PROPOSAL | LIFESTYLE

I've never been more honored, excited or nervous to shoot something. It had to be perfect for these two. 

She had no idea how long he'd been planning this or that he asked me to be there to capture such a defining moment. 

Patrick and Torey, I'm so excited for you two! 

GUATEMALA 2016 #2 | THE LIFE OF TESS

Rain like you've never experienced. 

Heat like you've never felt. 

Sweet faces.

The Luck Dragon dog and Jurassic Park adventures. 

GUATEMALA 2016 #1 | THE LIFE OF TESS

It's been just about two weeks since I've been home from Guatemala and as I drink my coffee and sit in the quiet I think I'm finally feeling....well, I don't know exactly how to put it. I'm feeling a quiet sadness and longing for the peace of such a chaotic place. 

Sounds strange I know, but unless you've been on a trip like this, it's not something you'll understand. 

I hit the ground running once we landed and today, I've finally had a chance to stop and think. Actually, if I'm being honest, it started late last night. I was looking through some of the photos that I've finished and there is one that just really spoke to me. I could almost hear the water hitting the shore and the birds in the trees. Peace. I felt at complete peace in that spot. 

I love this place and these people so much. They make my heart happy. And something I realized while down there is that, even though I've spent less than 40 days with them in 4 years, there is such a familiarity and love. It's like we've never been apart and we pick up where we left off. That is such a unique thing to have in general with people in your own city, let alone a whole other country. 

I'm really excited to share my experience with you through my photos. This post in particular is of the first couple of days there. We get to have a tourist day and play kiddos at one of the schools there. 

Happy Monday! 

MAUD ARTISTRY | LIFESTYLE

What can I say about these two GirlBosses? I just love them and I believe in everything that they are doing. They have an understanding about makeup and about how to bring out the best in a woman's features that go above and beyond anyone else I know. 

Besides being legit at their craft, these ladies are balls to the wall to make an awesome business and they are so inspiring. They are living their dream and putting in the work to do it. I'm super proud of them. 

I will always be a fan of someone who follows their heart and makes their dreams come true. If you're looking for a makeup artist, you need to hire these two. Check out their site and just do it! You won't regret hiring them!

http://maudartistry.com

Also, as a side note: 

I'm super passionate about creative small businesses and I want to do what I can to show support. I'm now offering a special package just for them. So if you're in need of high quality photos for your biz, hit me up and let's chat! 

MIKE & HALEY | WEDDING

I'll keep this short and sweet because I want you to look at the photos and immerse yourself in their gloriousness of my favorite frames from this super sweet wedding. 

Happy Monday y'all

 

 

DOWNTOWN LIFE PART VII | LIFESTYLE

"Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire."

J FAM | LIFESTYLE

I LOVE in home sessions! Whether it's just a couple or an entire herd of a family.

Everyone is much more comfortable and there's something so special about the everyday life that I think we miss while we're busy living. 

It's even more magical when my clients just let me immerse myself into their world and let me do my thing. That's the best. 

 

 

INDUSTRIAL STYLE | WEDDING

I legit don't have words for this shoot. I've been trying to come up with the perfect thing to say and I really believe the photos just speak for themselves. However, I have to give a HUGE shoutout to everyone who helped make this happen. I'm still so blown away by it all and I'm obsessed with the photos. It was magical. 

Living in Eastern Washington, when it's wedding season, about 95% of the time there is a field and a barn involved, which isn't bad. But Spokane DOES have an urban feel to it and can even be classy. You don't have to do the barn and the wheat field...you can do the sleek and the industrial and have a killer time doing it. 

I'm a big advocate for local creative business owners and I knew exactly who I wanted to be a part of this and thanks to Overbluff, I met two incredible wedding stylists! And to spare you from reading too much longer, here's everyone that blew my mind and went above and beyond. Make sure to go and follow them on their social media outlets and of course, hire them. You won't be disappointed! 

VENUE // Overbluff Cellars 

STYLISTS // Be.

DRESS // Cameo Bridal

CAKE // Carnival Cookie & Cakery

HAIR & MAKE UP // Maud Artistry

FLOWERS // Briar & Bloom 

BOTTLE OPENER // Jensen Handcrafted 

MODELS // Hannah & Alex 

 

 

JOE & KATE | LOVE SESSION

Ohhhhhhh man! I'm SO excited about this session. I've been wanting to do this for a while and Joe & Kate were the perfect couple to do this with.

So what is a Love Session? It's a very simple and calm session in bed. Yup. In bed. But it's not what you think. It's an expression of your quiet moments. Of the simple touches and looks.

If you're thinking about doing this, you should. Email me and let's chat about it!

A COURT OF THORNS & ROSES | LIFESTYLE

The meeting of creative minds can be explosive and I'm sitting here trying to come up with the words that will do this collaboration justice.

Kristina, the creative genius behind this awesome shoot, is the book nerd behind Beauty and Heartbreak and is also one of the talented makeup artists at Maud. This shoot was inspired by one of her recent reads, A Court of Thorns and Roses. She wanted to create the main character and what started out as just a simple studio shoot, turned into a "nah, we've got to take this outside" shoot.

We brought in one of my favorite models to shoot, Haley and on a recent meeting of a new up and coming Spokane florist, Desiree, from Briar and Bloom.

Desiree went above and beyond what we envisioned. Seriously, this girl is legit. We threw her a couple of ideas and then just let her have creative freedom. The crown was perfect and not to mention she was a great reflector holder.

I love natural light so much because it's unpredictable and ever changing. The light was all over the place and I loved utilizing what we were given. I don't usually use a reflector either, but gold was a big part of our inspiration and wanted to throw some warm tones in there.

We knew we needed to document this whole process, so not only do you get to see the final product, but a behind the scenes video!

Happy Friday!

DOWNTOWN LIFE PART V | LIFESTYLE

Ahh....love is in the air and it's the about to be wedding season.

When client's give me the freedom to just create, magical things happen for all of us. Especially if they're willing to just wander around downtown.

Mike & Haley's wedding is going to be off the charts and I'm so excited to be a part of it. It's a huge privilege.