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Kevin + Janessa – Maternity Portaits

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!





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Erik + Katie | Mukogawa Chapel – Spokane, WA

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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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.




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…




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!






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.






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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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis | Spokane.Wa | 10.16.12

Macklemore blew me away.


I shot the first three songs of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ sold-out show at The Knit in Spokane Tuesday. I’ve been to several shows in Spokane that just didn’t feel like the artists gave it 100 percent. The crowd is smaller in comparison to the real big cities, and I think the energy from the band usually suffers.


Not at this show.


Macklemore played the Knitting Factory like he was headlining a major festival playing to 100,000 people. It may have been partly due to DJ/producer Ryan Lewis growing up in Spokane. Whatever it was, it was amazing. The amount of talent these guys possess is clearly evident in their live performance, not to mention their latest album which reached No. 1 on iTunes, something that’s unheard of for an independent artist.


It was a tricky one to photograph, as the lighting was pretty dim for the first two songs. Also, this guy moves fast! But I was able to walk away with a few frames I’m proud to share with you guys!




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Drew + Maegan | Colbert.WA | 10.06.12

There’s nothin’ like a country wedding.


I had the pleasure of photographing Drew and Maegan’s engagement session at this same location where they ultimately tied the knot. Maegan’s parents have a lovely Victorian home nestled in the trees and farmlands of Colbert, Washington, where the big day took place. They constructed a huge white barn which provided an awesome place for the reception and dancing to take place, and a nice backdrop for the ceremony. There’s something special about having a wedding “at home” instead of a venue that really works out nicely. I had a blast documenting their celebration and couldn’t have asked for a better location to make some photographs. I commend their bravery in planning an outdoor wedding in October in the Northwest. You never know what the weather may be like this time of year, but luckily there was nothing but blue skies and sunshine all day.


Thanks for letting me tag along for the day and congrats guys!




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Jake + Malia | Deer Park.WA | 09.15.12

Jake and Malia’s wedding had a lot going for it.


A tree-lined, mountain backdrop deep in the heart of Deer Park, Washington; cool, unique details like old bottles with chalk writing for centerpieces and a whole bunch of fun family and friends surrounding them on their big day. Not to mention the sweet field down the road we snuck away to for some portraits.


The recent smoky skies may seem like a bummer to most people, but they provide excellent soft lighting for a photographer to work with, which came in handy throughout the day. I’ve also picked up a couple new lenses recently in which I used extensively this time. Both are prime lenses, one a 35mm f2 and the other a 100mm f2. Since that will sound like gibberish to many of you, I’ll explain. They are both prime lenses, which means they don’t zoom. But, they are “faster,” meaning they shoot in lower light and provide greater creative control of what is in focus and what’s out of focus. Prime lenses also tend to be sharper. I’m definitely growing fond of my new glass and the inability to zoom causes me to think more about my compositions.


It’s a never-ending process figuring out what gear works best and acquiring better stuff as you can afford it, but I’m getting there. Of course, the end product is only as great as the person behind the camera! I’m constantly pushing to better myself and notice ways in which I do so with each passing wedding.


Jake was a fellow Montanan, having lived in Missoula for some time, so naturally we got along great from the start! These two were super fun to work with and I wish them the best in their years together!



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Dustin + Alex | Spokane.Washington | 09.01.12

It feels good to be back home.


Well, I didn’t just get back from a trip or antything, but this last month has brought me to Montana every weekend for weddings, so it was sort of nice to drive a quick 45 minutes to be on location for Dustin and Alex’s big day. I had the pleasure to shoot these guys’ engagement session earlier this summer (well in May, actually. It’s crazy how fast time flies.)


The ceremony took place in a great little backyard of Dustin’s Aunt’s North Spokane home. I really enjoy the feeling that a location at a home provides for both preparation and ceremony shots. Just a bunch of family and friends at a down-to-earth wedding on a beautiful day in the Inland Northwest. I have to say, it feels nice to not be shooting in 90+ degree weather as most of the August weddings had been.


The reception followed at the German-American Society in Downtown Spokane. We were able to sneak out for a few quick portraits around the couple surrounding blocks. It’s always great to see the reactions from others when you go trucking around a city with a bride and groom.


Another awesome wedding in the books. Thank you Dustin and Alex for being such awesome people to spend such an important day with. Wish you to an awesome life together!


I take off Tuesday for a destination wedding in Hawaii. I’m a little excited. A very tropical blog post will be coming your way soon.



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“Fun” times

I couldn’t help but use a horrible, cheesy pun for the title of this post.


I had the opportunity to shoot Fun.’s sold-out show at the Knitting Factory in Spokane Sunday. What a blast. I’ve been to a ridiculous amount of concerts (well over 100) and this show is one that will always stand out.


These cats have so much energy. It made for a pretty epic show, but a challenging one to photograph. It was always a struggle to get high enough shutter speeds to keep from motion blur. Access was the typical first three songs from the photo pit. Well, those first three songs flew by insanely fast. Luckily I got a few keepers.


I will definitely be seeing these guys again if I get the chance. Stay tuned to the blog for more concert shots. I’ll be photographing Allen Stone, the Avett Brothers and Dave Matthews Band this Sunday, The Memorials and Matisyahu in Seattle a couple weekends after that and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis later in October.





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Kevin + Janessa’s Wedding | Centerplace | Spokane, Washington

I knew it would be a pretty sweet wedding after shooting the engagement session with Kevin and Janessa this summer. And sweet it was.


The day started off with the bride and her bridesmaids preparing for the big day in their suite. I loved so many things about the getting ready shots. Mirrors, personalized hangers, family heirlooms, lace dresses — it was all pretty awesome.


The wedding took place outdoors at Centerplace in the Spokane Valley. The sun was shining, the skies were blue and it was a perfect day to get hitched. One thing about shooting weddings I love is being able to witness all the special little moments that occur throughout the day. I couldn’t help but chuckle (along with everyone else) when the ring bearer followed the flower girl and picked up every single petal she threw down, gently placing them back into his bag and running along to the next ones to pick up.


It really is a neat experience as a photographer to be a part of all the little moments throughout a wedding and to capture them the way I see it through my cameras. It’s something that I look forward to with every wedding and probably what I like most about being a wedding photographer.


I was able to sneak Kevin and Janessa out toward the end of the reception for a few portraits down by the waterfall in Manito Park which was really fun. These two were so great to work with and I wish them the very best for many years to come!



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Drew + Maegan’s Engagement – Colbert, Washington

Drew and Maegan wanted a country feel to their photos. And I think we accomplished that.


Wheat fields, horses, and golden light made for a pretty awesome engagement session with these cats. I can’t wait for their October wedding in the same vicinity we did the engagement shoot!



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