I love when couples adventure with me! This engagement shoot I did for Mari and Mercury was so much fun. We first hiked to this beautiful location with a waterfall, and then ended the evening on the top of the hill with the most gorgeous, luscious, golden light. They were so much fun to work with and I can’t wait until their wedding in October!
Something that is becoming more popular these days are small intimate destination weddings and elopements. Many of you might not know that I offer options specifically for these type of weddings. I myself opted for an elopement, back in the day before hiring a photographer for an elopement was a thing. So I sadly have no photos from the day I got married. Ok wait, I lied, yes I do. I have a few cell phone shots and selfies of the day because cell phone cameras weren’t near as nice 7 years ago as they are now. We have advanced rapidly in the cell phone camera department, but still not good enough that I would want anyone to only have cell phone shots of the day they got married! So I created packages for those that want to elope.
I offer what I call a “Lifestyle” or “adventure” elopements. This is more than just going and saying your vows at the court house, or wherever you choose. I want to help make your day all about you and what you love together as a couple. Want to hike to a mountain top for photos afterwards? Yes please! Want to hit up your favorite coffee shop or other local hangout for some photos? Yes, let’s do it! Let’s take the photos to the places that you enjoy together as a couple. Let’s make them meaningful and create something you will cherish for years to come. And of course something you can print and hang on the walls, because my 2009 cell phone shot looks pretty crappy when printed in anything higher than a 4×6. Lame.
I help you plan out the day and organize the places to go, and can help refer you to specific vendors that can help bring your dream elopement shoot to life. So for all of you out there wanting to sneak off and elope or plan a small, intimate destination wedding- don’t miss out on having your special day documented. The sky is the limit when it comes to these type of weddings or elopements because you can truly go anywhere you want, on any day of the week (we got married on a Thursday thank you very much!) and create a day just for the two of you.
Last week my friend Kyha and I went to Manito Park in Spokane, Washington to scout out some great photo locations. We came across the Gaiser Conservatory and of course had to have an impromptu photo shoot! Haha! But honestly this isn’t anything out of the usual for us. I will be sharing some of the photos here and I also want to introduce Kyha to you all. She is now my second shooter for most of my weddings that are here in the Spokane area! Kyha is an important person to me and I will tell you a little bit of our story.
I met Kyha at a wedding I was shooting in 2012. She was part of the bridal party, along with her husband Corey. I later discovered that we went to the same church. I know right, you’re thinking “how did you not know she went to your church?! That’s pretty lame of you”…. Well in my defense I had just started going to this church! Ok now that I settled that, we can move on with the story.
I thought Kyha and her husband were adorable. They had this great style and they were young and in love (don’t worry Kyha you are STILL young and in love). I knew I had to photograph them! I was a little nervous asking someone I barely knew to come model for me but she said she would love to! So I threw some props together and styled a shoot out in the-middle-of-nowhere, Idaho. We had so much fun! Even her husband had fun, which of course is extra bonus points! Right after the shoot they moved away to New York City. I was sad because I had finally gotten to know them a little better and they were so cool, I didn’t want them to leave! But I was so excited for them and I stayed in touch. I watched and lived vicariously through Kyha. I had always wanted to go to New York and living in the city like that is every young person’s dream (Ok it’s not.. but to me it is!)
In 2015 we had this crazy idea of me coming to New York to photograph them again. It really started out as one of those day dream type plans.. you know, the ones that rarely actually happen. The ideas that go a little like “it would be so cool IF” or “maybe someday”. But then we found a way to actually make it happen and next thing I knew, I had a ticket booked and I was all set to head to NYC. NO FREAKING WAY. Yes it happened. My day dream “maybe someday” plan actually was put into action. I got to spend a few days with Kyha and Corey touring NYC and getting to know them better. This was a trip I will never forget because it made such an impact and impression on the person I am today and the way I run my business. It started out with me going there because of this passion for photography, it was the reason, but I left with so much more. I gained a life long friend in the process as well. This is when I truly got to know Kyha and knew that us meeting was never by accident. I am absolutely amazed by how God brings people into our lives. I had no clue at that wedding in 2012 that I would end up gaining such a great friend. I am so happy to now have here living in the PNW again and assisting me with weddings (and of course being down for impromptu photo shoots all the time!)
Ok, enough talking. Enjoy the photos! Also, you can see some of the photos from the very first shoot I did of them over on Apple Brides!