Blanc Denver Venue // Mike + Michelle

Mike and I have been friends since the 6th grade. We learned guitar together (shredding to Stevie Ray Vaughan); did an 8th grade final project together about The Beatles; and eventually went to Colorado State together for our freshman year. I was around when he and Michelle started dating and have watched them grow together over the years, through thick and thin.

This is the first time I've been unable to see through my camera's viewfinder because I was crying behind my camera during their vows. Also, as a side note, I usually don't include many detail shots in my blog posts, but I have to include them in this one because Michelle did each and every one by hand! Oh, and she designed her own dress...I could go on and on about these two, but I'd rather let the music and photos speak for themselves. Love you both to the moon and back.

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Call-Outs

Florals - Flaxen Flora

Venue - Blanc Denver

Hair & Makeup - The Grand

Dress - D'lola Couture

Catering - Serendipity Catering

Cake - Karebear Bakery

A San Francisco Engagement // Tammy + Sang

A San Francisco engagement. Tammy and Sang were supposed to come to Seattle for their engagement session, but once they found out I was passing through their town, we decided to make it a San Francisco engagement instead! I'm so happy they trusted me enough to just explore through uncharted territory and find some incredible places! Can't wait to shoot their wedding!

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Claire // Colorado High School Senior Photos

I have a lot to say about this girl, right here, but I'm going to keep it as brief as I can. Claire is my cousin. She has the biggest heart of everyone I know, loves people with an open heart, is crazy intelligent and loves her family and friends. I babysat her and her brother, watched her grow up and become more and more beautiful both inside and out over the years.

We drove around, listened to our favorite music, and laughed a lot. Here is the result of it all. Claire, you absolutely SLAYED your senior session. Thank you so much for letting me take your photos! Love you big time.

Discovery Park Engagements // Melody + Andrew

Pretty funny story about our shoot:

We had planned to meet on a Sunday to shoot the engagements. I showed up super early, got out of my car to walk around in the cold weather, and realized I had locked my keys and my camera in my car. Melody and Andrew arrived, graciously took me to a cafe to warm up (which ended up being closed), and then drove me back to my car for when AAA arrived. We rescheduled for later in the week and the weather ended up being even more beautiful than we had originally planned. Things happen for a reason, folks. And these two reminded me how important it is have fun with your significant other. Couples who play together, stay together.

Bellevue Club Wedding // Thomas + Yoona

I've never seen so many hugs, happy tears, and hilarious moments at a wedding before. Thomas and Yoona's wedding day started off with lots of rain and lasted throughout most of the day. For most couples, this would be a nightmare. Yoona looked at me multiple times throughout the day with a huge smile and said, "We're not going to sweat the small stuff today." They focused on what was most important to them—their friends and family. Thomas and Yoona incorporated their faith and heritage flawlessly into their wedding day. To top it all off, they gathered their friends at the Bellevue Club for their wedding reception and ended the night partying hard with their best friends.

Thomas and Yoona, thank you so incredibly much for trusting me as your photographer and letting me be a part of your day. I couldn't be more happy to have befriended you both. 

Movement

I've always wanted to shoot photos of a dancer. A couple months ago, I saw an image that inspired me to capture movement. In that moment, one of those little alarms started going off in my head and told me to combine the two. I had a few images in my head going into the shoot, but Kylie made it so much better than I could have imagined.

The other interesting thing about this day was that Kylie and I started by simply having her do one movement over and over and photographing it. Something wasn't working, though. We could both feel it. It wasn't until we had the idea to just have her improv to a song, that things started to mesh quickly. Most of these images are from the improv. This was a testament to how much better things go when you simply allow yourself to feel rather than control.