Kat + John + Kona Engagement: Colfax, WA


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.


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...


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

Seattle, WA 2018


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,


Ruby Beach WA with Lauren + Will


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.


Big Four Mountain Elopement


Heather Woolery Photography + Creative | Big Four Mountain, WA | 2018

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,



Linnea + Cam: Windy February Day


I've lived on the Palouse for almost 7-years, and when your leaving Idaho and driving into Eastern Washington, to your right you will find this old barn that for the last series of years has been almost been flattened by the means of weather and age. It's honestly a hot spot for photographers, who've been capturing it's slow fall through the seasons for who knows how long...but for some reason...it hasn't been until recently that I've found an interest in really capturing this small little parcel that's been such a special spot for photographers for years.

Unfortunately, when I got there, the winter's extreme rain fall had turned the field between the car turnout and the dilapidated bard into feet deep of mud. Something I hadn't checked till minutes before my clients arrived. But we did the best we could as a storm rolled in and in 45-minutes I can't explain how full my heart was from these two and their love.

Sometimes all you need is an open field, a dying barn in the distant background and a couple who's love is bigger than any location you could possibly find.


McPherson In-Home Newborn Session


There's always something wonderful when your client welcomes you into their home and let's you be apart of their crazy. Jenny is a mama now to four beautiful children...the youngest was only 8-days old when she opened her door up to me. Her three oldest were obsessed with their new little brother and it was so adorable to watch.

This newest member to the family was, however, less than thrilled to have me bugging him with a camera and cried the majority of the time.

Both the parents just giggled and as they shrugged their shoulders looked at each other lovingly and said "well, it's memories".


A Snowy Dunes Afternoon


Every photographer has some dream locations that they'd love to shoot at. For me, one of them is the Alvord Desert in Eastern, Oregon. I was going to be only 3-hours away during the Christmas break and took it as my chance.

This was also the most perfect time to work with some local businesses I'd been swooning over. I reached out to GreyJays, Rust+Thistle and Bully For You and they all were all so sweet and enthusiastic.

I had everything set up ready to go, and at 10:45 pm the night before my couple backed out. I tried everything...I reached out to every Idaho based photographer I knew, Facebook and Instagram. I was sort of pathetic but desperate.

Somewhere along the lines I got connected to a couple and we moved the shoot to later down the week. We weren't able to all go out to Alvord but we drove 2 hours out of town to the Bruneau Dunes State Park. The dunes were covered in snow and though it was cold and no where near the warm desert, about 5-minutes into the session I realized I had the most amazing couple. A couple who will be celebrating their 11-year anniversary this month, but were so stinking adorable you wouldn't think they had an adorable family with kids celebrating 11-years of marriage.

Last year I went to a workshop and something one of the leaders said was "the location never should matter..." and it was out on this shoot that that really sunk in for me.  It was the best way to end 2017.

Here's just a few of my favorites from our time on the snowy dunes.


Happy anniversary Botkins and thank you GreyJays, Rust+Thistle and Bully For You for being such amazing creatives to collaborate with.


Jewelry: GreyJays (Boise, ID)
Florals: Rust+Thistle (Boise, ID)
Rug: Bully For You (Colfax, WA)
Edited: Heather Woolery Presets


Puppy love/ couple session with Kellyn and Nathan


I love it when my clients message me about a shoot where their personality just fills the message, the room, the space.
This is exactly what happened when Kellyn first messaged me, it went along the lines of "I'm looking for couple photos with my boyfriend of X-years and our three dogs"...need I say more I was so in from the first second.

Once we finally met up for the shoot, I was so jazzed, and their three furr babies were so adorable I'll admit there were times it was hard to focus because, I mean, common, LOOK AT THEM!

I absolutely loved this shoot, it was one of those where as a photographer your looking at the shots and your crying inside with happiness screaming "this is SOOOO good!" having the hardest time trying to choose which ones!

Thank you Kellyn and Nathan (and your three adorable fur babies)! I hope you all have a blast with the upcoming snow! It was a blast working with you!

