A Winter Engagement | Leavenworth

Maybe it’s ok to succumb to the deep, dark days of winter–to savor the silent darkness, let it swallow us up for a moment in time. Maybe it’s ok to slow down-to walk with a heavier footing. Maybe letting winter be in us, allowing it to wrap around us is more natural and whole than we can realize in the moment.

It is a time to quiet ourselves and just be…something I work toward all of the seasons of the year, whenever possible. While it can feel long and drawn out, I am so grateful for what winter represents.

And, I was so grateful to be able to photograph Taylor and Josh in Leavenworth for their winter engagement session; and to slow down with them and let them be wrapped up in each other’s arms. There were several moments during their session where the light in their eyes for each other took my breath away. Seeing that kind of light is worth enduring all the darkness of the world…

 

 

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Kathryn

 

best of 2014 | seattle wedding photographer

While it’s difficult to attempt to sum up the year in a “best of” post, I’m going to do just that–attempt.

These images are a collection of the three main things I want my work to be about:

Connection (to one another, to our own humanity, to nature).

Honest, story-telling, moments.

An artful approach to life.

Oh! Be sure to see the REALLY exciting news at the end of the post…

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And now for the exciting news:

I’ve recently begun to work with Kirk Mastin of Mastin Labs doing social media for his company. In case you’re not familiar with Mastin Labs, they make presets for Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw. I whole-heartedly believe (and have believed long before I began work with the company) these are the very best presets that exist. Ever. Each of the images in this post have been edited with Mastin Labs Lightroom presets. I specifically used the Portra 160 preset as well as the new Ilford black and white presets (mostly Pan F, which I’m a sucker for already!)

The reason why these are the very best presets out there, in my opinion, is because the digital files perfectly match their film counterparts. This matters to me because as I begin to shoot more and more film, this makes my workflow that much easier (and faster)! And secondly, I like my images and their look to be based in some sort of concrete ideas about color that Kodak (and other film companies) created long ago.

If you want to check the presets out for yourself, here’s a link to purchase: https://mastinlabs.com/?ref=26. Because I believe in these presets SO much, Kirk has made me an affiliate partner, which means I get a little back, when you purchase the presets with that link!

This year has been really beautiful for me, though at times, a struggle. I’ve been looking for meaning all over the place, trying new things and pouring myself into the weddings and couples that I’ve photographed.After all of the moments of worry, and feeling a bit stuck, I can say with confidence that witnessing human connection (in all that that entails), daily, in life, (and through the work that I do) is what pushes me to be better and will always be one of the most moving, motivating and awe-inspiring aspects of life for me. It continually fascinates me, brings me to tears, makes me want to scream, and makes me want to learn how to be a more caring, more giving, more complete, loving human. So, I have to thank my couples and their families and their friends for inviting me week after week to participate in their love and their lives and for moving me to a place where love just is. Simply and beautifully, it just is, out in the open and just there for us all to experience. Thank you.

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Kathryn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

my why…

A few thoughts I had the other day, before getting to one of the most beautiful couples I’ve ever had the privilege to photograph:

I “do photography” for the opportunity to observe humanity.

Why do I want to “observe humanity”? Why do I want to be a witness to our faults? Our humanness? Our idiosyncracies? Our ability to communicate? to connect? to disconnect? Why do I want to document the beauty in a face–wrinkles, bumps, spots and all? The pain in one’s eyes? The moment just before laughter erupts, first felt in the energy of our hands? Why do I want to be a part of the hurt? The joy? The space that sits between, among it all? To see the light and the darks. The highlights and the moments only witnessed by my lens?

Why?

Because I am human. And I want to be more human. I want to know what it means to be human and to share all that that is with others. To give myself and others a chance to feel that for a split second longer than they are comfortable with…than I am comfortable with. And to let it linger in an image for even longer…perhaps for others to experience long after we are gone. Perhaps by doing this, I will help others see…and feel. Really feel…And cherish…and long for…and hold tighter…tighter even for a moment, that person that means the most to them…Hold tighter that moment that changed everything…That vast energy that is within us all to love.

To hold that tight…and then release it out into the world. This is why I “observe humanity”. Why I “do photography”? This is is my why.

And with that…I share with you two people who, as I photographed them, gave me cause to stop and consider all that I’ve written about above. I’m always working on my “why” in life and work and I am extremely proud to have followed through on it here in my work.

