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.

{ ♥ ♥ ♥ }

Kathryn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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{ ♥ ♥ ♥ }

Kathryn

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
Website: created by wix.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

undeniably happy

Her: a generous smile, a genuine heart, and a giving spirit. Him: equally generous of smile, genuine in heart and giving of spirit. Together: undeniably happy. These elements that both Blair and Bennett have individually, combined forces on their wedding day at Brown Family Homestead to take on life and all that it has in store for these two sweet people! Blair and Bennett’s strength together seems only to be matched by their family and friends’ support for them. Documenting this kind of wedding day is not only and honor, but truly joyful for me! Thanks, Blair and Bennett, for inviting James and I to be there with you in your beautiful celebration of marriage! Congratulations!

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{♥ ♥ ♥ }
Kathryn

 

a life in love

A life in love, all begins with one moment. And then, another moment…and another. This is how life is. You start, then you build. And soon that the act of building becomes life itself. Rachel and Matt began their lives together, in marriage a few weeks ago, with their Brown Family Homestead wedding. It began with a quick laugh, a small gesture here and there. It built, together, with hands…helping. It continued with hands…holding. Into the afternoon…with love and a kiss, and on into the evening, culminating with all that they hope to have in life together at once: unconditional love, support, laughter…even tears…and life with each other, and with the family and friends they most cherish. Thank you, Rachel and Matt for sharing your love into the world! Congratulations you two!!!

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Venue: Brown Family Homestead
Catering: Ravenous Catering
Cake: Busy Bea’s Cakes
Flowers: purchased wholesale from fiftyflowers.com and arranged by family and friends
Bride’s Dress: Modern Trousseau
Bride’s Shoes: ShaniBar
Groom’s Suit: Brooks Brothers
Groom’s Shoes: John Fluevog
Hairpiece: BHLDN
Jewelery: family necklace, earrings: Nadri

{ ♥ ♥ ♥ }

Kathryn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

curating a life in love

When you step back to look at your life, what do you see? Where are you placing your efforts, your attention? I read a quote by William James a while back that said, “My experience is what I agree to attend to,” meaning: your life is made up of the things (the people, the places, the media, the hobbies) that you give your attention to, whether intentionally or unintentionally.

I am personally in the process of taking stock of what I put my efforts toward, where I place my attention. It’s opened my eyes so much to what I really value and what I waste my time on (read: the amount of time I spend on social media). But, it’s been truly therapeutic to step back from the day to day and then work to remove the things that don’t serve the kind of life I want to live and to add things that create what ultimately makes up my life.

As I witnessed Karen and Matt’s beautiful wedding celebration at Mountain Springs Lodge in Leavenworth, WA, I felt like I was seeing two very special people who really believe in the power of curating their life; of working diligently to include things (people, experiences) in their life that add value and purposely exclude the kinds of things that detract from that. In this way, they are very much an inspiration to the people in their lives. They are most definitely an inspiration to me. Karen and Matt, thank you for including me in your day. I couldn’t be happier for you!

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Kathryn

Allison & Jeff | The Wedding!!

First, I must get the obvious out of the way: how absolutely beautiful are these two humans?! Allison, you are stunning! And Jeff, you aren’t half-bad yourself!!

OK, now that I have that out of my system, on to more important things: For example, how absolutely beautiful is the love between these two?! Their love radiates from each other, for each other–and for life!

Their love of all things good, and alive is right there on their faces! Am I right?!! James and I were blown away by these two and their family and friends. And, what a gorgeous celebration at the Wenatchee River Lodge!! What a celebration of the life they have made together. Thank you, so very much, Allison and Jeff, for inviting us to be there to document your absolutely beautiful kind of love!

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Kathryn

A really special thanks to all of the wedding vendors who helped make this day amazing!

Venue: Wenatchee River Lodge

Catering: Ravenous Catering

Florals: Keely McCain (friend of the bride)

DJ: Todd Kenaston

Cake: Lana Larson (friend of the bride)

Hair: Rachel Landreth

Makeup: Vanessa Surbey (friend of the bride)

Dress: Maggie Sottero

Bride’s Shoes: Nina

Bride’s Accesories: Earrings: Kate Spade Veil: Nordstrom Wedding Suite Pearls: family

Suiting: Men’s Warehouse

Allison & Jeff | The Wedding!! | Sneak Peek

This is only the beginning. The very start of something good…really good! Of course, I’m talking about Allison and Jeff’s wedding day! This day marks the first day of the rest of their lives…but more, it marks the first day of the rest of their lives, together! I am REALLY, REALLY excited to share the entire wedding with you Tuesday, but for now…a sneak peek of their gorgeous celebration! And let me tell you, it was a dream to photograph their wedding at the Wenatchee River Lodge! So much love to you two!!!

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Kathryn