Justin and Jessica have perhaps one of the most unique engagement stories I have heard. He lives in Oklahoma and she lives in Florida. By chance, they met on a skydiving adventure and immediately bonded over their combined interested in aviation. She is a flight attendant and he has his private pilot’s license. Honestly, what are the odds? Their love of aviation extends further than flying in (and jumping out of ) planes. They also wanted an aviation theme for part of their engagement photos. I love when couples incorporate meaningful places and things into their engagement session. Especially when it’s such a big part of the reason these two became engaged in the first place!
When they contacted me for an engagement session, I realized that Cle Elum is not the premier aviation location given that we are so close to the Museum of Flight in Seattle. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect location for two aviation enthusiasts. A month before they arrived I travelled from Cle Elum to the Museum of Flight in order to plan the session and get special permission for exclusive access to the Museum before it opened. Talk about taking an engagement session to a whole new level! One of my favorite aircraft was the Chance Vought F4U Corsair, premier Marine fighter of World War II. It was so massive and absolutely stunning.
After we finished at the Museum of Flight, we drove back towards Cle Elum. About halfway through our journey, we made a stop in Issaquah for the remaining portion of their engagement photos. Honestly, they rocked every single part of the entire experience. Not only were they absolutely gorgeous but Jessica has an impeccable style that coordinated perfectly with each of the locations.
I’m so glad that they sought me out for their extra special Cle Elum/Pacific Northwest engagement session! Next, I’ll be the one flying out to see them, as I photograph their wedding on Tuesday, June 26th in Bat Cave, NC.
Congratulations you two, I can’t wait to see you soon!
If you have found yourself on this page, it’s likely that you’ve inquired about booking a portrait session with me. The very first step in our process is a pre-consultation at my Cle Elum photography studio. Come on in, have some coffee, and let’s plan! If you are not available to meet in person before your session, we can schedule a remote meeting. This is where half of the fun (and preparation!) of your photography experience takes place. It’s also one of the most important aspects of our work together.
Just like we wouldn’t build a home without blueprints or purchase a car without thinking about how it fits our family, we wouldn’t want to go into a portrait session without thinking about the end result in mind. From location to outfit selection, every detail is important. I want to work together so that you feel confident that your session will be the perfect fit for your family.
Is your family looking for a single, large wall piece or a cluster of images? Maybe you prefer albums for the coffee table and you want to add a smaller album for the grandparents. Is your aesthetic traditional or modern? These design choices will help dictate the best medium (metal, mounted print, or canvas, and framed or not framed, etc) that fit your home.
Believe it or not, even your decor style and size of your walls matter. When it comes to displaying heirloom artwork in your home, it’s important to find the appropriate size for your space. If you live near my Cle Elum photography studio, I can visit your home to get a better idea of the custom fine art images that will fit your style and space, or if you live farther away, we can arrange a remote design consultation. I also have sample artwork in a variety of styles and sizes for you to see and touch.
This is also a great chance for us to get to know each other better. I want to know about your children’s personalities. Are they shy or outgoing? Do they love to play in the dirt and climb trees or are they more likely to get all dressed up and play make-believe? Are they about to go off to college or start junior high? I want to know your family so that when you look at your heirloom artwork decades from now, we will have captured the true essence of who your family was in that moment in time.
The consultation is a great way to get excited about your session and the artwork that will soon be hanging from your walls. I can’t wait to meet with you soon!
Photographers all begin their journeys in different ways, for different reasons. I think my passion for photography, in part, came from losing my parents early in life. I doubt that when my mother passed away she realized that my most prized possession would become a collection of family photographs dating back to the mid-1800s. Every time I see these photographs I’m aware that I’m viewing a piece of history, a part of my legacy. These portraits are a tangible connection with my past, and they inspire me to document the future. My path to becoming a photographer in Cle Elum was wide and winding, and my calling came from my family history combined with becoming a step mom to two amazing kids.
Portraits of three of my ancestors.
Having a family of my own intensified my calling to capture and document our time on earth. When I look at our family portraits on the wall of our home, it is a daily visual reminder of who we are as a family, and the love that we hold for one another. I have realized that as parents we can obsessively photograph each moment of our children’s life, but we often don’t realize the need to step into the portraits ourselves. If life plays out in the way that we hope, we will leave this earth before our children – and when we do, those photographs of us will serve as the catalyst for stories that they will pass down to future generations.
This is why every step of your experience with me centers around the creation of heirloom portraits to be passed down from generation to generation. As a photographer, I can’t help but be an advocate for printed portraits in an age where so much of our life centers around intangible photographs, stored on media that will no longer exist in this lifetime. Each of the heirloom products I offer is designed and built to withstand the test of time.Decades from now your great, great grandchildren will be able to see the same portraits that hang in your home today.
A portrait of my mother as a child.
Choosing the right heirlooms begins with a design consultation. In this first meeting, we will discuss which locations around Cle Elum and surrounding areas will best suit your style. Choosing a photography location is more than choosing a beautiful space. It’s about selecting a location that reflects your family and fits into the style of your home. After all, your photos will end up proudly displayed there. Once we’ve mapped our location we’ll also discuss the different mediums we can preserve your family photos on – from heirloom canvases and metals, to framed prints and albums, there is no shortage of options to display your family’s legacy. I look forward to meeting you and working together to create the perfect images for you.