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Corrie and Davin in DC. Surprise proposal photography

June 01, 2019

Some dear friends are getting married

 

Corrie and Davin and I have a significant history together. I left the original TN area right as their relationship began. In my visits back to the area I got to know davin just a little more each time. And Corrie and I have always had the the kind of sibling relationship that goes from close friends, confidant, to saying mean words to each other that only the other can understand as loving banter. 
    Their incredible hard work in both their lives and and professional relationship has always been an inspiration to me in my life working in wedding photography, specifically my time in portland wedding work. Long hours, personal sacrifices, and resilience. 
 

    Their wedding proposal was wonderful journey. Davin contacted me in secret and we had been planning the proposal for the last year before their vacation to the D.C. area. Corrie calls me occasionally and for the last year I have just had to lie to her and tell her that I have not known anything about the their wedding. But I shaved my head to complete my disguise, flew across the united states in secret, and brought the team together to get the surprise proposal at the lincoln Memorial at D.C.
    Now they are working towards that dream of an indian fusion wedding fall 2020! 

Enjoy their photos and if you have any questions about your own wedding photography, please reach out on the booking page!

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Shooting at Sunset on Grayson Highlands

April 12, 2019

What is Grayson Highlands?

Grayson highlands is located in Grayson County, Virginia, United States and is a favorite hike of mine. As far as I know the park was established in 1965 and it is part of the appalachian trail. I personally first heard of it when there was talk of a location that had ponies at it. Wild miniature ponies. Any one else coming to the area would be interested in hiking, horseback riding, and backpacking but I came for the sights and a chance to take the best sunset photo I have done up to date. If you have never experienced hiking to such an elevation that you reach mountain meadows or balds, then you are missing out on an experience of reaching a hight that feels seperated from easy travel. Your lungs start to work harder and the only cathardic release that you get is the sights you take in.

My couple walking out on the Bald of the mountain

Who were the couple?

Rachel and Evan are a mix of new and old to me. I knew Rachel in college, she left for her own reasons, and we met again after I had already finished my photography degree. Rachel met Evan after we finished a photo project to gether and I was already on my way to Portland. Three years later and one instagram message as well. We planned a photoshoot on the mountain.

I though the blanket was a great idea. Even with the sun out, it was cold.

What was the point?

I wanted to take on the challenge. How difficult can I make a photoshoot? Where can I draw the line of safely having a couple model for me, make the images aesthetically pleasing, and give the couple a result that was unforgettable. In everything we do there is a little bit of us there too. I said goodby to this side of the mountain years ago. I even made one last trip to do it on my own, never wanting to come back because of the memories I needed to leave behind. But I did come back, and I saw the whole area differently. It wasned a trail to me anymore. It was a fresh mixture of colors and textures that I could make my own.

Thank you

Thank you to Rachel and Evan. Thank you to the park. And thank you to you for reading. This Journal in particular is very good at showing what I can do on location, in an elopement style setting. Please check out the booking page if this interests you for your own wedding day.

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With the Llamas

March 11, 2019

Engagement shoot with the Wedding Llamas

The Wedding Llamas are key characters in an area that prides itself on the diversity of its populace. I have had a few opportunities to work with them before but this was the first time I came to the shoot as a professional photographer and not as a project. One of the Best locations to work with them is the park in Battle grounds. We spent the hour walking by the water and petting Rojo and Napoleon.

Immediately after our time with the wedding Llamas was up we took a little trip to Pittock Mansion to get the best view of the city. Alex and Josh were from a different state and stopped by to specifically shoot with the LLamas before their elopement.

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