Garrett + Sam: Bend Oregon Wedding Photographer

Garrett and Sam were knee deep in wedding planning when they heard the news.  There was an avalanche in Alaska.  Aaron, a groomsman, was caught in it while heli-ski guiding.  He didn’t make it.

Twelve weeks later, with the grief still fresh, Garrett and Sam became Mr. and Mrs (just last weekend).  Aaron’s cowboy boots were carried down the aisle and placed at the end of the groomsmen lineup to honor him.  While they were being carried, Sam was waiting with her Dad to walk down the aisle when a single bird flew overhead.  Josh was at the right place at the right time and happened to catch the moment.

It was a gorgeous Central Oregon day at Triple D Ranch in Bend.  There was a perfect mix of joy and grief and celebration and life long friendship.  It was such an honor to capture it all.

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Wales!  Here’s a peek at the day.

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The Jones Family: Portland, Oregon Family Photographer

The Jones family have been treasured friends for years, and it’s been awhile since we got our camera on them.  The last time was back in 2011 when they were just a family of three:


Since then, Ava has added the title of Big Sister to her name, and the Jones’ are now a beautiful family of four.  We caught up with them in Portland a couple weeks ago for some updated portraits.  Here’s a peek at our afternoon together at Washington Park.


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Nick + Whitney: An Oregon Engagement Session

Josh and I have the pleasure of photographing Nick and Whitney’s wedding in Pronghorn this summer and, while discussing their plans over Bluebird coffee and oceans rolls, we came up with an extra special plan for their engagement portraits.  Though they live in Portland, Whitney and Nick frequent Whitney’s parents’ house in Caldera Springs regularly.  The house is so special to them, that Nick got down on one knee and asked Whitney to become the Mrs. to his Mr. on a bench not far from it.  So we paid homage to both stomping grounds, starting in The Pearl in downtown Portland, and ending at the very same bench where he slipped the ring on her finger.  And Charlie, their pup, was our faithful companion, jumping into a few photos himself.

Here is a peek at our sessions together.  Happy Thursday!


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Ten Days for Ten Years: A Personal Post

A year and a half ago, my husband and I took a life changing trip to Maui. Incidentally, he lost his wedding ring in the ocean on day five of a seven day trip. I’ve been begging him to get a replacement ever since. Let’s be honest – wedding rings are sexy. Especially on him.

Fast forward to Valentine’s Day, and a quiet table for two in the corner of a quaint Colorado restaurant where we were celebrating a marriage milestone.  At that very moment ten years before, we were doing this:


Three thousand, six hundred and fifty days later, he ordered my favorite sentimental bottle of wine and handed me a package. Then I slipped the ring he picked out for himself onto his finger. And in less than four months, he’s moving me to that little island we fell in love with. One decade down with this man. Many more to come.

Since we’re picking up and moving to the tropics, we decided to get our fill of winter and take full advantage of a February anniversary.  Our #tendaysfortenyears trip ended up being thirteen days due to a last minute addition to the itinerary.  After all, spontaneity is one of my very favorite things – something that’s also deeply engrained in my personality.  So we road tripped to Colorado and holed up in a Steamboat Springs condo for awhile.  He skiied.  I snowboarded.  We both were in awe of the incredible scenery of the Rockies.  And we celebrated with some extra special polaroid film.  Because the most important events deserve to be framed in gold.

Here is a peek at our trip that ended with a log cabin in Jackson Hole – a visual story (told backwards with the end of the trip first because of how the embedding works) through or his and hers Instagrams.  Cheers to marriage.  Cheers to butterflies.  Cheers to still being head over heels in love.

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A Snowy Engagement Portrait Session in Bend, Oregon

We had the lovely pleasure of photographing some close friends in celebration of their engagement, and for their Save the Date cards.  Mike is the owner of Big Folio, the incredible web design company that powers both our portraits and weddings portfolio sites.  And Grace is his beautiful bride-to-be that produces the type of gorgeous hand lettering I wish I could create.  After their session, we collaborated together to create their save the dates. Here’s a peek at their portraits, and the final cards.  Happy Thursday!

Our favorite digital photographs:


Our favorite film scans:


And their save the date card:


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