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Portrait shoot – Svetlana

I had a great time doing a quick shoot around Coeur d’Alene with local model Svetlana. We started off by the lake and worked our way through the downtown area. I had a chance to set up some off camera lights at the end of the shoot for a a few photos that turned out pretty rad. Svetlana was awesome to work with! Looking forward to my next shoot with her!

 

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Neal + Jamie’s Engagement

Neal and Jamie are a couple of friends who I was happy to provide some engagement portraits for. Q’emlin Park in Post Falls provided an awesome backdrop and lots of neat little areas to grab some portraits. We could’ve explored around there all day!

 

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Brian + Kristin | Sandpoint, Idaho | 09.13.14

It was nice to be back in North Idaho for Brian + Kristin’s wedding at the Eureka Center retreat out in the woods just outside of Sandpoint. These two really nailed the North Idaho vibe with all of their special touches and details, not to mention the awesome venue. September weddings in the Northwest are always some of my favorites! Thanks for having me along Brian and Kristin!

 

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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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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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Jake + Mariah | Hayden Lake Country Club

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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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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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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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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The coolest weekend of the year in Sandpoint, Idaho

When The Inlander asked me if I’d like to shoot the Festival at Sandpoint I got all giddy. Hell. Yes.

 

I’ve said it over and over — I love live music. I love everything about it. And when I’m given the chance to make some rectangles of musicians doing their thing, I’m all about it.

 

The great thing about a festival — other than the fact you get to shoot multiple bands — is the environment and resulting photo ops because of it. The music started at 7:30, but I started clicking my shutter at 6, precisely when the gates open. You see, it’s all general admission. Yeah, hundreds and hundreds of people fighting for those few precious spots near the stage. I got some pretty great snaps of people running as fast as they possibly could (no exaggeration) to get up front.

 

The performers were Kasey Anderson and the Honkies, Field Report, (a great band with Mumford & Sons vibes and a solid steel guitar player) We Are Augustines, with Counting Crows headlining.

 

What a blast. Adam Durlitz, lead singer for Counting Crows, was nice enough to hang out with fans prior to the show and sign a few autographs too. It’s great to see a solid little festival in small-town North Idaho.

 

Stay tuned to my blog for more concert photos in the next month. I’ll be shooting Fun. August 26, Allen Stone, The Avett Brothers and Dave Matthews Band September 4 at The Gorge, The Memorials, September 21 in Seattle (Their drummer is from The Mars Volta and guitarist is a buddy of mine from Coeur d’Alene) and also Matisyahu, in which I’m the “official photographer.” I’ll get to meet Matisyahu himself backstage after the show!

 

Yeah, September’s gonna be a fun month.

 

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