Maddie Featured

Maddie and I have a long photographer/model relationship that goes back almost five years. We first worked together out of my home studio, before I went professional, and had a great time together. She understood what I wanted without much explanation. Now, after many studio sessions, it is a pretty quiet affair when we shoot together; we both know how its going to turn out, usually brilliantly.

In all that time we have never shot outside, so after shooting a wedding couple (see the Sara & Sweet Chuck entry) there a few days previous, I suggested we return to the Roche Harbor Mausoleum and see what we could do.

With lovely filtered sunlight coming through the trees, the mausoleum is a wonderfully simple place to shoot. It's like this massive soft box is above you all the time. And then of course there is the dramatic stone table and chairs; an ideal platform for something magical to happen.

Maddie did a variety of clothing changes but the best that worked was with the leather jacket and the mirrored aviators. I guess you could say we were aiming for some sort of rock'n'roll style. Whatever you want to call it, I am pleased with what we got.

You should keep an eye out for Maddie (Madison Adrianna Leiren) in the future; she is a talented fashion designer, and launching her own line soon. I'm excited for her, and selfishly looking forward to shooting for her lookbook and website.


Sara & Chuck Featured

I've said this countless times before but I am always grateful I get to work with so many cool couples and be a part of their wedding day. Sara and Sweet Chuck were no exception. I had met Sweet Chuck in his home town the week previously, shooting his place of work: Hot Rod Tattoo. I finally met Sara on the island the evening before their wedding; they were staying at the beautiful and stylish Island Inn, and so I took them some champagne since it was going to be a super small wedding and they had no friends/family here. When I mean small I mean it was just going to be Sara and Sweet Chuck, the officiant, Archive Brooks, (a legend on the island when it comes to weddings; been marrying people for 20+ years, probably over 1200 weddings under his belt!) and me!

Because the wedding was super small, this afforded me the opportunity to take Sara and Sweet Chuck to some of the more unusual places on the island for their photographs. Both very creative in their own fields, they were really relaxed about their wedding, and trusted me to explore some new ideas for wedding photographs on the island.

There are some very iconic weddings shots that get taken on San Juan Island, and really there isn't a bad place to take a photograph: One of the benefits of living in an island paradise. But I wanted to do something a little different, so first I took them to one of the beaches that has this wonderfully dramatic fallen down pier/dock. There isn't much left of it these days, at one point you could (if you were brave/stupid enough) walk on it. Sadly that's no longer possible, but it still provides an awesome backdrop. Secondly, there is a rather odd architectural anomaly at the other end of the island, called the Roche Harbor Mausoleum. I could go into the history of it, but someone else has told the story better than me. Read that here.

After three hours of being together, which included taking them on a little tour of the island, and shooting in two great locations, I have to say that Sara and Sweet Chuck are an awesome couple, and I am looking forward to seeing them again, not as their photographer, but as a new friend.

Sara wrote this on my facebook wall. :)

Because of you our wedding day was exponentially more unique and memorable.” ~ Sara Dunn Schorr

And that really is why I am a wedding photographer.


Hot Rod Tattooing Featured

San Juan Island is a very popular destination for weddings. Couples come all over the US to get married on this teeny tiny island in the Pacific Northwest. I spend an intense twelve hours shooting these people during their wedding day, and then more than likely I will never see them again. So it was pretty unusual for me to meet one of my clients weeks before their wedding, and even more unusual for me to meet them in their home town.

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