Hoh Rainforest Elopement - Joy and Crystal

Joy and Crystal flew all the way out to the Seattle just to road trip around the Pacific Northwest and do an elopement style portrait session along the way! When they were telling me about their trip and how excited they were to explore I immediately started coming up with portrait locations. In the end we decided that one location just wasn't going to do. So we started things off with sunrise in the Hoh Rainforest to capture the sun coming through the old growth. Then sunset at Ruby Beach on the Washington coast to grab some of that dramatic light. It made for a long day but I got in an incredible nap on the beach in between so I can't complain!

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Rattlesnake Ledge Engagement with Sheridan and Drew

Sheridan and Drew are the best! They came all the way out to the Pacific Northwest from the east coast. Well, Drew is actually a pro baseball player. They were only going to be in town for a few days for the AAA All-Star game and their schedule was absolutely packed. Luckily we found a short break to go run around the wilderness!

Of course Rattlesnake Ledge isn't all gorgeous views and endless forest. The hike up was beautiful, but we had to take a 20 minute break at the top to let the sweat dry off and change into some more photogenic clothes. As soon as that was done we were ready to go!

 

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Diablo Lake Engagement with Zoe and Jack

Out here in the Pacific Northwest there are so many gorgeous portrait locations. (It's seriously hard to choose!) One of the easiest and most accessible mountain views is from the Diablo Lake Overlook in North Cascades National Park. Of course it's a big commute, almost 4 hours each way, but it is seriously worth it!

Usually the couples I work with love a bit of adventure for their engagement shoot. Zoe and Jack were all for taking the day off of work and they didn't even mind getting back to Seattle well after midnight. Because that's the thing with these engagement shoots. When the goal is to shoot at sunset in the mountains we could easily be out there until 9:00 or 10:00pm with the long commute back to town. Luckily for them, their starry night photo is actually a composite so they got to leave early while I stuck around to photograph the stars.

Classic Milwaukee Wedding with Jessica and Trevor

There's just too much to say about Jessica and Trevor, and yeah I might be a little biased since she's my sister-in-law but who cares about that. The important thing here is that these are two of my favorite people, and they are absolutely perfect for each other.

I was thrilled to be a part of their wedding, especially because the talented Emmalee Luckas was coming up from Chicago to second shoot for me. She actually took over shooting during the reception, just so I could sit back and enjoy myself with the family.