We had a really relaxing weekend- we were even able to fit in a DATE NIGHT 😍 We were planning on going some place fancy downtown PDX, but when we drove by a local New Seasons Market we thought, “that sounds nice.” And friends... IT WAS. 😍 Sean ordered wok, I had a spicy chicken salad, and we found the coziest little corner in the eatery to “dine” in. No distractions, no other customers there, we sat there for almost two hours and just talked. Talked about our goals, our fears, our joys, how we can pray for one another, funny Ireland stories, and so much more. All that to say, friends... date nights don’t always have to be a “fancy” or an exciting night out. It can be as simple as eating at your favorite grocery store in the quietest corner, and bringing it all back to what matters: fostering your friendship with your spouse. We left that little corner hand in hand- closer and more in love then before. What are YOUR favorite simple, but intentional date nights with your love?!
Sunnier times ☀️ I feel like Oregon’s Winter has been going on forever!
Who else likes pinning money on the newlyweds during their dollar dance?! 💸
Picture taken during sunset for Mary and Miguel’s outdoor barn wedding.
I have a bunch of new followers, so I’ve convinced myself that I can post another photo from this session and pretend it’s new. I can’t wait to get back here this summer!
Y’all I am OVERWHELMED and excited about the number of you who have entered my engagement session giveaway and OMG there’s still 10 days left to go 😳
I am so pumped to choose the winner and am starting to feel like I might have to giveaway more than just one session! What do you think?
Getting so excited for more vineyard weddings in 2019 ✨
I gave myself a serious and intentional two month break from shooting this winter, for the first time ever. I’m not going to lie it felt weird not to be out in the fields with my couples, but it also felt good to sit back and work on other parts of my business that I can’t attend to when the season is at play. With my first wedding of the year approaching so soon, I’m leaving this period of intentional rest and work with so my gratitude 🙏 . Gratitude for my couples, for my vendors, and everyone who continually supports this healthy work life balance I so desperately needed to continue to refine.
After this years experience, I now plan make this a regular part of my year. Taking time to really rest and rejuvenate has me so ready and prepared for the season ahead. You see, a wedding or elopement is such a pivotal time in someone’s life, and we do these couples SUCH a disservice when we don’t take the time to take care of ourselves. I want my clients to have the best of me, because serving them is the greatest gift I’ve been given. ❤️
“The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” – Eden Ahbez
Seriously can’t get over the Mars vibes at Waimea Canyon! Someone get married here!!
Even though it’s 2019, I already have something in the works for 2020 🤓. If you haven’t tried the vanilla cold brew at Starbucks ya should. It’s reel nice. As always have a kick ass weekend. Murphy out ✌🏼
The light reflection for this ring shot is just amazing 💍🖤
I loved every little thing about this wedding. From the heartfelt Princess Bride themed I-Do’s to the unique handmade honey gift favors (because the bride and groom are bee-keepers!! 🐝) And I mean, LOOK at those ceremony florals! SO darn magical, from start to finish. 💕 #perfection
I’m just a sucker for lace and pretty details. 🥰⠀
If you haven’t already noticed... we have a thing for hands on faces, almost kisses, and posing that is close and intimate.
It’s not uncommon to hear me say “okay, get close together. Closer... now even closer” while posing our couples.
We love bringing out those deep emotions that lead you to choose each other as life partners and keeping you snuggled close together is the best way to do that! .
And it also happens to be one of our favorite ways to get a shot of that gorgeous ring!
It’s this gorgeous mama’s birthday today and I still can’t believe she looked this good 8 months pregnant WITH TWINS!! Can you say mama goddess?! 😍 So thankful for her and her friendship! ❤️ HAPPY BIRTHDAY @rachaelrafanelli
When we say we're there for getting ready, ceremony, reception, and everything in between. This is one of those in betweens. We were walking from inside the hotel where we did the first look to somewhere a little greener for more photos, even though it was raining. Dusty made sure not a drop off rain was going to get on Jessica before we got to our spot. And he definitely wasn't done taking in the sight of his beautiful bride yet.
Hi friends! I humbly ask for your vote this year in the Oregon Bride Best Of 2019✨Winning this award means the world to me as I turn the corner on ten incredible years in business! Please vote for a minimum of 10 vendors for your vote to count and thank you to all of you who trusted me to document your magic life!!!🙏🏽see link in bio to cast your vote.
Live like the mountain is out.
Had to show some love to the horizontal/landscape shots I take on wedding days. They often just go into the vault of my clients galleries and never see the light of day after getting delivered. I especially loved this first shot that revealed the beautiful rolling hills at Gas Works park. Special shoutout to my bride and groom for making my job so easy and for being so giggly on their wedding day 😍 I didn’t even have to teach them how to fake laugh, Mohamed kept his wife laughing the whole time! I feel so privileged to be able to share in these exciting initial moments of a couples marriage. I decided to become a wedding photographer because I’m drawn to all the beautiful raw emotions that come along with a wedding day. I often notice little things like a bride squeezing her mom’s hand during the ceremony or the expressions of guests as they say a prayer for the happy couple. It’s truly those little things that make what I do worth while. I get to capture those moments that only happen for a second that are so easily overlooked for my clients to reflect on in their lifetime together.
The prettiest ceremony backdrop 💛
Currently recovering from a pad Thai food coma nap this afternoon 😴
This beautiful couple’s Smith Rock engagement session is up on my blog. Link in profile!
Best. Wedding. Party. Evar.
LOVE these two- we are SO ecstatic for their wedding day this July at the @inn_at_avonlea.
Funny thing about this photo- we stopped here because the light was MAGICAL- I mean look at that glow 😍 I guess we were on private property and didn’t realize it because we were quickly confronted by a grumpy man in his big tractor with a chainsaw 😱😱😱 Pro tip: Always check if you’re allowed to be where you are, no matter how amazing the light is 😂
This stunning bouquet brought to you by @thelittlefleurco
! Is anyone else as obsessed as I am with warm neutral palette for bouquets?
Doing something way different than a wedding today and heading to Seattle to photograph our first ever newborn lifestyle session. We're excited to stretch our creative muscles a little bit. And if all goes well, it would be amazing to continue to be a part of our couple's lives in this way once they start a family. Also gonna try not to catch baby fever!
Today I had a meeting in Richland and as I was driving to my destination, I was stuck behind a car ahead of me. As we approached a red light, I put my blinker on because I wanted to pass said car when the light turned green. Just as I put my blinker on, I noticed another car was racing beside me so I stayed in my lane. Sure enough the second that car reached the light it turned green and he was off. And there I was still behind the other car. I could have put my blinker on and passed at that moment, but I decided to just stay where I was and continue on my way.
I bring this up because so often we all try to be that left lane car, speeding ahead and leaving everyone in the dust. For so much of my life I’ve wanted to be that car in my business, but I know that I am not. My journey is a slow one, and while I sometimes get anxious, I’m enjoying where I’m going, and who I’m riding with. In the end it’s not about who gets to the end first, it’s about the ride itself.
So if you’re new or in the early stages of building your business, take it from someone six years in. Enjoy the ride. Stop rushing. You don’t have to have six figures at 2 years in, or be in Rangefinder Magazine by the time your some age. Things that last are built over time, so be patient, be humble, and above all work hard.