Tuck and Robin Lakes

The Hoods did it again. They took me on a fantastic adventure in the mountains where memories will live forever. It only seemed fitting that this trip was just around the same time that we met 6 years ago in the mountains at Marmot Pass. After years of failed attempts for permits into The Enchantments, …

Musica Distesa 2017

If there wasn’t enough reason to love La Distesa more than I already do, Musica Distesa was the perfect reminder of what I love to live for. Three glorious days of food, wine, friends, art, and of course: MUSIC. For those who need a little crash course reminder of what Musica Distesa is, it is …

2016 – A year of heart exercise

Well, it serves me right for complaining that my 2015 felt uneventful during last year’s post. This year has had just as many highs as there has been lows for me. It certainly has been the biggest roller coaster that I am still on and I can’t see the end in sight anytime soon. 2016 …

My first boudoir shoot: Sweet and Sassy Sarah

I love a new challenge. When Sarah asked me about doing a boudoir shoot for her, I was probably more nervous than she was! Luckily for me, Sarah was the best first boudoir client I could ever hope for. Not only was she beautiful, she has more body confidence than anyone I know. It made …

Women & Whiskies: Whiskey 101 with Sara Rosales

Without Sara Rosales, there is no Radiator Whiskey. I loved Radiator the moment I walked in four years ago, but what kept me coming back was Sara. She is the cocktail queen, as well as an all around badass. I never liked whiskey cocktails until I met Sara and no one makes learning about whiskies as …

A Day at Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park has long been on my list of places to go. With a wedding around the corner at Bigfork, spending the day at Glacier was a no brainer. Unfortunately for us, time was not on our side so I’ll have to hold off on backcountry exploration another time. We decided to spend the …

Fête le Market

Quite possibly my FAVORITE market event so far. A new fundraiser for the Pike Place Foundation…Fête le Market! If I ever could have a wedding in the market, I would do it like this. The umbrellas…the UMBRELLAS!   Like me!

Nanaimo, Canada

With a wonky birthday week, Chris wanted to take me somewhere. I was secretly hoping for a trip to Harry Potter Land, but Chris said I’m on my own for that. Haha. Ok fair enough. So we ended up in Nanaimo, Canada! I have never even heard of Nanaimo before, but it’s a cute little city …

Sunset Supper 2016

Another summer goes by and another year closer to helping raise money for the new Pike Place Market Expansion! I spent the end of my birthday week shooting photos for the Pike Place Foundation’s annual event, Sunset Supper. One ticket for the evening gets you such a vast variety of local food and drinks, I …

The Little Yellow Navy – Diablo and Ross Lake

In honor of Joe’s birthday we embarked on our first kayak camp trip! We’ve only been talking about doing one since college, so it was about time we did it. We launched our kayaks into Diablo Lake, and it was SO windy we practically sailed down the lake and make it to the Ross Lake …

Banks Lake, WA

Can we please make this an annual thing? Banks Lake is the most amazing place for memorial day weekend! A 27-mile reservoir in central Washington where great camping and climbing spots are only accessible by boat. An AMAZING weekend with some of my favorite people. It was much needed to be without cell service for …

The Yingblooms Get Hitched!

Andrew and Phyllis have got to be the most genuinely HAPPIEST people I have ever met. Their smiles exhilarate and energize any room they walk into. Now to be fair, I did get to see them on what is supposed to be the happiest day of their lives, and to be honest, I think that this day …

Arcade Lights 2016

What has quickly become one of my favorite things about Spring, is looking forward to Arcade Lights. I have so enjoyed my last couple of years being a part of this fundraiser from working the photo both to being a roaming photographer (2015). It’s always so amazing to see the community rally together and how much …

Backstage: The magic of Moisture Festival

I was never one of those kids who dreamed of running away to the join the circus, but that’s probably because I developed a fear of clowns (thanks a lot IT) and have never really been to the circus. Now that I’m much older and a little bit wiser, I wish I had at LEAST considered …

My First Transit: Oxnard to Oakland, California

Whale off the starboard bow! I looked up from the quarterdeck just in time to see the head of a dark whale come down from a breech. I immediately reverted to an 8 year old self with glee and yelled down through the aft cabin stairs, “WHALE!” Clambering from all openings of the boat, several …

Rockstar Women: Sara Luchi

Meet Sara Luchi, recently turned 29, one of 4 brewers at Black Raven Brewing, one of the fastest growing breweries emerging east of Seattle. While the world of brewing is still largely dominated by men, Sara kicks that stereotype out the door. She’s been brewing almost as long as she’s been legal to drink, and she’s …

Dear Mr. Kelly

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” – Edgar Allan Poe I first read this quote 13 years ago, in your Creative Writing class. I don’t remember how it came to be and I didn’t really know what it meant. Eventually I turned around and with glee I said, …

Two Weeks Before the Mast: Tall Ship Training

The heart is an incredible muscle. Sometimes I wonder if my heart truly feels the way I think it feels or if it’s just my brain telling me that’s how it feels. The battle between heart and mind is real. And never have I felt more conflicted, elated, excited, terrified all at the same time, …

60 hours in San Francisco

Before I embarked on a two week tall ship training program, I spent the weekend with a dear friend of mine in San Francisco. I’ve never been a big fan of California, but then again my only real exposure to it has been Los Angeles (gag) and the Cali transplants that are taking over Seattle. …

Beast Feast: Round 2 and 3

It’s come to my attention that my first beast feast experience is now a little outdated (the advice has not changed so definitely still refer to it!). Being that it is one of the only articles on my site that consistently still gets views and likes, I feel it’s about time to update the information. I …

Seapine Brewing Company

Last night was spent celebrating the expansion and new home of Seapine Brewery! Congrats to Drew and Adam on the expansion! If you haven’t had a chance yet, visit them at their new location at 2959 Utah Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98134! I’m not usually a fan of saisons, but I do love the Seapine …

Labor Day Adventures at Crater Lake

You would think trying to camp at Crater Lake over Labor Day Weekend would be a nightmare. And if you were to stay within the park, I suppose that’s probably true. But there are plenty of state campgrounds surrounding the national park where car camping can be a breeze on what is considered the most awful …

Alaskan Helicopter Glacier Trekking

As a hopeless romantic, I live for real-life movie moments. My last day in Skagway did not disappoint. I thought we were heading out for the boat tour we had to miss at the beginning of the trip, but when we pulled up next to the airport without a dock in sight, I began to wonder. …

Mendenhall Glacier

What’s amazing about Alaska is that glaciers fill your backyard on a regular basis. I mean what do you do with a 2 hour layover in Juneau? Visit a glacier of course. Meet: Mendenhall Glacier. As part of the Tongass National Forest, the far too easy access visitor center is a mecca for tourists during …