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Discovery Park Engagement Photos | Nick & Erin

Posted in Engagement

This down-to-earth, adventurous couple loves spending their free time backpacking, mountain biking, and sailing. A nurse and an engineer, they live in the greater Seattle area and have an adorable fur-baby named Max (who is also quite the model as you’ll see below!). Nick popped the question while they were on a vacation in Kauai and now they are planning their wedding at Port Townsend in September. I can’t wait to be a part of it! We took their engagement photos at Discovery Park, a place where Erin loves to trail run. A mix of Puget Sound views and crashing waves, it was the perfect spot to take a stroll, take some photos, and get to know more about them as a couple. Cold winter weather meant we had the park to ourselves. Despite the blanket of clouds we started with, we were lucky to have the sun pop out right as we were making our descent to the beach. The wind was blowing hard, the tide was high, and the waves were crashing on the shore. It resulted in some gorgeous romantic photos that truly represent the Northwest. Congrats to these two, I’m so excited to celebrate with you this fall!

Carnation Farms Wedding | Scott & Lindsey

Posted in Weddings

bride and groom on their wedding day at carnation farms

Okay, let me be a nerd here for a minute, but I am SO EXCITED that this wedding is featured in the current print issue of Seattle Bride Magazine! Seattle is full of talented photographers and while I submit weddings every year, I’ve only had a few images printed. Needless to say, Scott and Lindsey’s Carnation Farms wedding made the cut and you can see their starry wedding shot featured on the “Contents” page and their wedding featured on page 72-73 in the Real Weddings section. Their wedding was a total blast to photograph. My husband was there with me as a second photographer and I’m so thankful for that as they had over 200 people in attendance. And yep, you can view an enormous group shot of all 200+ people further down in this post. Definitely the largest group shot I’ve ever taken! The silver and gold metallics contrasted beautifully with the black and white gowns worn by the bridesmaids. They had an absolutely mouth-watering dessert spread and Herban Feast served up some super tasty meals. This elegant event was held at Carnation Farms. I’d never shot at this venue before but I sure do hope I get to return. There were so many gorgeous locations for photos! I also loved that Scott incorporated carabiners into his boutonnieres, a tribute to his love for climbing peaks in the Pacific Northwest. These two simply make a great pair and I wish them many happy years of marriage together!

Venue: Carnation Farms
Planning: Wonderstruck Event Design
Catering: Herban Feast
DJ: Otto-Matic Mobile Music
Florist: Paisley Petals
Cake: Borrachiniā€™s
Macarons: Macadons
Hair & Makeup: On-Site Beauty by Brooke
Rentals: CORT Party Rental
Draping: Prop Gallery

Seattle Newborn Photos | Baby Caden

Posted in Newborns

in home seattle newborn photos

There’s something pretty special about getting to watch your friends become parents. We seemed to be one of the first among our friends to make the big leap and to be honest, it’s felt a little lonely. I think a lot of the reason we always have Banks out and about so much is because we are trying to keep up with our friends who haven’t started families. While I think it’s impossible to say “you won’t let your child dictate your life”, sometimes it has to be that way in order to keep your sanity. Needless to say, we were thrilled when our friends Courtney and Kurtis announced their pregnancy and even more excited to meet this little sweet pea when he arrived. I photographed several in-home newborn sessions this past fall and baby Caden was one of them. I met him when he was a mere 4 days old and Courtney and Kurtis were just getting settled in at home before their family was to arrive. There was a stillness in the air. Everything in their home felt so peaceful. The two of them seemed to be effortlessly adjusting to life as parents and it was so special to witness. Caden is just the sweetest and I had the pleasure to visit him this past month again. He smiles now and makes the cutest little cooing noises. It’s going to be so much fun when he’s old enough to play with Banks and watch them grow together. While I love all of the new milestones and the insane amount of learning these babies do in their first year, there’s just something so pure about those first few days at home. I feel so blessed I was able to document these moments for Courtney and Kurtis.

