Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Newborn Photography September Series | Miss Olivia's Newborn Session | ​Vancouver, WA Newborn Photographer

I want to take some time to talk to you guys about newborn photography. Newborns are my favorite subject. I am extremely passionate about newborn photography and I believe that is an incredibly important time in life to capture. Throughout the month of September I am going to tell you all about why newborn sessions are important, how to choose your photographer, what to expect from and how to get the most from your session. I will be posting on this topic every Wednesday of the month and I hope you can all join me on this journey. This series will begin next Wednesday, September 6th and will start with tackling the subject of why choose a newborn session. For today I will leave with some of my favorites from Miss Olivia's session and I hope to see you here next week

Cheers, Brianna

Friday, August 25, 2017

My Very Own Love Story

I have fallen out of the habit of blogging, like seriously out of the habit. It has been far too long but that is going to change and I want to start back by sharing a very special story, my very own love story. Normally I am the one behind the camera capturing happy couple's special days but this time it is my turn to be in front of the camera and say I do. My amazing fiancĂ©, Kainoa and I are eloping in the Columbia River Gorge this October. We are planning an intimate gathering at the base of Horsetail Falls to tie the knot.
My love and I at Horsetail Falls
Our special day is going to be magical but what is more magical is the story of how we got here. We met back in high school. We were friends throughout school but after we graduated we kind of fell out of touch until a chance meeting. A good mutual friend of ours from high school just so happened to live a few apartments away from me, I had only lived there for a couple of months at that point and I had no idea. I was coming out of my apartment and just happened to run into the both of them in the parking lot. Immediately it was like nothing had ever changed, the two of us were thick as thieves. It didn't take us long to realize we had something truly special. 
We started dating and eventually got an apartment together. One of my fondest memories was our first night in that apartment. We didn't have anything moved in yet but we were so excited we couldn't wait. We brought in our tv, blankets and pillows and camped out on the freshly shampooed and still wet living room floor.
The day he proposed to me the first time (Look at us, WE WERE SUCH BABIES!!)
We were madly in love, he proposed to me under the space needle in Seattle. We were young, dumb and obviously not quite ready to take that step yet and we ended up separating. I was devastated, he was the love of my life. Time passed and wounds healed but things were never really the same. I may not have wanted to admit it but I always knew in the back of my mind, if it wasn't him, it wasn't going to be anyone.
Our spur of the moment engagement photo for the first time around
Six years passed, we both grew so much and life rewarded us by allowing us to find our way back to each other. Kainoa came across my profile on a dating site and thought it couldn't hurt to say hi. We started talking constantly and eventually decided to hang out. Immediately we were right back to being the best of friends. With our friendship blooming, Kainoa invited me to tag along on a road trip he was planning on taking. That road trip was the best thing that has ever happened to me. On our trip we stayed in a cabin just south of the Grand Canyon. Huddled together in the snow, in the middle of the night under the stars, it was undeniable that I was still completely head over heals for him. Shortly after returning home from the trip I told Kainoa how I felt and he obviously reciprocated enthusiastically. 
At the Grand Canyon, before it hit us that we were still super in love
From that point on we pretty much picked up right where we had left off. We started talking about marriage and he officially proposed to me while we were on a trip to the Washington coast. I love him with every ounce of me and I can't wait to start this journey in our lives together.
At the beach, being our goofy selves. He proposed to me again just hours after these were taken.