I’ve been spending the past few months really reflecting on my work thus far and making a decision to only put out in the world the images I’ve taken that I feel like really define me as an artist and tell the couples wedding story. It’s been a slow and tedious process of thinking about what it is that has kept me from sharing so many weddings and images that I’m truly proud of. 

This wedding is one of them. I photographed it in October of 2014, just 2 years into my career of shooting, and I still love the images I made that day. It’s a difficult thing trying to balance shooting, editing, blogging, emails, scheduling, planning, and updating my work constantly. I’m slowly finding that balance and found that it’s about time I shared this wedding! 

Jordan and Paul, I hope it’s a treat to relive this day 2 years later. You are both still one of the kindest couples I’ve gotten a chance to work with and I’m so thankful you had me (and Stephanie Dolen!) there to capture your day. The longevity of your relationship (spanning over 10 years now!) is a true testament of love. Cheers to you!  

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Second Photographer: Stephanie Dolen // Venue: Sodo Park // Catering: Herban Feast

SEATTLE couples- I still have some summer/fall spots open for 2016 and am not charging travel from NYC! Fill out my form on my contact page to get in touch! 

April and Neo stopped over in NYC from Hong Kong on their way to Peru! Just married a few months ago, they wanted to document their time as newlyweds in the city. We walked from the West Village to Times Square and took the subway up to the Flat Iron and ended in Central Park! New York still had a little snow on the ground and this day was filled with beautiful winter light. You couldn’t ask for nicer people and we ended the session with a hug and a selfie. I sure do hope to see you in Hong Kong, someday, you two! Thanks for spending part of your vacation with me!

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The light on this day is something I’ll never forget. It was pure perfection, as is the love between these two kind, generous and sweet people.

Megan and Alex are from Nebraska like me and I was so excited to capture them during their intimate Cannon Beach wedding. They love the PNW and Oregon is a place that means a lot to them. I was overjoyed to make the trek down from Seattle to be a part of their day. I captured what I consider the best image of 2015, which I put at the beginning of this post. So happy to finally share this wedding! Thank you for all your openness to hop around a few spots during portraits, Megan and Alex! It really made the day come together beautifully. 

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Dress: Bree Lena // Suit: Asos  // Groom’s Shoes: Puma // Flowers: Basketcase // Cannon Beach Florist // Invitations designed by the bride

***I do want to mention that I submitted this wedding to 8 different wedding blogs and it wasn’t picked up because of “lack of details.” It’s a frustrating thing that most wedding blogs are more concerned about the quantity of material things than the actual love and story between the couple and the quality of work. As a wedding photographer, this is something I struggle with, as I’m there to create and capture moments that will be handed down throughout time, but often find the industry I’m in is more interested in the production of a wedding and portraits aren’t a priority in posts. I know that not every wedding or image I post will be featured or seen by many, especially because of the changes that have happened in the past few years with Facebook and now Instagram, but I want my clients and other photographers to know that the VALUE of your art is not determined by these magazines or blogs. It’s appreciated and loved by your CLIENTS and that’s what matters most in this job. It’s easy to get down on yourself, but it’s more important to keep pushing the boundaries in your work and create images for your clients and for yourself. Thankful for such sweet and lovely clients who support and send messages to me after they receive their photos; that’s what keeps me creating!

  • Alex rapada - March 16, 2016 - 9:35 pm

    Awesomely beautiful! I remember you asking me about potential locations to shoot at cannon beach and its looks like it came together perfectly!ReplyCancel