The Olympic Peninsula is one of the most amazing places on our planet. It’s great on sunny summer days, but it is fiercest and wildest in the winter. During our pacific northwest snowmageddon, I went camping with some brave souls who were crazy enough to face the weekend in wind, waves, flood warnings, falling trees, ice, rain, sea foam, and snow.
The first few pictures are from Rialto Beach, and the last few are from First Beach a few minutes drive away.
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I love seeing mundane things get filled with joy. Josh took this to a new level with his proposal—hiding a group of 31 friends incognito on a Seattle Metro Bus then serenading Aleya with vocal backup from the rest of the group. The bus driver stopped to give Aleya a hug, everyone else made sure to see the ring, and I’m still grinning.
Nice work Josh, and congratulations to you both!
I captured these photos from a helicopter without a door, wearing fingerless gloves, dangling out into a constant 35-85 knot flow of freezing wind. To set the shots up, I communicated with the pilot over the in-helicopter mics, then the pilot would call down via shortwave radio to the captain of the boat. The technical challenge of coordinating two fast-moving targets like this is only superseded by getting kids to line up for a family photo.
The Ferry, Rich Passage I, is a 77′ low-wake passenger ferry designed by the Bellingham-based company All American Marine. The vessel was designed specifically for Kitsap County to provide an efficient low impact commuter solution that would not erode the coastline.
As a photographer, I love watching how couples identify what is most important to them and then shape their weddings around these core values. During Patrick and Bethany’s wedding day, I was moved to see how their relationship mirrors the deepest hopes of their faith. Their passion and sense of humor also made photographing their day really fun! This was important because, working in downtown Renton, I felt a little like a fish out of water (if you follow my work, you may notice a bias toward forests and beaches). Their enthusiasm made their environment rock. Congratulations Patrick and Bethany and blessings on your marriage!
I had the privilege of shooting the debut performance of a new jazz-soul band at LUCID Jazz Lounge. It was super refreshing to do a little improv collaboration with these guys on the images. And besides, now I can truthfully say that I shot The Trophy Buck.
Bonus! Here’s a little behind-the-scenes peek at our high end photo studio ;)
This summer we had the joy of welcoming a new nephew, Peregrine Kenneth Emmanuel Nelson. So far we know that he loves sunshine and that he has the same wrinkles on his forehead as me. His name means wanderer or pilgrim.
Congratulations Andrew and Rachel!
Recently, I was invited to photograph a local Indonesian wedding in a village near where we stay in Cisarua, Bogor. The reception was an afternoon-long receiving line where friends, acquaintances and family come to give their blessings and gifts, and then enjoy a buffet of food and live music. The wedding was very formal, but atmosphere was also lighthearted and very relaxed. Personally, I had a lot of fun with the challenge of capturing a wedding in a new context.
Congratulations Robert and Dia!
This photography season came to a close for me with Tobin and Sarah’s autumn wedding at the Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens in Everett, Washington. I loved how comfortable Tobin and Sarah were with stripping down the usual wedding trappings, while really honoring what mattered to them. Since the wedding guests consisted only of their parents, siblings, and a couple of others, I felt very privileged to be a part of their day.
Congratulations and all the best on your future together!
Steve and Tracey designed one of the most quirky and guest-oriented weddings that Liz and I have had the privilege of capturing. The Georgetown Ballroom in Seattle seemed the perfect place for their creative flare and warmth. From the photo booth guest book to the cupcake tower to Tracey’s pink heels, the day was full of fun alternatives to the normal wedding status quo. We had a particularly fun time running an (un)photo booth for the first time (see the results here).
Congratulations Tracey and Steve!