I grew up going to Sandpoint, Idaho with my family. We stayed at places in Bottle Bay, in Hope and eventually my parents bought a fantastic cabin right on Lake Pend Oreille where we could swim, wakeboard and explore the flat rock islands all around the HUGE lake. Charles and I have made our way back to Sandpoint almost every year we’ve been together, but we no longer had a cabin there and the 6.5 hour drive from Bellingham is really only worth it when you have some extra time off. We got to spend 5 whole days there last summer and it was GREAT. We explored all of our favorite old spots including the point down in Garfield Bay, the lookout at Schwietzer, the city beach, the farmers market and my all time favorite house on 5th and Poplar street. We even checked out the new Evans Brothers Coffee Co in town!
I lived in Portland for nearly 2 years wayy back in 2013. I moved back to Bellingham to be with my now husband. We’d been doing long distance the entire time and it was time to make the choice that worked best for us. When I moved back I jumped head first into seriously running my photography business. I’ve now been fully self employed going on 5 years! WHATTT!!!
BUT, when I moved back to Bellingham, I moved away from some of my very favorite people. It wasn’t easy and it wasn’t fun. That seems like a million years ago, now, that I lived in Portland, but our friendship is still as strong as ever. Charles and I got to spend a weekend with them last summer enjoying the sunshine, the newly redone Tillamook Cheese Factory and the Oregon Coast. Life doesn’t always work out exactly how you want it to, but having the opportunity to spend several days in a row with our best friends and their new little family are times I will always treasure… Until one day we are neighbors and can watch The Office reruns and eat sugar popcorn any time we want. <3
I have so much to be thankful for as another year has flown by as a small business owner. This year was such a fabulous smattering of so many different kinds of clients, jobs, vacations and friends. My goal this year was to really pursue two main avenues of business: People and Food. It’s hard for me to really choose between these two- I LOVE photographing weddings and families and I am also so drawn to food styling and working with business owners. I feel really lucky to have so many business owners, couples, families and chefs trust me with their biggest moments and hard work. As is always the case, it was very hard to pick my “favorites,” because in every job I take there are always shots I love, but find a sampling of what 2018 meant to me below.
Can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store! Cheers!
Charles is such a great travel partner. We've been adventuring together since the first day we met nearly 11 years ago! I can't believe how quickly time has flown by, but I feel really lucky to spend my life with someone who loves to travel and move around just as much as I do. Last June we set off to San Juan Island to celebrate our two year wedding anniversary. We explored Roche Harbor, several beaches and lighthouses, the winery up the street from our AirBnB. It was another trip for the books for certain. Love you, Stripe.