HURRICANE RIDGE

India

India Earl

Alpine Northwest

Have you ever reached a moment in your life when you feel like it's too good to be true; that you are dreaming? 
I was hiking up Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park with a few of my favourite photographers, soaking in the sunlight after a momentary downpour. The wind was strong once I reached the top of the mountain, the air was cooler but the weather was still beautiful. 
I had the honor of taking portraits of India. She let me play with her long hair and experiment with my lens. 
Here are my favourites from this breathtaking hike.

Shadell + Jamal

Shadell + Jamal

Hurricane Ridge

I am envious of how uplifting these two are. Jamal makes Shadell so happy by cracking her up and encouraging everyone else around them to laugh too. The two of them have been travelling the USA together for a few months and this happened to be one of their stops. I am so thankful that Shadell and Jamal encouraged me to be creative and expressive with my work and that they also blessed me with loads of laughter during our shoot.

Ashley + Alex

Ashley + Alex

Olympic National Park

Ashley and Alex have this spark about them that is contagious to the people they are with. 
First of all, they are such a good looking couple that if you spotted them in the grocery market, you would probably think they were celebrities, haha!
Secondly, they are actually super nice; which kind of makes you hate them a bit because it doesn't seem like there's anything wrong with them!
Thirdly, they are impossible to actually hate. Ashley and Alex are true, genuine people. They ran up and down the hill for me I don't know how many times so that I could burn out there energy slightly and have them melt into each other for some "steamier" more intimate shots, you will see!

Melissa + Sky

Melissa + Sky

Olympic National Park

These two are the kind of people that would never let anyone feel left out or irrelevant. Melissa and Sky are so genuine and compassionate individually, so when you bring them together they are this couple from out of a fairytale. They listened to my ridiculous direction like whipping the hair in each other's faces and whispering stupid words in one another's ear. 
All I can say is, expect crazy when you shoot with me.

Sarah + Zach

Sarah + Zach

Hurricane Ridge

I can't explain to you how happy it makes me to photograph two beautiful souls in a majestic wonderland. It is tempting for most to say "photographs are easy to take when you're somewhere beautiful". The answer is, "Yes, it is certainly a lot easier to make an image look pretty with a gorgeous landscape... however! I don't agree that it is easy to capture a couple based on the surroundings. There is so much more to pulling emotion out of someone and capturing it on camera then just letting the couple stand miles away just to show there were people involved. 
I want my shoots to be fun, wild, adventurous and outright unpredicatable.