North Idaho Wilderness Camp Wedding | Kooskia, Idaho

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I love when couples make their wedding unique to them and who they are. From picking a location close to their heart, handmade cakes, table decor collected from various shops, beer from the brewery they work at, and of course filled with their closest friends and family. These are the weddings that never leave me heart, simply because the couple puts their whole heart into the day. And this was how Cody and Tylers wedding was this September.

They reserved a campground and filled with with BBQ and beer from a brewery Tyler works at, the tables were decorated with the brides vintage camera collection and I cried at their first look and during all the toasts. I am always a lover of details, and this sweet wedding was full of them from the groom’s Sasquatch socks to celebrate the North Idaho heritage to the table with Minnesota and North Idaho details to bring love to both the bride and grooms homelands.

Here’s just a few highlights from Cody and Tylers North Idaho Wilderness Camp Wedding.

 
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Hi! I’m Heather. I’m an adventurous elopement photographer & traveler based in Idaho that travels worldwide to help fearless couples like you create your unforgettable, wildly different wedding experience—that is completely yours.

If you would like help dreaming up your intimate wedding day, a customized elopement location idea list just for you, planning tools, vendor recommendations, and a creative, laid-back, documentary approach to your adventurous wedding photography—I would love to help you make your adventure elopement dreams come true.

Finding the right wedding photographer is sort of like going on a first date. Let me help make planning and capturing your special day with no regrets.

 

Glacier National Park Boho Elopement

 

I will never tire of couples who love to hike into their session, or go running into a lake with a bottle of champaign. Glacier National Park NEVER disappoints (I mean NEVER! As in, this was taken during a horrible forest fire) and when I was asked to be apart of this special day I almost did one of those heel clicking deals in the air…almost being I can’t do them even though I was a theatre kid my whole childhood (shame, I know, I know). No matter what hurdle came flying at us, we just kept rolling with the punches and by the time we were all done, and I’d poured myself into bed, my heart was so dang full I struggled to breathe.

It’s hard to say which part was my favorite. From the chocolate stout cake to the florals on the brides hat…all of it was just sheer perfection, iconically the couple and 100% worth it. That being said, So brides getting married somewhere a little more “out there” just know there’s a slew of vendors who are willing and ready to help make your “I Do’s” as epic as you’ve got envisioned.

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Photography: Heather Woolery Photography & Creative | @coffeewithheather

Event Planning/Design: Greater Good Events | @greatergood_events

Dress Shop: Storm Cellar | @thestormcellarmoscow

Bride’s Boots: Frye | @thefryecompany

Bride’s Hat: Gigi Pip | @gigipip

Grooms Suite: H & M | @hm

Florals: The Wild Blume | @thewildblume

Venue: Glacier National Park

Jewelry: Bess Blakey Design | @bessblakeydesign

Neck Scarf: Madewell | @madewell

 

Ashlee + Dugar | Couples Session at the U-Pick Flower Farm

 
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It’s no secret I LOVE my couples. I love them for exactly who they are when they come into a session. Even when one of them is just not going to kiss his girl in front of a camera. Why? How doesn’t this frustrate me? Because, it’s my job to capture my couple for who they are. These are their memories that I so humbly get to capture.

I got to meet Ashley (though I swear she’s Heidi Klum’s doppelgänger) and Dugar out at a local U-Pick flower garden. I played music while I had them piggy-back ride and run around all over the place. There was a little raspberry picking and a tiny bit of smooching (but for the smooching to happen I had to make dirty deals that I wouldn’t share um’ so I’m sticking to my word! lol)

We played out there till the sun began to drop low into the Palouse Hills all golden for the autumn harvest and just had a freaking blast. These two shared how they met, and I simply am always a sucker for blind dates that work out. So here’s just a few of my favorites from Ashlee and Dugar’s couples session earlier this summer.

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Want to see more couples sessions?
Check out the gallery.
 

