I am one of five kids in my family. The oldest is my brother Brendan, sister Andrea, sister Caitrin, myself, and baby Connor. Our childhood was always an adventure to say the least! So when it came time for our baby brother to get married, we couldn't be more excited. Connor is the last Smith kid to say "i do!" It's surreal to me sitting here typing this that we are all married off now to amazing partners in this life. I've gained five fellow siblings which brings our number to 10! Since getting married nearly four years ago to my Husband, Shaun, it's been a true blessing watching him become part of the crew and willingly go spend time with my brothers. I'm thrilled to add Natalie into our circle of women in our family!
I've followed Monika Hibbs online for quite a long time. I absolutely love her blog and have always enjoyed reading her posts and watching her little family grow! Monika's blog has built a dedicated following across Canada, the United States and throughout the world.
When Allie emailed me about her senior pictures, I of course said yes! I've known of her family for many years but had never actually formally met Allie. I know her older sister as she was in my brother's class. When I got this email it was another reminder of how old I'm getting and how these kids who used to be so little are now GRADUATING. It's a strange set of emotions thinking back on high school and how quickly it really all passes by.
I honestly don't quite know where to start with this post because the truth is, I could probably type up the longest post I've ever written but I'll try to keep it mid-length and sweet! As some of you know, I ventured down to Las Vegas in April to celebrate my sister's 30th birthday celebration.
As many of you know, I recently got my hands on my first studio. I'm waiting for a few little items in here before I do a huge blog post on the before and after journey of this incredible space. It's been a labor of love but I knew when I walked through it for the first time (well, not really through... more like peeking over mounds and mounds of "stuff"), that it was going to be perfect for me.
Cabo San Lucas has always been Claire and Eric's favorite spot so when it came time to plan their own wedding, they couldn't imagine a better location to bring all their closest family and friends to celebrate. Located in San José del Cabo, Hotel El Ganzo (where the guests stayed and wedding took place) is unlike anything else you will find in the greater Cabo area.
If you asked me one year ago about film photography, I wouldn't have had an opinion or any knowledge whatsoever about this whole idea of hybrid photography (shooting film and digital). It never even occurred to me that this is something that would peak my interest. Well, after being part of the Mastin Labs Facebook Community for over a year and falling in love with drool-worthy images shared within the group, I quickly realized the ones that drew me in the most were typically shot on film.
It's no secret or surprise that getting your pictures taken can sometimes be uncomfortable. I have been doing this long enough to know that even I can get a little flustered when I'm on the other side of the lens! However, I'm also learning that there are ways to make the entire experience more relaxed and comfortable.
If you've ever needed some inspiration to turn your space into a white and gold dream space, then this is the post for you! A few months ago I was contacted to head up to Seattle to photograph a beautiful home and retail space. Before I dive into the images, I'd like to tell you a little bit about the owner of this home, and her business!
It was nearly one year ago that my Husband and I went out for a date night when I approached him about the idea of me getting started in the "workshop world" of photography and moving toward education as business was really taking off for me. Here's something really cool about my guy, he always supports me.
I had the pleasure of meeting Shannon this past winter in Wenatchee at the NCW Bridal Premier! The first thing I noticed about Shannon was her bubbly personality and smile! I made a list at this wedding show of the names of brides I met who I really had a connection with and Shannon was on that list! We hit it off right away and I crossed my fingers she would get in touch with me once she talked everything over with Anthony!
I'll never forget my first phone call with Sarah to discuss the possibility of me being her and Andy's wedding photographer. Andy wasn't there for the phone call, but Sarah's sister was! We had a wonderful conversation and I just had a feeling after our phone call that they would move forward with booking me! I heard from Sarah shortly after our call ready to move forward and make it official!
Just over a year ago I had the pleasure of capturing Madison and Jared's engagement session! Little did I know at the time she was 6 weeks pregnant with sweet baby Eleanor (who goes by Elle "L"). We met at the same spot for round two which is seriously one of my favorite locations!
Just a few weeks ago, my friend Taylor who is part of Bixby + Pine reached out to me to see if I wanted to be involved in a mini styled shoot up in Seattle. Of course I said yes! She had told me about this gorgeous studio and from what I'd seen online, I wanted to get in on that action for sure! So we planned the day and when I say plan, Taylor planned everything.
So basically I'm in love with absolutely everything about this photo session. I honestly can't even really begin to describe not only how much I connected to these two, but how incredible and fun they were to photograph! I had to ask them so many times if they've ever done this before because they were simply flawless in front of my camera.
This past summer I had the honor of second shooting with my friend Nicole Conner with Nicole Conner Photography. When she asked me for this opportunity of course I said YES! Kaysee and Patrick's intimate backyard blush wedding was one for the books. It was small, romantic, and as beautiful as it looks.
There has been this back and forth with myself on whether or not I will use my blog as a place to share personal pictures. I share personal "stuff" over on my business blog, but I haven't ever posted my own personal work with my photography. And let's be honest, it's almost always pictures of my little girl, Riley. She turned two in February and is quite honestly the only reason I picked up a camera in the first place.
Taking senior portraits on our cattle ranch in South Bend, Washington is my absolute favorite! It's a time for my girls to dress up, feel pampered and experience something so unique that they will remember it for the rest of their lives. Senior year is an exciting time and it's important to document this little window of time before the reality of the real world truly sets in!
When Sheena reached out to me for family photos (last year, I know I'm behind on blogging!) I was so excited! I don't typically do newborn sessions but this was more of a lifestyle approach outside so I was on board and eager to get up to the beautiful little town of Cashmere, Washington. My Dad grew up in Cashmere and fun fact about me - I actually spent my senior year of high school in Cashmere. More on that maybe someday!
I'm excited to share this post with you today from a recent session I shot out at Joshua Tree in sunny California! It's lengthy because you are going to get an inside view into the story of one military family and what it's like to live that lifestyle directly from a woman married to a marine tank commander. Also stay tuned at the bottom of the post for an exciting announcement!
I'm here on the blog with something truly special for you all today. A few weeks ago my brother called me and told me that he was going to be proposing to his girlfriend of four years, Natalie. Of course I was over the moon excited but then he asked me if I would join them for the proposal to document everything. Ummm....yes, please!
In early 2017 I had a vision for a bridal styled shoot in Seabrook, Washington. I had this vision after meeting a new photographer friend out there to hang out and swap some pictures. The "town" is more of a community that I like to explain as a scene straight out of the movie Pleasantville. It's so cute you can't even really believe it exists. And here I am, living only an hour away from it!