Category Archives: Travel

Matt + Jess | Alta, Wyoming | 06.27.15

Matt and Jess’s wedding brought me out to the beautiful Grand Tetons, more specifically to the base of the Grand Targhee Ski Mountain in Alta, Wyoming. I arrived the day before the wedding, and once I got settled in we headed up the road to a nice scenic area for a quick portrait session at sunset. We found a really cool spot lined with aspen trees for the first look prior to the ceremony. These two picked a really cool spot for the ceremony with the alter right in front of a creek that flows along the Teton Teepee Lodge where the rest of the festivities took place. It was so much fun getting to know this awesome couple and their family and friends over the weekend. Thanks for having me along Matt and Jess, and congrats!

 

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Andrew + Jamie | McCall, Idaho | 09.06.14

Andrew and Jamie brought me out to one of my favorite areas in this state — McCall, Idaho. Not only does this town share the same name as yours truly, it is one of the most scenic slices of land in the entire Pacific Northwest.

 

The wedding screamed Idaho, and reminded me of why I love calling this state home.

 

Congrats guys; it was a privilege documenting your day!

 

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Aaron + Sam | Haines, Oregon | 08.30.14.

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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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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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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Nick + Karin | Kingston, ID | 10.20.12

Well, I’ve shot a wedding in snow now.

 

Although flurries fell only momentarily at the end of Nick and Karin’s big day in Kingston, Idaho, it was still a reminder by mother nature that it is October… in North Idaho. Flurries aside, I couldn’t have been happier with the way things played out at French Gulch, a garden tucked away in the mountains where Nick and Karin tied the knot. The day begain with blue skies and sunshine, progressing to overcast conditions later in the day. Cloud cover may not sound ideal to most; however, for a photographer it provides some truly awesome lighting to work with. The lighting throughout the ceremony and reception was very soft and even, providing for some really great conditions for shooting.

 

The celebration felt very close and intimate, as it was a smaller gathering of close friends and family, which provided some really great moments to photograph. It’s the one thing that keeps me coming back to weddings and appreciating the chance to document some of the most meaningful moments in a couple’s life.

 

Nick and Karin were an outstanding couple to share the day with and I wish them the best in their journey through life together! Congrats!

 

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Ian + Tara | Bainbridge Island.WA | 09.22.12

We got lucky.

 

When I booked Ian and Tara’s September wedding across the Peugeot Sound on Bainbridge Island, I was definitely a little leery about the weather. Turns out, Seattle had a string of unusually sunny weather leading up to their wedding, and their big day was no exception.

 

The location was pretty much awesome. I forgot how green everything is near the coast; and their wedding and reception was literally overlooking the ocean. Soft light filtered through the towering pines and thick brush to make some insanely good light for the formal portraits. By the time the ceremony began the sun was shining in full force and it was clear no rain was in sight.

 

Ian and Tara planned so many fun details. From the bright yellow ties worn by the gentleman, to the pinata bashing following the ceremony, to the mason jars filled with sangria, it was visually a fun, color-filled day.

 

I’ll always remember this wedding as the wedding where literally everyone was on the dance floor. I’ve never seen so many people just straight getting down on the dance floor as I did at Ian and Tara’s celebration. After some time, Tara insisted I put the camera away and join them, which I did. Fun times.

 

Ian and Tara were just great to work with and I feel honored to be a small part of their day. Congrats guys!

 

Tomorrow I have a wedding in Colbert, Washington with Drew and Maegan. After their rockin’ engagement session out there this summer I’m confident tomorrow will be a blast. Stay tuned for their blog post soon!

 

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Aaron + Audrey | Waikiki.Hawaii | 09.13.12

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I’m sold.

 

I knew destination wedding photography is awesome, but until I shot Audrey and Aaron’s in beautiful Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, I didn’t realize how truly awesome it really is. You can’t beat traveling and doing what you love and being able to call it work!

 

These two kept it simple and had a small ceremony in Magic Island park along the water followed by a reception dinner downtown with family and close friends. I loved so much about shooting in this area — the palm trees. The deep blue skies. Waves crashing against rocks. Gorgeous sunsets. It truly is a visual playground for a photographer there.

 

I want to thank my friend and colleague Jake Donahue  for referring me to shoot his sister (Audrey’s) wedding out here and for Audrey and Aaron for flying me out to make it happen! It was a quick trip but a blast nonetheless.

 

And of course I had to snap some frames around the area for myself in which I’ll be posting sometime soon. I took my newly-acquired Canon EOS-1 film body with me and shot a roll of Kodak Ektar 100 film as well which I will get developed soon to share on my blog as well.

 

Congrats Aaron and Andrew, and Mahalo for having me along for the ride!

 

 

Brian + Suzi | Missoula.MT | 08.25.12.

Ever see a bride ride a chair lift in a wedding dress?

 

I hadn’t either, until Brian and Suzi’s wedding last weekend. These two each rode the chairs to the top of the mountain separately to have their “first look” at the top. Awesome idea.

 

I was able to get some of the most unique wedding photos I think I’ve ever taken, riding in front of Suzi on the chairlifts snapping frames of her high above the ground with the vast Missoula Valley as a backdrop. We snapped a few portraits at the top of the mountain before the two rode back down together and I rode behind taking shots of the them together.

 

I say this all the time but I swear I get the best clients in the world. It’s one of my favorite things about this job — meeting new people and getting to hang out with them to tell the story of one of the biggest days of their lives. Brian and Suzi’s family and friends were so much fun to spend the day with. I knew when Suzi and I first talked about shooting their wedding and she told me she and Brian had been to a combined 100-something Phish shows, we’d get along just fine. At the end of the night, when things were dying down, Brian offered to buy me a beer (they had a tasty local IPA on tap). I sat and talked music with a couple of their friends and Brian took hold of the mic and took a moment to send a toast my way, commending me on how great I did and how glad they were to have found me for their photographer. Pretty awesome. People who begin as strangers become friends by the end of the day. And that’s probably my favorite thing about doing this.

 

I think we walked away with some pretty great photos out in the mountains of Western Montana and I can’t thank Brian and Suzi enough for being so awesome.

 

Congrats guys and I wish you well in your travels overseas!

 

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Bob + Kari’s Wedding – Cardwell, Montana

My third Montana wedding in August brought me just a short ways East of Bozeman — Cardwell, to be exact.

 

Just minutes from Lewis and Clark Caverns, along a tree-lined pond sits the Cardwell Pavilion, where Bob and Kari had their big day.

 

Much like the previous August weddings, the sun was shining and the skies were blue. There’s something special about Montana weddings and this one was no exception. We were able to sneak out around sunset to get some awesome portraits of the two of them, something that I like to recommend to all of my clients. You just can’t beat that last hour of sunlight!

 

I really do get awesome couples to work with, and Bob and Kari were no exception. They were extremely hospitable, easy going and fun to be around.

 

Congrats guys!

 

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