Ciarah and Kramer | Coeur d'Alene, ID Wedding

 
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I can’t help but love that feeling when I show up to a bride and grooms venue and one of them see’s me and it’s just instant hugs. I really cherish my couple and I’s relationships and it just is that “yeah let’s do this thing!” sort of feeling when I walk into a venue and feel that warm greeting. And nothing less happened when I showed up to the Blackwell house in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for Ciarah and Kramers wedding.

I was instantly greeted by Ciarah and then given a grand tour of this incredible venue (which I may steal the stair case and the honeycomb tile in the bathroom one of these day’s when I figure out how lol)

There were so many sweet details to capture, from Ciarah’s gorgeous gown from Anthropology to the simple yet statement bridal bouquet all the way down to the hand stitched ring pillow Ciarah’s mom made for her and Kramer (insert heartfelt tears here please.)

The day was filled with sisterly love, excited nieces, aunt’s dancing on the dance floor, cookie dough bites that were to die for and one very happy Goldendoodle named Ollie who’s mom and dad got married. The love in this wedding was everywhere on this perfect summer day and I couldn’t have been more blessed to be able to be apart of it.

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Congratulations Ciarah and Kramer! And thank you for letting me be apart of your special day.


Wanting to see more weddings?
Go browse the wedding gallery.
 

Coastal Elopement, Arch Cape, Oregon

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My love for the Oregon coast is life long. I grew up a days drive from is cold brisk waters and towering rock formations and spent many weekends there as a child growing up. I even wrote and got a piece published on my childhood spending time on that coast line. My husband proposed to me there. It was where my son affirmed his love for water. It is a place that holds a million of my memories.

So any time any shoot, wedding, elopement, or engagement session involves the coast, there's just a sense of place and home and a little bit of magic there for me.  And this shoot with Mike and Lily was nothing short of magical.  When the coastal fog plays in your favor, all you can do is frolic like a small school girl who's out for the summer and then refocus to take advantage of it. 

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Rahmeen + Kara, Oregon River Bridals

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It's no secret that my love for the state of Oregon is extensive and passionate. I love that state for every corner of it's terrain, for all that it is. It's valley's, fields, mountains, rivers, forests and of course ocean, all have my heart on a whole special level.

This last week I've been in Oregon for various photoshoots as well as my five-year anniversary with my husbabe and I've got so much I want to share with you it's insane. But I'm going to start with this shoot I did along the Molalla River in Oregon.

Kara and Rahmeen were the sweetest couple! They were down for all the crazy ideas I had, even when it required scaling and hiking in full bridal garb. (I love my adventurous couples with everything I am!) This session was defiantly the peak of what an Adventure Bridals session looks like with me: lots of laughs, lots of hiking, jumping, kissing, walking through grass/brush, all for the sake of showing your love for the outdoors or a place and your love for one another.

Here's just a few of my favorites from Rahmeen and Kara's Molalla River Adventure Bridals.

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If you'd like to book an adventure bridals session with me, I'd love to hear from you and hear where you want to take you photos at. Just hit the button and let's connect!

Lance + Kylee's Uniontown, WA Dog Filled Wedding

 

When the first time your going to meet your bride and groom is on the day of their wedding, sometimes it can be a little nerve wracking - because - well, I invest so much of my heart and soul into each of my couples and I want them to have a wonderful experience. But from the moment I got out of my car, I was embraced with so much love and kindness.

The bride was Disney's Princess Aurora in the flesh. From her loose curl up-do, straight down to her heart which is so devoted to loving all creatures, including her two fur babies.
It seemed as if the invitation was not just made out to their relatives and friends but to all the owners dogs as well, as I had a hard time taking a photo without a fur baby in it somewhere...which let's be honest...isn't a bad problem to have!

They served BBQ and Mac and Cheese (let me get an Amen!), the DJ conspired with the grooms mother and played The Macarena getting both the bride and groom to dance, and little kids ran up and down the field hills while the adults drank, talked and loved on the sweet couple!

This was probably the best way I could have kicked off the 2018 wedding season, and I feel so honored and blessed to have been able to celebrate Kylee and Lance's I Do's. So here's a little sneak peek at their sweet wedding out in the Uniontown Washington countryside on the groom's folks' working wheat and pea farm.