With Grace+Guts,


Ben + Dara: A Portland Backyard Wedding


Back in September, Oregon's beautiful Gorge broke into the horrible thousand's of acres burning Eagle Creek Fire. This fire broke out simply one week before Ben + Dara were scheduled to get married, just a hop, skip and a jump from where the fire was burning.

Two day's before the wedding I got an SOS e-mail from the bride and groom telling me of a last minute decision to move locations. From a however many acre farm full of llamas and chickens and mountainous views, to a friends Portland backyard. 

As a photographer, it's my job to make sure the bride and groom have a beautiful day, and photos to capture all the memories...no matter what the backdrop is, no matter what last minute changes need to happen.

I showed up on the wedding day, and was instantly blown away from all the love, community and magic that had occurred in this little Portland backyard. This became the theme of the evening. I was constantly reminded and shown by all their closest friends, neighbors and family members how wonderful and pure of souls both Ben and Dara are. How much love everyone shows them because of how much love they show everyone else.

I couldn't have been more humbled to share this amazing day with Ben + Dara and I could only with them the best, all the whiskey and mountain tops possible.

Congratulations again Ben + Dara!

With Grace+Guts,


taylor / haunting autumn maternity shoot


When there's a request for a maternity shoot and the words 'Halloween', 'Nightmare Before Christmas', and 'autumn' are used in a single sentence...I was having a hard time breathing.
If you know me, you'll know that these were magical words, and all things that I L O V E!!!

We met up in Lewiston, ID which is a valley...which means its a bowl...which means all the smoke from Oregon, Idaho and Montana have somehow all congregated there.  And where there are times I wish the smoke would just clear out as I miss fresh air like coffee in the morning after just waking up...the smoke translated in to hazy fog, washed out my golden light completely and we rolled with the punches. And what came out was some gypsy autumn photos that are so hauntingly gorgous I keep swooning over them!  

It is always the biggest complement when your clients immediately turn one of your photos as their profile photos and email you how much they love them. This session was defiantly up my alley and all I can say is THANK YOU Taylor for being one bomb BEAUTIFUL mama, being willing to hop on rocks, walk in the grasses, hide behind things, and even strip down into fabric I brought along!  And of course congratulations to you and your hubby!  You are such beautiful people, this baby boy is one lucky little guy!


you can see more family sessions below. i'm currently booking for 2017 holiday sessions now.

alyse / on top of CDA mini session


So being in the creative community circle, things and events and people start to over lap, and someone you know from somewhere knows someone else that you know from somewhere else or knows someone you'd just click with...it's sort of magical...sort of creepy lol.

This is what happened with Alyse, a friend of mine knew her and when I was asking if anyone wanted to meet up and do a mini session in Coeur d' Lane we got connected over instagram and once we met up it was non stop talking.  From odd things our husbands do, to surviving being an art student in college, we talked the whole way up Mineral Ridge.  Alyse is also a BOMB designer and typographer so if your in the market for some logo work she's your girl.

We made it to the top for the last of the glowy and hazy light which made the perfect light set up for this shoot. I'm so in love with each of these photos its sort of pathetic, but I ain't got shame!

Thank you lady for hiking in the pitch dark with me and meeting up with me for these!  


if your interested in Alyse's work, you can check her out on facebook + her website

ray / hazy hike mini session


Lately my drive to keep taking photos and work in the creative space has been on fire, I can't stop, won't stop!  When I found out we were headed to the mountains for labor day I put out a call for a couple mini-session slots and Ray was one of the people who responded.  

It was a brief hike, and I had him climbing moss covered hills, hanging out in the grass and brush and fallen trees, hand in pocket, out of pocket, smile, don't smile...let's be honest, when it's a mini session the hustle is on because even though its not a full shoot I still want my client/model to feel AMAZING!

