Category Archives: Portrait

Leavenworth Wedding Engagement Photos in the Snow

A few weeks ago I did my first engagement photography session of the year in Leavenworth, WA. Kim and Scott have a wedding planned for later in the summer and were interested in having some winter engagement photos taken. One of the things I like about doing engagement sessions is that they give me a chance to begin to build a relationship with couples before their wedding day. My goal is to get them feeling comfortable with me and the camera so that they can relax and have fun, and I can take more candid photos. Kim admitted to me ahead of time that they feel awkward about getting their photos taken. So do I. That is why I don’t like lining people up and telling them to face me and smile, while I take a picture. It feels awkward and it rarely captures people being themselves.

In the week leading up to our shoot, I was watching the weather to see what kind of conditions we might have. The forecast was for mostly sunny skies with a small chance of snow later in the day. Whether we had sun or snow flurries, I knew we would have a fun time. I showed up early with sunny skies and scoped out some possible locations and noted the lighting conditions. By the time Kim and Scott arrived, the sky had become completely grey and snow was beginning to fall. The downside was that all of the beautiful late-day golden winter light was gone. The upside was that the cloud cover creates a nice soft light that is both flattering and potentially easier to work with, and besides I like snow. We started off slowly and by the end of the session Kim and Scott were having fun and smiling more spontaneously and maybe even forgetting, even if  just for a moment, that I was there with a camera.

 

Mount Rainier Wedding Photography

I recently photographed a beautiful wedding at the Copper Creek Inn in Ashford, WA just outside the border of Mount Rainier National Park. As a photographer who has their roots in outdoor adventure and landscape photography and who loves to be in the mountains, I couldn’t ask for a better location to inspire my creativity and capture some beautiful images. Krista and Bryon share a love for the outdoors with each other (which is also what brought them to me) and had requested doing some portraits in the park before their wedding ceremony. We planned to do some photos at two classic locations in the park- Reflection Lakes, for the views of the mountain and its reflection in the lakes, and Paradise for its alpine meadows and summer wildflowers. Normally for an August wedding this would be no problem. However, this year a huge lingering snowpack still remained at Paradise, and Reflection Lakes still had patches of snow around it. Paradise would be out for wildflowers, Reflection Lakes could still be an option. I scouted some locations the night before to have some ideas ahead of time and also remained open to suggestions from Krista and Bryon and opportunities that might present themselves. I wanted to make sure we got some classic mountain photos and also some more casual, fun photos of them just enjoying their wedding day. We had a lot of fun goofing around, getting cheers, honks and congratulations from passing tourists and were even able to borrow a kind couple’s 55 Chevy. A sampling of the morning portrait shoot is below.

The Biggest Adventure Yet

I have been fortunate to have had many travel and outdoor adventures so far in my life. I look forward to each adventure for the places they take me, the things I see, and the opportunity to share time with friends and the people I meet along the way. As much as they have enriched my life, in some ways traveling, climbing, and even photography can be selfish pursuits. Planning a new adventure always brings excitement tinged with uncertainty and fear of the unknown. I am proud to say that I am beginning one the biggest adventures that one can have in life, and I’m not even leaving home. I enter it with the same mix of emotions, excitement tempered by uncertainty and the fear of what may lay ahead. I know that it will be hard at times, like anything else worth doing, but there is no growth in life without challenge. This one is not about me. The journey: fatherhood.

We recently welcomed our first child into the world, a boy named Cedar. I will spare you the birth photos but will not hold back on some newborn baby photos. The following were taken at 6 days old. He is quite handsome if I do say so myself.