 

Amanda's Sprit Lake, Idaho Bridals

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Where are all my ladies at?

Something I truly regret from my own wedding was I hated my engagements and I never even thought of taking photos of just me. Juuuussst me being me...all dressed up in the worlds most perfect dress for me that I'll most likely never wear again. I think our photographer delivered two photos of just me and to this day it's something I wish I had more of.

Ladies! It's your freaking wedding! You've been stressing out planning and designing and putting together every little detail to make sure your wedding goes the way you have it envisioned in your head. But maybe take a couple moments to just take a few breathers and focus on you. (Of course the amazing groom who's swept you off your feet and now after popping a question and you saying yes has had you running around like a headless chicken) but you.

What elements of your wedding, of you do you want to shine, want to remember, want to capture?

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I met with the designer/planner from Wildwood Design at a friend of a friends Spirit Lake Cabin in Spirit Lake, Idaho where we put together something we'd like to call "an Idaho brides dream oasis". For 90-minutes we captured this incredible woman in her honest raw beauty against one of the most incredible backdrops I've yet to work at. It was an autumn paradise in the middle of July with hints of heirloom fur, leather boots, wool hats and pumpkin spice donut holes.

Autumn doesn't have to be pumpkins and orange leaves. Bridals don't need to be stressful or on the day of your wedding. When your getting married the sky is the limit and even then I think theres some leeway. 

When your getting married, let you and who you and your soon to be spouse are be the inspiration for how you approach your wedding. Big or small, court house or outdoors, whatever feels like you...go with that...and I promise it'll make you a whole lot happier in the end.

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Getting married in Idaho? Check out these amazing vendors who helped make this photo session so special.

Photography: Heather Woolery Photography + Creative
Event Design/Planning: Wildwood Design
Dress: Cloud Nine Bridals CDA
Hat: Gigi Pip
Shoes: Steve Madden 
Drinks/Catering: Whiskey Barrel Cider Co.
Paper Suite: Amanda Scott Creative
Florals: Fleurtations Floral
Desert Table: Flours In My Hair

 

Abi + Cole Bridals on a North Idaho Alpaca Farm

 

Something that came to my attention a while back is that Idaho (where I was born, raised and still live) has always been one of "those" states...you know what I mean? Like, everyone drives through it to get to Seattle or Portland or Salt Lake City and that's about it. 

And not to blow to cover that it seems Idaho has been holding onto...but Idaho is really an incredible state. We've got everything from sage brush deserts, prairies, mountains, all the rivers one could hope for and dang all of the local businesses that make up this state really are some of the best I've ever been too...and I've been a lot of places.

So yeah, I'm pretty enamored with my home state. So, I can't explain how elated I was when everything came together for me to take Abi and Cole's bridals on a local alpaca farm a mere 15-minutes from my house!!! Every vendor and creative that was apart of this was all local based, which made my little heart soar because HELLO! Idaho brides need to see these vendors!!!

From the moment Cole saw Abi for the first time all dressed up in her dress, I knew this was going to be an amazing shoot. I literally could go on and on about my love for everyone who came together for this...but I'm going to leave it here and share some of these photos from their bridals.

Congratualtions Cole + Abi on your recent wedding! All the love!

With Grace+Guts,

-Heather

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The AMAZING Idaho/Palouse based vendors who I would recommend to any bride/groom are as follows:

Photography/Videography: Heather Woolery Photography + Creative
Website: www.heatherwoolery.com
IG: @coffeewithheather
FB: https://www.facebook.com/heatherwooleryphotocreative/

Venue: Stirling Ridge Farm
website: www.stirlingridgealpacas.com
IG: @stirlingridgealpacas

Event Design + Planning: Wildwood Event Design + Coordination
website: www.wildwoodpnw.com
IG: @wildwoodpnw

Florals: Swallowtail Flowers
website: www.swallowtailflowers.com
IG: @swallowtail_flowers