Through the thick haze and smoke from all the wild fires, we hiked Mineral Point outside of Sandpoint, ID and met at "golden hour" which I mean as "golden" as one can get with all the smoke, lol.  Ray was a trooper, easy to work with and seriously ladies...if you want his digits...just leave a comment below and I'll help a lady out ;)


meg + mackenzie / u-pick flower fields haze


I am absolutely loving these best lady photo sessions!  There is nothing better then awesome ladies building each other up, and celebrating friendship with photos and laughter.

We met out at Stratton's U-Pick Flower's between Moscow, ID and Pullman, WA and spent a fire season hazing evening taking photos, laughing, picking flowers and me making them dance...like a lot lol.  But the photos only show a small spark for the joy and fire these ladies posses.

So thank you ladies for joining me for the evening!!! 
Here's to the end of the summer! Oh! And me catching up officially on my blog =)

With Grace+Guts,


emily + paige / summer prairie nights


Slow, warm summer nights, where the cicada's sing, and flittering sun rays dance off of your eyelashes making your skin glow and dewy.  These are just some of the things that make summer so blissful and wonderful.  These are also just some of the things that made this particular session such a wonderful thing.  I was so full of creative joy on the way home that I couldn't contain it.  I instead busted out a quick little video of the session because I was so jazzed.

I've photographed Emily a couple other times, and she's always such a ball of fireworks that ignites in front of the camera.  But this was the first time I got a chance to photograph her best lady, Paige, and putting these two amazing women out at sunset to one of my favorite spots was a match made in summer heaven.

Thank you ladies for dealing with the crazy requests, you both are beautiful inside and out, igniting the world with those wonderful souls!

With Grace+Guts,


caiti / woman on fire session

she wore a smile like a loaded gun
— atticus

You know those people that come into your life with such a blazing fire that it doesn't matter if their right next to you, across the world, you stay in touch or you haven't heard from them since you don't know when? That would be this lady. And I'm lucky to say I hear from her consistently as she's taken over as honorary sister, best friend, aunt to my kids and so much!

Recently, life decided it be fun to once again try to knock this incredible woman down.  And with life shattering events, this woman drank a heck load of coffee, brushed off and got back up stronger than ever, with a smile still radiating.

I couldn't help but take advantage of when she came for a quick 24-hr stay to document this woman and all of her fierceness. It's been over a month since this shoot, and I'm slowly trying to regain my blogging momentum...let's just say I'm so not ready for school for my kids to start next week, for warm days and long nights and I've put off every other aspect in my life to try to soak up as much of it as possible.

I love you Cait <3 You are the wine to my tea cup!
You are a force and rediculously fierce! Never forget!

And so it continues ( ; )

With Grace+Guts,

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gemini mountain swimwear / a lady powered product shoot


There isn't a whole lot more that I love than some serious lady power and creativity!  In Missoula, MT my gurl, and fellow photographer, Rio introduced me to such a force.

Sam Alario is the founder and creator of Gemini Mountain Swimwear...bringing "femininity to functionality".  She creates all of her pieces by hand with quality materials with a passion for the environment and the landscape that surrounds her.

We were only out for a hour before the sun caved on us, when we then continued onward on the roof of Sam's house ranting with sheer gusto that only a bomb @$$ lady can do!

Make sure to check out her website, Gemini Mountain Swimwear and give Sam some love!  We've got to love our local makers and creatives, especially our lady powered ones!!!


adam + sara / vancouver b.c. family session


Recently I took a trip to Vancouver B.C. unplanned and unbeknownst during Canada Day.  These four days were blissful, with perfect weather, amazing food, and perfecto company.  

Towards the end of my trip, I got to do a special photo session with this adorable and precious family.  Their not quite one year old son and I hit it off as he stole my heart (and the show).

We went down to Cleveland Dam first thing in the morning, with the sun high and that sweet little boy fresh with giggles we got to it.  I'd love to share with you every moment but that just isn't practical.

Adam + Sara thank you again for being open to the last minute suggestions, walking barefoot and all the sweetness and kindness you shared with me.

With Grace+Guts,