Oh man, this wedding had so much foggy portrait goodness that I can't handle it. I had the pleasure of shooting Sarah and Jon's wedding at one of my favorite San Francisco wedding venues, Headlands Center for the Arts. You never really know what sort of weather to expect when you're shooting in the Bay Area, but I am so in love with the fog that rolled in that day. Who says you need sunshine for a gorgeous wedding? Sarah's dad definitely wins for giving one of the funniest father-of-the-bride toasts I've ever heard in all my years of shooting weddings, and it was such a pleasure spending the day surrounded by such kind people that clearly love Sarah and Jon so much. Congratulations, you two!
Even though it's starting to feel like fall in Portland (my favorite!), I can't help but miss the warmth of summer when I look back on this sweet anniversary session. Ruth and Cole came to visit from Palm Springs earlier this summer and wanted to celebrate their 2 year anniversary with some photos in the Columbia River Gorge. It was so much fun talking shop with Ruth who is also a wedding photographer, and I loved that they were up for any idea I wanted to try! By the end of our time together I felt like I'd known them for years; so rad. Happy 2 year anniversary, Ruth and Cole!
This past March I had the pleasure of attending a photography retreat with a group of incredibly badass female photographers in beautiful Manzanita, Oregon. We had a great time shooting a styled elopement between several real life couples and worked with some of the best vendors in Oregon, all while staying in the dreamiest beachfront location - the Historic Reed House. With the ocean directly outside our front door, we played on the beach and fell asleep to the sounds of waves crashing on sand. In the world of professional photography, it's very easy to get caught up in comparing yourself to others and get overwhelmed. I feel so incredibly lucky to have a solid circle of friends in this industry that know the true value of community over competition. Work hard, be nice to people, and stop worrying about what everyone else is doing. You'll be so damn happy you did.
Nicole and Dan stole my heart the moment we started emailing about their upcoming October wedding. "Nicole can burp like a champ, and I once saw Mr. T driving a convertible in Chicago. It was as amazing as it sounds." We met over drinks and I was immediately touched by their warmth and humor. After setting the date for their engagement session we kept an eye on the weather and hoped for the best, though I started getting nervous after checking a few days out and seeing a storm headed our way. To my surprise, Nicole and Dan were total troopers and said they'd brave the rain! We road tripped out to the Oregon Coast and explored Cape Kiwanda while the sky unleashed its fury on us, and these two babes never stopped smiling throughout it all. I watched how gentle they were with one another and felt so much love between them. For most of the shoot I couldn't feel my hands or face, but it was absolutely some of the most fun I've ever had at an engagement session. Ladies and gentlemen, the legendary Nicole and Dan.
Jess and Blake know how to throw a party. Not only did they tie the knot in the coolest vintage military-fort-turned-art-center, but they had a badass David Bowie cover band rock everyone's faces off at the reception. Hands down some of the most fun I've ever had at a wedding! Check out the full story below.