Sodo Park, Holy Names Academy Wedding Photographer – Seattle {Sarah + Brian – Teaser}

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I photographed Sarah and Brian’s wedding on Saturday in Seattle. From the pre-wedding prep at the Hotel Monaco, the wedding ceremony at Holy Names Academy, and the wedding reception at Sodo Park, Sarah and Brian were happy and joyful with just a touch of the good kind of nerves, like you’re on the verge of one of the most exciting days of your life.  These are just a few teaser photos from their wedding.  You can check out their engagement photographs from Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park and Gas Works Park here.

I also had the opportunity to work with the always wonderful Aleah and Nick Valley from Valley & Co. And thanks to Kai Hayashi for coming up from Portland to second shoot with me.  More wedding photos to come soon!

Mt. Pisgah Arboretum Wedding Photographer – Eugene, Oregon {Emmalee + Daniel}

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I had the amazing pleasure of spending last Sunday at the Mt Pisgah Arboretum outside of Eugene, Oregon photographing the wedding of two close friends, Emmalee and Daniel.  Here are a couple sneak peaks at their photos, more to come!

Documentary Family Photographer – Portland, Oregon {Franzke Family}

        

I showed up at the Franzke house at 7am on Sunday, right as Lily was waking up.  The patience it takes to be the parent of walking, mumbling eighteen month old.  As Wynter put it, you can see who runs the household.  The thing I love about these photographs is the quirky things you the parent witness your children do, or you do for them; cutting up food with with scissors into itty-bitty pieces, the constant changes of clothes, the screaming faces that border somewhere between delight and terror.

I have such a strong appreciation for Wynter and Bill’s commitment to their family. They’re expecting their second child and just finished a move and have barely unpacked.  However, there was never a sign of stress between anyone all day long, just loving family support.

I followed Lily, Wynter and Bill to Bill’s parent’s house for his dad’s 59th birthday.  Lily, the star of the show shared her joy and curiosity and brought smiles to everyone’s faces.  My day ended thirteen hours later when the Franzke’s returned home and put Lily to bed.

Thank you so much for inviting me into your life for this Day-in-the-life session.  I loved every minute of the experience.


Roger Williams Park Casino Wedding Photographer – Providence, Rhode Island {Meaghan + Eric – Teaser}

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My first time in Rhode Island last weekend, I photographed Meaghan and Eric’s wedding, two outgoing, generous, and kind souls. This is just a teaser from their wedding at the historic Roger Williams Park Casino in Providence, Rhode Island.  More to come!

Palm Springs Wedding Photographer – C. Farrell House {Lauren + Paul – Teaser}

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I walked off the plane in Palm Springs last weekend and I started to get a little misty eyed.  “Am I about to cry???”, I thought to myself.  The thought of seeing so many people I care about, all in the same place overwhelmed me.  I’ve been living on the road since the new year, and my extended group of college lacrosse teammates was gathering to celebrate the wedding of two of our own, Lauren and Paul.

This is just one sneak peak from Lauren and Paul’s wedding at the iconic C. Farrell House in old Palm Springs.  Congratulations guys!

La Mansión Puerto Vallarta Wedding Photographer {Deanna + Aaron}

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I first met Deanna and Aaron at Sheri and Ryan’s destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta in 2011;  Deanna is Sheri’s younger sister.  This year we were back in Puerto Vallarta, at La Mansión, a beautiful white seaside villa just south of the city (formerly Villa Garza Blanca).  I flew in from Denver, Colorado and most of their guests came down from Alberta, Canada. I think we all enjoyed the warm respite from our winter caves.

Deanna and Sheri’s father passed away unexpectedly between the two weddings and Sheri and Ryan now have a bubbly little two-year-old with curly blonde hair.  I appreciate the continuity I’ve experienced with their families.  Through birth and death, through good and bad, and across time and spaces, it’s our shared experience as people that bind us together, as family and as friends.  I’m so thankful to be able to call them my friends.

We also did a day-after session.  I took Deanna and Aaron through my old cobblestone neighborhood on the hill, with vistas and blooming bugambilias.  We then went down to a beach in Conchas Chinas for sunset.

Many thanks to Ulises L. Guerrero for second shooting with me, and thank you to Eva and Michael from Vallarta Weddings for doing a spectacular job with the planning and details!

Colorado Documentary Family Photographer – Denver, Durango

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I connected with my cousins Molly and Lucinda at their cozy little house in Durango, Colorado.  Molly works at the university and Lucinda, well, Lucinda is a six-year-old.  Molly cooked a breakfast for us that included your southwest-standard green chiles, while Lucinda showed me the eggs that she had dyed for easter and her DIY candle-making kit.

The two got ready and for the morning we decided to go visit some family grave sites.  Molly’s and my great-grandfather, Benito, is buried up on Greenmont Cemetery on the hill overlooking Durango.  The second cemetery we went to was outside of town in-between Durango and Bayfield, where our great-aunt Soraida is buried (you can see her name on one of the headstones in the pictures).

I’ve felt more passionate about documentary family photography in the last year or so, and spending time with my cousins and their young kids has been a fun entry for me into that.  Photographs are really important to me in my own family, and the ones that I love the most from my childhood were always the candid ones, and I think most people would agree with that statement.  I feel an enormous personal reward when I can give that gift to other families.

Abernethy Center Wedding Photographer – Portland, Oregon {Sara + Morgan}

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Sara and Moran got married last summer at the Abernethy Center in southeast Portland, Oregon.  Sara and Morgan met in college, both as athletes at the University of Oregon, Sara in soccer and Morgan and football.  They are both kind and empathetic, attentive to each other, their families and friends.  After the more sensitive emotions of the day had worn off, their wedding erupted into one giant dance party.

Thank you guys for the amazing experience of joining in your wedding day!