Kim and Jenny, as we spent time together, I felt like I could see into the future…50 years from now…where I saw the two of you embracing one another just as tightly as you did on this day, laughing just as deeply, loving infinitely more…continuing to do all that you do best.

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Kathryn

adventure is out there

I love how adventurous and well-traveled the couples I get to work with are! Erika and Aron are definitely no exception! I just re-read their engagement story and I am in awe of these two and their excitement for living life to its fullest! Erika wrote: “While walking the Portuguese route of El Camino de Santiago, we took a rest day about a week into the trip. We explored a nearby palace/wildlife reserve/cathedral area and hiked to the top of the small mountain it sat on top of. I spotted a nearby terrace look-out just beneath the summit and led the way to explore it. Aron set up the self-timer on the camera, and the next thing I knew, he was on one knee proposing!…I love that we got engaged toward the beginning of our 5 week trip and had the rest of the time to enjoy dreaming of our life together”. I am also struck by their commitment to working in their communities to help make the lives of those around them better–daily. What a beautiful thing it is when people as kind as this find one another! I am SO incredibly happy for you two and SO looking forward to your fall wedding at Brown Family Homestead!!!

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Kathryn

 

 

 

 

 

obviously: love

Mutual respect and equality are some of the first thoughts that come to mind when I think about Emily and Eli and their relationship. What a honor it was to see them together and interact in this way. Not to mention how fun they are to hang out with! We woke up bright and early for their Seattle engagement session and started at their house with coffee (obviously) and then made our way around their neighborhood all morning long! We decided Cupcake Royale was a must for breakfast (obviously). Seriously…Emily and Eli, I could have spent another 5 hours hanging and photographing you! I am giddy just thinking about your Tierra Retreat Center wedding!!! But, I think we should hang out before then (obviously)!

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Kathryn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the good life is now…

They believe in persevering, no matter what. They believe in living for the simple pleasures in life: lots of time with friends and family, good food, relaxing by the beach. They believe the good life is the life they are living, in the moment, right now. Anella and Hunter believe that with the other by their side, whatever challenges they face, together, they will persevere. This is a simple, yet profound way to be, and something they should be extremely proud of. Congratulations you two! Your wedding is going to be something so special…I can’t wait to document it with you!

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Kathryn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now I see…

You know those people in your life who are there for you, no matter what? The ones who would drop anything to help you when you need it? The friends who help you move, even if it means flying in to do it? I hope you do. Everyone needs this in their lives. When I met MB and Greg, I kind of got the impression they were those kind of people. Loyal–fiercely so. Involved–intently. Engaged–deeply (in life and in love). I am lucky to have these kinds of people in my life. And, I also feel really lucky to have met and struck up a friendship with MB and Greg, especially since I might need some help moving! Just kidding! Truly though, their kindness is infectious–it spreads, roots itself and stays with you. I am so looking forward to documenting what I know is going to a wedding to remember at Tierra Retreat Center in August!

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Kathryn

 

 

 

 

 

a beautiful way

I’m just a wee bit excited to share these images with you! Because 1) they are just playful and sweet and indicative of the type of work I love to create and 2) the people in the images are playful and sweet and indicative of the type of people I LOVE to work with! I am so incredibly excited and honored to be photographing Karen and Matt’s Mountain Springs Lodge wedding tomorrow! It is going to be a joyful and beautiful day, I can just feel it! Thanks, you two, for being you. Truly.

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Kathryn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life in the in between

You can just sense it. Feel it, really. It’s a connection that is bonded, not by big gestures, but by subtlety. By a whisper, a glance, the small things that make up this thing we call life. Rachel and Matt are content and even most happy when life is quiet together. This is the way they love…in the in-between. There is so much beauty in that in-between and I love when I see that on people’s faces as they look at one another. My wish for these two is to take that amazing way of being they have for each other and continue to share that. It’s a gift to see how beautiful life can be in those moments. Thanks, you two, for reminding me of that!

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Kathryn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Postcard from Seattle

You know it’s going to be a fun time when Zags get together! Meeting Nicole and Ray was no exception! As fellow Gonzaga alumni, hanging out with them was easy, but more than that, their genuine hearts made getting to know them, and photographing them a really sweet time! It was so fun reliving the day they got engaged when Ray surprised Nicole in Post Alley near Pike Place Market by getting down on one knee and asking her to marry him! Thanks, you two, for spending the day seeing the sights in Seattle and sharing your story with me! I am truly looking forward to your wedding day and seeing all of the people who care for you come together to celebrate your love for each other!

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Kathryn