What’s an Adventure Session? | Wedding Planning

Posted in Wedding Planning Tips

couple enjoying views of mt baker during their adventure session

As a newly engaged couple, it is easy start to feel overwhelmed with all of the details you have to coordinate. The phrase “engagement photo session” will likely surface during your wedding prep, and it’s easy to dismiss the idea outright. You have a photographer for your wedding day, so what’s the point of taking photos beforehand?

Since you asked, I’m happy to set the record straight.

When most people think of an engagement photo session, they’re imagining something fairly quick (maybe 1-2 hours) which takesĀ place nearby where they live. They might go to a pretty park 0r special lookout in the city, or maybe a favorite coffee shop or bar. Afterwards, a set of lovely photos to use for save-the-dates appears, and everyone goes on their merry way. Superficially, that is a pretty accurate description! To me though, there is so much more to your engagement session. This is the beginning of our time together, a chance to lay the foundation that will give you confidence to be yourself on your wedding day.

Most people are apprehensive about being in front of the camera, it’s just a fact of life. I find that the only want to overcome that is to help build a sort of “I’ve been here before” feeling. Want to make sure you feel like a champion in front of the lens on your wedding day? The best way to do it is to build trust and familiarity with your photographer beforehand. Don’t let me make this sound one-sided, either: when we shoot your engagement session, we as a group are all building a rapport, a kind of intuition that helps me immeasurably, too. As your photographer, I will be with you all throughout your wedding day. From silly laughs to the quiet, intimate moments and everything in between, I rely on the rapport that we have to help understand what you’re feeling and anticipate when those moments are about to arrive. Your engagement session is a first big step in developing that chemistry.

So yes, you do end the day with a fantastic set of photos, but so much more transpires. There is no substitute for the time spent shooting photos together before your wedding! I want to do my best to understand what makes you two ‘tick,’ so I can capture that on your big day. The time we spend in an engagement session is great for that, but if you’re like me, the things that really make me ‘tick’ are outdoor adventures. I feel most alive when I’m skiing, hiking, or backpacking, but none of that would fit well within the 1-2 hour engagement session.

Let me introduce you to my Adventure Session. This is like an engagement session, but it can last 4-8 hours, include driving to and exploring an area special to you as a couple, and it should definitely include the activities that you love! Skiing or snowboarding, hiking, climbing, kayaking, and more, I’m here to document who you are as a couple. If that’s not your speed but you still love the idea of the extra time, maybe we spend a day hopping around to your favorite breweries in the city, taking a ride on a ferry and touring the islands, or flipping pancakes in the comfort of your own home! More than anything, this session exists to give us the time to do whatever speaks to you. Check out a few of my suggestions below on just what you can do during an adventure session.

Adventure Session Ideas

Take a Hike
With the mountains being so accessible and trails abound, we are sure to find the most beautiful backdrop for your adventure session. I recommend hikes 2-8 miles (round trip) in length for best results. Be sure to bring a change of clothes and shoes that you can hike in and clothes for the session. Whether you go dressy or casual for the other outfits is completely up to you!

Ride a Boat
We live in Seattle where it’s possible to explore new places with just a quick ride across the water. I once had a couple book an adventure session with me up in the San Juan Islands where we went hiking, hung out in the harbor, and drank wine on their family property’s porch together. It was pretty epic and resulted in some amazing images of them spending time in a place that was really special to them.

Explore a New Area
Want to go somewhere you’ve never been? Maybe an adventure session is the perfect time to try it! Travel together with your own personal photographer documenting every minute of it.

Your Favorite Sport
Skiing or snowboarding, climbing, running, fishing, kayaking, etc. Let’s document who you are and what you like to do as a couple! I’m in the mountains as much as I can be and pretty much never turn down an opportunity to get there.

Do you have any ideas for an adventure session? I’d love to hear them!

