What was supposed to be an outdoor portrait session turned into a fun and adventurous photos session. Had a great time hiking around and asking “What’s around that corner?” Love photographing new places I haven’t been to!!!
Took an extended weekend up in Doe Bay, WA. Doe Bay sits on the south-eastern shore of Orcas Island and is home to Doe Bay Resort and Retreat. Orcas Island is home to Moran State Park, which has some breathtakingly, stunning views of the San Juan Islands and Cascade Mountain Range.
I was thrilled to be asked to photograph a very special time for Nicole and Torryn. I knew them before this session, but while watching them interact, I witnessed the beauty of their strength that they will soon pass on to their little one, a love that will never be outgrown.
Had a beautiful and relaxing, most perfect birthday weekend. First of all, got a new car (Happy Birthday to me!) and drove it out to Crystal Crane Hot Springs. We hiked all around there, heading up to Juntura, Malheur Refuge, and the Steens.
So first off…gotta pay homage to my old van, my home. I may not have had a solid place to live after 15+ moves in almost 6 years, but the vanlife evolved into my home and allowed me to learn and experience so many beautiful places. My motto for the last few years was (outside my bed) if I couldn’t fit all my stuff in my van, I didn’t need it. It’s minimalist but taught me so much. I suppose that chapter is over but the life it taught me will always be a part of who I am.
Now…hot springs!!! Click here to watch a little video I put together: Crystal Crane and Juntura. The hike in to Juntura was fun, muddy but fun. Luckily, the river was low so we were able to cross with little issue.
Was given the opportunity to skydive for my third time and bungee jump my first time. The Skydiving was under the care of Skydive Awesome in Sisters, OR. It was the last weekend of September and the first snow had just fallen over the Cascades. I could see Mt. Thielson all the way up North to what I thought was Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens and it was by far the most beautiful view of the Cascades I’ve ever seen. Flying around Central Oregon in a tiny airplane that barely fit the three of us, with the door open, feeling the wind, listening to the airplane…it was spectacular. As it was years ago, skydiving was just as peaceful as I remembered it to be, except there was no Chicago skyline, just snow and mountains. Since this was my third jump, I’m really tempted to get my cert next Spring. We shall see.
The bungee jumping was…turbulent, lol, but so much fun. We went up to Amboy, WA to jump off a private PNW bridge over a rushing river. It was a completely different feeling from the skydiving. Once I stepped over the bridge railing, I had to force myself to collect my thoughts and wrap my brain around the thought of jumping. Once I had it, I jumped and what an awesome experience. I definitely would like to try this in various locations, known for jumping around the world.
I don’t have many photos since I was a little preoccupied, but I did put together a little video of my experience: