Weather can be unpredictable for Washington winters but it was kind enough to let up for about an hour so we could sneak in this woodsy engagement session in North Bend. Jon and Cassie love to hike so taking their engagement photos in the forest next to a lake seemed like the perfect place. Despite the crazy wind and slight rain, these two were troopers. Really, how can you resist those beautiful moss-covered evergreens? Their session is a true representation of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and why they love to call this state home. I can't wait to photograph their wedding at an equally beautiful location in June. Congrats to Jon and Cassie!
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
We are excited to announce that we are expanding our talents into senior portrait photography in the greater Seattle area. Our goal is to provide an exciting, unique experience for each and every one of our seniors. Each session will be 1-2 hours with the option of using multiple locations and outfits. Please contact us for pricing and availability. All Class of 2014 and 2015 students are welcome! Stay tuned for a special section of our website devoted just to seniors :)
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
I've done a few posts of what our albums look like before but I've yet to unveil what I think is our most beautiful album to date. I'm a huge fan of wedding albums. It's your first family heirloom and something you will look back on for years to come. Technology changes - who knows how long flash drives of DVD's will be a regular part of our every day lives (we never thought cassette tapes would go out of style right??). Which makes me wonder why anyone would ever doubt ordering a wedding album as a part of their photography package. Anyway, on to the gorgeous album of topic. This is our Designer Album. When you purchase our top package, you will receive our most customizable wedding album option. The idea of our Designer Album is that you can pretty much get anything you want. Our largest offering pictured below, comes in a stunning display size of 12x18 inches. It's so big and so beautiful. It lays flat and has a million different cover options to choose from. Want to go vertical? You got it. Want three different materials on the cover mixing and matching with leather and fabric? Of course. Three different cover images? Yup. Is 12x18 too big for your coffee table? No problem. You can get anything from 10x10 and up with this option. In case you are wondering who makes these beautiful pieces of art, visit Finao right now. We are in love. If you ever want to see what this looks like in person, don't hesitate to give me a shout.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Celebrated our 7th Valentine's Day together by relaxing in our lovely apartment and watching movies on this rainy Seattle day. It's always nice to take a day and just chill. I love this man! Hope everyone is having a wonderful, love-filled day. :)
Monday, February 3, 2014
Love is in the air and we are celebrating! Book your wedding photography (2014 and 2015 dates welcome) by February 28 and receive a FREE engagement session! Why should you have an engagement session? Well, it's the perfect way to get to know us before you have to jump in front of the camera on your big day and you end up with a set of beautiful photos to show off to your friends and family via social media, guest book albums, and save-the-dates! We find that our clients that book engagement sessions are much more comfortable in front of the camera and less nervous about taking photos on their wedding day. So what are you waiting for? Email email@example.com and mention this ad to set up a consultation and receive your free session. We look forward to hearing from you!
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
This winter has been dreadful for snow here in the Cascades. I am missing Jackson and their lovely powder. There, I said it. To be completely up front, this is not a normal year for the Cascades. So since I plan to stay a while, I think I just have to endure this year of warm wintery days and rain and just look forward to the next. That being said, there is still fun to be had. Most of that time it just requires a good crew and a sunny day. Thanks to my friend Kristina (who was one of the few smart ones who came to visit us in Jackson) I was introduced to an awesome group of people who willingly put up with my slow splitboard transitions to take me out to the Tatoosh. The Tatoosh Range is on the southern boundary of Mount Rainier National Park with a perfect view of Paradise and the Nisqually Glacier on Mt. Rainier. Really though, I couldn't stop looking at that mountain all day. It is a simply impressive mountain and that's it.
We got a really early start (6:30 am ugh!) in Seattle and headed south to the Park. Once emerged out of the thick fog that has suffocated the city for the past few weeks, we were greeted with gorgeous winding roads through the forest and peek-a-boo views of the peaks around. In the parking lot, we put on our skins and got a move on up the steep icy slope in front of us. Really, it wasn't any different than hiking the White Spider in JHMR and it was a great warm-up for the day ahead. A mellow skin up the access road then winding through the trees put us up into a beautiful open bowl right below the peak named Castle. It was smooth sailing from there.
photo courtesy of Brian Savery
photo courtesy of Brian Savery
Once at the top we enjoyed 360 panoramic views of the gorgeous Cascade volcanoes. Mt. Adams, St. Helens and even Mt. Hood in Oregon all made an appearance for us. It was a great time to work on my nonexistent sun tan. After soaking that in for a while and eating lunch it was back down the way we came (well, for the most part). A pretty sturdy breakable crust atop sugar snow were the conditions we had to work with. If you didn't turn much it almost felt like riding a fresh groomer. Alas, it was fun and while the conditions weren't ideal, it still felt good to be sliding down snow. Once below treeline, survival skiing ensued as most of the terrain was a mixture of sort-of-soft followed by angry ice. You really didn't know what you were going to get with each turn. We had a little bit of a mix-up on the route finding which forced me to transition my board back to skins and climb back up a ways. And then transition back to a board to go down, and then transition again once I got to the road. It wasn't ideal really, but at least the patient group was cool about it. Faster transitioning (and side-hilling of course) is something I can definitely improve on with my splitboarding. An easy skin back down the road we came brought us back to our initial slope that we had bootpacked up. This time though, the sun had softened it a bit and we somewhat gracefully rode down it back to the parking lot.
Mount St. Helens out there.
Mt. Adams, Hood is there too just not in the photo.
Mt. Rainier, I can't stop looking at you!
Nick Drake crushing it.
Me & the crusty snow, then nordic-boarding down the road. Photos by Nick Drake.
All in all, today was gorgeous and it was the perfect day to be outside in the mountains. Now that I've gotten to know a few more backcountry enthusiasts here in the PNW maybe I'll be doing a lot more of this. Oh yah, and GO HAWKS!!