Quesadillas and the Kindest Words: A Year in Review

This past year is hard to categorize, quantify or label. At times it was busy and exciting; in other moments it was quiet and slow, full of the wonderfully mundane in-betweens that we so carefully avoid sharing on social media. There were seasons of energy and intensity, hard work and little sleep, challenge and reward. There were hours upon hours of editing, with microwavable quesadillas and podcasts as my daily bread. And there were moments of true and incomparable joy, like when I held my tiny, fragile niece for the first time, or when Tyler knelt down on a cold day in June and asked me to be his wife. This year was many things.

High up on my "2014-grateful-list" are my clients who trusted me, who were kind and patient, who believed that good art takes time and is always, always worth it. Thank you for not caring if your dresses got dirty. Thank you for exploring new places with me and for pushing yourselves to new comfort levels. Thank you for making sure that I ate dinner, for group hugs at the 11th hour and for sharing some of the kindest words I've ever heard and read. I couldn't do this job without you.

2013: A very good year

I've had an incredible season- one that surprised me, challenged me, and encouraged me to keep pushing and growing. I shot some of my favorite weddings, engagements, and personal work this year, and I'm so grateful for those clients who trusted me and became friends. I don't know if there's anything better than that.

Throughout the year I've been keeping a little post-it note of things I've learned- some photography related, some life-related. Thought I might share a few with you:

Vanity Fair is the perfect in-flight magazine. If you put off your dentist appointments for two years, your inevitable reunion will be unpleasant. Everyone you meet knows something you don't- find out what it is and learn from them. Read books you don't agree with, and surround yourself with people who think differently than you. Do your research before you shoot. Take time to plan. Do work that excites you, that isn't commissioned, and is entirely for yourself. Don't throw a lobster dinner party if you're allergic to shellfish. Seek out constructive criticism- don't be afraid of it. Find a good hairdresser, therapist, and dry cleaner- these things are all necessary in your 20's. Keep an "Idea Dump" book and take time to revisit your thoughts- don't let your ideas go to waste. Use your social media platform- whatever size it may be- to share your voice and speak about what's important to you. Taco Bell is no longer a good option. Don't overwater plants. Give freely. Ask why. Call home.

Thank you to all my wonderful couples and clients, and to my faithful blog readers who encourage me and follow along on my journey. Cheers to you. xo


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Rebekah + Zach : Part Two

Rebekah and Zach said their vows on the Port Townsend Bay, with just a few family members gathered around as witnesses. Their ceremony was literally as intimate as it gets. Everything about their day was spontaneous and relaxed- they helped each other get ready, then we wandered around a park from Rebekah's childhood until we found the perfect spot by the water for their ceremony. It was quiet and private, simple and sweet. Cheers to part two of Rebekah and Zach's road trip elopement!


Rebekah + Zach : Part One

Rebekah and Zach met in Jr. High, and he maybe (definitely) asked her to homecoming with a fortune cookie. Fast forward to December: Rebekah and Zach were at Central Park, and at the top of Umpire Rock, Zach pulled out a fortune cookie. And a ring. They're both hilarious and wonderful people, and I've loved getting to know them as a couple. Rebekah and Zach are celebrating their wedding with friends and family next summer, but they chose to take road trip up to Port Townsend and elope in the meantime! Pitstops included the town of Forks, WA (excellent Subway Sandwiches and Twiglight memorabilia) and the Olympic National Forest, where we shot some photos in anticipation of their elopement! Enjoy part one of these lovelies.

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