Senior Photos and Fall Color

The fall colors have been spectacular and this young man is so handsome. It was a perfect day to be out making senior photos. A little frost lingered in the shady areas but the sun warmed us and made us forget that winter is just around the corner. The setting they chose near the Chewuch River outside of Winthrop, was lovely with lots of deciduous trees and shrubs decked out in fall’s finest, accented with stately evergreens and pretty ponds too.

My job is so much fun! I get to see all the prettiest places and meet the nicest people too. The mom and I had the most fun talking about dogs.

North Cascades Wedding

Jay and Kaleena chose the Liberty Bell overlook for the site of their wedding. It’s a dramatic location perched on the edge of a lofty cliff high above Highway 20 with an incredible view of the Liberty Bell rock formation. Of course, during this time of year the weather can do anything and on Saturday it did. In the valley it was lovely and warm. The couple even went swimming! At 5:00, in the mountains the skies were overcast and low, threatening rain. We had seen some raindrops on the way to the pass.

But it wasn’t raining when we met the judge and walked to the upper overlook. It was chilly though. Kaleena’s son was the ring bearer and he was freezing and he was nervous. The bride was also pretty chilly in her elegant lacy and beaded wedding dress. It was quite a stunning dress and she was glowing with happiness despite the cold. No time was wasted getting started. Retired Judge Ottinger did a lovely ceremony and the couple’s vows were heartfelt and moving. The ring bearer was much more relaxed when the ceremony was finished. Afterwards we did a few quick photos and returned to the picnic area to sign the paperwork and then we went out to the main overlook for more photos. In the rain. They did bring umbrellas and that reminds me, I need to get some umbrellas for just this sort of thing.

The overcast skies and the rain made the fall colors glow in the early evening light. It was a perfect match for the happy couple. A beautiful North Cascades Wedding. People in the Pacific Northwest are used to weather and ready for whatever it has for us.

I am a person who enjoys all the seasons and most of the weather in the North Cascades. It brought me great happiness to be part of this joyous wedding despite the weather.


Family Photos Near Winthrop

Remember this wedding? Almost two years ago, Christina and Erik and their two dogs celebrated their love at a house on the Methow River near Winthrop and then rode their bicycles (ok, the dogs didn’t ride bikes) into town to their reception at the Twisp Valley Grange. Now, they have a seven-month old daughter! I was delighted when they asked me to return to the scene of their wedding to photograph the three of them and the two dogs. The little girl seems to be full of deep thoughts and ponders the meaning of all the yellow leaves on the ground and her shoes and the little pom pom hanging off of her hat. She is an active crawler and soon will be moving around on her own two feet and I think she will be one to tell you stories. Despite having a tough night, staying awake for four hours when she should have been asleep, she was not cranky. She was ready to explore the world around her. Maybe the parents missed that sleep more than she did. The dogs are as much fun as they were two years ago and they were very happy to return to the Methow Valley and run around and jump in the river.

I really like my job. Seeing these two with their little girl really warmed my heart.

Thank you for returning to Winthrop and asking me to make your family photos.


Birthday Party Photos

I have a fun job. Photographing people at fun events. This time it was a birthday party at a Sun Mountain Cowboy Dinner! Guests ride horses or arrive in horse-drawn wagons to the old homestead where a terrific bbq dinner awaits them. Wranglers teach kids (and adults) how to throw a rope. There are pony rides for little kids. And a strolling guitarist. And s’mores! What a great evening!


Sun Mountain Wedding

I think it only rained twice this summer and I was at Sun Mountain Lodge for a wedding both times! They say it’s good luck to have rain on your wedding day and I should know, it rained on mine!

Sarah and Brad and I had planned to do photos on the grounds around the lodge before the ceremony. But it was blustery with rain squalls and strong breezes so we found a covered deck instead. Their dog was the ring bearer and somehow her leash didn’t make the drive up the mountain. Luckily, I had a leash in my car that she could use. Photographers are often called on to help in unusual circumstances and this was one of those times. The groom’s attendants included his daughter and the bride’s grandfather. We did the first look and wedding party photos and made our way over to the lodge in a light rain where guests waited on the covered terrace or in the lobby.

Despite the weather, the couple still wanted to have the ceremony outside. People were checking weather forecasts on smart phones and were convinced that the rain would be finished in half an hour so we waited. The bar was opened and a few people found umbrellas.

And indeed, the rain quit before 5:30. The smell of petrichor, “A pleasant, distinctive smell frequently accompanying the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather in certain regions” (Oxford English Dictionary), from the light rain left the air fresh and clean after weeks of hot, dry, smoky skies from nearby wildfires. The marvelous staff at Sun Mountain wiped down the chairs and provided towels for guests to sit on. The bride’s uncle was the officiant. Fawn Meadow Design provided the beautiful flowers.

There were more photos after the ceremony and dinner and drinks and cake and toasts and lots of dancing throughout the evening. DJ Noah Ashford provided the sound and music.

Many thanks to Sarah and Brad and their families for including us in their wedding plans. It was a delight to do your wedding photography.