Discovery Park Senior Photos | Angel

Posted in Seniors

discovery park seattle senior photos with flower crown

This past summer I had the pleasure of working with Angel, Class of 2018 Senior at Kamiak High School. Angel is the daughter of renowned make-up artist Yessie Libby Makeup & Styling so of course she looked absolutely stunning for her session at Discovery Park. While I don’t consider right now to be a popular time for senior photos, it’s never too early to plan! There’s nothing like a little summer inspiration to lift your winter spirits. Also, I couldn’t resist Angel’s gorgeous flower crown by Gather Design Company. Angel was so much fun to work with and we wish her the best of luck in her senior year and life beyond!

North Bend Engagement Session | Bryan & Chantelle

Posted in Engagement

snowy engagement session in north bend washington

Bryan and Chantelle have been together for 9 years. They met while playing an online game and the rest is history! Bryan popped the question in what might be one of my favorite proposal stories yet. Chantelle is an early childhood educator. It takes quite a lot of patience and love to teach these little ones and she was incredibly proud when her first “class” of children graduated. Bryan proposed to her on the day of that graduation! Bryan and Chantelle are planning their wedding at a cabin that Chantelle’s grandparents built. Surrounded by woods, rivers and mountains, this cabin in Fall City is sure to incorporate all of the Northwest beauty that you can handle! While the happy couple lives in Nebraska now, they wanted to take their engagement photos in a similar setting so that their save-the-dates would reflect the same outdoor beauty that their wedding will have. While they were home for the holidays, we headed out to North Bend to take their photos. Lucky for us, we experienced a white Christmas and the views of Mt. Si and it’s surrounding areas were just that much prettier with a dusting of white. A chill in the air, the snow crunching beneath our feet, and a visit from the local elk herd, this North Bend engagement session was one of the highlights of my holiday season!

Vibrant Bridle Trails Backyard Wedding | Greg & Molly

Posted in Weddings

brightly colored backyard wedding in bridle trails

This sweet couple decided to tie the knot on the same street where Molly grew up – in a backyard wedding in Bridle Trails in Kirkland. A warm summer night, the couple decorated the table with garlands of fresh vegetables, seasonal blooms and served a hot pepper cider to toast with. Molly donned a simple golden gown with the perfect boho braided up-do. Her wedding ring is a collection of three vintage rings passed down from her grandmother. I always find it so incredibly special when the couple decides to wear heirloom rings! The ceremony took place on the property’s horse pasture that was transformed into the perfect elegant wedding space. Molly’s sister even surprised her with a special guest – the ringbearer was the horse that Molly learned to ride on as a girl! Their guests enjoyed tacos by Tuxedo-N-Tennis Shoes Catering and danced the night away under the stars to a live jazz trio. It was a beautiful evening and I’m honored to have captured these memories for the very special pair. Congratulations Greg and Molly!

Year in Review | Best of 2017

Posted in Adventures, Engagement, Family, Newborns, Personal, Seniors, Travel, Weddings

Holy wow! Just like that, we are already finished with another year. I’ll have to admit, this one really snuck up on me. I’ve been blessed with a lot this year, including finishing up the first year as the mama of sweet Banks. In all honesty, finding balance has been a total struggle and I hope that 2018 has a bit more of it. I’m also realizing that maintaining perfect balance of work and home life may be a unicorn and my life is probably okay with some chaos. One of my favorite things to do at the end of the year is come up with a “top 10” list. It helps me to be grateful for the incredible experiences I have and also to relive some of the year’s greatest memories. Cheers to you, 2017. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

The 2017 “Top 10”:

