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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!
It felt great to be back home to Montana for Matt and Kaity’s wedding at the Hilton Garden Inn. We snuck away to Greenough Park on the East Side of town for their first look and portraits before the ceremony. Green surroundings and a couple of cool little bridges made for an awesome location for their first look. The weather held out just long enough to get through all the portraits and back inside of the Hilton before a torrential downpour happened. The whole day went real smoothly and these two were a real pleasure to get to know and work with. Thanks Matt and Kaity; best wishes!
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!
The last time Kevin and Janessa were behind my lens they were tying the knot (view their wedding blog post here). I was thrilled to hear from them that they have a little one on the way and would like to have some maternity portraits taken. I was real happy with the shoot and Riverfront Park in Spokane, along with the downtown area provided some real nice backdrops to work with. Thanks Janessa and Kevin for giving me the opportunity work with you again, and congrats on becoming parents soon!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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