Melissa & Nic // Seattle Engagement Photographer

Melissa and Nic are getting married in the fall next year so it made perfect sense to shoot their engagement session amongst the trees. They suggested Volunteer Park as the trees there in the fall were beautiful.  As the Uber pulled up, I rolled down my window and stared in awe.  I had been waiting so long for fall and it was more than I could have imagined.  

  

Seattle a la Liz // Western Ave

Today is my birthday.  But like...how though?  The older you get the faster life seems to speed up.  However, life has taken some pretty fantastic turns this year so today, on my birthday, I want to celebrate the fact that I'm in a good place, I'm happy and I'm pursuing what I want to do in life.

If you follow me on Instagram you're pretty aware of the dailies.  They are spent with some incredible friends, working on my business and exploring the city.  It's insane to think I've been in Seattle for nine months.  Nine. Months.  I could have birthed a child by now.  Amiright?  I didn't though.  Instead a birthed a new life and it's one I'm pretty proud of, thank you very much.

Last year I made a list of things I wanted 2017 to be.  I wanted change, I wanted a new adventure, I wanted to say yes more. Well, I'm happy to report that's exactly what I did.

I uprooted my whole life and took a huge risk at an age where people are settling down, buying homes and having kids.  I of course want those things too, but saw this window in my life where there wasn't anyone or anything holding me back.  I knew I had to treat that little window with respect so I didn't just open the window, I jumped through it.  

I've spent the past year figuring out what it is I want in my career, in love and in my friendships. 

Career // To make my own money shooting incredible couples all over the world (Greece, Paris, Brazil, Ireland, I'm looking at you).  To help brands I believe in bring their vision to life.

Love // This could be it's own blog post so all I'm going to say is...man of my dreams, come and get me, k?  Thanks.

Friendship // This has always been the strongest part of my life.  I'm good at friendship and know who my people are, but I felt stuck in my life and as a result I felt isolated.  I needed change so I vowed to change my environment and come back stronger for them and for me.  

I stopped settling for less and started practicing what I preach.  Let in what you think you deserve and that's what you'll get.  Well, I think I deserve the best people, the best love and the best clients.  Ask and you shall receive.

It's not always rainbows and sunshine and some days I just want to be quiet in my loft and decompress because the hustle is real and things can get overwhelming at times. When I feel that way I just live in the light that are my friends, facetime calls and group texts and remember that I am surrounded by love.  I am proud to say I created that for myself.  I didn't just fall into an amazing group of people.  I let them in and they let me in.  We chose each other.

I now live in a state of growth, constant creativity and peace.  I know what it's like to live in a walking city (something I always craved) and found my favorite street.  Almost every day I find a reason to take Western Avenue somewhere; my friend's house, the nail salon, Pike Place or just a simple walk.  I never tire of the light that hits it at sunset.  Each time I see it differently and the familiarity of it feels like home now.  

// If you're feeling stuck or alone or just lost, I feel you.  I've been there and I want you to know that even the slightest step forward can make such a difference.  You don't have to move two states away to find the answers, but you do have to take action.  You're in control of your life so don't waste another second dreaming of the life you want.  You have the power to paint it just the shade you envision it to be. \\

Thanks for reading this little diddy and I hope this post inspires you to get after the things you want.  Go do it and then tell me about it :)

Photos of me by my girl, Talitha Bullock.

Sara & Seth // Seattle Engagement Photographer

We walked the streets of their very own neighborhood, we sipped coffee at their favorite spot, we cuddled their incredible frenchie, Marlow and laughed about how we forgot the champagne.  I mean, every engagement session should have champagne.  Am I right?

Sara and Seth, you are now my friends whether you like it or not, k?  Great.  Thanks.  xo

P.S Sara, I can't handle you in that dress.  I support all your life decisions. 

Maya & Max // An Anniversary // Seattle Lifestyle Photographer

She found me and wrote me this beautiful email:

"Before my husband and I ever met, we both had separate dreams about finding each other - describing exact traits both physical and emotional that the other possessed. It's bizarre and sounds completely insane. But we've never met or loved anyone who knew exactly what we are thinking, the exact moment we're thinking it except each other. We were set up by loved ones who thought we would be perfect together. They were right. 

I've never fiercely loved anyone as much as my husband. We've both experienced so much loss in our lives but truly uphold the sanctity of our love."

// I think I responded with, "omg where have you been all my life?" and two months later we made it happen.

