First off, I want to let you know that I am SO grateful that you are here. I specialize in intimate weddings and adventure elopements all over the world. I thrive while documenting small, untraditional weddings for couples that aren’t afraid to do things their own way. Sometimes I feel as though weddings can feel like a huge production and it can become so easy to wrap your head around all of the tiny details that won’t matter a year from now. That’s why I’m here to let couples know that it's alright to do things different. Let's create a memorable experience. After all, this day is about you and the center of your love.

and philsophy

my approach

who i am

I’m an intimate wedding and elopement photographer based in Portland, Oregon… but you probably already knew that. I recently moved to the Pacific Northwest from Virginia because I find it to be one of the most inspiring places that fill my life with so much happiness. 

I’m a tall guy who spends lots of time drinking coffee, following Jesus and traveling as much as possible. I love human connection and surrounding myself with good people. I thrive while creating experiences and enjoying the little things this life has to offer. Give me some good food, good people and an adventure and I’m ecstatic. I constantly want to feel emotions, that’s why I love this job so much. Photography gives me a way to document feelings and moments that will resonate with you for a lifetime. I want to document the real stuff, not posed and trendy things. 

So with that being said, let’s plan something. Let’s go on an adventure to the mountains or jump in a lake. Let’s grab coffee and bond over all things fun. I’m a 7 on the enneagram test, which means I’m here for a good time. Oh, and just so you know, I'm super clumsy and typically fall at least once during every session. I’ll bring the music, you bring the champagne and let's get this party started!

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travel dates


Palm Springs, CA
Joshua Tree, CA

Boston, MA

Penn State, Philadelphia
Las Vegas, Nevada
Zion, Utah
Page, Arizona

Orlando, Florida
Southern Iceland

Amarillo, Texas
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Las Vegas, Nevada
San Francisco, California 

Portland, Oregon
Seattle, Washington

Saint Martin

Mount Rainier, Washington

Riviera Maya, Mexico
Culpeper, Virginia

Brooklyn, New York
Tokyo, Japan

Los Angeles, California

a trip somewhere

let's plan

As you can tell, I thrive when I'm traveling and photographing couples in a new place that inspires me. Let's plan a trip together and photograph your love in a place that YOU love. I am always up for a new adventure and would love to get to know you for who you are individually and as a couple. Check out my bucket list below... I've listed a few specific places that have been on my bucket list for years. Want to go somewhere else? I'm game! I'm here for the long haul and will help you plan out every step of the way when it comes to locations and traveling. There are so many different ways to do things while traveling so we can sit down and customize it to best fit your needs. Send me a message and I'll start brainstorming ideas. I cannot wait to hear from you, it's gonna be a blast!

ideas + suggestions

bucket list

Mt. Cook National Park, New Zealand

Mount Shuksan, North Cascades

Queulat Glacier, Patagonia

Kirkjufell, Iceland

Tonsai, Thailand

McWay Falls, California 

Granite Mountain, Washington

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Glacier National Park, Montana

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