Parenthood is such a special thing, and maternity photos are an amazing way to celebrate your new child and your growing family! Kaylee and Justin's first pregnancy was celebrated at Finch Arboretum in Spokane, and then sunset photos at Palisades Park. It was easy to see just how much these two individuals cherish each other, and how much they already love the little one they'll have this summer! It was a blast taking their photos, and I'm very happy with my first maternity session!
Amanda has graduated! Amanda is my roommate and one of my best friends. I am so proud of her to finally have this degree an then to get a job in her field right away! She is now a certified tree hugger, getting her degree in biology, geology, and environmental science. We went out to Turnbull Wildlife Refuge just outside of Cheney for her photos, because this was basically her campus! Here's to a lifetime of digging in soil (she gets mad when I call it dirt), looking at bugs, inspecting plants, and saving Spokane's natural areas!
Jordan and Marlena's May wedding was beautiful! I was so nervous when Marlena asked if I could do both photo and video at her wedding.... I had never done it before! I'm so glad that I agreed, because it was so good! This stretched my creativity and planning, and it truly made me a more versatile photographer! This wedding was so beautiful and the love can truly be felt between everyone there! I'm so happy with how these turned out and that Marlena and Jordan get a beautiful video to remember their day forever!
Aaron and Annette are such a sweet couple. They are so kind to each other, and are so obviously in love. We went out to Tubbs Hill in Coeur d'Alene, and initially had to wait for the heavy rain to pass! Once the rain stopped, we had a great time hiking around and finding the little beach that was special to Annette. This couple was great and was so open to any direction I gave them and any pose I wanted to try. I can't wait to photograph their wedding in July!
I think Chris wins fiance of the year after agreeing to do a second engagement session! Cherish and Chris wanted to do a spring session to celebrate their last few months as an engaged couple and to celebrate just how amazing Spokane looks this time of year. We went to Indian Canyon park in west Spokane, and hiked through a creek to a little waterfall, then hiked/climbed straight up the steep cliff-side! When I say I'll go anywhere for your photos, I mean it! Next we went to Palisades park to catch the beautiful golden sunset as well as an incredible view of downtown Spokane. This is easily one of my favorite spots in Spokane for photos, and I can't wait to see Cherish and Chris at their wedding in July!
This. Session. Was. So. Much. FUN! Michaela is my roommate, and we decided to do an adventurous session right by our house. The field near us was too pretty to pass up, and Beau could always use some time to run around! I also got to teach Michaela how to take some photos, and got a chance to be on the other side of the camera! This was a fun, artsy session to play around with different settings, light, focus, and editing. It's a wonderful thing to have roommates who enjoy being in photos!
Tessa was so on-top of getting her graduation photos done that she contacted me over a year ago! This totally suits this hard working girl, though! Tessa and I went to high school together, and it was so cool to get to see her again and see how life has gone for her in the last few years. She worked her tail off, graduating with a degree that I sure never would have attempted! I think the stack of books she has from just the last two years is more than all of the books I had after four years of college! Tessa's boyfriend Dane joined us for this session, and we managed to get him in a couple of photos as well! Congratulations, Tessa!
This session was truly fun for me, not only because I love senior portraits, but because I got to drive down to Pullman to visit my good friend Cj and do these photos for his lovely girlfriend! Cj has been an incredible friend of mine since high school, and I was so happy when Rhianna asked me to come down to so her graduation portraits at WSU. Rhianna is so funny, and such a light spirit. And, her love of cats automatically makes her cool in my eyes! She even incorporated her cat Mojo into the session! I had a wonderful tome with these photos, and I can't wait to see where life takes this fantastic young couple!
Cody and Kellisa's wedding was a gamble. Outdoor wedding, in March, in the PNW, with several feet of snow across the land just one week before their wedding. But, heaven smiled down because we had the most beautiful, snow-free sunny warm day! I felt like family at this small, intimate Post Falls, Idaho party. This fun couple let their love speak for itself during their special day, including friends and family as much as possible. Friends coordinated, decorated, and cooked for the wedding, and the bride's grandmother even made Kellisa's dress! Simple, special day, with big, special love.
These girls officially won coldest session I've ever done! At 15 degrees plus a wind chill that made us understand the life of penguins, we braved the thigh-deep snow for some amazing sister photos. Turnbull Wildlife Refuge just outside of Cheney is gorgeous all year around, and I am so glad that these girls decided to adventure into the cold and into the woods! I love family photos, and I loved capturing the love between these sisters!
What a fun way to spend a February afternoon with my high school friend Jerika and her daughter Leena! Leena is so sweet, and was so happy to explore everything around her. She especially liked the stuffed giraffe, and would knock it over trying to hug it! It was a challenge to keep her in the set, though, as she just wanted to chase my cat around the house! I am so glad I got to document Leena after her first trip around the sun and capture the happy spirit she is.
What an honor to serve my cousin Robyn as her videographer on her wedding day! I was so nervous, because this was my first time doing wedding videography and I had no clue what I was doing....what a time to mess up, right? On your cousin's one and only wedding? All my nerves aside, I am so happy with how this turned out! It captures not only the relationship between Robyn and Sam, but also the deep love and support of all who joined them on that day! What a perfect way to relive your wedding over and over again!
Jackie and Taylor are such fun people to be around! So many goofy faces and loads of laughs really made their Mount Spokane and Riverside State Park sessions a blast. The love they have for each other is so strong and so incredible, and I can't wait to see them on their wedding day this summer!