I’ve seriously lucked out this year on beautiful weather! 70 degrees and a mixture of sun/clouds plus beautiful fall trees, an amazing loft space for getting ready and an even more incredible venue for the wedding made Jordan and Paul’s day perfection. Oh and that dress, I mean… c’mon!

Jordan and Paul celebrated their 9 year anniversary together on their wedding day. The day was filled with long hugs, smiles and happy tears. They came out for a sunset portrait walk with me before their reception festivities began and the light was stunning. I am so happy that I was there to capture it all, and a special thanks to Stephanie Dolen who was amazing second shooter on this day!

Congrats to this beautiful couple inside and out! Can’t wait to share more goodies from their day!

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I’ve been surrounded with beautiful weddings celebrations, portrait sessions, and the incredible magic that is the PNW this year. I have more images in my life that I ever thought possible which is both exciting and extremely overwhelming. I feel like I have pushed myself to be the best I can be this year and I’ve created some pretty amazing work with the help of my pretty amazing clients. As social as I may seem online, it’s been a pretty lonely year holed up editing in my apartment. I absolutely love giving people final products and seeing each wedding or session come together, but I honestly am not the biggest editing fan. I love to be out and around people and as comfy as my bed may be with a hot cup of tea next to me and the next project to edit in front of me, I sure miss seeing friends. I know that this busy time is slowly coming to an end and I have quite the adventure planned in December to look forward to with my best friend Katherine; but it seems as though a lot of this year has passed me by. I can’t believe it’s already October and I haven’t really done one personal project all year. Every year I’ve planned something, even if it’s just a day photo trip with friends, but this year I’ve been a little too drained creatively since my work has been picking up and I’ve been shooting so much. As much as I love documenting other people’s lives, I find that I need to remember to live mine. I need to burst out of this bubble I feel like I’ve been in and go remind myself that I live in one of the coolest cities in the US. I dreamed for years about moving to Seattle, and here I am, taking advantage of it.

I think it’s easy for us all to let our work take over the forget to go out and do something for ourselves that’s spontaneous and feeds our souls. Getting out of your house or apartment and exploring a little bit is something we all need to do more, even if it’s alone! As much as I love being around others, I find that since we are all workaholics, it seems pretty impossible to make plans with friends and make time to live a little outside of a computer screen or even our phones. I am way too attached to my phone and instagram, but I love it so much that it’s hard to put it down and focus on what’s happening in front of me. Being a photographer I’m always wanting to take photos and document little slices of beauty I see around, but it’s also important for me to remember to put the camera or phone down sometimes and embrace the moments I’m in. My friend Brittani was in town recently and we and her cousin Lexi went on a hike one day and another drove over to my most favorite spot, Port Townsend. The day was seriously filled with PNW magic. From the fall trees to the dahlias that were cut for us and put into beautiful bouquets because they were cutting all the flowers down in a few days to the forceful wind that took our breath away and nearly knocked us out as we wandered around the town- it was just perfect. It’s one of those days that you want to relive and never forget because it was that good. No agenda, just rolling through life. That day I left my camera at home and even though my phone snuck out a few times for some instagrams, I truly felt like it was the first day I’ve really LIVED in awhile.

My heart was full then and it’s pretty much been bursting since then and I think a lot of that has to do that it’s my favorite time of year, fall. The trees, the pumpkin spiced everything, the boots and scarfs and sweaters, the crisp air and beautiful light. All of it is making me beam like a little girl. I remember playing in massive piles of leaves in my backyard with my sister Laura, helping my godmother decorate her house in Halloween everything since it’s her favorite month, running around downtown with Katherine and freaking out over every fall tree in sight and her just laughing at me- Nebraska, home, fall, family and friends- oh I miss it so. I’ve been home a total of 5 weeks this year which is so much time but I still find myself a little homesick right now. I took my last trip home in August for my little brother’s graduation and my dad’s retirement celebrations and won’t be back until March. Even though that’s only 7 months, I feel like it’s a lifetime. I love Nebraska so much and going back to see everyone and am usually there at some point during fall or Christmas, but this year I’m heading to SPAIN with Katherine, so I’m not going home until next year.

SPAIN. What. How sweet is that? It is just starting to sink in today and makes me giddy to think I’m finally going back to Europe after 7 years. I can’t wait for that trip and to be caught up on editing, if that ever happens! Ha!  

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Today was just a good day of wandering and reflecting. I actually just went for a walk around my neighborhood and took some personal photos of all the fall goodness in Seattle. I was thinking about how great it is to be living the life that I have and how fortunate I am to have the best friends and family of all time surrounding and supporting me. I needed a day like today to really take my time and look at how beautiful this world is and breathe in the crisp fall air and be happy.

I have an overwhelming amount of new work to share with you all, but thought it’s about time I posted a personal post again with a few frames I just love from today. Thanks for reading and listening to me ramble on in tangents, it feels good to blog and I need to do it more often. New priority: Blog more. Also I need to LIVE more. I need more todays. 

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  • Andy Shepard - October 22, 2014 - 1:48 am

    Killer boots Man!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey Shaw - October 23, 2014 - 5:36 am

    I love this!! Beautifully written! :) and photos too of course!ReplyCancel

So I’m a little belated posting this session, as their wedding was on Sunday- but nonetheless, I had to share the cuteness that is these two and their dog, Betty!

We started at their home for some photos with little Betty, and then ran all around Snohomish- ended up in a field of grass drinking champagne. It was lovely and their wedding this past weekend was nothing short of adorable! Can’t wait to share it- until then…

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