Photographing Michael and Matt was such a fun experience! We started off the evening with an in-home session in their beautiful home right outside of Portland. We stayed and chatted for a while before heading to the coast for a sunset session. We first visited Ecola State Park, one of my favorite places in the Pacific Northwest. The sun streaks cast through the dark forest and made for the most dreamy light to photograph. After, we made our way to my favorite lowkey beach on the Oregon Coast, Hug Point. Hug Point is just right down the road from Ecola State Park and is so quaint and lowkey. Lots of families and friends come here to watch the sunset and build bonfires, which is one of my new favorite things to do. We ran around the beach for a while drinking ciders and watching the sunset slowly drop below the ocean. It was such a beautiful view with the smell of crisp bonfires all around drifting with the wind. During the session, I alos wanted to grab some product shots of the new “LOVE” sweatshirts that the Human Rights Campaign recently released. As we were about to start shooting the campaign for HRC we noticed a family was getting ready to leave and they kindly let us borrow their bonfire for some shots, which easily became my favorite! At first, I was nervous because the sun had already set, my camera settings were getting higher and higher and they orange lights on their skin were extremely harsh. Luckily, with some editing and shooting RAW, I got the job done with some Lightroom and Photoshop tricks and couldn’t be happier with these results! We finished the night with seafood and “mocktails” before a long drive back to Portland! Sweet summer nights on the coast like these are what bring me so much joy. Cheers to new friendships, adventure and a memorable first summer in Oregon.
Alivia and Zach wanted to do something a little different than a traditional wedding for their special day. Both of them have traveled to Iceland several times, making it the perfect place for their elopement. They exchanged vows in a deserted area surrounded by mountain tops. With only their immediate family being present, it made for a special weekend full of mini-adventures along the southern part of Iceland. Upon arrival we trekked to the beautiful Blue Lagoon hot spring to destress, drink juices, and get ready for the exciting weekend we had ahead.
As most of you know, I thrive when shooting intimate weddings. There is something so special about having your closest family around to witness one of the most exhilarating days of your life. When Alivia and Zach asked me to join them for their Iceland elopement back in January I was beyond excited. Iceland had been on my bucket list for a while so I was thrilled to photograph such a cool couple in a gorgeous place.
While we spent the first day relaxing at the hot springs, the following day we woke up early (if you’re in Iceland in May… the sun doesn’t set until around 2 am and rises at 3 am) and began our day by visiting a few waterfalls, hiking to the abandoned airplane and relaxing in the hot tub at our favorite place, Midgard Adventure.
Alivia and Zach’s wedding day started slow with breakfast and getting ready in separate rooms with family and friends all around. They began the big day with a first look before we hopped in a giant Expedition to go to the ceremony site. After a long, bumpy ride we finally made it to a deserted place with a tiny little building in the middle of nowhere. Snow top mountains surrounded us as the clouds passed over frequently. We began the ceremony and they made it official by sharing their vows and exchanging of rings.
We then ventured off to a few more special places that our incredible tour guide showed us; including waterfalls, wild horses and the infamous black sand beaches. Iceland is such a uniquely gorgeous spot and makes capturing such photographic people a breeze.
I cannot wait to visit Iceland again in the future and explore more of this amazing country. I am forever grateful to have photographed my first destination wedding in such an amazing place with even more incredible people. Cheers to Alivia and Zach!
Photograping Alivia and Zach’s engagement session in the Columbia River Gorge was a dream. For those of you that don’t know Portland, Oregon is my favorite place ever so it was a great excuse to visit one more time. We found a beautiful cliff side right by the water that had incredible light in the middle of the day. We ventured around the rocks eating Pip’s donuts and catching up. Alivia and I had met many many years ago when we were creating YouTube videos (I was like 12 years old). It was so much fun to finally meet both of them in person and document this special time in their life. I cannot wait to hopefully move to Portland sometime soon!
After having this trip on my bucket list for years, my sister and I finally went out west and crossed it off. I had been dying to visit Zion National Park, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley, and the Grand Canyon. We knocked out all of these places within five days, and it was hands down one of my favorite trips to date. We drove non-stop, windows down listening to throwbacks and consuming way too much coffee. We met up with our new friends Lily and Josh along the way at Horseshoe Bend. Lily and Josh drove 6 hours from Pheonix to hang out with us and take photos around these beautiful locations. We woke up early to catch the sunrise at Horseshoe Bend followed by a tour at Antelope Canyon and finishing the day off hanging at Lake Powell. It was a jam-packed day full of adventure and new memories. I am so grateful for our time together, and it will forever be cherished. This trip was definitely one for the books, and I cannot wait to visit again soon to explore more!