Matt + Amanda | In Love

Lifestyle sessions are some of my most favorite to shoot. I love the way that couples and families engage when they're not worried about posing for the camera, and the way the emotion shines through in their images. 

Amanda and her husband, Matt, are the proud owners of The White Dress, one of my favorite bridal boutiques in the Pacific Northwest! Aside from truly providing their clients with an amazing experience, what I love most is how much of themselves they put into their boutique. 

I was so happy to get to capture Amanda + Matt in their new home, and with their sweet kitties! We kicked things off with a little cribbage, which they played on this gorgeous, personalized board gifted to them by Matt's sister.

Then we moved into the living room, where they cozied up, mostly laughing together. One thing I LOVE about these two is Matt's ability to make Amanda laugh - all.the.time! Also, how gorgeous is the piece they hung above their couch? It highlights many iconic Portland landmarks - and was custom-designed to include The White Dress

Oh, and their kitties! How adorable are they?! I'd say this little family looks pretty sweet...

Matt + Amanda, thank you for allowing me to capture this new beginning for you - I can't wait to watch you grow and make many memories in your beautiful home! 

Makeup by the ever-talented and wonderful Olivia Hawthorne

Chris + Nicole | Proposal

I really do have the best job ever, you guys. I get to celebrate love and life with people, and witness magical moments. And guess what? It doesn't get old. 

Chris reached out to me, telling me that he planned to propose to his (then) girlfriend, and was hoping I was available to capture it. Guys: take note, he remembered to hire a photographer! He knew exactly what he had in mind, and after a few days of planning (including some Google satellite views and marked up screenshots of where this was going to happen, ha!), I showed up at Hug Point awaiting their arrival, where I was greeted by this sweet, wild bunny:

I sent a mini video of it to Chris via text, with a little note about this bunny bringing him some extra luck. Little did I know, this bunny was extra special, as they had one just like him!

They made their way down the beach, stopping frequently for selfies at this beautiful, special place, while I inconspicuously followed...

...until they came to 'the spot.' And then came the magic. It was perfect, and sweet, and there was so much love and pure joy. 

I got closer at this point, and as I snapped away, she sweetly looked over and smiled, flashing me her hand - still at this point thinking that I was some stranger on the beach, and that they just had the best luck ever that someone had their camera there! Haha! 

Then we spent some time just hanging out, celebrating their love and this next step in their journey together.

Chris + Nicole, you radiate warmth and love, and I couldn't feel more honored to have gotten to capture this moment for you <3 

Maylena | Senior

There are not enough words for how much I adore this girl and her ohana. I can't believe she's a Senior this year! I am so proud of the woman that she is blossoming into, and could not be more honored to have gotten to capture this milestone in her life. I love that she incorporated the things that are most important to her: her culture and her family. 

She truly is a light, and I can't wait to see where she takes it after she graduates this year!