Pacific Northwest on Film – pt. 1

December 16, 2014

Washington Rainforest

Rattlesnake Ridge

Rattlesnake Ridge

Rattlesnake Ridge

Rattlesnake Ridge

Rattlesnake Ridge

All images shot with the Pentax 645N on Kodak Portra 400 film.

christmas tree

December 12, 2014

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He’s not picking his nose. He had some crushed pine needles between his fingers. Nothing like a fresh pine tree smell to get ya in the spirit.

So. It was my intention on finding a bit more of a scraggly tree this year. I may have gotten a bit carried away. I was hopeful that all it needed was a ‘little love,’ but I gotta admit. It’s pretty sparse.

I still love it.

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I mean, is it even possible to not love a Christmas tree? Even the tackiest of trees can make my heart swell with Christmas joy.

Speaking of tacky, I’m just gonna leave this here…

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Seattle Thanksgiving // Hiking Snoqualmie

December 9, 2014

I give you: two attempts of hiking Rattlesnake Ledge in Snoqualmie, WA.

Truth be told, we set out to hike this ridge early Sunday morning before church, but got lost. We hiked around almost the entire lake at the base, trying to find the trailhead. After about an hour, we finally found the right trail, but we didn’t have enough time to hike up before church. We managed to snap some shots despite the failed attempt to hike to Rattlesnake Ledge.

The rising sun and frozen tundra was a Beautiful (with a capital B) sight to take in. Thankfully, Jordan was willing to snap these photos. I’ll admit, the cold inhibited my motivation to get out my camera. I did snap a few on film, I sure hope they turned out. Cus it was DANG COLD. (I look pretty miserable in that photo).

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Once we finally found the right trail, we hiked up maybe a quarter mile.

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We were pretty bummed/annoyed that it took so long to find the actual trail. SO we resolved to try again the next day (minus Dad, since he had to work. Boo).

So, here is Rattlesnake Ledge, Second Attempt:

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It wasn’t quite as picturesque, since the sun wasn’t shining, and a bit of snow had melted. But it was still worth it. I just LOVE how high those trees tower over throughout the hike. Like a big blanket. Of tall trees.

Aaaaand the top!

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So my parents did this hike again today (since Dad had to miss out on round 2). They were a bit more successful finding “The View.” You see, I did this hike back in high school, and I remembered a rocky area that overlooked the lake. It’s an awesome view, and I was anxious to see it this time around. But once we reached the ‘top’ this outlook I was imagining was nowhere to be seen. I talked to my mom this morning after their hike, and she told me that if we would have just gone to the right of where these photos were, we would have found that look out.

ALAS. Third time’s a charm.

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Seattle Thanksgiving // Hiking Issaquah

December 5, 2014

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Number one thing I took for granted while living in Washington: the trails. Countless trails that go deep the forest, where the trees loom high overhead, dripping with moss.

These shots were from a hike in Issaquah, just a bit east of Seattle. We did just a portion of the trail that look us on a loop that swings by Tradition Lake. AND it gives you an awesome view of the city below.

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It was cold. Colder than I remember it being in Washington during Thanksgiving. We stayed pretty warm as we hiked, but once the sun went down, thats when things got chilly. Tradition Lake was pretty frozen. We skipped rocks across the ice, which made a wobbly, alien-like noise echo throughout the forest.

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We had to use our phones as flashlights as we hurried back down the trail. The light from our phones lit up the trail that was dusted with sparkles of frost. It was pretty magical.

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And one more of the view. I love this city.

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Seattle Thanksgiving // Downtown

December 3, 2014

We’re back! Mixed feelings about that, of course. Time spent in the Northwest is never quite long enough. We managed a few tourist-y things while home for Thanksgiving, including Pike Place Market and the Seattle Public Library. Food was great, company was greater (that mac n’ cheese, though! Didn’t matter we had just stuffed ourselves with chowder).

It was f-r-e-e-z-i-n-g that day (it had SNOWED that morning). The snow rarely sticks around long enough to enjoy the beauty of it, but it was so cold that it stuck around for the whole weekend. I’ll share some snowy hiking pics in another post. It was GORGEOUS. For now, I give you: Pike Place Market.

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Huge photo cred to Jordan, he took most of these shots, since I had my film camera around my neck. I snapped a couple rolls, so I will share those as soon as I get them back from the lab! On to the library…

The Seattle Public Library is a work of art, to say the least. From the funky geometric exterior to the neon escalators to the deep red hallway, it’s an awesome building to walk through. Though we didn’t have much time to sit and read, it was worth a visit just to enjoy the ambience and architecture.

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MISS YOU ALREADY.

