Hannah and Jay are getting married this week, and even though I’m woefully behind on blogging, I was determined to get their engagement session posted before their wedding! Hannah and I have known each other for nearly half our lives, after we studied abroad together. I was so excited to meet Jay and shoot their engagement session over the summer while I was down in Portland. Hannah and Jay had one of their first dates at the Portland Art Museum, so it was only fitting that they also have their engagement session there!
Last year, I started working with more small businesses, non-profits, and companies to provide them with high quality images. So often, I would meet a fellow small business owner or nonprofit warrior who had a great product, event, or platform, but didn’t have good images to go with that. That’s where I come in! We work together to create content for your brand, business, or organization to help market you better. I’m here to help your small business grow, your nonprofit thrive, and your product launch with beautiful, on-brand images.
The Wahluke Farmer’s Market is a project that is near and dear to my heart for a two reasons. First, it’s in my hometown! I grew up in a small town, and when I was little, there was one – ONE – single grocery store in town. Now there’s two, and this seasonal farmer’s market. Second, my mama – the woman who I look up to as a parent and person – was the driving force behind this coming into existance. She would visit me in the South Perry District and loved to see our farmer’s market. She saw a need for that in our hometown and being the amazing woman she is, she went out and made it happen. [As an aside: my entire family is full of people who have small businesses, creative hobbies, and awesome side hustles. I have a ton of great role models for forging my own life path.]
These images were shot last summer, and I’m so excited to share them with you today! If you are in area, the Wahluke Farmer’s Market is on Wednesdays, from 3pm-7pm at Hund Park in Mattawa and runs from mid-June to the end of September. You can find more information on their Facebook page. If you are looking for branding or commercial photography, from head shots to full digital branding images, contact me today.
Jessi sent me an email a couple months before their wedding, and told me that Natalie and Sam had sent me to them. Just from Jessi’s first emails, I knew that I was going to adore her and Tim. And then, we got a chance to meet up in Seattle and chatted about all different things, but especially our shared love for the Methow Valley. The Methow Valley is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been, and I truly believe that the people who love the Methow Valley share an unspoken bond.
Thank you, Jessi and Tim, for allowing me to once again come to the Mazama Ranch House. Your wedding brought so much joy to my life, and I feel so lucky to have met you both. Thank you also to the amazing vendors (at the end of the post!) that I get to work with time and time again in the Methow Valley. They are truly some of the best at their jobs and the most wonderful people.
In the early emails that Holly sent me, she told me all about how they wanted to get married up at Vista House on Mt. Spokane. She told me that they wanted a small wedding, not quite an elopement, but only their families there. And what she told me resonated so much, because they knew what they wanted, they knew the wedding that would be best for them, and they chose to make that a reality. You guys, this wedding was so beautiful and so perfect for one reason – Holly and Justin planned a wedding that was exactly what they wanted! They could have had a big wedding, or eloped with no one there, but they listened to what their hearts wanted, which was to have this intimate wedding with just a few special people there to share the day. They got ready together at the top of the mountain, and we traipsed around to take photos after their sweet ceremony, before they drove off to have a family dinner together.
And here is the thing, big or small, first look or no, traditions or no, I don’t care. I’m going to advise you on how to budget time for photos so that you’re less stressed and get beautiful photos to keep forever (print them, please!). I’ll tell you the pros and cons of each option when we plan your timeline, but it’s not my job to dictate how your day goes. You should have a wedding that is a reflection of your relationship, your love, and your dreams for the future.
Which, on a mountain top on a Friday afternoon, is exactly what this Holly + Justin did. But I would have loved this wedding just as much if it’d been at the courthouse.
Holly + Justin, thank you for letting me into your lives to capture this precious day. I wish you both all the love and joy in marriage for the rest of your lives!!
Recently I’ve started working with more small businesses and entrepreneurs, and y’all, I really love it! There is something so great about being able to help another person make their business or dreams come true by creating beautiful photos for them. Melissa emailed me last summer (don’t these beautiful blooms have you dreaming of summer? Gosh, I can’t wait!) about doing some head shots because she was writing a book, and she needed a bio photo for the book and for all her launches. We met up for a quick little head shot session, and she now has a bunch of beautiful, natural, photos to use for her branding. Branding and head shot sessions can be as little as 20 minutes, or we can work for a full day.
Oh, and Melissa’s book, Who Will Love Me? on available on Amazon.
Jamie + Melissa reached out to me long distance from Florida. They are both in the Navy, but wanted to get married in Idaho, where Melissa is from. We sent a lot of emails back and forth over the months, and chatted a couple times on Skype (with most of our pets making appearances) before I drove up to Priest Lake for their wedding. We were prepared for all sorts of weather, but ended up with the most gorgeous spring day. From the moment of their sweet and emotional first look, to the beautiful vows and the epic dance party, this wedding was one for the books. Jamie + Melissa had family and friends come from all over, and from all different parts of their lives. I think one of the things I love most about weddings is that you finally get to have all the people you love in your lives together. And, for Melissa and Jamie, they got to bring them all to Priest Lake and Hill’s Resort, which made the day even more sweet for them.
Thank you two for having me up at Priest Lake for your wedding! It was a joy to meet you both in person, to meet your wonderful families, and all your friends!! Check out all the wonderful vendors at the end of the post!