As a photographer, I love watching how couples identify what is most important to them and then shape their weddings around these core values. During Patrick and Bethany’s wedding day, I was moved to see how their relationship mirrors the deepest hopes of their faith. Their passion and sense of humor also made photographing their day really fun! This was important because, working in downtown Renton, I felt a little like a fish out of water (if you follow my work, you may notice a bias toward forests and beaches). Their enthusiasm made their environment rock. Congratulations Patrick and Bethany and blessings on your marriage!

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Bride and groom close up. Bright exposure, eyes closed, looking down.

bride and groom kiss with green foliage behind

Walking back to the wedding venue. Shallow depth of field.

Who gives this woman to be married?

Bride and groom exchange vows.

Bride and groom take communion together.

Groom and bride dip and kiss!

Mr. and Mrs. Lowndes make their appearance!

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I had the privilege of shooting the debut performance of a new jazz-soul band at LUCID Jazz Lounge. It was super refreshing to do a little improve collaboration with these guys on the images. And besides, now I can truthfully say that I shot The Trophy Buck.

The Trophy Buck at LUCID Jazz Lounge

The Trophy Buck at LUCID Jazz Lounge

The Trophy Buck at LUCID Jazz Lounge

Bonus! Here’s a little behind-the-scenes peak at our high end photo studio ;)

The Trophy Buck at LUCID Jazz Lounge

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This summer we had the joy of welcoming a new nephew, Peregrine Kenneth Emmanuel Nelson. So far we know that he loves sunshine and that he has the same wrinkles on his forehead as me. His name means wanderer or pilgrim.

Congratulations Andrew and Rachel!

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Newborn boy in mothers arms with golden sunlight

newborn baby with goofy expression looking up from fathers lap. B&W photo.

peaceful newborn baby boy bundled in blue cloth cocoon

mother swaddling newborn boy in white blanket. B&W photo

happy newborn baby smiling

upset newborn baby furrowing brow and crying

mother gently kissing newborn baby boy. B&W photo

close up of sleeping newborn baby in sunlight

close up photo with peaceful newborn baby sleeping in sunlight

close of up newborn baby's hand

baby sucking on hand and laying down in mother's arms

mother and father looking down at newborn baby in their arms

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Recently, I was invited to photograph a local Indonesian wedding in a village near where we stay in Cisarua, Bogor. The reception was an afternoon-long receiving line where friends, acquaintances and family come to give their blessings and gifts, and then enjoy a buffet of food and live music. The wedding was very formal, but atmosphere was also lighthearted and very relaxed. Personally, I had a lot of fun with the challenge of capturing a wedding in a new context.

Congratulations Robert and Dia!

Indonesian bride and groom joke and lauch during wedding portraits

Indonesian bride and groom pose outside by banana trees

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This photography season came to a close for me with Tobin and Sarah’s autumn wedding at the Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens in Everett, Washington. I loved how comfortable Tobin and Sarah were with stripping down the usual wedding trappings, while really honoring what mattered to them. Since the wedding guests consisted only of their parents, siblings, and a couple of others, I felt very privileged to be a part of their day.

Congratulations and all the best on your future together!

bride and groom exchange vows at Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens in Everett. Groom reads Shakespeare sonnette

Family cheers newly married couple from Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens' gazebo in Everett

Low contrast black and white of happy bride and groom walking in garden

Bride and groom embrace in Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens in Everett, low-contrast B&W

Loading chairs into back of car, packing up wedding. Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens, Everett, Washington

Up close macro of fall leaves in Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens, Everett, Washington. Crisp rain dewdrops on foliage.

Close up of leaves with water droplets, at Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens in Everett

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Steve and Tracey designed one of the most quirky and guest-oriented weddings that Liz and I have had the privilege of capturing. The Georgetown Ballroom in Seattle seemed the perfect place for their creative flare and warmth. From the photo booth guest book to the cupcake tower to Tracey’s pink heels, the day was full of fun alternatives to the normal wedding status quo. We had a particularly fun time running an (un)photo booth for the first time (see the results here).

Congratulations Tracey and Steve!

Alternative urban bride and groom in Georgetown Seattle

Quirky alternative bride and groom touch noses, graffiti behind.

Detail of bride and groom's shoes. Pink heels and shiny black dress shoes.

Goofy posed family wedding photo. Sepia toned, brick background.

Reflection of Chinese lanterns in blue tile floor at the Georgetown Ballroom

Bride and groom kiss at Georgetown Ballroom in South Seattle.

Bride and groom smile at each other during wedding ceremony. Telephoto, black and white.

Giant group photo with entire wedding party and all the guests. Location, Georgetown Ballroom Seattle. Jazz Hands!

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Rob and Danielle are two of the funnest most energetic folks that you’re likely to meet. Liz and I love outdoor weddings, so we were excited to photograph theirs at Kitsap Memorial State Park by the Hood Canal. More importantly though, we loved witnessing their adorable affection for each other and the enthusiastic support of their friends and family.

