I recently went on a backpacking trip near Leavenworth, WA to one of the most coveted campsites in all of Washington. Although, backpacking in this area is available by permit only, day hikes are available to all.
I never intended to own my own business. In fact, when I was studying photography in college, I vowed I never would. I thought that entrepreneurship would be stressful and be the kind of job where you can’t always leave work at the office — exactly what I was trying to avoid. The idea of a steady paycheck, benefits, and defined work hours was all I wanted in college.
Wow, where do I start with Chris and Margaret’s wedding story!?
Let me begin by saying they are both extraordinary people. I gathered that they were kind and fun people from the short time we had together during their engagement session and communications leading up to their wedding, but it was their wedding guests that tipped me off on how amazing these two really are.
With the super bloom happening in California now, we’ve all seen the photos of people trampling the flowers to get their iconic Instagram shots. What they don’t know, or simply ignore, is that their actions have major effects on the landscape. In fragile places, like the meadows in California, it takes as few as 10 people following one person off trail to create a path. Once this happens, it takes several more years to start growing flowers again, but only if the path isn’t used.
Zoe and I arrived at the trailhead to a dusting of snow while it was still dark outside. The one thing that was visible was the cloud cover. There was a heavy fog everywhere. Our plan was to hike two miles to an overlook and take photos at sunrise, but I was beginning to wonder if it would be worth the time, considering we could get the same foggy images where we were.
“We’ll shoot rain or shine!” is what I remember telling Diana, the wedding planner of Passionate Weddings, when we started organizing a styled shoot at Winter Green Weddings in Buckley, WA. The Pacific Northwest winter didn’t let us down either. Blue skies and sunshine teased us the day before the shoot, only to rain throughout the entire shoot on the day of. Thankfully everyone was prepared, and the venue has just as beautiful of a space indoors as it does outside.
In the last few years, I’ve come to love hiking, and if I have a free weekend, you can count on me to be on the trails. This last year I’m proud to say I logged 175 miles, and in the past three years I’ve done over 60 unique hikes in Washington. Now, I’m happy to share my favorites of those hikes with you.
My husband, Zach, and I backpacked to Havasupai Falls in the Grand Canyon in April of 2018. It felt unbelievably surreal while we were there, and it still doesn’t feel like it really happened.
Havasupai and Mooney Falls are two of the most famous waterfalls in the world, and rightly so. Their turquoise waters, surrounded by red rocks, are stunning. The trip there is quite the trek though — 10 miles each way, to be specific.