The Last Frontier

A few weeks ago I decided to impulse-buy a plane ticket to Anchorage to visit my brother working in Cooper Landing and do some exploring around the Kenai Peninsula (south of Anchorage) for five days. I knew Alaska would be beautiful, but man, this place really blew my mind!

 

The highlight of the trip was the hike up to Harding Ice Field and Exit Glacier, just outside of Seward. The rigorous 3000 ft. climb to the summit was made even more intense by strong wind gusts and rain caused by the effects of Hurricanes Iselle and Julio. Once at the top, we decided to hike down to Exit glacier which is about an 800 ft. steep drop through mushy, muddy ground (which really drains your energy on the way back up.) The glacier is so tremendous in size that it seems as if you’re on another planet once you reach it. Truly like nothing I’ve ever seen in person, and we were able to do it all in one day, arriving back in time to grab some delicious local food and brews at Seward brewery that evening.

 

We also hiked Skyline Ridge, explored the Kenai Fjords by boat, spent a day in Homer, camped on a farm overlooking the ocean (where the night sky photos were taken), drove the coastline and went searching for bears along the river, of which we didn’t see any but did stumble upon a moose and her two calves.

 

All in all it was an awesome adventure and I will definitely be back again to explore some more, hopefully for a longer period of time!

 

5d Mark ii Photos:

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** iPhone Photos:

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Jake + Mariah

Jake and Mariah’s wedding at the Hayden Lake Country Club was spectacular. Awesome couple, beautiful venue, blue skies and great company and made it one for the books. Thanks for having me along Jake and Mariah, and congrats!

 

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Erik + Katie

Erik + Katie’s wedding brought me back once again to the historic Mukogawa Chapel in Spokane Washington. I love documenting a ceremony in an old building such as this that is rich in history and architecture. It was an excellent way to kick off the summer wedding season and I would gladly be back for another one at this beautiful venue, especially for clients as awesome as these two! I also believe Katie got the most unique wedding band I’ve seen on a groom’s hand! Cheers Katie and Erik, thanks for having me along!

 

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Brian + Kristin’s Engagement

Brian + Kristin are an awesome couple from Liberty Lake, Washington who will be tying the knot in Sandpoint this September. I had the pleasure of stomping around downtown Coeur d’Alene with them to document their engagement session. I love living in Coeur d’Alene because there’s such a great variety of areas to shoot at within walking distance from downtown. I took my first ever handstand engagement photos with these two which was pretty rad too. I can’t wait to document their big day in a few months!

 

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Sammies and Pies

I love having the opportunity to photograph food. It’s something that takes a real special set of skills that differs from other sorts of photography, but the results can be really amazing. (Check out Francesco Tonelli and Penny De Los Santos for proof.)

Caruso’s Pizza and Sandwich Co. had me come out to shoot some of their tasty pies now that their kitchen has a brick oven! It was a fun shoot and thanks to their quality ingredients and attention to detail the products looked awesome. I can testify that they tasted as good as they looked, as Chelle and Vince sent me home with a few boxes of goodies.

After viewing these photos again, I see a trip to Caruso’s in my very near future.

 

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Ride the Moon Taxi

I recently photographed Moon Taxi at the recently-opened music venue in Sandpoint — The Hive. I had never heard of these guys until I stumbled across their show at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival a couple years ago and they killed it! It was interesting to see them play in a smaller, more intimate environment close to home.

 

It was a bit of a challenge photographing them as the lighting was a bit crazy and the place was packed (no photo pit), but I like shooting in these situations just as much as a huge venue with great lighting and a roomy photo pit to stomp around in. Photography is all about adapting to the situation and making the most of it. I really had to push my gear to its limits as you can see in the resulting grain in some of the photos.

 

If you like high-energy indie/alt-rock with some extended jams be sure to check these guys out if you get a chance. You can find them on iTunes, Spotify and if you just want to get a taste of them there are several videos on YouTube.

 

I did this set all in Black and White. Sometimes B&W just sorta feels right.

 

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Shot my dream home today.

This morning I photographed what may possibly be my personal favorite home I’ve shot so far. I’ve photographed hundreds of homes, many of which were far more extravagant and expensive (this one is just over $400k), but in terms of what I would look for in a house, this one has it all!

Tucked away in the hills lining Hayden Lake, this house is just a stone’s throw from the water and only about 15 minutes from town. What sold me on this house was the interior design. From the downstairs bonus room and bar to the light bulbs hanging from cords at the breakfast bar, to the flooring and the showerheads — everything about this home is awesome!

 

If you’re interested, it is listed with the Corcoran Team of Tomlinson Sotheby’s International Realty.

