Omar and Hannah – Sunset Engagement Session in Big Meadows

mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset

Welcome to one of my favorite portrait sessions so far this year, a sunset shoot in Big Meadows with two of our former coworkers (we also attended the same high school). The evening had two highlights for me: 1. Sharing iced espresso with Omar and Hannah atop a limestone boulder, waiting for the sun to get low in the sky. 2.The post-sunset moody lifestyle images we captured towards the end of the session…..all in all, a great evening spent exploring the meadow.

Omar and Hannah were so fun to photograph. Looking forward to their wedding in less than a month!

mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset
mountain engagement session in big meadows at sunset

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Kiki and Josh – Wedding at Joshua Tree Inn – Joshua Tree, California

california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn

California is our favorite. Ever since we started doing annual cross country road trips in 2013 I’ve dreamed of photographing a wedding there one day. The Golden State literally contains every type of land form that we find interesting. Granite Mountains. Ocean. Sandy beaches. Cliff beaches. Redwood forests. Deserts. When Kiki and Josh first contacted us to photograph their Halloween wedding in Joshua Tree, it was hard to contain my excitement.But I did. And they booked us! We ended up driving the 2500 miles, one-way, to photograph the Halloween wedding of Kiki and Josh at the Joshua Tree Inn.

california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn
california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn

Don’t forget! Next spring we’re offering another HUGE discount for weddings in California, Oregon and Washington. Find more details about the 40% off sale here.

venue – Joshua Tree Inn and Motel

catering – CV BBQ

film scans – Indie Film Lab

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Jason and Jordan – Switzer Lake Engagement – Virginia

adventurous switzer lake engagement session in virginia - portra400

Jason and Jordan are adventurers. They LIVE to explore cities, taste coffee and stargaze together at Switzer Lake. Naturally, the Lake was the best location for their engagement session. While we walked around the shore waiting for the sun to set, Jason told us about the time he and a friend drove a boat to the Bahamas. Drove a boat to the Bahamas. Drove a boat to the Bahamas. Maybe one day we’ll be that cool.

When Jordan first contacted us back in January, I could tell right away that we needed to meet these people. Besides loving to explore, they’re simply down to earth. Jordan, being a designer, noticed and embraced the anti-cookie-cutter in our approach to photography…and that, my friends is what I consider to be the ultimate compliment from a fellow artist.

I hope you enjoy this engagement session as much as I enjoyed creating it.

adventurous switzer lake engagement session in virginia - portra400
adventurous switzer lake engagement session in virginia - portra400
adventurous switzer lake engagement session in virginia - portra400
adventurous switzer lake engagement session in virginia - portra400
adventurous switzer lake engagement session in virginia - portra400
adventurous switzer lake engagement session in virginia - portra400
adventurous switzer lake engagement session in virginia - portra400
adventurous switzer lake engagement session in virginia - portra400
adventurous switzer lake engagement session in virginia - portra400
adventurous switzer lake engagement session in virginia - portra400
adventurous switzer lake engagement session in virginia - portra400
adventurous switzer lake engagement session in virginia - portra400
adventurous switzer lake engagement session in virginia - portra400
adventurous switzer lake engagement session in virginia - portra400
adventurous switzer lake engagement session in virginia - portra400
adventurous switzer lake engagement session in virginia - portra400
adventurous switzer lake engagement session in virginia - portra400
adventurous switzer lake engagement session in virginia - portra400
adventurous switzer lake engagement session in virginia - portra400
adventurous switzer lake engagement session in virginia - portra400

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Paul and Lindsey – A Forest Park Engagement – Portland, Oregon

forest park engagement session in portland oregon

After photographing a wedding in Joshua Tree California (coming to the blog soon) we headed to the coast, visiting the San Bernardino National Forest, Los Angeles and the Sespe Wilderness on the way. Over the next week we slowly worked our way north to meet Paul and Lindsey in Portland, Oregon. Read more

November Road Trip – California, Oregon, Washington

california desert wedding on halloween at the Joshua Tree Inn

We’ve always wanted to photograph a wedding in California, specifically in either Joshua Tree or Big Sur. Back in October part of that dream came true. We drove over 2500 miles to Joshua Tree California for a wedding at the Joshua Tree Inn. More about that next week! For now, check out some of the highlights of our road trip to and from the wedding.

self portrait in joshua tree BLM land
light painting our camp under the stars in the joshua tree BLM land near Joshua tree national park
foggy snowy road to keller peak in the san bernardino national forest
backpacking in a grove of pines in the sespe wilderness in california
sespe hot springs in the sespe wilderness in california
monarch butterflies in the eucalyptus trees in pismo beach california
looking for campsites on los burros road near big sur california
pacific ocean view from the tent in big sur california
view of the pacific and highway 1 from naciemento-fergusson road in big our caifornia
camping under the stars in big sur california
a misty hike on eagle creek trail in the columbia river gorge
tunnel falls hike on eagle creek trail in the columbia river gorge in oregon
wintery road conditions near crater lake oregon
snowshoeing in whiteout conditions on mount rainier in washington state

We’ll be back out west February-March 2017, and we’re offering a special wedding discount during this time for California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Utah weddings. Spread the word!

