Maui–what an absolutely magical place to be, especially when the gray skies and sideways rain are pelting the PNW. A very special group of people needed some photographic coverage (ahem) and beach portraits while on holiday, and I was just the tiniest bit thrilled to oblige… We had such fun with the wild kids who had sand in the most amazing places … And then another fun shoot wandering the streets of Lahaina. Great to see such good friends creating memories together.
Two of my favorite people were able to join me — we rented a Westfalia camper van to explore the island. What a cool way to dive into the island, meeting the most interesting folks along the way. Adventuring with your friends in paradise is pretty spectacular, watching the sun set at a different beach every night, swimming in the ocean, eating chocolate covered frozen bananas, living out of a cooler, feeling the salty grit in your hair, smelling the warm, tropical air, the freshest fruit picked right off the trees, and the slow wash of meditative waves cleansing our minds and our souls. It was a heavenly trip, full of quiet contemplation, soulful conversations, and a lot of gratitude. This life is so full of mystery and beauty. I hope to always find and honor the magic of this world. Cheers to loving adventures and traveling the world!
I love wedding celebrations that honor any solstice, especially summer–the longest, and lightest (hopefully) day of the year. Robyn and Steve were friends in their early teenage years, and reconnected several years ago, rekindling a friendship which sparked into a sweet romance. The nuptials included their children, both human and furry, family and close friends as attendants. An intimate and sweet ceremony full of laughs and tenderness. I was so honored to be able to photograph this beautiful celebration for a beautiful couple on a beautiful day. Pretty perfect. Cheers to many happy years together! xoxox
Dang I love my book group peeps! When Carmen told us the band she was in during grad school, Stand Up Stella, was going to have a one-night-only-reunion-performance in Missoula, we immediately started planning our trip there! Last August of 2016, we loaded up the car, a few opted to fly, and we made our way out to cheer on Carmen. It was a stunningly gorgeous drive, full of a lot of laughter. We stopped for anything that piqued our interest: museums, viewpoints, quaint shops. It was SO dang fun! The first night we stayed at Jodie’s parents lake house who spoiled us with a delicious dinner, and as we were lying lake side around midnight, watching the meteor shower, her darling Mom delivered warm huckleberry sauce and ice cream. That night, we listened to the stillness of lake life, ate the sublime dessert and fell asleep under the stars, finding our way inside to bed close to 2 am. Day One, was preeeeetty good… The next morning started with coffee on the dock and a morning swim. I could really get used to that pace of life. Back into the car we went, winding our way through quiet mountains with a soundtrack that included the one and only John Denver (of course), and arrived at the lovely AirBnB rental home, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the rest of the group. Over a dinner of wine and pizza, we sat fireside out back, and laughed late into the night. Day Two, solid. Day Three, we explored Missoula, people watched, ate ice cream, purchased essential oils, wandered along the river front, had some incredibly delicious meals, and fell in love with the funky town. Later that night, we had a blast gathering together to dance our faces off at the concert. Astrid, Carmen’s daughter, joined her on stage to play a Prince tribute, it was such a sweet surprise! As we said goodbye to the folks catching flights, we decided it would be a good idea to “swing by” Glacier National Park, stopping at the Bison Refuge to get our fill of cute fuzzy faces lumbering along the golden plains. Finally arriving at the park nearing sunset, we made our way tot he top, which was for me, easily one of the most terrifying drives up the mountain range, but well worth the breath taking views. The majesty of nature re-centers my soul. I hope to return there soon. We drove late into the night making our way to Spokane. Close to 1 am, in the middle of absolutely NO where, I saw a man walking along the side of the road barefoot. I was the only one who saw him… or DID I…?? So bizarre! Our last leg home included a stop at Cave B Winery for a quick tasting. I can’t wait for the next trip with these awesome women. Cheers to adventures!
I can’t believe one year has passed since this bright little light has illuminated our lives! She is one of the most precious things we are blessed to celebrate. Little Riann, your Dad Austin would be radiating with pride over you, as we all are. Morgan planned such an adorable and delicious party. There were bubbles, and a puppy visitor, family and friends, and a roomful of presents. And of course Fleurae, created the most perfect florals to frame your cake smash. Such a sweet day, we love you so very much Riann. xo
Spring weddings are just so pretty, with a color palette that is soft and hopeful. The sudden rain showers, followed by bursts of bright sunshine, the freshness so desperately needed after long, grey winter months, the perfect transition as we navigate towards the vibrancy of summer.