P.S.Headed to Seattle in the near future? Hit me up with any questions about stuff to do! Already been to Seattle? Let me know! I love talking about that city.

the thief of joy

November 21, 2014

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“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt

these thoughts have floated around my head for quite some time now. A few doses of solid articles, Instagrams, and TED talks have motivated me to add my own voice to the realm of social media.

I didn’t make this blog to add to the noise. The last thing I want people to feel when they see shots from one of our adventures is the pang of jealousy. Rather, I’d hope these images motivate you to get out. Do something you’ve been meaning to do, whether it be getting outdoors or calling your mom. Stop putting it off. Cancel your TV. Turn off the computer. Bundle up a bit extra and go on a winter hike. Take photos. Or don’t (truth: adventures still happen if you don’t Instagram them.)

The article I linked to above mentions that “the success of others does not dictate your roadmap or path to happiness.” Why should the good fortune of people you know distract from your own happiness?

I really didn’t want this post to be some in-your-face mumbo jumbo. I realize this attitude is easier said than done. BUT it honestly doesn’t have to be that hard. It can come down to a simple adjustment in the time spent on social media sites. I usually felt grumpy after being on Facebook, SO I just stopped. I deleted FB off my phone. And it was like a weight was lifted.

I still use it every now and again. But once I feel that cranky jealousy creeping up on me, I know it is the first to go. So just give it up for a bit. See how you feel. The world goes on with or without being caught up on your news feed. (Side note- it isn’t Facebook’s fault that you feel this way. It’s your own dang fault. Ask yourself why you feel jealous/anxious/angry at your news feed, and DO something about it.)

I posted this shot of Jordan rock climbing because I was going to use some grand analogy about how life is like climbing and it’s ultimately all up to you and stuff, but it’s just coming out cheesy, as usual with my analogies. Those leg muscles, though.

holiday inspiration

November 20, 2014

If someone were to ask me right now what my favorite color was, it would be that green. That cozy, foresty green. It’s been a while since I could last pin down a favorite color (besides gray), and for some reason, that makes me feel like I have accomplished something. I did it, guys. I picked out a favorite color. Finally.

So yeah, just wanted to share some holiday inspiration from my holiday Pinterest board. I really love the black and white Christmas decor, with a hint of gold/silver. And geometric ornaments are a solid win in my book.

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Source: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

coming home

November 18, 2014

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T-minus seven days until we head back to Seattle for Thanksgiving. I am SO glad we decided to take the week off for the holiday, it really couldn’t have come at a better time. Jordan and I are both aching for a bit of a break from the daily grind. It’ll be a good chance to recharge, maybe shoot a little, and just be with family.

And EAT. I already have like 12 places I want to go because Utah lacks a few things when it comes to good food (chowder, sushi, pho, hand-shaven noodles, just straight up teriyaki bento… ah my mouth is watering). I guess we will have to have turkey in the mix there, too.

CAN’T WAIT.

The Seattle Space Needle shot on the Hasselblad, with Kodak Portra 400 film.

portfolio coolio

November 14, 2014

Well, it’s far from finished (custom domain is in the works, so don’t bookmark the link just yet. I know you were gonna. Hah.)

I’m still trying to decide on how to incorporate photography AND filmmaking into the name. Also, I realize Jordan is not included, either. So, yeah. I’m still trying to figure out a way to capture all of that too. Anything I’ve come up with so far has been a bit clunky. It’s a process.

BUT here it is! Let me know what y’all think.

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thoughts on change

November 12, 2014

– I apologize in advance for the vagueness of this post. Just need to write out the feelings today. –

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I’ve come to a point in my life where I have learned to slow down. To take a step back more often. And just be happy with the now.

Jordan and I have been experiencing some pretty significant changes in our lives. While Jordan has been a rock, I’ll admit it’s been pretty tough on me. In the past, my habit was to say, “Oh, things will be better when THIS happens.” And then once I made it to that point, I realized the old problems were just replaced with new ones. So I worked hard to change that mentality. I learned to just be happy with the NOW.

Since I was so careful to not take as much for granted, does it make it easier now life has changed? I just don’t know. If anything, I became so content with the way things were, I think I may have set myself up for heartache.

I am hopeful that as time passes, the sting of change will fade. And as I go forward, I may need to adjust my mindset just a bit. Learn to be happy with life as it is, but to not get complacent. Allow myself to be nostalgic every now and again, but don’t let myself get bogged down with mushy sentimentality. And accept change with a bit more grace. It is the only constant in life, after all.

P.S. That photo was taken during a work trip downtown. I am a sucker for Birdseye perspective photography.

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