Makeup Artist: Britt Lee Nelson
IG: @brittleeeeeee

Paper Goods/Calligraphy: Ardent Design Co.
website: www.ardentdesign.co
IG: @ardentdesign.com

Place Settings: Smith Clay
website: www.ksmithclay.com
IG: @ksmith.clay

Bakery/Cake: Goose House Bakery
website: www.goosehousebakery.com
IG: @goosehousebakery

Rentals: Bully For You Colfax
FB: https://www.facebook.com/bullyforyoucolfax/
IG: @bullyforyoucolfax

Jewelry: Grey Jays
website: https://greyjays.com/
IG: @greyjays_

 

Gather + Bloom Workshop: Florida

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Back at the beginning of May, I took a 4-day trip to Clearwater, Florida for some much needed creative soul food. I had "met" Maddie who ran the Gather + Bloom workshop only through Instagram and I had been fangirl-ing over her work for awhile (yes photographers end up falling in love with other photographers work because HELLO there are SO MANY AMAZING CREATIVES OUT THERE!!!!) And I was super excited to work alongside her and learn from her.

Something I've come to learn about myself is I love working with other vendors and creatives. Whither it's workshops, styled shoots or even real weddings/elopements - getting to work with other florists, HAMU, planners, dress shops etc brings me so much joy. Community brings me so much joy!

So workshops are just my element because I'm surrounded by several boss babes, creatives and vendors with the common goal of making some camera magic happen. And hey, some Florida sun was not about to be denied.

What I loved about this workshop was that it WAS individual based, meaning, no matter where each creative was in their career they got one on one with each of the instructors and got to learn from them. But then we also all got to work with one another and learn from each other as well (which I always feel like is missing from workshops because they jam pack them so full that you don't get time to learn and hangout with the other attendees.) 

I'm so grateful I went, and man, I can't wait to meet back up with each of these ladies and work with them in the future. Here's just some of the magic that happened while I was in Florida for Gather + Bloom.

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Gather + Bloom Workshop Vendors

makeup: Destiny and Light and Ashlee Ann Makeup
hair: Rachel Raber
dress: Lulus and Nell and Rose
florals: Flowers by Shelby Glynn
planner: Taylor Falcon Events

 

Clearwater Florida Beach Bridals with Katie + Garret

 

When you've got a just married couple who's crazy about each other on a beach to do their bridals...I mean you just have to thank the universe for being so kind to you!

 
 
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I met up with Katie and Garret on the Clearwater, Florida beach where Taylor Falcon Events had created the most perfect picnic for the newly wed's to enjoy! (If your planning a wedding or event in Florida Taylor is YOUR GIRL!!!!)

Katie and Garrets love for each other, God and their life was so vivacious it intoxicated everything the whole evening.

As I had Garret and Katie nestled in some rocks at the end of the beach, Garret just continuously gently kissed Katies hand and temple, whispering who knows what to her (which I mean THANK YOU GARRET because Katie was all smiles the whole shoot!)

Katie, Garret and I hung out on the beach until sunset, laughing, eating and enjoying the amazing place in the world that gifted us even dolphins in the background flipping and enjoying life. I mean how could it get any better than that?

I always highly suggest to my couples to do adventure bridals either before or after their big day. To have hours without the stress of timelines to capture you and your love in a magical place is everything and more you could imagine.
Without the wedding day stress, we were able to play without worrying about ruining the dress, about keeping guests waiting or timelines...which means just you, your love and me...third wheeling it...having a blast...celebrating the fact that HECK YAS! You just got married!

I don't think I'll ever get over Katie and Garrets Florida Beach Bridals, and I'm just okay with that! Congratulations Katie and Garret on your first month of marriage! May you be blessed with 75+ years worth of marriage ups, downs and all arounds with one another!

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Ciarah + Kramer Owyhee Idaho Engagement

 

The Owyhee's in Idaho and Oregon have a HUGE space in my heart simply because they were my backyard as a child...

 
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Those sunrises and and sunsets are unbeatable, which is why when I found this little waterfall tucked away in the Owyhee's I knew this was where these two love birds needed to have their engagement session...sunrise edition! And thank goodness they trusted me, got up crazy early and met me out there to capture their engagement photos amongst some of the most nostalgic landscape I know of.

