I’m back from my vacation (hello, inbox. Let’s get to work) and ready to tackle 2015. I spent a lot of time in the last week thinking about 2014. And what I was going to say in this post. I wanted to come back and tell you all how fabulous and wonderful 2014 was. Because, it was fabulous and wonderful. But it was also hard, and while it started out amazing, the last few months were really hard, and by the end, I was done with 2014.
It’s been almost three months since we went to Alaska. H had an opportunity to go up there for a work trip, so I bought a plane ticket and tagged along. We were there for four days, and while I worked for part of the trip, we also did some exploring around Anchorage, I went on a glacier tour, and we rented a car to drive down Highway 1 on our last day.
I knew I really wanted to see some glaciers, but after looking at a few options, I wasn’t sure I could rationalize the cost. I could take a cruise out of a couple different areas, or I could fly on a helicopter and land on a glacier, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do. They were all expensive options, and I was debating just not going and hanging out in Anchorage. H had been to Alaska before as a kid, and he decided I needed to see the glaciers, so he took matters into his own hands and booked a trip for me. And it was possibly the coolest thing I’ve ever done. After a bunch of debate, he booked me a 26 glacier cruise with Phillip Cruises. And I was a fan. I’ve already posted all over my Instagram feed, but I mean, I held a glacier in my hands!! As far as crazy and cool travel experiences go, this was in my top five.
While H was at his work conference, I would work during the day. One day, I was (luckily) working away on the main floor in the cafe (because the internet was a bit spotty in our room on the 16th floor) and I felt a bit of a rumble. I’d noticed planes flying near the hotel the day before, and at first, assumed it was a plane. Turns out, it was an earthquake! Once it started getting a little more forceful, I realized it was an earthquake, but no one else in the cafe was doing anything. So I just stayed put! Later H called me and made me leave the building for about 5 minutes. Turns out, Alaska gets thousands of earthquakes every year, but most of them are small, and in areas that are far away from civilization. This one, a 6.2, was about 100 miles from Anchorage. It was kind of entertaining, in retrospect, because my chai didn’t even spill!
One afternoon we visited the Anchorage Museum. I didn’t take many photos because it was dark, but it was so wonderful! They have a Smithsonian exhibit and I really liked the whole museum.
On the last day, we rented a car and drove down Highway 1 to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, where we got to see moose, elk, reindeer, musk ox, and more that I’m probably forgetting. We also pulled over a half dozen times to take pictures because Alaska is just that pretty, dang it.
And then we flew home, over the glaciers I’d seen just a few days prior on the cruise.
Whew. What an adventure. And what an inspiration. I wrote a little other piece, but I’m going to save that for another day. Because I’ve blathered on enough. Here are so many pictures, including one of a rainbow!
These were shot on my Nikon FG-20 with Portra 400, Ektar 100, and Ilford XP2 400. You can find most of them for sale in my personal work gallery on my proofing site.
Laura & John were the winners of my wedding giveaway last year, and I am so glad they entered. [For more about a 2015 wedding giveaway, please see the end of this post.] I agonized over who to pick, and there were so many wonderful entries, but I’m so glad that Laura & John entered, and that I chose them! It’s be wonderful getting to know them over the past year, and getting to be a part of their wedding. They are an amazing couple, with amazing families, and it was a blessing to be part of their wedding day!
Laura & John are Gonzaga grads, and since they met at Gonzaga, they wanted to get married there. I’ve loved St. Aloysius (St Al’s) since the day I first walked in it as a college freshman. So I am truly honored that I was able to shoot Laura & John’s wedding there, and that their wedding was my first wedding at St. Als. I shot many masses there as a student, but to be there for a wedding? That’s special. I know that church weddings aren’t “in” right now, because they’re not in barns or super hip urban spaces, but I love church weddings.
Laura & John got ready at the Red Lion River Inn, then we went to Gonzaga University for some photos. Since they had an 11am ceremony, we had plenty of time afterwards to take photos. And if you’re worried about taking photos when it’s not “golden hour”, almost all of Laura & John’s photos were taken between noon and 1pm! Make sure your photographer is comfortable with this, so you still get amazing photos. Their reception was at Commellini Estate, which has become one of my favorite Spokane area venues.
Many, many thanks to the lovely and talented April Egly for 2nd shooting with me. Some of these shots were taken by her. <3
2015 Wedding Giveaway: Like last year, I’m planning to do a wedding giveaway for 2015. I’ll be announcing it in January, after the bridal show. If you want the inside scoop, be sure to stop by my booth at the Spokane Bridal Fest on January 10th or 11th.
Alaska. There are a million things I want to say about our trip to Anchorage, but I’ll save them for the next post. For this post, I wanted to show off a couple things you can get this weekend during my first Black Friday deal!
Today through Monday, December 1st, all the prints in on my website are 30% off (canvases are 20% off). So if you were a 2013 or 2014 client, or a guest of a wedding in 2013 or 2014, click the Clients link above (or here) to grab those discounted prints.
If you’re not a client of mine, but still looking for some great art at a fantastic price, I’ve started a gallery of my personal work here, which is filled with photos shot on film this year – Portland, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and Europe (which I haven’t even blogged!) are in there.
Here’s a little sneak peek of the awesomeness you’ll find there:
Heather & Danny love the Methow Valley, so it was an easy decision for them to get married there. Their families came from all over — some of them drove across the country — to celebrate Heather & Danny’s sweet wedding day.
What a day. Actually, what a weekend. Heather & Danny’s families and friends came up to the Methow for the weekend, staying at the Spring Creek Ranch, their venue, camping in Mazama, or at other little places throughout Winthrop. They had a laid back wedding, with a small ceremony in front of the willow tree, and an afternoon filled with board games, laughter, and joy.
Congratulations again, Heather & Danny. Thank you for having me along to celebrate in your wedding weekend. Thank you for being such wonderful people, and I wish you all the best in your latest adventures! <3
Venue: Spring Creek Ranch // Caterer: Arrowleaf Bistro // Heather’s Dress: Vintage // DJ: Cousin // Stationary: Friends
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 dream 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.
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.
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.