Aaron + Sam | 08.30.14. | Haines, Oregon

One thing I really treasure about my field of work is the opportunities it presents to travel. So when Sam and Aaron reached out to me about photographing their wedding in a beautiful part of Oregon I had never been to, I was completely on board!

 

I got to hang out with them the day before for the rehearsal dinner at a super cool ranch house in the hills above town. The wedding took place at the Methodist Church which is over 100 years old. Haines, Oregon is a very small rural town near Baker City in Eastern Oregon. The town had a lot of character and neat old buildings that made for some really great spots to grab some portraits.

 

Aaron and Sam were so great to work with and very hospitable. After the wedding I packed up the gear and headed down to camp with the wedding crew overnight at Phillips Lake. It was a lot of fun hanging out and getting to know everyone! Thanks again Sam and Aaron, congrats!

 

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Not my first rodeo

The kind people at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds decided to put up with me for another year as their photographer for the weekend. It was another one for the books, and I was especially stoked they incorporated a big name concert (Dustin Lynch) into the festivities. I had a blast wandering around doing my thing for a few days. Thanks for having me around again guys!

 

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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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