Portland, Oregon

For my 25th birthday my marvelous and sweetheart of a boyfriend took me on the trip of a lifetime. We flew into Portland, Oregon with one my best friends Brooke and of course documented every step of the way. I'll be writing a second blog post with our second half of the trip where Ryan and I traveled to Seattle, Washington! Enjoy!

 We flew out of Raleigh, had a layover in Minneapolis where we met up with my friend Brooke, then flew with her the rest of the way to Portland. This was the stunning view out of our amazing airbnb in downtown Portland! Check it out  here

We flew out of Raleigh, had a layover in Minneapolis where we met up with my friend Brooke, then flew with her the rest of the way to Portland. This was the stunning view out of our amazing airbnb in downtown Portland! Check it out here

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Right after we dropped our bags off we walked down to Pine Street Market, a multi vendor food hall, and had probably one of the top three meals I've ever eaten in my life. We snagged three ridiculously amazing bibimap bowls (short rib, chicken, and salmon!) and pork steamed buns from Kim Jong Smokehouse, annnnnd the bravo plate and the radicchio salad from Pollo Bravo (yeah, we were hungry!)

Of course we had to go to Pine State Biscuits the first thing after waking up the next morning, and it was nothing short of incredible. Check out these massive biscuits! We got the McIsley and the Reggie Deluxe. Ryan and I decided the best way to describe it was basically like Bojangles on steroids. 

We spent the rest of the first day exploring around a few neighborhoods outside of downtown. My favorite was Alberta Arts district! Here are some photos I snapped just while walking around!

The next day we made the trip out to the Oregon coast. It was about an hour and a half drive from downtown Portland, but not only was it so worth it, but the drive was absolutely breathtaking as well. The nature and wildlife is so different than what we see everyday in North Carolina, especially the trees. It was like everything was covered in moss in the most beautiful way, we almost felt like we were in a foreign country just on the drive alone. 

We drove out to Cannon Beach and took one big curve, looked to the right and saw ^this MONSTER rock^ and decided to park and take a photo before we walked down to the beach. This is probably one of my favorite photos from the coast just because you can see the true size of the rock in relation to the tops of those houses. Ryan, Brooke and I all audibly said "oh my god" as soon as we turned the corner, and I'm sure you can see why. 

There's a part of Cannon Beach called Hug Point State Park which is about 3 miles down from this section of the beach. I loved Hug Point because there's this awesome little cave and of course a few more incredible rocks hanging out in the water. 

We left the coast that day completely soaked! The tide kept coming in and out, but when it would go out it would stay far for a good 5ish minutes...so we'd run all the way out as far as we could, take pictures and take in all there was to see and then slowing but surely the water would quickly come back in and we ended up getting up to our waists wet. We weren't even mad because it was so fun and like nothing we've ever been able to experience before.

On the way home we stopped at a little seafood restaurant in the middle of nowhere and when we told the other people at the restaurant why we were all so wet they were shocked. They said the day we had gone out on the water the waves were record breaking and actually a few people had died. We were lucky to have been safe truly, but laughably naive to think the waves were always that tumultuous!

 The next day we explored the food pods downtown then the Lu San Chinese Garden which happened to be incredibly peaceful and gorgeous. Then of course a stop at Voodoo Doughnuts. Check it out!

We finished out this day at our favorite dispensary we went to in Portland, Serra. Then tortas and margs at Guero and an amazing charcuterie plate at Cheese and Crack

Our last day in Portland was amazing. We explored an Oregon forest, took a bunch of photos, and met a pet pig! Then we headed off to one of my favorite highlights of the trip - Radiant Human

Radiant Human is an interactive roving photography pod that photographs your personal aura by the electrodes through your fingerprints. I've been stalking (yes, literally) the RH instagram page for over a year now waiting for a tour date near me to come up. It just so happened that the tour dates lined up totally perfectly with our trip! The tickets sell out incredibly fast, in fact - they were sold out for the Portland dates within 4 minutes, but thanks to my deep stalking - we got two tickets! Because Ryan is the best boyfriend ever he wanted me to take my photo alone, but for his photograph he wanted us to be photographed together.

Here's the day + our aura results!

After RH we went to a restaurant called Broder Nord, a Scandinavian restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch. This was another one of my favorite meals because not only was the food so on point, but the atmosphere of the restaurant was amazing. We waited only a few minutes for a table and the guy seating us took us back to what he called "the bird cage." He said usually it was for parties of 5 or more, but since there were no other tables we got the cage! It was beyond cool and definitely the best place for our last meal in Portland! I got the Swedish meatballs and Ryan got the Gravlax and the Pickled Herring sandwiches! 

After eating, Ryan and I got in our rental car and started the three hour trek to Seattle Washington to for the next 5 days! Stay tuned for a second post on the other half of our trip, and thanks for reading!

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Chris + James

This has got to be one of my top 3 favorite shoots of all time. Between the people, the location, the lighting, the colors, the looks - it all gets me right in the feels. James is another high school friend I had the pleasure of photographing and he and his fiancé, Chris, only radiate happiness and love. I truly believe that when people truly love each other you can tell in photographs and these two are no exception. They were such a joy to photography and made my job totally easy. So excited to finally share these photos and I hope you guys love them as much as I do!

Sarah + Thomas

Sarah and Thomas are one of the most genuine couples I've ever photographed. From their spot on impressions of each other to their hilarious faces these two radiate total freaking joy! This session was all around pure fun and I cannot wait to photograph their wedding this coming October!

