BFFs in Seattle

Best friends, Judianne and Kathleen.  Traveling from Canada and wanting someone to take a moment to let them breath, have a good time and have photos to take with them.  They asked me if I would be that person and I'm not mad about it.  

// Seattle as their backdrop and them as the show.  I'm into it.

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Seattle a la Liz // Pioneer Square (my new hood)

Hi guys!  It's been a while since this column was showed some love and since spring has officially come to Seattle, I thought it was a perfect time to shoot and show you what my new hood looks like.  Que the alleluias...

Three months ago (Cali peeps, can you believe it's been three months???) I moved to Seattle and settled into the most charming new neighborhood in downtown Seattle, Pioneer Square.  I had shot weddings around these parts over the last couple of years and never in my wildest dreams thought I would ever live here.  But I do...and I LOVE it.  Anyone who knows me and knows Pioneer Square would say it's so me and I couldn't agree more.

One of the first things I loved about my new little nook in the world is how convenient it is.  I can literally walk around the block to the post office.  I can buy the most delicious sandwich I've ever had (Delicatus you are something straight out of my dreams).  I can walk across the street and work at a coffee shop any time I want for a change of scenery (I love Cherry Street Public House). Sometimes my desktop computer and pajamas gets to be a little much - know what I'm sayin? Working until the sun sets and watching the cafe turn from gold to a pretty shade of gray is my favorite.  I can meet someone for happy hour at Good Bar any day of the week just by walking a couple blocks. Above all else, I have a beautiful blank canvas to shoot clients or for my own pleasure whenever my heart desires.  It's fucking magic.

When I first moved here I explored more north of Pioneer Square and deeper into downtown (I'll be posting about that area soon!).  It wasn't until I was here a good month or so that I started exploring my actual neighborhood and let me tell you, I'm obsessed.  I'm right by King Street Station, which is this beautiful train station with white walls, white ceilings (we all know how I feel about that) and beautiful original crown moldings (see wedding portraits I shot a year ago HERE!).  I mean, what?  I can't handle it.  Sometimes when I'm on one of my walks I go there and just sit for a while and marvel in all its beauty.  I like to people watch and wonder where they're going and honestly it's only a matter of time until I plan a trip myself just so I can take a train ride out of there.  Trains make me feel like I'm in Paris and we ALL know how I feel about PARIS.

I love seeing people walking the streets and how much life is going on right outside my front door.  It reminds me of my life in LA and that always puts a smile on my face. I've noticed how different things are when you live in a city that has actual seasons. Yay seasons! Although, I moved here in the winter and man, that was rough.  I'm built for the heat, yo!  People hibernate in the winter and aren't outside as much for obvious reasons (I've never been colder in my life #wuss), but wow, the sun comes out, flowers start to bloom and forget about it.  People scatter immediately outside to enjoy the sun and a beer.  Quality Athletics is a great place to do just that and it's walking distance to the stadium.  You can often find A LOT of pre game festivities happening there. There is also the most amazing little boutique next door (Velouria) that has all the jewelry a girl could ever want.  It's becoming a problem.

My favorite thing about living where I live?  The fact that my building faces the water.  I can see West Seattle in the distance and I'm just a water taxi away. The light reflects off the water onto my street in the most beautiful way and it seriously gives me life.  Taking in all these moments; the way the light hits my window at dusk, the lush green everywhere, the architecture, the way it smells like fresh cut grass on the way to a friend's house.  These are the things that make me happy and remind me I'm doing just fine. xx

// NEXT UP is Capital Hill \\  If you have places you think would be great to feature let me know!  Email me or leave a comment.  Ciao!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alana & Matt // Married at Strands Beach

My beautiful Alana and Matt.  They waited and searched with patience for the right person.  The frustration of dating, the doubt that sets in, the question if it will ever happen.  One day, in the middle of the desert, surrounded by mutual friends, they took one look at each other and suddenly, understood what the wait was all about.  

