This is definitely not a traditional "portrait", but just like stepping back to get some of the environment in a photo with the bride + groom, I like to also go in closer to get a few detail shots of their suit, dress, florals, etc! By not capturing their faces it forces your eye to look at all of the other beautiful elements in the frame. ////
This beauty and her husband had a sweet little courthouse ceremony in the spring and now the two of them are going to celebrate with the rest of their friends and family this weekend. I have 3 couples this year who are doing it this way and I love it. You really get the best of both worlds- small and intimate with a big party later. I also understand it from the perspective of an introvert- it's hard enough having a room full of people staring at you let alone during such a vulnerable moment. So smart.
It’s a day for celebrating in the CLWED family! Our amazing couple Brittany and Micah welcomed a beautiful little baby boy into the world yesterday! So many congratulations to this sweet family!! 💕 #clwedcouple#welcometotheworld#truelove
Mom dances always get me. Having so many weddings in my own life this year has really highlighted the fact that while a wedding is a celebration of you and your partner it can also be about the rest of the people in your life just as much.
I’ve been a bit absent on social media these days with wedding season in full swing. But I wanted to take a moment to wish these lovelies a happy 3 year anniversary! Time sure flies! Hope you have the best day @bettsquiat and @derryb! #happyanniversary#clwedcouple#brideandgroom
These two got married over the weekend, congratulations @meikaroserace and @aaron_race33 although you were stunning as models, you made an even more gorgeous real life bride and groom! 🥂 // photo: @rachel.b.photo
Story time! I used to be so afraid to meet new people and my social anxiety constantly crept up on me like “what if you say the wrong thing?” or “what if they remember that one dumb thing you said and think about it for the rest of their lives?!” Basically anxiety is the dumbest thing I’ve ever had to deal with and don’t get me wrong, I definitely still have it but I realized how much harder it was making my job. With wedding photography, you literally have to constantly connect with new people and get to know not only your couples but their friends and family too. Which in theory, is my worst nightmare. But now I love it. Seriously so much. I love getting to know my couples before the wedding and I love walking into their venue and being welcomed by the people that love them. And I’m so thankful to do what I do now because it helped me grow as a person. Meeting and connecting to new people is actually one of my favorite things to do now! If you would have told me that three years ago, I would’ve laughed in your face. ANYWAY ANYWAY. Whole huge annoying caption about me. Happy Tuesday, y’all! Let’s get margaritas.
i photographed 2 weddings this weekend & was on my feet for 19 hours. i was a bit of a zombie today, but i wouldn’t have it any other way. i am SO grateful for my couples’ kindness & generosity, i feel so lucky to have such wonderful clients. here’s a little throwback from Jen and Tommy’s first dance at sunset. alllll the heart eye emojis for this wedding 😍😍😍 i can’t wait to share some previews tomorrow from this magical weekend!
Greens and gold. Possibly my favorite color combo.
I truly enjoy the challenge of shooting ring shots and I try to work with whatever my couples have painstakingly chosen for their decor as a backdrop or layer of interest.
I'm on a low-carb, no sugar diet and it pretty much felt like I was dying while photographing this knowing that at no point would I be licking buttercream frosting of my fingers. Got any good resources for food that is healthy but tastes good? Side note sugar detoxing is no joke... the mood swings tho...
Want to know where I end up at at some point during every wedding? Hanging with the kids. I've been a kid magnet as long as I can remember and I love it. Before I started this business, I nannied for 12 years and got my degree in early childhood education and those experiences set the stage for my love of documentary lifestyle photography. I love how the simplest things become magic through my lens. I showed this particular group how to make shadow puppets on the wall during a reception and the rest was history; unique moments, kids learning and making friends, and me capturing it all. That's my favorite. Taken while second shooting for @sarah_anne_photo ♡
When your bride sends you more sneak peak photos from her wedding! 🤗 Wishing all a wonderful weekend! I will be busy doing bridal hair and makeup per usual💄🙌🏼 Photographer: @heretodayphoto // Florals: @petalandbloom_ // Airbrush Makeup & Hair: @sarahrenmakeupandhair
Trying on dresses// who do you count on most to help you find your dream dress?? Tag them below!
It was so much fun using three dresses from the @desireehartsock line for this shoot! #elleandjamesbride Photo: @loragradyphotography
I’ve been booking wedding dates pretty quickly lately so I sometimes have to turn down couples and that’s my least favorite thing to do 😰 make sure to message me about wedding photography asap! But also no pressure 😂 I may be single but I know that wedding planning is a lot of hard work!
I'm a lifelong lover of orcas, and I fulfilled my dream of seeing them in the wild exactly two years ago in Seattle. The southern-resident orcas, also known as the J, K, and L Pods, make their home in the Puget Sound and nearby waters. For hours, I watched members of the J Pod breaking the surface to breathe, hunting together in their family unit, and have never been more in awe of these beautiful creatures. It’s a dream to now live so close to my favorite animal on earth. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But today, this pod (as well as the K and L pods), are in danger. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
These orcas' main food source during the summer months, chinook salmon, has been severely depleted due to overfishing, pollution, and other factors such as dam placement and disease. Starvation in the resident orca pods has led to loss of calves and severe malnutrition and dehydration, as the salmon provide both nutrients and water to the orcas. J50, a 4-year-old orca, has lost 20% of her body weight and has days left to live. J35 continues her grieving ritual of pushing her dead calf through the water, now 11 days after its passing. Emergency response teams have devised plans to try to help the ailing J Pod in the short-term, but these whales need our help in the long-term.
Only 76 orcas are left in this area (one of that number is being held at the Miami Seaquarium, with efforts underway to return her to her pod), and the population is dwindling at an alarming rate. In 5 years, the damage may be irreversible.
As a lover of these animals and an artist, I've created a limited edition print to help aid their cause. 100% of the profit from physical products and 100% of the proceeds from digital sales from this series will be donated to Wild Orca, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, who also partners with Long Live The Kings, a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to restoring wild salmon and steelhead to the waters of the Pacific Northwest, and The Center for Whale Research. I greatly appreciate any donations you can make and prayers you can send.