Cannon Beach Engagement: Julie + James

What can be more flattering than a couple from out of state reaching out to have their photos taken by YOU while on a mini getaway? Not much comes to mind. When the newly engaged Julie and James had started making plans for their trip to the Oregon Coast, they realized that this special getaway (even if surrounded by work events), needed to be documented. It was their first time visiting the gorgeous Cannon Beach, and quickly they decided they absolutely needed to come back and visit. What's not to love about the salt in the air, the stunning view of Haystack Rock, and the endless stretch of beach. I had to brag, but the Pacific Northwest really has the most incredible beaches. 

Meeting the two for the first time, especially on such an occasion, was a real treat for me and Jem. It was obvious that this kind and silly pair had a deeper understanding of love and friendship than the average couple. How else can I describe them but sweet, passionate, carefree, and warm.

Being in their presence was a gift enough, not to mention they were so much fun to photograph. They have a way of being fully there with each other at all times, without making it seem like they are ignoring or forgetting the outside world. But simply, enjoying it together. 

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How to Keep Your Flowers Alive in Summer Heat

How to Keep Your Flowers Alive in Summer Heat

Choosing the best blooms is something that happens long before the week of your wedding - it happens when you are browsing Pinterest and thinking through your dream wedding. It means taking care to either research what will be available, or trusting your florist to do that! Or event being flexible to look at your ideas and ask a few tough questions and be willing to make some changes. 

WHY: My Thoughts On Photography

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WHY? Because happy moments should last longer than a moment.

Because we need to feel good, and strong, and hopeful.

Because we have one life, so we deserve to remember what makes us happy.

Because I believe in investing in what gives you hope, and so do my clients.

Because humans crave connection and beauty, and I am no exception

I'll say it again and again every day if I have to. My job has purpose, and it's not just about clicking the shutter.

Passion + Wellness

Passion + Wellness

You know when you're on the right path when lyrics like this make you freeze in your tracks..."I wanna see our bodies burning like the old big sun. I wanna know what we’ve been learning and learning from". This song, Man on Fire by Edward Sharpe, is every emotion in my heart at the moment, put into four minutes. If you aren't familiar with it, have a listen at the bottom of this blog.

Summer Outfit Ideas For Date Night Or Engagement Shoots

Summer Outfit Ideas For Date Night Or Engagement Shoots

And we're back with more styled guides! I love posting these, because they're not only helpful for my clients, but also they provide me with a reference point as well when I pick new outfits for the season! Whether you're on the hunt for a new date night outfit, or you have an engagement shoot coming up, you can use these ideas to inspire your next ensemble. Look at colors and materials, or copy exactly what's below, either way, you're bound to find a new favorite look with my tips below.

Romantic Willamette Valley Vineyard Wedding

Romantic Willamette Valley Vineyard Wedding

I met Erika over a cup of coffee, as I usually do with my clients. It's one of my many love languages, as I talk about often on my Instagram page. Erika had expressed concern that she wasn't sure where to start planning a wedding, so it was important to her to work with vendors who were helpful, informative, and could easily take the reigns. We originally met to discuss their engagement photos (which we took at Cannon Beach on the hottest day of the year), but by the end of the consultation, she had said her decision was made on her photographer...now all she had to do was choose her venue. (Spoiler: she chose a really beautiful one).

Vendor Highlight: Opal 28

Vendor Highlight: Opal 28

This year, Opal28 was given an Oregon Bride Award for Best Intimate Venue in Portland. If you've ever visited this small and cute nook near East Burnside Street, you will agree that the award was appropriate and well deserved. The team is hard working, fast responding, and clearly love the environment they've created for themselves and their clients. It's truly special to witness people doing what they love with a full heart and open mind. The ladies at Opal28 are just that.