I'm so jazzed about their upcoming wedding this summer! They are the sweetest humans alive with such a cute "how we started dating" story (but I'm saving that adorable story for their wedding blog post!)

When couples trust me like this, and just let me get crazy, I always am filled with a humbness that I can't explain. Like, "they amazing people are going to trust me to hop into a waterfall when we've never met before? Like WHAAA???"

Thank you Ciarah and Kramer for trusting me and getting up crazy early! I can't wait for your wedding this summer!

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If your looking for unique, one of kind engagement photos that are unique to you and your significant other, message me! I love going out and sharing special locations I've found with you and capturing you both in your element loving up on one another.

Kassie + Jared Greenhouse Engagement Session in Spokane, WA

 

One of my absolute favorite places in Spokane, WA is hand's down Manito Park (followed by Atticus Coffee and Boulevard Mercantile). 

So When my couple asked if we could do their engagement session there (because that's where he had popped the question) I was so excited and 100% game. Now here's the most magical part of this session, it was down pouring the majority of the day...at 5:28pm I was getting ready to do an umbrella based engagement session with how heavy the rain was coming down...at 5:30 there was nothing but sunshine making previous droplets of rain glisten. And it stayed sunny for the whole engagement session...picking rain back up about 10-minutes after! Like WHAT!?! 

We started in the greenhouse and then wandered around the gardens and I was smitten with these two the whole time. They were up for any crazy request I had, we were laughing and giggling and talking about the romantic way that Jared had chosen to propose to Kassie and of course I got distracted by all the puppies walking around.

At one point I had then nose to nose and I asked them to say "I love you" but with no words only their eyes, and the look in their eyes made me so misty eyed I couldn't even handle it.

I cannot wait to capture these two's wedding this fall. But until then, you all get to swoon over their adorable and light soaked spring engagement session.

 

Kat + John + Kona Engagement: Colfax, WA

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When couples book me to capture their wedding, I always recommend also doing an engagement session. The engagement session is, yes, getting you photos of you and your boo that you can use for invitations, save the dates, decor at the wedding, etc but it also allows us (couple + photographer) to really get to know each other. It gives us a couple hours to learn about each other, what each of us are comfortable with, what we want/don't want so that when the big day comes you as the couple have one less thing on your plate...trusting your photographer.

I am so STOKED to capture Kay and Johns wedding this October, but a couple weekends ago got a chance to FINALLY meet them on a typical over-casty spring day in the inland northwest. They took me to a state park I'd never heard of and I had them pile up with pillows, some beer and their fur baby, Kona in the back of their car, hike around, run into each other, and bolder some rocks all for the sake of capturing them and who they are as a couple.

Their love for one another, mother nature, and their fur babies was evident and I seriously couldn't stop laughing. Their goofiness was in prime spotlight, and with that being who they are, I wouldn't have had it any other way.

So here's some sneak peeks and Kat and Johns (and well Kona's) engagement session in Colfax, Wa.

 
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StyedYOU Retreat: Yucca Valley, CA

 

Everyone in my life can attest that I've been chomping at the bit to go to Joshua Tree/Palm Springs, CA for years...long before it was a photographers paradise, simply because I thrive when I'm in the sun. I figured Joshua Tree would be the ultimate place to get sunshine among the tree's that made me feel like The Lorax would pop out any minute.

Back in February, a random spot opened up for Mae & Co's StyledYOU Retreat in Yucca Valley i.e. Joshua Tree paradise. I'd just gotten paid and instead of paying x, y, and z....I bought a plane ticket to Palm Springs, told Manda I was coming and that was that. And I'm so flipping glad that I did.

This workshop allowed me to work along side more than just photographers (florists, calligrapher/watercolorist, stylists and so many other amazing boss babes). Being in the wedding industry, it's so important to know how to work alongside all the other creatives and vendors that come together to make each wedding a magical dream, and being able to work with all of these creatives and vendors Manda from Mae + Co had brought together was a pivotal shift in my own personal business.