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Jordan and Diana – Intimate Wedding on the Chesapeake – Kilmarnock, Virginia

medium format film adventure wedding portrait backyard intimate wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia

Jordan and Diana’s backyard wedding on the Chesapeake Bay was the epitome of simplicity. Seriously…25 total guests and a quiet ceremony on a blanket in the sand in front of a tall pine tree, followed by dinner on the deck and a relaxing bonfire. Smiles all day long. We need more weddings like Jordan and Diana’s wedding.

film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia

Oh yeah, and we got to make moonlit wedding portraits on the bay. Dreams do come true.

film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia
film photos of private intimate backyard wedding on the chesapeake bay in kilmarnock Virginia

rentals – Paisley and Jade

florals – Amanda Burnette

catering – Foode

dinner plates – Clements

film scans – Indie Film Lab

we have a special package for smaller weddings like this one. for more information send us a message

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free spirit mountain bridal portrait at sunrise [concept]

free spirit mountain bridal portraits session at sunrise with foraged wildflower bouquet

I’ve been waiting to share this shoot since the day it took place. This is the kind of work I wish to do. The evening before, Aneila and I foraged the wildflowers for the bouquet and wreath on some family land near our house. We woke up at 4am and hit the trail by 5:15. As the fog lifted, a magical scene unfolded. #longlivefilm.

free spirit mountain bridal portraits session at sunrise with foraged wildflower bouquet
free spirit mountain bridal portraits session at sunrise with foraged wildflower bouquet
free spirit mountain bridal portraits session at sunrise with foraged wildflower bouquet
free spirit mountain bridal portraits session at sunrise with foraged wildflower bouquet
free spirit mountain bridal portraits session at sunrise with foraged wildflower bouquet
free spirit mountain bridal portraits session at sunrise with foraged wildflower bouquet
free spirit mountain bridal portraits session at sunrise with foraged wildflower bouquet
free spirit mountain bridal portraits session at sunrise with foraged wildflower bouquet
free spirit mountain bridal portraits session at sunrise with foraged wildflower bouquet
free spirit mountain bridal portraits session at sunrise with foraged wildflower bouquet
free spirit mountain bridal portraits session at sunrise with foraged wildflower bouquet
free spirit mountain bridal portraits session at sunrise with foraged wildflower bouquet
free spirit mountain bridal portraits session at sunrise with foraged wildflower bouquet
free spirit mountain bridal portraits session at sunrise with foraged wildflower bouquet
free spirit mountain bridal portraits session at sunrise with foraged wildflower bouquet
free spirit mountain bridal portraits session at sunrise with foraged wildflower bouquet
free spirit mountain bridal portraits session at sunrise with foraged wildflower bouquet

click on this mountain panorama for a full-res view!

free spirit mountain bridal portraits session at sunrise with foraged wildflower bouquet

model: Aneila

bouquet: foraged locally by Aneila

film scans: Indie Film Lab

dress: ModCloth – "Wisp Reminds Me"

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the ways – pacific family portraits – montana de oro state park, california

the way family family portraits on the pacific at montana de oro state park in california

Back in March we visited our California cousins, the Ways. We spent a whole week hanging out and wrapped it up with a mini family shoot for Zach, Hanna and Forest on the Pacific. Indie Film Lab nailed the fuji 400h scans.

the way family family portraits on the pacific at montana de oro state park in california
the way family family portraits on the pacific at montana de oro state park in california
the way family family portraits on the pacific at montana de oro state park in california
the way family family portraits on the pacific at montana de oro state park in california
the way family family portraits on the pacific at montana de oro state park in california
the way family family portraits on the pacific at montana de oro state park in california
the way family family portraits on the pacific at montana de oro state park in california
the way family family portraits on the pacific at montana de oro state park in california
the way family family portraits on the pacific at montana de oro state park in california
the way family family portraits on the pacific at montana de oro state park in california
the way family family portraits on the pacific at montana de oro state park in california
the way family family portraits on the pacific at montana de oro state park in california
the way family family portraits on the pacific at montana de oro state park in california
the way family family portraits on the pacific at montana de oro state park in california

Since we’ll be back in California next spring, we’re offering a special wedding discount in 2017 for California weddings. Spread the word!

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The West

seastack in the pacific ocean at rialto beach washington

"No one realises how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” " Lin Yutang

driftwood at rialto beach near la push washington
piles of granite boulders in joshua tree national park california
la jolla beach near san diego california
rope access to pirates cove in avila beach california
free dispersed camping in big sur highway 1 california
free dispersed camping in big sur highway 1 california
sunrise in yosemite national park california
mesquite flat sand dunes and grapevine mountains in death valley national park california
the vast scale of mesquite flat sand dunes death valley national park in california
eureka sand dunes in death valley national park california - 700 feet fall
giant trees in sequoia national park california
sunrise at the vast great sand dunes national park in colorado
cascades sunrise view of mount hood from the lunch counter on mount adams
black canyon of the gunnison national park
south kaibab trail below the grand canyon's south rim at sunrise rim to river to rim hike
the main road going through big bend on the way to rio grand village campground at dusk - texas
our tent and the stars of the milky way at terlingua abajo campsite in the backcountry of big bend national park - texas
the hot springs in big bend national park texas
the stars viewed from big pine campground in montana

We’ll be back out west February-March 2017, and we’re offering a special wedding discount during this time for California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Utah weddings. Spread the word!

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