// Cut to five people on a beach getting married. A couple who can't stop kissing.  Vows that were said with tears in their eyes (meanwhile I was trying to see through my viewfinder through my own tears). It was like watching a movie you get completely lost in and all of a sudden it's over and you're snapped back to reality. 

A wedding heavy on the ceremony (plus a mini ceremony for guests) because that's what Alana and Matt are all about.  They focus on each other and what is important to THEM.  Expressing exactly how they felt about each other that day was the priority, which only made me love them more.  Couples who do what they want and not what is expected.  

No crowds to entertain, just the two of them making each other laugh and when they realized they forgot the rings in the hotel room, it didn't matter.  Enter seaweed found in the sand for a makeshift ring instead. 

A year ago when Alana asked me to shoot her wedding I told her I could see her wedding already in my mind.  I just needed to show up and press the button.  I was right.

Guys.  I love you so much.  Every single little cell.  I'm so happy and honored to have captured your beautiful day for you.  You inspire me, always.

Be Still My Heart // Alana & Matt

I can't express enough how much of a difference it makes when my couples trust me, let me do my thing and just let go.  When I know that they love my work and can't wait to see their photos.  When we can just play and I can let my mind run with idea after idea.  THAT'S when I produce work I can't wait to share with people the most.

So, with that said, there's more where this came from, but I just couldn't wait to share some of my favorites.  Part two of this beautiful day coming soon...

How I'm Doing // Seattle Life

Two months ago today (happy anniversary to me!) I packed up my entire LA life into two U-Packs (I encourage you to look these up.  I had never heard of them before, but it's crazy that my whole life fit in them), got on a plane and landed in Seattle.  I'm going to be honest with you.  The minute the plane landed I burst into tears and held onto my mom for comfort and reassurance that I made the right decision.

FYI - I did.

If you've ever moved to a new city/state before you know how daunting the task of moving is and how stressful it is to decide what to take, what to leave behind and what to expect when you get there.  You anticipate loneliness and an endless to do list in order to get settled and you lie awake at night wondering if this is a mistake.  You also know that every other day is the complete opposite and you're just bursting with excitement for your new life and looking forward to the change you know you desperately need.

Oh.  I know.  I felt alllll of that.  My family and friends were amazing and never got annoyed with my constant need for reassurance and hugs and late night packing sessions and bottles of wine to keep things light.  This all may sound ridiculous, but when you've never left the city you grew up in and suddenly leaving everything you know it's a lot and much harder than you imagine.

// I did it though. I'm here and I'm HAPPY.

The past couple of months have surprisingly gone by slowly, but in the best way.  The inconvenience of not knowing how to get around was hard at first, but I quickly learned how to use public transit and where the closest Target was to my loft (priorities).  It's so strange not having a car anymore, but I'm actually loving it.  In LA I sat in a car all day long to get from point A to point B and now I sit on a bus or take longer walks and feel more present.  I listen to music and take more photos and SEE more.  My eyes are wide open.

My friends here have been amazing and have gone out of their way to make me feel welcome.  I anticipated seeing them a lot less because, well, life, but they have not stopped checking in, making plans and scheduling work days together. I haven't felt alone a single day and that is a gift my friends.  I literally moved from one beautiful home to another.

However, I do spend a lot of time alone, but that's just part of being a freelancer, working for yourself and being a business of one. It's actually one of my favorite parts about what I do.  It's even more important to me now that I'm in a new city and constantly being forced to reflect on my surroundings or meeting someone new or planning shoots. I feel so inspired.  I was lacking so much of that back in LA and wasn't sure how to change things.  Well, I think I figured it out, guys.

I'm growing, I'm changing, I'm doing great.  I walk around my new neighborhood sometimes and can't believe I did it.  I finally got the balls to leave all my usual comforts and do something different with my life.  I went with my gut and it was the best decision I could have made.  

