Be dubs. #blackandwhite #engaged #atlasandeliaphotography

Forever. Erika & Aron // Married // October 11, 2014 // #atlasandeliaphotography #seattleweddingphotography

Desert wedding oh me oh my! #atlasandeliaphotography #seattleweddingphotography

I turned my eyes toward the light and found you. Erika & Aron // Married // October 11, 2014 // #atlasandeliaphotography #seattleweddingphotography

Where there’s smoke… #atlasandeliaphotography #seattleweddingphotographer #engaged

That smile!! I can’t get enough! If you can’t either, head over to the blog // #atlasandeliaphotography

I don’t know how it is you are so familiar to me – or why it feels less like I am getting to know you and more as though I am remembering who you are. How every smile, every whisper brings me closer to the impossible conclusion that I have know you before, I have loved you before – in another time, a different place – some other existence. – Lang Leav -#atlasandeliaphotography #love #soulmates #california

#projectweddinggiveaway winners announced!


I know everyone always says this, but Whew! This was difficult! Choosing a winner among all of the beautiful submissions for the #projectweddinggiveaway was hard…really hard! That’s why, I decided to choose TWO winners! Indeed! Two couples really stood out to me among the many dedicated individuals who are giving their time and talents to really worthy causes! I felt a special connection to each of these couple’s stories and really want to be a part of them–both to photograph their wedding and their community projects!

I love the way they talked about the work they were involved in first and then their plans for their wedding. It is clear to me their passion for community involvement is foremost in their lives. This impressed me to no end and is extremely inspiring! It’s just the kind of thing I love talking with people about! And, it’s the kind of thing I love thinking about photographing!

These couples are beautiful, inside and out! I’m so excited to announce that Jenn and John and Beatrice and Dave are the winners for the #projectweddinggiveaway!!!

Congratulations to you!!! I am grateful to you for allowing me to be a part of your lives and your story! I am so excited to adventure soon with all of you!

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Post-Christmas Fog…

Whew! Well, that was a doozy! Really, this year was one of those hectic and wonderful Christmases that makes you giddy like a kid all over again! James and I were in Portland at my parent’s house for Christmas. We woke up in our reindeer jammies (okay, that was just me) and bounded up the stairs to see presents under the tree and Christmas tree bread on the breakfast table…it was almost just exactly like every other Christmas morning of my entire life. We eat chorizo and eggs with hash browns and the aforementioned Christmas tree bread. We open gifts from our stockings and then from under the tree. Then, we prepare for the masses (not church, the many many family members and friends who join us on Christmas)! This year we had 22 people in total. The day is packed with our gift exchange (a two-hour affair this year) and lots and lots of cheeseball (James’ famous family recipe).

This year we added something new. We decided to go around and share a memory from years past of Christmastime. As I’ve said before, my childhood and family were (and are) pretty amazing. I am beyond, beyond lucky to have grown up with the family I have, so that made it actually really difficult to come up with a (just one) memory to share. In a way they all kind of blend together into just one big, happy day… I don’s say this brag, I say it because it truly has made me who I am today. We’re not perfect….definitely not. But, the love and friendship that is shared when we get together is kind of awesome. I am so thankful for this and wish this kind of love for everyone.

As I’ve said before here on this blog, this is essentially why I do what I do. I want others to love and be loved that much. I wish that for all of my couples. And, I hope to share, even just a bit of this kind of love and joy with them, if possible, through my images and through my interactions with them.

Cheers to you in this post-Christmas time…and a hope that love and joy surround you.




a photography session with Oveth

If you live in Wenatchee you probably know who Oveth Martinez is, or at least you have seen his name on a t-shirt. For those of you who don’t live here, Oveth is the owner of Oveth Photography. He’s a portrait photographer that is now focusing on commercial photography! I spent much of the morning shooting with my brand new (or new to me) medium format FILM camera! I have been wanting to shoot portraits on film for a long time now and this was the perfect time to start. Since Oveth is a photographer, he was very willing to let me use him as a test subject of sorts.

It was so interesting to shoot with film. Everyone says this, but it truly forces you to slow down. I used my iPhone with the “Light Meter” app to meter the frame. I then carefully chose my settings on the camera, brought the camera to my eye and framed up the shot. I diligently worked to manually focus the image, drew in a slow and steady breath, then pressed the shutter. Let me tell you, it is LOUD! And, the entire time I would take the photo and then IMMEDIATELY go to look at the back of the camera (it’s called chimping and it’s a bad habit, but it’s part of my work flow and I seriously did it each and every time I took a photo…expecting to see the image on the LCD screen on the back of the camera body!) It was silly..I’m hoping that by shooting film, I will break this habit and learn to slow down with all of my shooting. It felt good. Really, good. I ended up shooting just 4 rolls of film. I will now send those rolls to Richard Photo Lab and wait…patiently wait. In the meantime, I decided to shoot some digital images as well to tide me over!



Thanks, Oveth for spending some time with me! You were so wonderful to work with!
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