Posts Tagged 'new years'

As 2011 comes to an end I reflect on what an amazing year it’s been. Really. Not a day went by when I didn’t actively thing about how lucky I am. Lucky to be doing exactly what I enjoy. Lucky to be able to support a family by taking pictures with a camera. I make a living by making art. Since quitting work as a graphic designer exactly one year ago I can say I’ve never been happier. Photography took us to Hawaii, NYC, & Seattle several times—as well as places in between. Truly a dream come true. That couldn’t happen without having such amazing couples to work with. I can say that without reservation while speaking of every single couple who’s wedding I photographed this year.

Rather than take on the impossible task of choosing all of my favorite photos (& risk ending up with a 300+ photo blog post) I’m taking the easier (& admittedly lazier) route of just choosing a single photo from each wedding. In many cases they aren’t even necessarily my favorite from that wedding. Really, I could spend months trying to choose if I tried to choose favorites. If you want to see more from these weddings (except for a few I still have yet to blog) just use the search bar at the top of the page.

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Melissa & Jared. Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle

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Katie & Olin, Lewis and Clark Plaza, Lewiston, ID

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Kailin & Bret, Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Sandpoint, ID

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Amber & Sam, The Davenport Hotel

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Kelli & Kevin, Georgetown Ballroom, Seattle

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Samm & Nathan, Davenport Hotel

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Tove & Jason, Normanna Hall, Tacoma, WA

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Chelsey & Barry, Waimanalo Beach Park & Honolulu Polo Club, Waimanalo, HI

brick building portrait "sigma 12-24mm" bride groom

Brittney & Nate, Clayton, WA

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Ashley & Mike, Spokane Masonic Center

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Talia & Justin, Beacon Hill

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Christie & Paul, The Glover Mansion

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Renee & Bob, Riverfront Park

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Rachelle & Steve, Dance Street Ballroom

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Katie & Dan, The Glover Mansion

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Paul & Stefanie, The White House, Coeur d’Alene, ID

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Tara & Spencer, Point Defiance, Tacoma

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Laurel & Jack, Gonzaga University

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Rachel & Tucker, The Mazama Ranch House, Mazama, WA

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Alicia & Aaron, Landmark Event Center, Des Moines, WA

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Maggie & John, The Parkside Event Center, Coeur d’Alene, ID

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Nikki & Clayton, High Country Orchard

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Sarah & Nate, The Glover Mansion

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Kristy & Brian, High Country Orchard

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Lindsey & David, Spokane Country Club

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Sammie & Darrin, The Glover Mansion

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Gracie & Chris, Beacon Hill

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Charissa & Erik, Trezzi Farm

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Rachel & Houston, Backyard wedding, St Maries, ID

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Kortney & Aaron, Pine River Ranch, Leavenworth, WA

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Rachiah & Andy, Arbor Crest

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Sarah & William, Red Barn Farms, Colton, WA

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Patsy & Kevin, Beacon Hill

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Tiffany & Nate, Blue Ribbon Culinary Center, Seattle

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Kathy & Matt, The Glover Mansion

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Flori & John, The Davenport Hotel

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Lauren & Darrick, Wallace, ID

"gonzaga university wedding pictures" gonzaga campus snow romantic kinkade photography

Lindsey & Jaron, Gonzaga University Chapel & The Glover Mansion

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Katie & Justin, Arbor Crest & The Davenport Hotel

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Terese & Kurt, The Glover Mansion

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Jenn & Rick, Elkins Resort, Norman, ID

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Erin & Jim, Trezzi Farm

Last but not least, I owe the biggest thanks to my family without who’s support I couldn’t do this. I don’t even mean support, I mean SUPPORT!!!! Happy new year everybody. Here’s to an even more amazing 2012—with 30 weddings already booked, it’s looking like we’re well on our way!

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