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: 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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an epic wedding

A wedding is sometimes a beautiful celebration of two people deeply committed to one another who want to declare their love publicly. A wedding is sometimes a glorious occasion for two families to join together, merging their lives, their traditions, their common love for their bride and groom. A wedding is sometimes an occasion to throw an awesome party. And sometimes, a wedding is an occasion to do all three, in epic fashion. This was one such occasion. MB and Greg managed to do all three at Tierra Retreat Center in Leavenworth this summer and, believe me, it will be one that goes down in the books!!! They brought together friends and family for their destination wedding in the woods to celebrate love in all forms. Love of each other, love of friends, family, food, play, nature.  Epic is often over used, but I assure you, this was the absolute definition! Congratulations MB and Greg! So much love to you as you continue to create your epic future!

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DJ: Jed Gossman JMG Entertainment
Flowers: Grown by Mother-Of-The-Bride as well as Pike Place Market
Lawn Games: Trinity Inflatables
River Float: Tube Leavenworth
Liquor: BevMo Ballard
Bartender: Ken Bailey
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a generous kind of love

This is a very special wedding I want to share today. Not because Onteora Mountain House was beyond stunning, or because the bride was effortlessly beautiful, or because the details were all hand-made by the bride (but, of course, they were), but because of the type of people that were involved in creating this day.

When Bea first wrote to me, I thought to myself, “Have we met before?” … “if not we definitely should!” Her generous spirit and easy-going nature made me feel completely at ease. Beyond that, Bea’s conviction to help others as a human rights lawyer, as well as just a human, was so clear it jumped right off the page for me. Her description of the kind of person Dave, her fiancé, is furthered my belief that I wanted to get to know these two better. This is why I chose them as the winners of my 2014 #projectweddinggiveaway!

We met just the day before their wedding in the Catskill mountains of New York at Onteora, a wedding venue that is so well appointed, I could have just wandered for hours looking at their beautiful collection of art from around the world! I usually like to do an engagement session well before a wedding to get to know the couple and to give them some beautiful photos to document that time in their lives. In this case though, we didn’t have the chance to meet before, since they live on the east coast, and I am all the way over in the pacific northwest. I was right about Bea and Dave’s easy-going nature, I felt like I knew them from way back, and that made it super relaxing and fun! Plus, I love to travel for weddings, and am so inspired by new sites, that I felt right at home.

I am still smiling thinking about how calm Bea was working with her maid of honor and Dave’s mom to create all of the centerpieces and bouquets the day before and how Dave and his guys worked so hard to organize all of the last minute details. The efforts of everyone involved were indicative of that generous and giving spirit that Bea and Dave work to foster in their work and lives. Documenting weddings of people like Bea and Dave are hands-down my favorite. There’s a feeling that I can’t describe that just radiates from a couple like this. Thank you, Bea and Dave, for doing what you do and inviting me to be a part of it!

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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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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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All You Need | Christy & Tanner | Engaged!

“Love, love, love.
Love, love, love.
Love, love, love….

Nothing you can make that can’t be made.
No one you can save that can’t be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time.
It’s easy.

All you need is love.
All you need is love.
All you need is love, love.
Love is all you need.”

It’s true! And Christy and Tanner know it! Love! Love! Love! These sweet, sweet people are truly in love and truly believe in the words of this song. (Thanks, Beatles! You’re the best!)

And I LOVE watching them live this philosophy, every day! Oh, and aren’t they cute to boot?! Christy in her Kate Spade and Anthro dresses and Tanner with his 1932 Roadster! Trés chic, you two! Your Wenatchee wedding is going to be epic and I can’t wait to document it next year!!!


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Jill & Shay | The Wedding!!