\\ A little note //

Something I really loved about Maya and Max was that they knew they wanted something outdoorsy, but wanted to incorporate my style and my use of shadows and light.  When you're choosing your photographer, keep that in mind.  Choose them not only because you LIKE them and mesh with them (very important - duh), but also THEIR style.  Throughout the whole shoot they kept saying "we trust you," every time I told them to do things that maybe felt awkward.  Trust your photographer, let go, have a good time and I promise you, you'll love your photos.

xo

 

Sarah & Graff // Photos and Party // Seattle Wedding Photographer

They were married last winter with just immediate family as their guests.  Simplicity at its finest.  No big, fancy wedding.  Just the two of them and their families.

Cut to this summer when they decided to share their love and celebrate with ALL their friends and family.  The priorities:  photos and a party.  

I got you, guys.  I got you.

A big shout out to Sarah and Graff's family for being so welcoming and kind.  A two hour cocktail hour followed by tons of dancing was so fun with them goofing around with me.  I honestly had the best time.  Fun couples and fun families.  I'm - in - to - it.  Weddings are the best.

Ohme // Bad Ass in all the Right Ways // Seattle Editorial Photographer

Oh Em Gee.  Women coming together to create unique, beautiful imagery together.  That's my jam and what I love doing most.

In case you haven't heard, Mia Stephenson of Ohme Shop is the coolest. She has recently dropped all things to focus 100% on her jewelry business and I just want to applause the hell out of that because it takes guts and ambition.  She's killing it and I'm so happy for her.

The way she and I met is quite the meet cute.  I was having dinner with some friends and Mia happened to be our server.  Being a jewelry lover myself, I noticed the most amazing necklace she was wearing and asked her where she got it.  She told me she made it and I was blown away.  I gave her my business card and a few weeks later she wanted to discuss the possibility of working together.  

Well...we did and it was fucking awesome.  

I listened to what Mia's vision was and what she wanted out of the shoot and helped fine tune things so everything was super solid.  I can't say it enough.  Working with people who trust me, like my style and identify with who I am always produces the best work.  I'm so proud of us and what all these ladies did that day.  

<< THE TEAM >>

Photography // Me, myself and I

Jewelry // Ohme Shop

Makeup // Krystal Strifert

Model //  Adria GarciaKim Selling

Kim from New York // Seattle Lifestyle Photographer

One of the things I love so much about photographing people is the constant opportunity to meet new people.  You never know who is going to find you, seek you out for photos and quickly become someone you'll never forget.

Kim from New York.  She was coming to Seattle for work and wanted to make time for a shoot with me.  She was ready to document where she is right now in life and all I have to say is, YES. It's like she read the mission statement in my mind, agreed whole heartedly and then got on a plane.   

From the second she got out of her Uber, she was making me laugh non stop.  We of course got a drink afterwards and it's been text after text ever since.  

// Kim, you are the shit.  Can't wait to see you in New York one day.  xo

Chelsea Abril // A Love Story // Hawaii Lifestyle Photographer

A mutual friend of ours introduced us just a few months ago (thank you Alex!) and it was literally love at first sight.  We clicked instantly and knew we would be long time friends.  We've been inseparable ever since and it's been one of the many gifts I've been given here in Seattle in just a short amount of time.

We've become so close in fact, that she invited me to shoot a wedding with her in Hawaii where she spends half her time (other half in Seattle).  I bought a ticket immediately and flew off to meet her in Maui.  

// There was no way I was going to leave that island though without shooting this gorgeous woman amongst the water where she grew up.  

A princess born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii who has not only stolen my heart, but also every person that sees her walk by.  That face, that body.  Girl, stop it (jay k, don't stop).

Cheers to friendship and finding soulmates of all calibers no matter where you are in the world. Chelsea Abril, everyone.

Rachel & Gregory Engaged // Seattle Lifestyle Photographer

Gregory.  What a gem.  He found me and told me his whole plan on proposing to Rachel.  From his very first email I knew we were going to have the best time together.

Fly in from Nashville >> Propose on the Ferris Wheel >> Surprise her with an engagement session >> Have the best weekend ever.

I saw them walking towards me with open arms, so excited for their shoot.  They were fully equipped with a bottle of bourbon to celebrate and calm their nerves.  My people.  We laughed our butts off, took bourbon breaks, had numerous dance parties and got to know each other.  It was seriously so freaking fun.  The best people find me.

** Shout out to Gregory who made it a point to tell me why he chose me.  Usually it's the ladies who do this so I was blown away by him and his kindness.  He not only loved my work, but also my about page.  He could tell who I was right away - goofy, funny and sarcastic.  All his favorite things. **

Gregory and Rachel, I'm so grateful the stars aligned and brought us together.  You guys are the absolute best.