Letting Go and Going Forward

Letting Go and Going Forward

Our lives are defined by a series of moments. A flip book of little snapshots that make up a whole life. Blink and the years fly by. That’s why I became a photographer. To define those moments in the flipbook of people’s lives.

All my life, I’ve wanted to tell stories. Stories have shaped me into who I am today. My great-grandma’s stories of leaving Switzerland as a teen. My grandfather’s stories of serving in World War Two. My mama’s stories of visiting her grandparents’ store as a child. As a nerdy, artistic kid who never fit in, books were my best friends. I laughed at the escapades of Anne of Green Gables. I dreamed of magic with Harry Potter. I fell in love with Elizabeth Bennett. I drew and read and dreamed and wished for a place where I could sum up the world in a few hundred pages. I traveled the world to find something that I couldn’t define. I went to college to study history because I needed to know why those stories were so important. I saw how stories could shape the world. I learned to use my skills as a photographer to capture other people’s stories.

As I get older, the stories I read and want to tell are changing. Last year, I cut way back on shooting weddings, and recently, I realized, it was time to put aside that story. I won’t say that I will never shoot another wedding, because I might change my mind in a couple years and miss weddings. For now, I want to focus on other things, on other stories. I’m not sure what will happen with the website or the blog, but my goal is to catch up on my backlog this year, and enjoy these last few weddings. I’ve been shooting a lot more families and small businesses, and I’m not sure what the future will hold at this moment. I know I’ll always be a storyteller, and I’m opening my heart up to the next chapter of stories.

I’ve got some ideas, and I hate to be vague, but first, I’m going to enjoy the last bit of this season of my life, and spend some time trying new things, before I make any announcements.

Wedding portraits in a field in the Methow Valley

Katie + Seth – Thompson Barn Wedding // Palouse Wedding Photographer

Katie + Seth – Thompson Barn Wedding // Palouse Wedding Photographer

Oh, where to start with Katie + Seth’s sweet wedding day? They had the most beautiful country wedding, and it was simple, easy going, and absolutely, perfectly them. They got ready in the most beautiful b&b in Tekoa, WA before we headed out to Thompson Barn for their wedding ceremony. It was super super windy all afternoon while they were getting ready. Someone told us that it would clear up in the afternoon, and sure enough, shortly after the ceremony started, the sun came out and the wind stopped blowing and we had the most stunning sunsets I’ve had at a wedding. Y’all, we get so many fantastic sunsets up here in the PNW, but rarely do I have the chance to dash out from a wedding for a perfect one and have a nearly 360 view of it at the wedding venue. So you’ll have to forgive me for the extra sunset photos!!

Katie and Seth, thank you for bringing me on board as part of your wedding team. It was a pleasure to meet you both, to meet all your lovely kids, family, and friends. I loved spending the day with you and I wish you all the best for many years to come!!

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Venue – Thompson Barn