A Michigan Wedding

Okay, one more non-hiking related blog post…

As I mentioned in the last post, we were in Michigan last weekend for my mother-in-law’s wedding. She had asked me to be the official unofficial photographer, which of course I was thrilled to do! I take thousands of pictures every month, but don’t get to shoot people all that often, so I was psyched. It was certainly a learning experience. I enjoyed every minute of it, but yeesh, weddings move fast! There were definitely moments I wish I had been more prepared or better positioned for, people I wish I would have gotten more photos of, and details I wish I would have paid more attention to (I will never forgive myself for the bride’s diamond ring being turned the wrong way during cake-cutting!).

The wedding was just gorgeous. It was a perfect Michigan summer afternoon, right in their beautiful backyard with a gathering of their closest family and friends. There was a very emotional afternoon ceremony followed by dancing, eating, laughing, and lots and lots and lots of bubbly. 🙂 Since there were so many photos (271 to be exact) I’m including a smaller selection of them below as a slideshow.

Update: I’m also including the photos as a gallery below the slideshow, so you can click on individual photos to view an enlarged version.

Cheers to Mr. and Mrs. Nugent!! ❤

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Class Project

Disclaimer: Sorry, this is not a hiking-related post!

Uuuhhh, crazy week last week! I got a promotion at work (yay!), finished up my photography class (yay!!), and got to shoot a beautiful wedding for my mother-in-law (YAY!!). Since we were in Michigan for the weekend for the wedding, we did not get out for a hike. I figured I’d share some of my class project photos instead (and I will do a separate blog post after this one for wedding photos).

The final project for my class (taken at the awesome Newspace Center for Photography) consisted of a list of 15 emotions/concepts for us to capture in photo, and we had to pick ten. Sounds easy right? Much harder than I thought! Some of them were pretty abstract, so of course the night before it was due I was running around downtown with my camera trying to pinpoint these things. Overall, I’m happy with how they turned out (even though some of them were sort of a stretch). Here goes:

The World is Big





Portland, OR



Self Portrait

Of course we weren’t graded or anything, but I got a “good job” from the instructor! Woohoo!