There was an obvious lack of stress and tension at Chris & Melissa’s wedding day...it was so freaking awesome that every vendor commented on how nice it felt. You know, weddings are just a lot! There is an inherent kind of charged energy on such a big and anticipated day. So here is what I think there is to learn from people like Chris & Melissa: 1. Surround yourselves with full hearted, genuine and fun people. 2. Remember why we’re here/don’t sweat the small stuff! Even if something bothers you a little, keep the big picture in mind and (if you need to) just mentally prepare in advance to roll with it. 3. If you’re having a big/elaborate wedding (or any wedding really) choose your vendors wisely. 4. I believe that the couple has the ability to set a positive tone for the day. If you’re relaxed they’re relaxed. If you’re having fun, they’re going to have fun too. It’s science. Anyways, thanks Chris and Melissa for knocking it out of the park on all of these things and more. Thanks for kicking 2020 off so well! I’d photograph your wedding any day of the week ❤️
Our vibrant middle child hit the big FIVE today! I still vividly remember the day she was born. She came 14 days late, FINALLY at the last minute on the same day that I had an induction scheduled. My labor went from zero to sixty so fast that she was nearly born in the car...and then she pretty much slept sweetly for the next month, barely fussing at all. 🤷🏻♀️ Sometimes I wonder if there are some very real parallels to her personality in that story. She has written, directed and starred in her own story from the beginning, and the rest of us are all encouraged to come along for the ride 💃🏻 Happy Birthday Hannah Vi! Life is so fun with you in it.
This shoot took the record for the coldest temperatures I’ve ever shot in. At the end of our time the car was showing that it was -15 outside and WOW. It was freakin cold. Numb fingers and tingly cheeks kind of cold. The funny thing to me is that when weather throws you something extreme or unexpected it holds the potential to become a sort of artistic fuel. It adds an element of challenge that I thrive on. As a photographer who has been in business for more than a decade I cherish moments where I’m caught off guard or thrown in to something that feels *new*. So....Micah and Natalie! You are the real MVP’s who braved the intensity with me. Thank you for choosing to say yes! You honestly shocked me when you did. I think it certainly paid off.
Mark & Jodie and I were a match made in heaven from the moment we met ✨ haha...I actually don’t know if they feel that way but I sure do. I just loved these two right from the start, and I’m so privileged to have gotten to photograph some of their biggest and most precious moments. Swipe through to see their brand new daughter. A tiny pixie with a thick head of dark hair. It fills my heart to picture Elias as she grows up, pouring over photos from her mom and dad’s engagement session and wedding. For me, this is what it’s all about ❤️
One more because I love this recent tradition! #bestnine2019 We’re partying hard at home tonight with a faux ball drop at 9pm to celebrate with our kids before they go to bed (they will 100% think it’s midnight). What are you up to? Do people even still go out on NYE these days?! 🎉
Happy New Year from our crew! Jamie and I are big in to the whole goal setting thing, it’s just how we are. Honestly it is one of the practices I look forward to most each year at this time. I think that the only way to get where you want to go is to reflect on what you’ve done and plan strategically for the future you want to achieve. But here’s a little secret about how I approach the whole thing that might take the pressure off if the term goal setting gives you the creeps. 1. Your goals should be whatever you want them to be/whatever you need in this season. Last year when Jamie asked me what would make 2019 successful I was about 6 months pregnant and I said ‘Sleep!’ I would feel like 2019 was a giant success if I got enough sleep. Because, you gotta know where you’re at and what what you need. When I have a new baby, I need sleep and I DON’T need to be chasing the best business year of my life, that can wait. 2. You don’t have to actually achieve them...Or, if you DON’T achieve them, please kindly remove ALL guilty feelings. Sometimes goals are finish lines and sometimes they are moving targets, sometimes they take longer to achieve than you expect and sometimes you change course...and whatever happens, ITS OK. If you got halfway towards your goal, that’s growth! You might not have gotten that far if you never set that target. If you can look back and see any growth or progress at all, hooray for you. And if in this season you just needed to get some decent sleep, well party on party people. I’ve been right there with you! Lately as I reflect on 2019 and get ready for 2020 I’m feeling like I’m ready to come out of my maintenance mode-cocoon again. I’ve been getting some clarity on my direction for 2020 and I’m feeling all those excited goal-setting feels. Can’t wait to see what this next season brings! 🍾✨
Last night we were about to go to bed when Jamie grabbed my phone and captured the scene on my bedside stand. I was like ‘uhhh...why’d you do that?’ And he said it was just the perfect picture of our current life stage. Ha! I looked again and saw my old/cold coffee, a tube of muscle rub, a dirty diaper, the rogue ear plug on the floor, my laptop and an external hard drive and an unread library book 👌🏼CLASSIC. I couldn’t be more thankful for this life, mess included! @jroseak I’m most thankful for you. ❤️❤️❤️ #happythanksgivng (Beautiful images from our newborn shoot with @blueberryhillphotography)
PSA to all the lovebirds who will get engaged between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day: I have a maximum of 3 more wedding bookings available for 2020, and just a handful for elopements! It’s not because I’m like, soooo popular. It’s because I have set boundaries on how many more I WILL take. I’m keeping it to a level that works for me ✌🏼And yes, they are likely to go pretty fast at this time of year! Can’t wait to find out who my last few couples will be - That’s why Engagement Season is one of my favorite times of the year. ❤️
I don’t know about you, but for me one of the interesting things about yoga (if you practice regularly) is that as a student you might spend hours and hours listening to the voice and instruction of the same few teachers. You begin to feel like you know them but they probably don’t know you all that well! So, kinda funny when you end up sitting in a helicopter with one of them...casually heading out on a gorgeous day to capture a little glacier yoga for @jadeyogamats 🧘🏻♀️ It was a joy and an honor to photograph one of my teachers @akyogamama and the owner/creator of my studio @anchorageyoga As a yogi I love her intense, focused classes and as a businessperson I admire what she’s built...She’s badass, there’s no two ways about it. Thanks, Katey for extending this opportunity my way! There’s nothing quite like a sunny day on a glacier to fill the soul.
Whenever a couple tells me they’re getting married at the Nursery, I feel confident that I’m going to love them. The first time I visited Forget Me Not Nursery it was early in the Summer season and I just went to check out their plant selection. I walked in with my family and ended up talking with the owner for quite a while about plants and kids and how they came to own their business. She was grilling salmon and invited us (complete strangers!) to eat dinner with them...we didn’t stay but I think she was 100% genuine with the invite. Who does that?! How awesome is that? All that to say, some of my very favorite weddings seem to be at Forget Me Not and I’m pretty sure it’s because awesomeness attracts more of the same! 🧡