Zach + Tyler + Chip

Tyler and Zach are two super attractive guys, but honestly who could even look at them when Chip is around?! Chip was mighty energetic for our shoot (probably those first glamour shoot nerves) but we still got some serious winners from the day! Give me allllllll the Golden Doodles please.

The Meyers

Alyson and Pat are such a sweet couple, then you add Ollie into the mix and the family becomes #goals. Had such a great time photographing their Christmas photos last week, and very excited to share a few from the session. Maybe I should market myself as a golden doodle photographer now? Whatcha think!?

Olivia + Jake

Legitimately stoked to have been able to shoot one of my high school friends almost ten years later! It's such a great feeling to see your friends so happy and in love. Olivia and Jake are perfect for each other and their love shined through in all of these photographs. Congratulations to you both!

The Bithell Baby Reveal!

The Bithells are such an adorable little family, and it's only getting better! Taylor, Price, River and Darcey hung out with me to reveal their soon-to-be baby brother Mav. These little girls are two of the most well documented little humans I know and I can't wait to see what Taylor has in store for Maverick. So blessed to know this beautiful family and be a part of their gender reveal! Enjoy!

NYC

Sometimes you just need to take a spontaneous trip to New York City to see your best friend. Then you need to gain ten pounds in pizza, drink way too much whiskey at ridiculously cool bars, get a rainbow bagel, go to the MOMA, people watch at the flat iron, visit the Brooklyn Bridge, fulfill all your RENT subway car dreams at 2am when the subway is empty, and take 4,000 photos because all this really needs to be captured. 

I'm thankful in a real way for friends who stay in your life no matter the distance or time apart. This girl has been a staple friend for me since I was 15 and I'm so glad we can always pick up where we left off, even if that involves crying in the kitchen floor at 3 in the morning. 

Kendall Ross

Kendall Ross is an incredible chef based currently out of Charlotte, NC. He's a Charlotte native, but I say "currently based" because Kendall just got back from cooking on tour with Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper and is scheduled to go on tour with Ed Sheeran early 2018. Kendall is being featured in the culinary magazine, Sizzle, and asked me to take some photographs of not only him and his food! Not only was this shoot a blast, but I tried octopus for the first time (tastes like chicken, LOL) AND got to hear the inside scoop on what Rod Stewart is really like!

 

Here's some shots we snagged, and here's the magazine article for a better read on Kendall

Christine Benz

Christine, the girl boss of all girl bosses, the queen of all freckles, the slayer of all things fleek. This girl is a top notch human who is also a photographer. It was my privilege to spend an afternoon taking pictures of this beautiful soul. 

Check out Christine and her work here

Narcisse Greenway

Narcisse is a local florist and floral designer. Last week we had some fun taking a few professional headshots for her. Just snagged this random strand of ivy and didn't have to look any further, isn't it crazy how pretty people can make even the simplest of things beautiful?

To see more of Narcisse and what she does her work can be found here

Daniel White

Daniel White is the only human I've ever met who can out sass me. He is unassuming, yet full of spunk, creativity, and genuine kindness. Yesterday he interviewed me for his podcast with Amplifier Zine, FREE PIZZA - a platform for creatives. Daniel took a few shots of me to go along with the interview and I couldn't just stand around and not photograph this stupid amazing smile!

Check out Daniel's podcast FREE PIZZA

and if anyone is interested in hearing our interview you can find that here

SAVANNAH

We just spent 4 days on an island and I don't think anything could've been better. My good friend Brooke and I drove down to Tybee Island in Georgia this past week and spent a few days in seclusion making art, and another few days shopping the streets of downtown Savannah with our TOGOSAS in hand. How much better can life even get? Here's a few pictures I snapped along the way. 

AMANDA / MATERNITY

I love these photos for a lot of reasons. ONE Amanda is amazing, beautiful, and radiates freaking sunshine, and TWO we changed locations literally thirty minutes before we scheduled to shoot because I found this ridiculous roadside tipi and THEN we found this glorious green forest behind a residential neighborhood in Huntersville NC. HOW CRAZY!

Shoutout to flexible clients, Greenway Events for the gorgeous flower crown, and Benny's Yard Art for letting us snag some pictures with this great tipi!

Bull Street Mental Hospital

Explored the South Carolina Mental Hospital that was built in 1821 by Robert Mills. The lunatic asylum is said to be haunted, and gives off the most eerie vibes imaginable. It's almost like life just came to a sudden hault inside the buildings. The grounds of the hospital seem never ending, almost as if you were in another world. You walk into each room and you can feel the life that was once filling that same space. I love photographing and exploring spaces like this because it's like a little peak into the past. Take in these rooms, the muted colors, and the bizarre items I found inside! 

Selena Andrews: Graduation

Selena is a gorgeous senior who is about to head straight into the fashion industry. She has such a passion for style and class it made me want to go shopping after our shoot! I always love heading to the lake to photograph, but this shoot in particular was perfect with lighting and amazing hair to match. Congratulations on graduating Selena! I expect big things!

Mt. Wavy: Collaboration

Hello all! I'm still alive! 

I've been super busy recently collaborating with a few small businesses in the Carolinas. There is something so different about people coming together to combine their talents and creating images that reflect the individual style of each company. I love brainstorming ways for new companies to brand themselves and making photographs to flesh out those ideas. Here are some recent product shots for Mt. Wavy, a Boone based clothing company. Check out their new line and support small businesses! 

www.mtwavysupplyco.com