So for four-days I hot tubbed, worked along side some of the most amazing boss babes in the industry, drank a ton of champaign and mimosa's, got attacked by jumping cactus, revived my passion for water color, played with the most beautiful florals, and danced stupid under the stars with women who I now consider friends for life (in fact I'm working with one of these amazing boss babes in August which I just I'm bubbling over with excitement and y"all's socks are gonna fall off!) and at the end of the day, my daydreaming of Joshua Tree was everything and more than I had hoped it would be. It's safe to say I felt so at home amongst all the cacti and jack rabbits and I will for sure be coming back. (In fact I'm planning a trip for the end of fall...and I'll have 2-3 slots available while I'm down there...so message ya' girl if you want me to capture some magic of you and your boo or fam in the desert's sunset.)

So as I spent my last morning, watching the sun rise bleed into my window across the desert I knew that I was exactly where I had needed to be. Becoming exactly what I was meant to become. Finding life amongts the Joshua Tree's and the road runners and like minded women whom I will forever be grateful for.

That being said...here's some of the beauty and magic that came out of my 4-day's in the desert...

 
 
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Style + Design/Workshop: Mae & Co
Venue: The Hi Desert
Photography in blog post: Heather Woolery Photography + Creative
Florals: Good Seed Floral
Hand lettering: Seek Paper Co
Make up: Makeup By Whit
Hair: Kayla Nicole
Tablewear: Margaret and Beau
Dress: Rue De Seine and Sarah Seven from The Dress Theory San Diego
Suit: Top Man
 

Idaho: Here we are (personal post)

 
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If you've been following me for the last year or so, you'll know I've mentioned my soon-to-be move to Portland, OR as this is where my husbabe has been working since last January. I've quit my pt-time jobs, pulled my kids out of activities, even packed half of the house in boxes TWICE then to back pedal and re-set everything.
To keep a long drawn on story short and sweet, for the last 7-years I've been in a custody battle for my daughter whom I had with my ex-husband. Keeping my daughter out of his care is pivital for her saftey, and so to ensure her case is handled appropriatly and to avoid to emotional tolling yo-yo of "yes we're moving" "no, we're not", "yes we are", we have recently decided to keep our roots based here in North Idaho for the time being (however, So Cal and Portland, OR are still on our "we will live there" lists) so Idaho isn't a forever deal.
That being said, for the first while I was super upset, because I thought I was finally getting to do something on my terms, as our lives have revolved around this case for 7-years. However, something that came to my attention this last week...it has never been on my terms...or the custody's terms. It's been on God's terms and I, someone who deeply struggles with the need to control and lacks patience, is just going to have to get over it.
So, this Wednesday, my husband and I decided we're going to have the additude of "We're starting new, this is the start of a new chapter as something is deffinatly making a point that we stay in Idaho" versus "Poor us, boo hoo us, we can't move, we're the victums".
SOOOO...that being said to all my clients: If you've already booked with me for Oregon this year...or anywhere...do not fret...our sessions are still on and I'm so jazzed that I get to come photograph you in one of my most belovid states. Annnd, if you hadn't booked with me because you knew I was moving...well...please message me! I just released my full travel schedule and I'm so thrilled to be capturing all these Idaho love stories but also travel all over the PNW and California (and hey take me anywhere you want cause this girl has always got the travel bug!)
I want to extend my deepest graditude for all of the love and support I've gotten over the last almost 18-months as my family went through this very tough season. And thank you to everyone who despite it all has shown me love and grace, and has been so so supportive. I love you all! You allow me to follow my passion and my dream and for that I can never say thank you enough!
So thats that. Idaho, we're here to stay for the time. So keep showing me those epic sunsets, filling my lungs with sage brush and pine and washing my soul with your many rivers.

Happy Friday loves.

With Grace+Guts,
-H

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Seattle, WA 2018

 
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At the beginning of March my kid's had spring break and my family took full advantage of this and planned a full-week in Seattle, WA.

