Landscape

Anisa and Marc's Engagement - Maple Pass, North Cascades

This is by far the most adventurous engagement session I've ever been a part of! Anisa and Marc said they were up for anything anywhere! So we found this 8 mile hike with 2,000ft of elevation gain to some insanely gorgeous mountain views up in North Cascades National Park. (If you're so inclined check out WTA for hike details, Heather - Maple Pass Loop) This is now one of my favorite fall hikes of all time, but this wasn't enough for us! At the last minute I found out that The Milky Way happened to be out in full force later in the evening, and Marc and Anisa thought that was the best idea ever. So we met up in downtown Seattle to carpool up to the North Cascades. We then hiked 4 miles up to the summit, did 90% of their engagement session and then ate some delicious snack food while we waited for the Milky Way to rise. After we got this perfect photo we hiked 4 miles back to the car at night and we didn't get back to Seattle until around 4:00am!

Just a disclaimer, not every engagement session is this intense. But if you are interested in wandering through the backcountry to capture some portraits, just say the word! I'm always up for it!

High Rock Engagement with Derek and Kyler

As soon as I met with Derek and Kyler they were talking about all the traveling and adventures that they're constantly going on. So naturally when it came to their engagement session we choose an unbelievable vantage point of Mt Rainier. As soon as we saw an opening in the summer wildfire smoke we ran out to Mt Rainier National Park hiked up to High Rock where there is an incredible fire lookout cabin. Just when we got to the top clouds rolled in, but this time they added an extra bit of drama without the rain!

Colorado Road Trip

Back in October I shot an engagement session in Colorado, and of course I used that as a chance to see as much of the state as possible! I had to get to a wedding in North Carolina so I had about a week to camp, hike and explore. I'd say Colorado absolutely gives Washington a run for it's money. There was so much to see and do that I can't wait to get back and see even more. 

For this trip Samuel Luckas Gove, my old studio manager and long time friend, pretended to be a tour guide as we road tripped all over the state!

Intimate Ceremony in the Smoky Mountains

As soon as I hopped on Skype with Caitlin and Dan to chat about their wedding I knew I had to photograph their day. Not only do they love the outdoors as much as I do, but they were actually getting married in the middle of the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina! So obviously I was smitten.

Their day wasn't just incredible because the scenery, but their whole wedding was such an adventure. I flew out to North Carolina a few days before the wedding and I immediately started exploring. I drove and hiked all over the Smokys to find the perfect spots for us to take photos. Once I finished all the wandering, I drove out north of Asheville to meet up with a house full of Caitlin and Dan's friends who had rented a cabin in the mountains just north of the city. I had never met any of them before and immediately we all hit it off eating pizza, drinking beer, and hanging out in the hot tub. I'll be honest, I still can't believe that this is work! 

I should focus on the wedding and stop bragging about all the craziness that happens in between shoots. Just check out the photos below to see all of the gorgeousness! I can't wait to get back to the Smoky Mountains or the Blue Ridge Mountains for another shoot, there's too much to see and too much to photograph for just one weekend.