 

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Jeff + Nina

Jeff and Nina were brave enough to meet up Saturday morning in what felt like about 10 degree weather with the wind chill to have their portraits taken. These two lovebirds get portraits done each year at their anniversary, so it was a privilege to document their continuing love for each other. We stomped around the downtown Coeur d’Alene area finding a spot here and there to snap a few frames. It was a beautiful, clear, sunny day and it was fun to incorporate the warm, morning sunlight and shadows in some of the photos.

 

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The Huntress

Last week I received a call from The Inlander to shoot some portraits of Amanda Lowrey, a female “huntress” in Sandpoint. We trekked around in the snow in some areas surrounding her home in the woods just north of Sandpoint. The article is in print in the current issue, or online here.

 

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Odds & Ends and Recent Work

The blog is back from the dead!

 

A while back my web hosting was interrupted for a few days which unfortunately resulted in the loss of some of my content and settings, leaving me unable to upload to my site. Everything has been restored and I’m finally able to upload photos again and make new blog postings, so you’ll notice many of my galleries have had some fresh stuff added.

 

I’m going to cover a lot in the blog post to get back up to speed.

 

WEDDING PACKAGES & PRICING UPDATES:

 

I think I speak for most photographers when I say that photography is ever changing – and that goes for the business end of it as well. I’ve taken note of what my past wedding clientele have been looking for in their wedding photography and have molded my packages more closely around what I’ve learned from you guys.

 

I believe that simple is better, and with that philosophy I’ve overhauled my wedding packages, offering three distinct packages based solely on coverage amount and the subsequent amount of final photos delivered. I’ve left enlargements, second photographers, albums and any extras along those lines separate of the packages with the ability to add them on an a-la-carte basis.

 

Here is a link to my updated wedding photography pricing: 2013-14 WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PRICING.

 

In addition to weddings, I’ve also provided a little more info and insight into my engagement, portrait and event pricing, all of which have their own price guides linked to the info pages on my site.

 

Speaking of weddings…

 

MEG + PAT’S WEDDING – BOZARTH MANSION – SPOKANE, WASHINTON

 

Spokane has some really great historical buildings to get hitched at, and the Bozarth Mansion is no exception. Add Meg and Pat to the mix — an awesome, easy-going couple  — and I couldn’t ask for a more perfect wedding to shoot. I really have the best clients in the world.

 

Thanks Meg + Pat for being so awesome and for letting me hang around for the day; it was a blast! Best of luck to you two!

 

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REAL ESTATE

 

The folks at Tomlinson Sotheby’s International Realty here in Coeur d’Alene have been keeping me busy shooting beautiful homes throughout North Idaho.

 

One thing that keeps photography fresh and exciting for me is the ability to shoot a variety of assignments. Architectural photography is something I had little experience with a few years ago, so it’s been fun gaining expertise and honing my skills in that area of photography.

 

If you or someone you know is a realtor and in need of professional photography for their listings, I have more information and a pricing guide here: REAL ESTATE PHOTOGRAPHY INFO

 

Here are some favorites from recent property shoots.

 

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COMMERCIAL/EDITORIAL + MISC.

 

I’ve been working up an appetite lately shooting photos for some area pubs and restaurants, including Black Diamond Billiards, Syringa Japanese Cafe & Sushi Bar and Tony’s On The Lake.

 

It was also great to hear from Al Hurt of Silver Bullit Cafés again to shoot his latest restoration, a 1976 Kawasaki KZ900 café racer. We headed up to Arbor Crest Wine Cellars in the Spokane Foothills and had a pretty epic shoot of the two-wheeled beauty.

 

The folks down at Alpaca Direct in Hayden make some seriously awesome (and warm) hand-crafted clothing and it’s always fun shooting their new products. We headed down to Honeysuckle Beach this time and braved the cold to get some fresh photos of hats, gloves and scarves.

 

The Copper Mountain Band came back to Coeur d’Alene to play at the new Country Club and had me photograph their show. It’s always a lot of fun shooting these guys and the new establishment has a pretty nice stage and lighting setup which was a pleasant surprise.

 

I did my first-ever golf course shoot, photographing each of the 18 holes at the Black Rock Country Club on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Black Rock is truly a unique and amazing golf course and reminds me of why I love it up here in the Inland Northwest so much.

 

I had an abosulute BLAST covering the North Idaho Fair & Rodeo in Coeur d’Alene. The Kootenai County Fairgrounds handed me a small shot list, an all-access photo pass and turned me loose. It was truly a visual playground and a lot of fun stomping around the grounds making rectangles.

 

Here’s a little variety of the aforementioned stuff, along with a few snaps from a recent trip to Glacier National Park.

 

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