Up to Smith Rock
A lot of travel and it was worth it.
This is a very quick look at my time at Smith Rock with a couple for their engagement photos. The travel was long but I'd like to think that it was worth it. An early tip for most people wanting to go to Smith Rock is to go early, that way you could experience the vastness of each part of the park. We took a little bit of time to check out the lower Trail, and then spent some of our sunlight Beneath The Rock itself to include it in the background of the photos.I hope you guys enjoyed this little collection of photos, wedding photos to come soon!
This year has been both an exciting and Rocky start. We didn't know what the year was going to bring, but I'm seeing things open more and more. I hope to see you guys as part of it!
In the Waves
Stepping it up by going underwater
I’m so excited to have gotten to work with this family on so many weddings. And a few more to come. Within Anna and Josh, our original plan was to take photos on the side of Mount St. Helens. Unfortunately, the weather was just not that great. We could’ve gotten up there, but it would’ve been very difficult to get back down. Lots of snow and too many clouds.
So after taking a moment to drop off some coffee for them to enjoy from my coffee roasting Company shepherd coffee roasters, I decided to ask them if they were interested in doing a shoot partially underwater. I knew that they were the adventuring type when I realize that if we had gone to Mount Saint Helens, to get to our spot it would’ve taken an hour and a half hike through the mountainside.
We decided to go to a cove they gave us the best atmosphere to enjoy the waves as well as be in the water. There was no way around the fact that it was going to be cold. The couple brought along a couple of wet suits and a few surfboards to use as far as the shoot, so you guys will definitely see those in the photos. For myself I decided to avoid any wetsuits because I didn't want to fiddle with something new while trying to focus on photography. Definitely would have been nice to have, but the cold would only be temporary in the photos would be forever. If you've ever tried to get out of a wetsuit then you know the pain.
Anna and Josh's wedding will happen in May, the day before my birthday in fact! I have plenty of room for the rest of the year and would be excited to share the ongoing discount with anybody interested. Hope to see you guys soon!
Into the mountain: taking a shoot on MT. Rainier off the bucket list.
The bucket list has been an idea that has sat far away from my youth. It is something I was planning to tackle as I get older. Little did I know, I would have a bucket list for photography based on my home in the PNW. Over a hundred different shoot ideas and locatiosn o get through. A small little bullet list include all of the local mountains. I am so happy to be able to present one of the biggest mountains in this area as part of the Journal.
The Journey there
We were extremely lucky to have gone up on a national holiday, so our entrance costs were taken care of! Great when you don't expect a sixty dollar door ticket. The drive up was as uneventful as you can imagine. A few rivers here and there, a visitor spot halfway up, and just a ton of trees. Truthfully not much to look at until you get to the top. When you finish the 50 minute drive to the top, the mountain shows you what it is all about. A ton of rocky peaks that no one will climb, the fields of mountain flowers, and finally the mountain itself.
I planned ahead to give us the most amount of time to get our photo work done. We knew there was a ton of hiking to get done and only so much daylight to do it in. But at some moments we just had to learn how to exercise patience. Clouds came in front of the main mountain and I knew I was not going to be satisfied with a hidden mountain photo. So we waited. And we waited. I even asked some other mountaineers if they wanted their photos done while we were waiting. And the clouds decided to open up for us and we got the hero shot. If you take just a moment and waited on the home page slider you would have seen it. If you had not, i hope you enjoy it here.