MOODY BRIDALS

She’s moving and wanted pictures with a PNW vibe to remember Washington by. I figured we couldn’t go wrong with a rocky beach and all that green.

Non-traditional bridal portraits are so much fun.

“The core of your true self is never lost. Let go of all the pretending and the becoming you’ve done just to belong. Curl up with your rawness and come home. You don’t have to find yourself; you just have to let yourself in.” ~  D. Antoinette Foy

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FREE PNW ELOPEMENT GIVEAWAY

Good vibes. I feel so many good vibes. And good vibes should be passed on.

I rekindled a dream in 2016. I feel lucky to have found photography again, to have been afforded the time to further my art, my skills. Re-discovering my enthusiasm for an art form I thought I’d long ago lost all passion for has been such a blessing, and while life isn’t entirely a bed of roses and I’m not exactly where I’d like to be yet in my career, I – finally, blissfully – feel like I’m moving in the right direction.

I feel lucky. For so long, I’ve felt like a drone to be used to further others’ dreams, others’ goals. It wasn’t until late this past year that I woke up and realized I also have every right to pursue mine.

I’m offering a giveaway for a free *elopement/intimate wedding in 2017. FREE. That means you get my shooting time for the ceremony and wedding portraits, my driving time (as long as it’s within a 3 hour drive of Bothell, WA), and all edited images sent to you electronically to print and share as you wish – FOR FREE. In a nutshell: I, my time, and my skills will cost absolutely nothing.

You don’t have to share this post. You don’t have to solicit others. This isn’t about marketing. It’s about giving something to someone else without any strings attached. When my husband and I got married, we struggled to pay for our wedding. The cost of the photographer alone took a huge chunk of our budget, and the stress on our shoulders from carrying such a hefty financial strain did, unfortunately, leech some of the joy from that day. So, if I can help one couple out there have their dream elopement while easing the financial strain that can go along with tying the knot, I’m all for it.

So how do you enter? Either comment on my facebook post or shoot an email to lsphoto@comcast.net with your name, wedding date, location, and name of your favorite book. I’ll throw ‘em all in a hat on New Year’s Eve and pick a winner.

Let’s make 2017 great. Refuse to be a drone. Go after your dreams. And give a little back when you can.

Happy day, all!

*Intimate wedding = 6 or less people

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STOP & SMELL THE PINES

I grew up in Iowa, where the plains stretch as far as the eye can see and rolling fields of corn lay blanketed beneath eggshell blue skies dotted with clouds as fluffy and thick as pillows. It’s a scene that manages to be boring and beautiful, overwhelming and serene – all at the same time. I’m a firm believer that every place, no matter where in the world it is, has its own beauty. Has at least one special thing that makes it so heartbreakingly unforgettable there’s no other spot like it on earth.

It’s no secret I’ve been pining for a move back to the Midwest.  The lower cost of living coupled with nostalgic feelings of my youth is a pull that’s becoming harder and harder to ignore.  I miss the humid summers, the crisp falls, and even the crazy cold, brutal winters.  I long for a simpler, slower life that starts its day with ample time to wake and gather my thoughts rather than the one I have now – where my eyes are barely open before I head out the door at six in the morning and rush headlong into a day that leaves me too drained to function when I return home that evening.

As of late, the only way I’ve felt I can obtain this lifestyle is with a move back to my home state.  We’ve been in Washington for ten years now, and the insane cost of living coupled with the population growth causing havoc on the roadways has been enough to damper my love affair with the Pacific Northwest.  What started out as a romance with Seattle has slowly, regrettably, turned sour. 

But.

I’ve been rediscovering my love for this beautiful state on these past few shoots.  The romance has, to a point, been revived, and the more time I spend wrapped up in the rugged nature of the Pacific Northwest – the blues, emeralds, and grays of the Cascades, especially – the more I see that a simple life can be lived anywhere.  A slower life can even be enjoyed within the current one we have now – by just taking the time to stop and smell the pines.

Yesterday, while lingering on the edge of Diablo Lake after the shoot, I delighted in the cool rain against my cheeks and inhaled deep.  Iowa may be my first love, but the North Cascades will forever have my heart. Someday, I’m going to run away and build a little cabin in those mountains and stay there forever. 

And now, on to this beautiful couple.  Thanks, Logan and Ashley, for bringing me to this spot, sharing your love, and helping me to, just a bit, start to rekindle mine.

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