Meghan & Michael {Big Cottonwood Mountain Engagement}

I am throwing it back to Meghan & Michael’s engagement session because today’s a very special day— Their wedding day! I am writing this blog as I am preparing for their beautiful, funky wedding at the Ashland Hills Hotel in Ashland, Oregon. The Ashland Hills Hotel is a super unique retro-themed hotel in cute and quaint Ashland. There are peace signs, mod-style furniture, and 70s colors-galore! Even with the smoke from the wildfires, the weather is beautiful and a great day for a wedding.

I’ll post about their wedding with lots of photos, but for now, I am sharing their romantic mountain engagement session.

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Marzieh & Ali {Summer Anniversary Session}

When Marzieh told me that she wanted to do a romantic couples session with her husband in the mountains— I was all in! She needed a female photographer due to her beliefs, so instead of my usual photo assistant (my husband, Brighton), I brought along one of my oldest and closest friends, Courtney as my assistant. She enjoyed witnessing how I conduct sessions, and enjoying the beautiful sunny summer day. Since we needed some privacy for the removal of the headscarf, we ventured in to the forest and they got cozy together. I swear, both Marzieh and Ali are real-life models! They were so comfortable together, and I loved their willingness to try anything I suggested. The result? Amazing photos!

By their request, they asked that I only share photos with the headscarf, but trust me, they were magnetic and it was a fantastic session! I could not stop smiling and laughing with them the entire time.

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-Hilary

Pieper Family {Seattle Extended Family Photographer}

When the kids grow up, get married, and move away, it’s a rare occasion to get everyone together for a photo session! Mayree contacted me wanting a grassy accessible area, and I think we found just the place! Her son had recently gotten engaged, so Mayree thought it would be nice to include his future wife along with all the other spouses and kids.

I know that photo sessions can cause some anxiety and nerves, so I do whatever I can to make sessions fun. This family totally rocked it— they were making everyone laugh with poses and funny faces. Can you tell that they were laughing the entire time? 🙂

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-Hilary

Connor, Badger & Abby {Seattle Pet Photographer}

Connor contacted me in hopes of getting some photos to give his mom for her birthday. His dogs are her fur-grandchildren that she loves dearly, so he thought it would be a nice present to get some professional shots of their children together. Badger is the German Shepherd and Abby is the Australian Shepherd. They live together and love to play. Even though Abby is technically Connor’s girlfriend’s dog, she’s part of the family!

We went up to Millcreek Canyon, and the dogs played fetch with us and showed off. Badger even had some tricks up his sleeve like standing like a bunny, being cradled like a baby, and high fives! Abby was the expert ball chaser and bounded through the high grass like a champ!

It was a fun evening with the pups in the mountains! If you’re in need of a pet photographer, look no further— I love playing with all the dogs (and cats) while also getting some shots of you and your fur-children.

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-Hilary

Roosendaal Family {Seattle Family Photographer}

My favorite part of family photography sessions is getting to be part of the family (even if only for a couple hours)! The Roosendaals wanted to get their children and grandchildren together for a summer photo session in the mountains, and by the end of the session, I felt like I was one of them!

They were joking around the entire time, and you can tell that they had some fun with it. I even delivered some “bloopers” for their own enjoyment (in addition to the main photos).

I also loved how color-coordinated they were. I mean, that’s Pinterest-worthy, right there! Don’t forget to check out their fun bloopers at the bottom of this post 🙂

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