1. The countless days we spent at Crystal Mountain starting when Banks was just under 2 weeks old. Passing on my love of snow and the mountains is something I love sharing with my son.
2. Celebrating my husband’s birthday with a huge group of friends snowboarding at White Pass. Complete with a ridiculous scavenger hunt. This little mom-and-pop resort holds a special place in my heart and I believe this will be an annual tradition now!
3. I planned a ladies backpacking trip with some of my dearest friends in August. It was many of their first times going backpacking and it was an incredible experience to share!
4. Taking my son, Banks Jackson, to Jackson Hole. His middle name is after all of our amazing years spent there and I was so proud to show him the Tetons.
5. My husband’s family celebrated their grandparents’ 60th wedding anniversary with a large reunion in Maryland. It was my first time to the state and we got to introduce Banks to his great grandparents. Banks is the first of his generation to carry on the family name so this was an extra special meeting!
6. Surfing in La Push! Hands down one of my favorite trips of the summer. BBQ, beach, waves, and sand. I still didn’t get much better at surfing but the time spent with friends is all I really need.
7. Visiting Winthrop and the Methow Valley. This place reminds me so much of Jackson Hole. Thanks to a wedding we photographed there, we got to spend a weekend there in a little cabin in the woods and enjoyed every minute of it.
8. I took a trip to Prosser with my sister-in-law and friends, where we got to wine tasting via horseback riding. We slept in a teepee, sipped rose in the summer heat, ate some amazing fresh pizza, and watched the sunset so golden over the Washington wine country. A trip I won’t soon forget!
9. Visiting San Francisco for the first time! I photographed a wedding in Oakland, and my parents met me there so they could watch Banks while I was working. We made a trip of it and I got to explore that amazing city for a bit!
10. Celebrating our baby boy’s first birthday! Due to his holiday birthday, we held a party earlier in the month at a brewery with 20 of our friends. Family came to celebrate and witness the cake smash on his actual birthday, December 26. The holidays really are truly a time to celebrate even more now!

No, there aren’t a ton of photos of my family in this post. Stay tuned for a full post of what it’s been like to be mama/business owner for a year. I hope you enjoy some of my favorite captures of 2017. Happy New Year and THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us throughout the year. We can’t thank you enough!

Greenlake Family Photos | The Kachs

Posted in Family

fall family photos at greenlake with little girl

Fall is such a gorgeous time for family photos, and it’s no surprise that I kept particularly busy this fall with the amazing weather that we had. Seattle had an unseasonably warm and sunny fall season and everything lined up just perfect. The leaves were in amazing abundance and we were blessed with clear skies for days. I had quite a few family photo sessions around the city and so enjoyed working with each family. Today I’m sharing photos of Nate, Carolyn and Lily. I went to college with Carolyn – she was a cheerleader at the University of Washington while I was the baton twirler. Since college, she has worked as a graphic designer and now owns her own freelance business, Anchored Paper Co., designing invitations, custom calligraphy for signs and other wedding displays, and branding. I’ve been working with her on some updates for my business (coming soon!) and she is just so talented! It’s been pretty cool connecting with her over the work-life balance that is being a mama and an entrepreneur. While we both consider ourselves really lucky, we can both agree that it’s definitely not easy! Carolyn and her husband Nate have the sweetest little girl, Lily, who turned two on the day of this photo session. This little girl is so full of energy and definitely kept me on my toes! We went to Greenlake, where the sun was shining bright and the piles of fall leaves were perfect for Lily to play in. I had such a great time, and thanks Carolyn for letting me spend some time with you and your sweet family on Lily’s birthday!

Class of 2018 | Fall Senior Ambassadors

Posted in Seniors

group of senior ambassadors in the fall on a path

This fall I had the amazing opportunity to get together with my Class of 2018 Senior Ambassadors again. Much different than our spring session, our fall session was filled with earthy tones, mountain views, and some beautiful fall leaves! I asked each of the girls to wear their favorite fall outfit and we took a little adventure out to North Bend. The forecast said rain so I decided to bring along some cute vintage umbrellas that I rented at Bella Umbrella. We had lovely weather for the first half of the session, followed by a total downpour for the second half of the session. The girls were all total troopers though and we ended up with some gorgeous shots!