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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The drive was so beautiful; I get nerves in my stomach anticipating this engagement shoot. I’ve been corresponding with them for months but don’t have any faces to the name! I pull up and wait; I see a car approaching and hear my name being called. All I can do is smile huge when I see these two grinning with their windows down. We finally meet, and I couldn’t be more excited!

Jordan and Paul are just the type of people you want to explore with. The first few frames we created were already magic so I knew this shoot would be a special one. Whidbey Island is significant to their relationship, so Deception Pass made a perfect backdrop to their session. The light was once in a lifetime- hands down one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen.

I’ll never forget how perfectly the sun sit above that island; the three of us were speechless and in awe of the world’s beauty. It was just stunning.

These two are so kind and adore one another. I’m envious of Jordan’s perfect curls and Paul’s incredible heart. I can’t wait to see the magic we create at their wedding TOMORROW. All I know is that it’s going to be lovely. <3

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The light was perfect through these windows
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This is real life:

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