WASHINGTON COAST ELOPEMENT INSPIRATION: ROD & RELLA

It was cold, rainy, and wet.  On the beach, the wind was unforgiving.  Frigid sea spray glazed our skin, coated my camera lens, and filled our lungs.   

But that didn’t stop Rod and Rella.  Adventurous to their cores, to them this was the perfect way to spend the day.  Plus, when you’re in love it really doesn’t matter what the weather’s like. 

Sweet words of congratulations followed us on the trail.  The hikers we passed oohed and ahhhed over this adorable couple and the obvious adoration they have each other.  More than once we heard, “Now this is the way to get married!” or “Oh, how I wish we’d done this!”

Because weddings can be stressful.  Elopements?  Eh, not so much. 

All you need to do is pick a place where your heart can sing and show up.  The vows, the declarations of love, the promises of forever…  That’s the easy part. 

Nature is my church.  And on this day, the entire forest offered witness and sang its blessings. 

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BOUDOIR: IN THE RAIN

The sky was overcast and the rain was relentless.  It was my favorite kind of Pacific Northwest morning.

And the perfect atmosphere for a beautifully moody, intimate boudoir session.

“Kiss me with rain on your eyelashes,
come on, let us sway together,
under the trees, and to hell with thunder.” 

—  Edwin Morgan, A Book of Lives

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* All photos, content, and text © Lisa Sorbe 2016

DORELY & JEFF: ANNIVERSARY

We had an hour to make it happen, a beach that looked like a crime scene (seriously, yellow caution tape, the works), and it was colder than a mutha. 

But we did it.  Damn straight we did.

“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” – Sarah Dessen

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* All photos, content, and text © Lisa Sorbe 2016

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

It’s Halloween!  And….  I haven’t even carved a pumpkin.

This month, my favorite month, has flown by so fast that it’s been a blur.  Aside from my day job, I’ve done 7 shoots.  And, as my other photographer friends know, the time you spend shooing with the client is a drop in the bucket compared to the hours spent sifting through images and editing at your computer.  From the 1st of the month to today, I’ve tallied the hours of two full-time jobs.  I have to admit, I’m exhausted. 

And pretty damn exhilarated.

But it’s also been a month of transition, of finally hitting my stride, upping my game, and making the extra effort to (much belatedly) polish my technique and hone my skills.  My shooting style has evolved, as have several other areas of my life.  Whereas autumn usually marks the ending of things – a time to slow down, relax, and cozy up by the fire after the long summer – I’m ramping up.  Flying.  Going faster than I ever have.  I feel I’m emerging from this season fully charged. Changed.  Morphing into the creative I’ve always wanted to be but never allowed myself to become. 

 So, now that all my rambling is out of the way… Happy Halloween!  I’m off to buy a pumpkin and carve it.  I still have, oh, twelve or so hours left of this awesome holiday, and I plan to soak up every bit of spookiness that I can before midnight. 

 Mwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahaha.

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* All Photos, content, and text © Lisa Sorbe 2016

ANNIVERSARY LOVE

I spent the morning with a couple celebrating their anniversary and am still – hours later –  reeling from all the sweet, sweet the love.

“I do not want someone who stands next to me because they are lonely; I want someone who stands next to me because they cannot imagine standing next to anyone else.”    —  M. Burr

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* All Photos, content, and text © Lisa Sorbe 2016