D A Y 1 // D o w n t o w n
We love spending the first day in the city just walking around and familiarizing ourselves. Here is a list of all of the DT spots we wandered into!
D A Y 2 // C o l u m b i a R i v e r G o r g e
We headed inland to visit as many waterfalls as we could! We stopped at Latourell Falls, Multnomah Falls, + Wahclella Falls (our favorite). Then we continued its to Hood River where we stopped at pFriem Family Brewers for lunch. We also hung out at a park by the water and were amazed by the talented wind/ para surfers!
L A T O U R E L L F A L L S
M U L T N O M A H F A L L S
W A H C L E L L A F A L L S
D A Y 3 // T h e C o a s t
We drove through the beautiful mountains and ended up at Cape Kiwanda. This place was stunning and the weather was perfect. Oh, and we saw WHALES!! Probably one of the best parts of the day. We ended up eating lunch at a small bakery in Pacific City where we got sandwiches the most delicious coconut-white chocolate-macadamia nut-cookie!
After exploring Cape Kiwanda we headed up the coast along the Three Capes Scenic route and ended at Cape Meares. Then we headed back to the city for dinner at Bamboo Sushi. I really loved being able to walk from our hotel to dinner.
D A Y 4 // P O R T L A N D Z O O + J A P A N E S E G A R D E N S + C A T H E D R A L P A R K
Surprisingly enough, I didn't even take my camera into the Zoo or the Japanese gardens. It was nice to just enjoy those places with Michael , walking hand in hand, really observing everything. I think as a photographer, I feel this pressure (although a lot of the time I don't mind it) to be capturing every moment. There are some times when I feel bad if my camera isn't glued to my hand, like I'm missing some sort of opportunity. I am thankful to have a handsome guy that helps bring me back to reality and remove some of that pressure. However, I do have a handful of iphone shots for documentary purposes!
Later that day, I took my camera out at Cathedral Park and got this shot:
So excited to share these photos from the Slumlove Sweater Co. SS17 shoot! They are launching their new line of comfy tees and they are perfect. This is a brand that is very dear to my hear and I am happy to be a part of their journey and honored to called the CEO + designer, Ava, a dear friend. Head on over to their website to check out the new pieces and read about their story.
Last week I got together with two of my good friends + talented creatives, Travis Hallmark and Chee Sim for a fun styled shoot. We each wanted to spend some time creating just for fun. It's so easy to get caught up in the pressures of doing photography for a living and what a client wants that we tend to forget why we, as creatives, love doing it to begin with. The three of us were excited to pool our ideas together to create something with some beautiful pieces from Kettle + Brine, a wonderfully curated kitchenware store here in Austin. I am always so thankful for the friends I have who inspire me and challenge me in my craft.
ShalloTs + Carrots
Brie + Honey
Loved getting to photograph this beautifully simple top from Two Fold Clothing with my girl, Ashley Jo Green. Today is Two Fold Clothing's official launch of their first collection and I am so excited to share about them. Morgan, the designer, is such a lovely soul and super talented. Her aesthetic is simple, clean and beautiful. Head on over to her kickstarter to check out an informational video on the new collection and to check out all of the pieces!
Loved getting to spend some time with one of my oldest and dearest friends over the holiday break. Shelby Bower and I have been friends since we were two, which means we have experienced a lot to learning, growing, and life together. I am so happy that I got to photograph her newest business endeavor - Shelby's Cookie Art. She is one of the most talented people I know, so I am so excited to see her doing something she loves. It has been really fun started our own businesses and getting to encourage/ support each other on another life adventure.
If you have any birthday, holiday parties, themed events, or conferences coming up, you should DEFINITELY check out Shelby's cookies as part of your set up. She can create basically any design you want and it will be done perfectly. Check out a few photos from her holiday cookie collection!