A while back I wrote a little blog about these two. I wrote how down-to-earth and chill they are. I wrote how creative and good to each other they are. I wrote about my infatuation with their little dog, Gia! But, what I didn’t write about is their love for each other. Because, you see, I hadn’t fully seen it yet. I hadn’t fully realized that all these things that they are individually, also apply to the way they love each other. Their love is down-to-earth, chill, creative and it is good. It is BIG! As big as Jill’s beautiful, infectious and always-ready laugh! As big as Shay’s genuine, kind and gentle heart. And it was everywhere on their wedding day at the super-unique wedding venue, the Sunshine Mill in The Dalles, Oregon! And when I saw it full-blown like this, I was awe-struck! Jill and Shay, I am in awe of YOU! Thank you for sharing this kind of love with all of your friends and family the way you do! It was a beautiful thing to behold. Congratulations, many times over!

Wedding Photography //  Atlas & Elia Photography

Venue // Sunshine Mill Winery, The Dalles, Oregon

Catering // Sterling Catering Portland, Oregon

Band // Djangovitis Portland, Oregon

Wedding Cake // Back to Eden Bakery Portland, Oregon

Dessert // Voodoo Doughnut, Portland, Oregon

Florals // By Aaron Younger and picked from Krugers Farm Sauvie’s Island

Dress // Allure Bridal

Bride’s Shoes // Camper

Groom’s attire // Shirt: Xibit Pants: Tommy Hilfiger  Tie: Penguin Vest: Bevilocqua

Groom’s Shoes // Vans


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Kim & Mike | Engaged!

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire! And by fire I mean two of the sweetest and, might I add, good looking people you can find! I mean, am I right?!?

Besides their dashing good looks, their honest nature, their genuine earnestness, and ability to take you in as a friend so easily, is what gets me about Kim and Mike! We met up at their place in Greenwater, WA, just a short ways from Crystal Mountain where they spend a fair amount of time during the winter working and playing. It was breathtakingly beautiful up there and a pretty fantastic place to be in the summer too! We even found a new place where their (famous) Nova Scotia Duck Toller, Darwin, got to take a dip and try to chase some big fish!

This is also the place where they were engaged. The story goes: One evening, while barbecuing in the backyard, as they do many nights throughout the warmer season, Mike brought the ring out and casually asked Kim if she’d like to marry him. Kim was down for that and it was on! They will wed this fall!

Cheers to you Kim and Mike!

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Meghan & Danny | Married!

He read his vows aloud, smiling his big, sweet smile, as he did so. She beamed brightly as she watched. She looks at him often this way. And, he, likewise. It wasn’t just because of this big, happy, special occasion that they looked at each other in this way. This is what their love looks like…from the inside out. It is radient, big, beaming. This is the kind of love Meghan and Danny share with each other. This is the kind of love, the kind of life, they share with their friends, their family. It’s beautiful. I can’t help but bem as I write these words, thinking back on their day. I couldn’t have been happier to witness this day. Congratulations, Meghan and Danny…I look forward to adventuring with you soon!

Photography: Atlas & Elia Photography

Venue: Tierra Retreat Center

Dress: J Crew

Suiting: Joseph Abboud

Catering: Ravenous Catering

Cake: Flour Power Baking Co.

Musicians: Olive Breshem, Sabory Huddle, Doug Medeiros, Joe Kelly

Jazz Quartet: Jargon

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Alex & Erik | The Wedding!

Sometimes people come into your life at the right time. You don’t know why, or how, but there they are..ready for you to embrace them. For Alex and Erik, they came together through mutual friends, and they embraced it and each other.

As I watched their beautiful day unfold, it was like watching a long embrace…the embrace of lovers, that are also best friends, and life-long partners as they face the world. At the end of the night, I sighed, a big, long sigh of gratefulness for this couple for sharing this day with not only their family and friends, but with James and I…it was a reminder to us all, of the great beauty this world has to offer, if only we embrace it. Thanks, you two…

Photography: Atlas & Elia Photography

Venue: Tierra Retreat Center

Dress: custom made by Becky Stafford, a good friend from LA
Caterer: Sam from Spreading Roots Catering, made with fresh produce from the organic farm on site
Flowers: hand picked the morning before the wedding at Roots Produce & Flower Farm
Wax paper lanterns: made by the bride and her sister, with flowers sent in from family and friends around the country.
Beer: made by the groom and a good friend, Ryan

Shoes: Seychelles

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