I love it when a couple knows who they are–not just who they are individually, but who they are as a couple, and incorporate that stylistically into their wedding theme. Jeff and Shelby nailed it. Starting with the quintessential PNW wedding venue, Alderbrook Resort, to their vintage/nautical decor, having their beloved furry faced Luna in attendance, and the delicious menu–the entire celebration was a sublime reflection of their laid back demeanor and understated elegance. Shelby was a vision in her Tadashi Shoji wedding gown, and the whimisical succulents in her bouquet by Fleurae was a flawless background for the special shell as an homage for Jeff’s Mom. It was an absolute honor to spend the day with them capturing the lovely celebration. Cheers to many happy years together, both lakeside and beyond. xoxo
Sometimes you just need to warm yourself to the core, to fill up those vitamin D stores, to fill your heart and mind with deep conversations, with thoughtful beauty, and a hearty dose of laughter. I didn’t even know how much I needed the trip until I was there. A bit of work and some solid soul quenching sun, just what PNW’ers need in the middle of a rainy winter.
It’s so interesting to discover niche worlds, like the world of traveling art gallery shows. Talk about visual inspiration. The Spectrum at Indian Wells http://spectrum-indianwells.com was a new world to me. The international juried art show featured an incredible range of work from paintings, sculptures, glass work, photographic art, and even some wild steam punk creations. It was incredible to wander through, champagne in hand, lounge on the swank white leather sofas, and take it all in. Thank you to Essence Arts, and Tom and Anna Boatright https://www.tomboatrightoils.com, for inviting me along. I loved being part of this journey with you.
I was also lucky enough to steal away to Joshua Tree for the day, spending time with radiant humans and capturing their portraits for Erin Jane Illuminations www.erinjaneilluminations.com/ and Essence Arts. I lingered a bit longer meeting up with dear friends for lunch at the infamous www.pappyandharriets.com/ before venturing back to the park to capture sunset images in Joshua Tree. Let it be known when your story begins with “So we were drinking tequila in the desert as the sun was setting…” is always a solidly hysterical tale. Ask me about it next time you see me : )
I hope you’re all fine with my blog stream being filled with adorable images of our sweet granddaughter. If not, darn it, get on board! She is lively and bright and so curious–it is such a joy to be with her. I dida little secret photoshoot over the holidays, and although the little vintage dress isn’t really her sweet Momma’s style, I couldn’t resist! Please enjoy the biggest blue eyes and holiday wonder. Love to you all… Cortney
Oh, these two sweet girls! Austin’s girls. We are so profoundly grateful to have them both in our lives. Austin would be so in love with his little one, she’s lively and sweet and smart and so happy. I like to think he is right alongside them both, pushing Morgan to complete her MBA, soothing Riann, watching over them. I was so excited when I found out Morgan had bought them matching pajamas since the boys always received matching Hanna Andersson striped pajamas and a holiday storybook to open Christmas Eve. The tradition continues! Riann was so excited about the stories–it was sweet to see her reaction to her Daddy’s books and ending with a little squeeze with Austin’s very first teddy bear. Keep the love flowing this holiday season ya’ll!
Some of the most special weddings I’ve photographed, have been small, intimate, family only weddings. There is something so dear about gathering ones family to usher in the next phase of life. Brent and Hannah had the most perfect weather on their wedding, as family surrounded them at Brent’s family summer cabin along Hood Canal. How fitting that he would add his marriage ceremony to the treasured memories he holds at this special place, with many more to come! After the sweetest ceremony and heartfelt vows, guests were treated to an incredible dinner masterfully created by the talented Dahlia Lounge staff. A truly elegant start to the rest of their life together. Cheers!
I first met Reid working a wedding together a couple of years ago. His funky mohawk and lively personality made such an impression on me, as did his incredible eye–he is the man behind the creative force, Best Made Videos, beautiful, moving wedding films. I was honored to have him refer his close friends to me for their sweet wedding, where I met his stunning girlfriend Dorothy, who was a bridesmaid that day. When they became engaged, I was over the moon excited to be asked to photograph their wedding! I knew this wedding was going to be a celebration full of life and maybe just a teensy tiny bit of fun! Ha!
They included their beloved pup Rosie in the first look, I’m not sure who received more kisses… Surrounded by family and friends, the clouds gave way to blue skies as they said their I Do’s. Guests were treated to the delicious northwest cuisine of Salty’s Restaurant, which fueled the way to lighting up the dance floor. Such a loving, connected group of people. I would say they are beyond lucky to be supported by such a loving community. Cheers to you both!!