Congratulations Robert Higgins and Danielle Du Nann!

beautiful detail of bride and groom's rings on fall leaf.

bride and groom meet in forest. processed color, antique, anticipation

bride and groom embrace in forest, black and white, sentimental, hug, smiling, happy

bride and groom by the ocean, joking and teasing each other. happy, outdoors, quirky

crazy groomsmen hold up groom. yelling and laughing, high energy wedding portrait

ecstatic bride smiles at groom during outdoor wedding ceremony. female officiant in background.

enthusiasitc bride and groom lead recessional. antique cross processed color.

bride and groom watching photo slideshow at reception

audience watching photo slideshow at wedding reception.

bride smearing wedding cake on groom

wild dancing at wedding reception.

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Rather than a formal portrait session, hanging out with William (who happens to be my brother-in-law) just felt like a fun afternoon walking through the park and exploring Seattle. He’s a great guy with a passion for theater and classic musicals (someone’s got to do it!). I hope these pictures capture a bit of his quirky personality and sincere heart.

Will – you’re awesome!

low contrast black and white seattle senior photo. urban brick background

seattle senior photo. urban graffiti

seattle outdoor senior pictures. discovery park field. tilted horizon

seattle senior portrait photography. low angle hero shot, silhouette, outside at discovery park

discovery park seattle senior portrait photography

waterfront seattle senior portrait photography, discovery park. warm toned black and white

three quarters headshot. seattle senior portrait photography

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Mark and Erika are the sort of people that instantly make you feel comfortable when you’re around them. They’re thoughtful, funny, down to earth and full of laughter. At the end of a month-long stretch of shooting over a wedding a week (not to mention moving and pulling off a thesis show), their low-key celebration out at a remote cabin in Index Washington was a welcome change of pace. While editing, I enjoyed experimenting with cross-processed color and low contrast black and white. Let me know what you think!

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Colin and Rachel contacted me last minute to see if I could photograph their rehearsal dinner. Because Colin’s dad had been in a serious accident shortly beforehand, it was especially important to capture memories from the evening. I was glad to be available and hope these pictures do justice to a beautiful evening. Visit the main gallery here if you’d like to see more (just so you can see for yourself that Urban Light Studios actually has a wall covered in antique paint by numbers, and, among other things, a stuffed tiger).

Event Photography at Urban Light Studios in Wallingford Seattle

Yes that’s mineral water going into the champagne glass. Awesome.

empty wine glasses on elegant counter top. Urban Light Studios event

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When Kate and Brian first contacted me about photographing their wedding on Lummi Island, I immediately got excited about capturing their day in a place close to my heart. (I grew up looking out at the San Juans from my bedroom window and doing kayak/sailing trips through the islands each summer). They held an intimate ceremony and reception at the Willows Inn, which is one of the most beautiful and unpretentious venues I’ve had the opportunity to work at. Throughout the day I loved witnessing Brian and Kate’s quirky unassuming love for each other and their community. Here’s to a beautiful life together!

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bride and groom say vows outdoors at willows inn on lummi island

groom reading vows to bride outside on lummi island at the willows inn wedding garden

bride smiling at groom while he reads vows

amazingly enthusiastic smile from bride to groom

bride and groom kiss under arbor outside on lummi island. black and white.

bride and groom walk through tunnel of green down to beach

groom carrying bride at beach on lummi island near bellingham
newlywed groom carries bride on beach

rocks and wine at wedding reception, detail shot.

flower decorations, farmers market style

outdoor wedding reception at willows inn on lummi island

flowers in vase inside at willows inn

lummi island salmon being roasted at the willows inn on lummi island

amazing buffet of healthy food being served at willows in on lummi island for wedding reception

father of bride leads toasts at wedding reception

bride and groom smiling during toasts

bride and groom cut green cake

bride and groom taking the first slice of their cake

groom having fun dancing with bride at willows in, around sunset.

groom having fun dancing with bride at willows in, black and white

silhouette of couple kissing by the ocean on lummi island

beautiful full moon setting over ocean by lummi island ferry dock

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It was such a joy to capture Ben Heller and Kayti Krepel’s marriage! I already knew them a bit from our church in Seattle, but I felt like I got to really see them at their wedding. The service was a beautiful celebration of their relationship and their faith. I also loved all the hippy details that made their day special: outside at Parsons Gardens, barefoot, acoustic, and full of color. And did I mention that the entire wedding party decided to climb up into a tree for photos? Awesome.

henna tattoos on brides hands (detail)

curling bride's hair for wedding (detail)

bride and maid of honor laughing while they get ready for wedding

wedding in parsons garden seattle

groom looking at bride during wedding ceremony in garden. black and white

wedding party from behind

groom washing bride's feet. sepia tone black and white

bride groom and minister laughing

bride and groom kiss

bridesmaid signing as witness on marriage license

bride and groom embrace in garden

bride and groom walk through wooded path in garden

bride looking up at groom

barefoot bridesmaids with colorful dresses (close up)

bridesmaids jumping in the air

groomsmen helping bridesmaids climb into tree

entire wedding party in a tree! awesome.

wedding party in tree, closer up

bride and groom kiss in tree

bride and groom kiss in tree, sepia tone black and white

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