Elopements

The Leave No Trace Principles of Adventure Photography

The Leave No Trace Principles of Adventure Photography

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.

North Bend Styled Elopement | Seattle Tacoma Adventure Photographer

North Bend Styled Elopement | Seattle Tacoma Adventure Photographer

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.

Top 17 Best Locations for a Pacific Northwest Engagement

Top 17 Best Locations for a Pacific Northwest Engagement

We are spoiled with gorgeous landscapes in Washington — including mountains, beaches, rainforests, and deserts. So many incredible places make decisions, such as where to take engagement photos, difficult, but that’s the best kind of problem to have.

In order to ease your decision making, I’ve compiled a list of the top 17 best locations to take engagement photos in the state of Washington. Enjoy!

Pacific Northwest Elopement Scouting — High Rock Lookout near Mount Rainier

Pacific Northwest Elopement Scouting — High Rock Lookout near Mount Rainier

High Rock Lookout, right outside of Rainier National Park, has all the perks of eloping inside the park with out the need of a permit, park entrance fees, or the crowds. This hike boasts of 360 degrees of jaw dropping views, dramatic cliff sides, the perfect view of Rainier, and access to the historical fire lookout in case of inclement weather .

7 Tips to Plan a Wedding in Mount Rainier National Park

7 Tips to Plan a Wedding in Mount Rainier National Park

There are few places in the U.S. as beautiful as America’s National Parks, and Mount Rainier is one that is close to my heart. Living in its shadow and adventuring there often, I am familiar with the challenges that come with planning a wedding at Rainier. Here are my best tips to make your Rainier National Park wedding come to life.

Pacific Northwest Beach Elopement Scouting — Salt Creek Recreation Area, Port Angeles

Pacific Northwest Beach Elopement Scouting — Salt Creek Recreation Area, Port Angeles

Growing up on the East side of Washington meant that trips to the beach were a special, once a year occasion, complete with a six hour drive each way. Now that I live in Tacoma, I'm taking full advantage of the proximity to the Pacific and I'm lucky to have married a West coast native who knows all of Western Washington's best kept secrets!