Can I get an amen?! If you've done something similar or have been sitting on an idea for a long time and not sure how to move forward, please tell me about it!  Cheers to grabbing life by the balls.

Friends in the City // Seattle

A friend of mine visited me just three weeks after I moved to Seattle (separation anxiety is real kids). One night I suggested we find a rooftop and enjoy a glass of champagne, because well, I'm always full of great ideas. As we walked to our destination I had this idea of shooting a group of friends doing exactly what we were doing.  A walk to a rooftop.

Two weeks later, the opportunity came my way.  

Loralie & Bryan // Married in the Desert // Joshua Tree

Loralie and Bryan.  Two people who found each other and from the beginning made the decision they would live adventurously together.  They made zero plans except to fall deeper in love and make memories only the two of them could ever understand.  They would do things their way.

 

This is it.  These are the couples that scream LIZ to me.  When people like them find me it makes me feel like I'm doing something right.

They were to be married in the backyard Loralie played in as a little girl.  A wedding done right in her childhood home.

 

// A father of the bride who also served as the officiant and asked for each person to bless the rings as they were passed around.

//  Nieces and nephews ran around and played like it was any other day.

// An overwhelming sense of community and love.  Small and intimate.  Special.

 

A day focused on letting go, worrying less about floral arrangements and more on enjoying each other's company.  I watched them take a moment at the end of the night to quietly dance to their song without any announcement  People smiled from afar and it was almost like being let in on a little secret.

Loralie and Bryan.  Married in the Desert.

LA a la Liz // My Hood Part Two

Hello, and welcome to the second and final (kind of) LA a la Liz post.  This column will now be called Seattle a la Liz.  Yes, my friends.  It is with the heaviest heart, but an excited one as well, that I tell you next week I will be leaving my beloved LA and Hollywood home for sweet Seattle.

It wasn't that long ago that I began shooting up there, meeting new people and becoming part of a very special little community. 

// I want to continue fostering those relationships as well as growing my business.  

I hope that you'll stick around and walk through this journey with me and for all you Seattle peeps, I can't wait to meet you :)  It's going to be an interesting year acclimating to a new city, but I know in my heart that it's time for me to do this.

I'll miss the weather, palm trees and LA culture in general. I'll miss my favorite brunch spots and the way the light hits my room at sunset. It  will all be challenging at first.  However, being away from my friends and family is going to be the hardest thing of all.  I'm so rooted and so connected to the people in my life here and I just can't imagine not having them at arms reach. 

 It's hard to explain, but for a long time now there has been something stirring inside of me, dying to break out of this cozy little life.  It's time to be brave, be risky and jump.  I'm going with my gut and following my heart.  I want to look back one day and be so glad that I took this leap and chose to believe in myself.  I've always said I want to do big things in my life and not just do what feels comfortable.  Well, I'm REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE and that's how I know this is going to be really good for me.  I'm looking forward to shooting weddings there and discovering new brands to work on lookbooks and content.  I'm ready.

Happiness isn't something that just happens to you or that you "find" per se.  It's a choice.  So, I choose to be happy. Even if that means leaving a life I love and starting a new one.  I have a feeling there are great things coming my way that I haven't even dreamt of for myself and I can't wait to share them with you.

I hope you liked all my favorite houses, nooks and crannies that make up my neighborhood.  When I reached my favorite spot to see the Hollywood Sign, the sky was perfect and it was almost like she was saying bye to me.  I'll miss seeing her every day, but I know we'll be together again in the future.

xo

Los Angeles Women's March // The Future is Female

Honestly, there isn't anything I can say that hasn't been said before.  All I want to say is that being a part of this march was one of the most amazing things I've ever done.  I was surrounded by my best friends and their husbands and boyfriends supporting us the whole way.  I met strangers who loved our signs and chanted with us down Hill Street. I saw little girls holding up signs of of their future wishes.  There was such a sense of community, love and hope and I'll never forget it.