cannon beach wedding

Cannon Beach Engagement: Julie + James

What can be more flattering than a couple from out of state reaching out to have their photos taken by YOU while on a mini getaway? Not much comes to mind. When the newly engaged Julie and James had started making plans for their trip to the Oregon Coast, they realized that this special getaway (even if surrounded by work events), needed to be documented. It was their first time visiting the gorgeous Cannon Beach, and quickly they decided they absolutely needed to come back and visit. What's not to love about the salt in the air, the stunning view of Haystack Rock, and the endless stretch of beach. I had to brag, but the Pacific Northwest really has the most incredible beaches. 

Meeting the two for the first time, especially on such an occasion, was a real treat for me and Jem. It was obvious that this kind and silly pair had a deeper understanding of love and friendship than the average couple. How else can I describe them but sweet, passionate, carefree, and warm.

Being in their presence was a gift enough, not to mention they were so much fun to photograph. They have a way of being fully there with each other at all times, without making it seem like they are ignoring or forgetting the outside world. But simply, enjoying it together. 

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Cannon Beach Ethereal Bridal Session: Featured on Dear Gray

On the third anniversary of my business, what is better way to celebrate than this? Last October I was privileged to join some of the most talented film & digital photographers in the United States for a workshop hosted by the renowned Jeremy Chou here in my great state of Oregon. We were taught by the leading members in our industry on creating meaningful and beautiful images with film & digital mediums. In January my images from the Lewis & Clark shoot were featured on JoyWed. Today, the second part is featured on one of my favorite wedding blogs, Dear Gray. 

Learning to shoot in the rain was one of my biggest challenges, and up until that day, biggest roadblocks as a photographer. It wasn't easy being exposed to the rain when I was loading and reloading film, or when I was trying to keep the equipment dry in between shots without an assistant. It was an experience I was surprisingly not prepared for as an Oregonian, but also incredibly thankful for as a photographer. 

The Jeremy Chou Workshop made an incredible impact on my life and gave me the necessary skills to be an even better hybrid wedding photographer, specifically in the Northwest. This shoot took place at the legendary Cannon Beach in front of Haystack Rock. I call this gallery the "Siren of the Sea" because of how gorgeous and ethereal our model portrayed this bride. You can catch some of these images and more on Dear Gray by clicking the button below!