We spent a couple day's in the city, drove out to the Olympic National Park one day, and then towards the end of the week I got to meet Madi from The Jen Collective, another wonderful photographer, at Discovery Point and photograph these two love birds who are getting married in the next few weeks!

I also go to do my first Instagram takeover during this session which was such a crazy cool experience! I'm really trying to get over my fear of public speaking and Instagram's Live is really pushing me to do just that (and embrace my social awkwardness!)

In the last 6-months my dream (my business) has really grown and I am so humbled by all the opportunities, all the connections, this community and all of my amazing clients! So thank you to everyone who's been a building block, a shoulder, a cheer squad, and a cup of coffee through it all!

So here's some of my absolute favorites from this impromptu engagement session.

I hope you all have a fabulous and amazing Monday!

With Grace+Guts,
-H

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Ruby Beach WA with Lauren + Will

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So the Olympic National Park has been on my bucket list for YEARS! And a couple weeks ago I finally got to go for a day during my week long visit to Seattle, WA. I was so excited...and no a single day didn't even let me scratch the surface but I got to hang out on Ruby Beach and Second Beach, drive through Forks and La Push and be surrounded by a natural beauty that just couldn't be beat (I'm serious...I fell so hardcore in love that if anyone wants to book sessions there I'll give you a screaming deal!)

So of course I had to take full advantage of me finally getting to explore two of the beaches on my never ending "beaches I need to see" list and I got to do a sun filled couples session of Lauren and Will at Ruby Beach. Full daylight still scares me as I'm such a fan of blue hour, but I ran into head on and captured some of the most amazing sun flares to date - and I love my sun flares!

These two cuties were so much fun, and I loved watching them loosen up and fully enjoy themselves too! They were such a prime example of why I love what I do...I love to capture my clients stories and moments, finding their joy and their peace all in a location that embodies them or that means something to them. I cannot wait to go back to this magical PNW rain forest, but for now I'm so grateful for the challenge of full on sun (I mean how much more blessed could I be with sunshine on the PNW coastline in the spring?!?) and for a couple who was so wonderful and open to getting their toes sandy and having fun.

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Big Four Mountain Elopement

 

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You know the phrase; "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade"? Well let me tell you all about the lemons.

I've been dying to do something out at the Big Four Ice Caves in North Washington for about two-years. I have daydreamed and envisioned exactly how I would do it and this January we all decided we were going to spend my kids Spring Break in Seattle....a mere 1.5 hr drive from the ice caves.

There was so many up's and down's all the way up to the day of the elopement but where the big lemons came is was 2-miles away from the Big Four Ice Caves trailhead. 2-miles away from the trailhead the road was closed due to heavy packed snow. So my couple and I packed up all of our stuff and hiked the 2-miles in the snow to the trail head to hike another 1.5 miles to the ice caves. with less then .5 mile to go a group of hikers coming back let us know a recent avalanche had covered the ice caves, meaning we were not going to be able to see them, take photos in or around them...nothing. Both my couple and I had driven hundreds of miles and hiked in the snow to find out the whole sole purpose was covered in about 10ft of snow.

We still hiked forward and got to where the ice caves lived...though now just a whopping heap of white. But here comes the lemonade...though we were surrounded by snow we were having summer like warm breezes flow all around us. I got all my camera gear ready and we made the best of what we could and in all honesty I'm so over the moon.

My couples newly wed love was adorable and endearing to watch. When all was said and done and we were hiking back they gave each other a fist pump and later that night got milkshakes (that's my kinda couple!)

Here are just a few of the 100+ amazing captures that happened at the base of Big Four Mountain on a sunny warm snowy day in the Snoqualmie National Forest.

 

Wandering Wedding Feature: Dunes Anniversary Shoot

 

Do you remember that dreamy snow covered sand dunes shoot I did at the end of last year? Well this morning you get to re-live all of the goodness as it's featured on Wandering Weddings (formerly Wandering Photographers) today!

Go give it some love and send all the good vibes to this amazing couple as they get reunited soon!

Happy Friday!
With Grace+Guts,

-Heather