Happy New Year! I’ve started a new tradition to help me blog more in 2015, Tuesday Blog Day. Every Tuesday this year, I’m going to post a new blog. I have a few other photographer friends that are doing this with me (Heather and Krista cough cough) to help motivate and keep each other accountable. I felt like there couldn’t be a better way to start this tradition than with a personal post from a trip I took last month!

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My good friend Dorothy invited me along for her bday trip to Palm Springs with a bunch of other ladies (+ Josh!) and I was super pumped because I’ve never been! When you think Palm Springs, you think SUN and warmth- well this wasn’t the case for us. We had grey skies and a heck of a lot of rain, which made it take us 3x longer to get to Joshua Tree because of the flooding on roads, but the light was pretty perfect. I was laughing because this is the second time I’ve gone to California this year that it dumped buckets.

That didn’t stop us from exploring, cooking a beautiful dinner, and enjoying every bit of the gorgeous city that is Palm Springs. We did a lot in the 2 days we were there- hitting up Ace Hotel, The Parker, and a day trip to Joshua Tree. Dorothy found us this STUNNING house that we rented for the 2 nights and were able to have an incredible meal amongst candlelight and great friends to celebrate Dorothy’s Quarter of a Century birthday!

Friends, old and new, all joined together from Portland to LA to Seattle to celebrate one amazing friend. Dorothy, if you don’t know her, is probably the kindest person I know. She literally has a light that shines from her and her attitude and laugh is infectious. She is the type of person who gives gifts to people on her birthday; this one we each had our own vintage postcard from Joshua tree. She is selfless and sweet and one heck of a talent. I was honored to be part of this gathering. I’ll never forget this trip Dorothy, Amanda, Caroline, Katy, Emily, Yvonne, Josh, Joe and Saxon. Thanks for the laughter, adventures, and friendship.

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Photos of me taken by Dorothy Huynh.

  • Heather - January 20, 2015 - 9:27 pm

    You did it! I was about to post a summery WA wedding but I think I’ll post our Palm Springs one to go along with you! Great set of images and nice work for shooting so much great stuff while on vacation. I need to do more of that!ReplyCancel

  • jenny l. - January 20, 2015 - 9:42 pm

    dang these are killer karen!! looks like you guys had so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • Dorothy - January 21, 2015 - 3:41 am

    karen! These are killer!!!! I’m so thankful you were there to capture it all. I love you.ReplyCancel

  • Krista Welch - January 21, 2015 - 7:22 am

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmm YUMMY!ReplyCancel

I could of never dreamed of the beauty I witnessed on this day.

The light was perfection, location even more than that, and to top it all off, I got to photograph a talented and beautiful friend.

Lauren and I went to Brooks together- she was just named one of Rangefinder’s 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography. She’s pretty incredible. To be able to collaborate with such a beautiful soul was amazing. She took some photos of me also- it was such a fun adventure, especially to see how far each of us have come in these past 3 years.

We had florals done by the amazing Sara Jane of Terra Bella Flowers. You must get florals done by her- she makes some stunning creations. Also, giving her creative freedom to make us crowns and a bouquet was the best choice because we were floored by what she came up with. Gold and warm rich toned florals were the perfect combination with our location and outfits!

Lauren and I hiked up the 1.9 miles (in full dress- we did have good hiking boots on though!) to the top with as Lauren put it “too many tote bags.” I’ve honestly never hiked with this much gear and clothes ever, so it was a challenge. People also probably thought we were insane since we had our flower crowns on our heads the entire time! We claimed we wouldn’t stay until there was basically no light, but who are we kidding? The light just kept getting better so we definitely hiked down 1.9 miles in the pitch dark. (I remembered my head lamp, don’t worry!) Probably not the smartest decision in my life but it’s one I’ll never regret because this was once in a lifetime kind of light. The best light I have ever seen. What a perfect November day.

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Florals: Terra Bella Flowers

Lauren’s white dress: Anthropologie 

Lauren’s Maroon dress: Free People 

Location: Rattlesnake Ridge

Go check out Lauren’s work HERE.

  • dorothy - December 18, 2014 - 10:38 am

    holy shit karen. these are incredible. some of your best work. that light is insane! yes, the best light I’ve ever seen. wow.ReplyCancel

  • Vivian Larson - December 18, 2014 - 5:07 pm

    Wow!!!!! Just Wow!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth - December 18, 2014 - 5:45 pm

    DANG GIRL!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Kreikemeier - December 19, 2014 - 1:27 am

    These are some of the best photos I’ve ever seen! LOVE!ReplyCancel

  • Dana Pleasant - December 19, 2014 - 7:14 pm

    So gorgeous Karen!ReplyCancel

I don’t know if I’ve ever been to a more romantic wedding. A fur jacket, twinkle lights filling their ceremony, a sweet first dance and amazing fall colors. We couldn’t of been luckier with the weather in Seattle on a November day. Every detail was beautiful from her jewelry to his Air Force uniform.

He calls her “sweetie” and she lights up. They made me laugh the whole day and we definitely left friends. I just can’t say enough wonderful things about this day, so maybe I should stop talking and let the images speak for themselves. What a way to end my 2014 wedding season.

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