Katie + Seth Engaged // Downtown Spokane Engagement Session with Kids

Katie + Seth Engaged // Downtown Spokane Engagement Session with Kids

Good morning! Last summer, Katie and Seth booked me for their beautiful Palouse wedding. Besides being two of the sweetest, most giving people I’ve had the chance to meet, they’re also parents to a crew of kiddos who were champs at both their engagment/family session and the wedding. I really believe that family is family, no matter what the connection is. And because of that, I love doing these engagement sessions that are also family sessions. They aren’t going to be a romantic walk in the park the whole time, but they are a special glimpse at your family right before you get married.

For Katie and Seth, we decided to meet downtown and get some photos together in the park and then we finished it off with a bit of time for just the two of them as the sunset. Their littlest one decided to be my assistant, and made sure they both looked at the camera when I asked them too. ;)

Next up, I’ll blog their sweet wedding!!

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Taking Chances — Running a Business

Taking Chances — Running a Business

A few months ago, I applied for a photography job. One that includes crazy amounts of travel and photography, one that was perfect for me because it combines the two things I love most — photographing life changing moments and travel it was my┬ádream job. It took me months to even get the courage to apply. It got to the point where H would ask me every day if I’d applied. I finally did, in late May. In the minutes (and hours) after I applied, I wavered between feeling so excited I was over the moon, and wanting to puke I was so nervous. This job was amazing. This job would change our lives.

I put it out of my mind. It could be months before they made a decision. But it was perfection. This job was meant for me! I went to WDS, I heard Tess Vigeland speak. I almost cried because every word of what she said resonated with me. And then, in mid-July, I got an email. They wanted to do an interview. This, in itself, was amazing. These positions are so coveted that, on average, over 1,000 people apply to each one. And I got an interview.

I did the phone interview (the job was long distance). We’d just moved to Spokane. I literally sat on the floor, surrounded by packing boxes, talking to someone 3,000 miles away.

And then I waited. And waited. And waited some more. Until I found out I didn’t get the job.

Bam.

Rejection. That sting never gets old.

But it was okay. Because I took a chance. If I hadn’t applied, then I never would have gotten the interview. And even though I didn’t get it, I did get the satisfaction of knowing they liked my work enough to call me. They thought I might be a good fit. The past year has been about taking chances. The next year will be about taking chances. And the year after that.

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I wrote this post LAST AUGUST. As in, 2013. And I was going to add something to it, because it’s been lost in my drafts folder for over a year, but then I realized, it’s good. So here’s a film photo. Because chances.

Downtown Spokane on Film // Emily Wenzel Photography

Kate + Leo Engaged — Spokane Engagement Photography

Kate + Leo Engaged — Spokane Engagement Photography

Remember the beautiful couple I showed you a few photos of last month? Take one feisty redhead with a vintage camera addiction, and add a down-to-earth, motorcycle riding guy and a big dog named Ed, and you’ve got a love story. Leo proposed under the (planetarium) stars earlier this year, and Kate said yes. So, a few months later, we headed back to the Spokane Falls Planetarium to take a few photos. Followed by some time spent running out in traffic in downtown Spokane, and a walk around their neighborhood with Ed. It was supposed to rain, but the sun came out to play and the whole afternoon was full of laughter. The day ended with pizza at my new favorite spot: South Perry Pizza.

And the fact that Leo was H’s college roommate and Kate is one of the coolest girls I know? That just makes this all better. I’ve said it a hundred times, but I’m going to say it again. I’m so happy for you both! And I can’t wait for your wedding!

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Kate + Leo Engaged — Spokane Engagement Photography [Sneak Peek]

Kate + Leo Engaged — Spokane Engagement Photography [Sneak Peek]

Our good friends, Kate and Leo*, are getting married this year and I am SO excited. Over the weekend, we drove to Spokane to hang out and get some pictures. Here’s a little preview of what’s to come.

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*Kate and Leo are not their real names. I guess you could say I changed them to protect the innocent. Unlike Kate & Leo, the lovelies who starred in Titanic, this love story ends in happily ever after.

Jim + Cara — Spokane Engagement Photography

Jim + Cara — Spokane Engagement Photography

I had a blast a few weeks ago when I drove over to Spokane for a couple days of berry picking and catching up with my good friends, Cara + Jim. It made me remember how I miss that city in the summer! Cara and Jim are not only great friends, but Cara will also be my maid of honor next month! In between all the eating and catching up, we squeezed in a couple hours in the park for this shoot. These two are an adorable couple, and I consider myself lucky to have them as friends! Thanks again guys for letting me take your photos, I can’t wait for the wedding next summer!

Jim + Cara Engagment Spokane WA
Jim + Cara Engagment Spokane WA
Jim + Cara Engagment Spokane WA
Jim + Cara Engagment Spokane WA
Jim + Cara Engagment Spokane WA
Jim + Cara Engagment Spokane WA
Jim + Cara Engagment Spokane WA
Jim + Cara Engagment Spokane WA
Jim + Cara Engagment Spokane WA