to rocky beach, the diversity makes it beautiful choice for portraits and the lovely, sunny late spring weather was the icing on the cake!
Shot with a Pentax 645n, 105mm lens, Portra 400/800, film processing by The FIND Lab & Canon Mark III edited with Mastin Labs
After an initial attempt at photos in the pouring rain, Aygin and Ramzee agreed to reschedule their February portrait session at Chateau Ste Michelle for a springtime date, and we all waited for the weather reports with fingers crossed! The waiting was so worth it--we were graced with sunny perfection, beautiful blooms and warm breezes. These high school sweethearts are so clearly smitten and truly lovely inside and out, it was a pleasure to capture their anniversary at the winery and I wish them a lifetime of happiness.
for photographers: pentax 645n, 105mm lens, portra 400, portra 800, hp 5+, FIND lab + canon 5d mark iii and mastin labs presets
Spring! What a refreshing, humbling and just plain beautiful time to be in Seattle. All that rain has lead to a delicious array of buds and blooms bursting out all over the city and I absolutely love it. This group of photos was taken at the Washington Park Arboretum, the Volunteer Park Conservatory and at Chateau Ste Michelle Winery in Woodinville.
The weather may have forced us to reschedule the remainder of this portrait session at Chateau Ste Michelle winery in Woodinville, Washington, but I'm not going to lie--I kind of love the moody colors and rich contrast that the overcast day created. I was only able to shoot one roll of film due to the weather but these two are so stunning and naturals in front of the camera. The winery is a beautiful location, just outside of Seattle and surrounded by lush gardens. I can't wait for the next round of photos with these two, with the garden in bloom and the sun (fingers crossed) shining!
for photographers: pentax 645n, 105mm lens, portra 800, FIND lab + canon 5d mark iii and mastin labs presets
After living in Florida for eleven years, I had kind of forgotten--snow is pretty! We went to Mount Rainier on New Year's Day to do a little snowshoeing and got lucky with a gloriously sunny winter day. In fact, finding the sun this winter has brought a special kind of joy, as the long grey days can make you just want to curl up on the couch.
Shot on Pentax 645n with 105mm lens, Rolleicord or Pentax ME with Kodak Portra films, processing by Photovision.
As new Washington residents, it so much fun to explore all the beautiful areas that surround Seattle. I was thrilled when Gena suggested Gig Harbor for her family session and even more thrilled when we were graced with a rare sunny November Saturday!
You may remember this gorgeous duo from their Fairchild Tropical Garden engagement session. The garden setting was the perfect compliment to their wedding at The Cooper Estate. A hidden gem, deep in the Redlands, surrounded by lush tropical beauty, the venue was a beautiful backdrop for touching and emotional ceremony, followed by a killer indoor party. The elegant jewel-toned decor was pure autumn perfection, by the talented ladies of Ever After Floral Design...that bouquet is pretty swoon-worthy, right? This was my last (for now!) Miami wedding and such a fabulous one to go out on as I begin a new chapter in Seattle.
Even though I've only been away from Florida for a few months now, it still felt like I had landed in an entirely different world when I touched down in Vero Beach from Washington for Cassandra and Boyd's wedding. The Seattle weather had been crisp and cool when I left and the steamy humidity of south Florida envelopes you with it's warmth immediately. The weather was a perfect match for the quirky tropical paradise that this Brooklyn couple had chosen for their vows. Waldo's Secret Garden is a true hidden gem, filled with natural beauty and fun surprises that suited this creative pair perfectly. Cassandra is a talented jewelry designer (her line is called Dalva NYC) and she crafted beautiful pieces for herself, her groom and her maids. Boyd is equally talented as a graphic designer (find his work here) and created all of the paper goods and the gorgeous calligraphy. To top it off, their wonderfully creative friends and family contributed to the flowers, signage and lots more. This was a day filled with love, laughter and genuine emotion and I feel so fortunate to have been a small part of it.
I've dreamed about living in the Pacific Northwest since I was 18 years old. Summer visits to beloved relatives living in Portland opened my eyes to the majestic beauty of mountains constantly on the horizon, deep evergreen woods to hike through and a culture that embraced green living. So it was an easy "yes" vote for Seattle from me when my husband was weighing his options for where to attend graduate school. I arrived in June and so have yet to experience the dreariness of winter that every Seattleite I meet is quick to warn me is coming; this collection of photos represents summer explorations of my north Capitol Hill neighborhood and early autumn hiking at Snow Lake and I find myself in as much awe of the beauty of this place as I did so many years ago. It's with a smile on my face that I continue to seek out all that my new home has to offer.
All images shot on medium format film with my Pentax 645n and processed by Photovision Prints.