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Chuck + Eliza // Moab Engagement

It's a pretty unique thing when your best friend meets someone and falls in love, then that person becomes one of your best friends too. I usually start out with a blog by mentioning that the couple I'm writing about is a friend, but Chuck and Eliza are way more than friends... they're my family. Not by blood but by choice. These two incredible people make my life shine so much brighter, I choose to call them family. 

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Rikki + Rian // Beachmere Inn // Ogunquit, Maine

I met Rikki and Rian this last fall. They live in Portland, OR (my hometown) and Rikki works with my wife at Comcast. They took a chance at having a photographer from a different state capture their engagement and wedding photos because they said they "wanted to support someone they knew personally." I liked them already. Being from Portland gave us a chance to have something in common right off the bat but before I flew out to PDX to capture their engagement session, I truly had no idea what kind of friendship laid ahead.

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The Cuba Blog

I love to travel and I've thought about going to Cuba for a long time. The culture, music, sights, colonial buildings, the people... I could go on and on. The country did not disappoint. I got back a week ago and I can't wait for the next trip there. I don't know when but I will be going back one day. It was important to me to go now because the resorts and American money are literally laying in wait which will more than likely take away from the beautiful culture... in my opinion.

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Costa Rica Day 5 + 6 // Quepos // Blue Hole Dominical

So, I'm back in Denver but my mind is still in Costa Rica. So much sympathy from you all, I know. I'm writing this blog in particular a little late because I wanted Kristin and Rick's wedding blog to get the priority. That was the whole reason I was out there in the first place so I guess I should post some pictures of them too.

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Kristin + Rick // Costa Rica Destination Wedding

The last few days you've probably seen some blogs and posts from Brian Mallik and I in Costa Rica. Well, the only reason why we were down there in the first place is because two great people fell in love and decided to get married in a pretty rad place, Costa Rica. Meet Kristin and Rick. Kristin was my neighbor when my wife Alysen and I got married in Costa Rica over 4 years ago. She met Rick a few years back and fell in love pretty quickly. I mean, who couldn't love the funny, genuine and positive person that Rick is! I got a text message last June from Kristin saying she was engaged and planning a wedding in Costa Rica... my initial selfish thoughts were if I was going to be able to go. She answered that thought immediately by asking me to shoot the wedding. After hard deliberation of .5 seconds I said yes.

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Costa Rica Day 4 // Nauyaca Waterfalls // Dominical

After settling into the villa with everyone, Brian and I went down south about an hour to the trail of the Nauyaca Waterfalls. We drove on the trail until you couldn't drive anymore and then headed up towards the falls. The hike was about 2.5 miles straight up and was arguably the toughest thing I had done since being in Costa Rica. It wasn't the hike itself, although that was tough too. What made the hike tough was the heat. I felt like I had never sweat that much in my whole life. We finally get to the top and there it was... one of the best adventures I'll ever have.

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Costa Rica Day 3 // Monkey Business // K+R Portrait Session

Day 3 in Costa Rica was a little less hectic. Brian and I woke up, drank some coffee, edited some and then the monkeys showed up… They arrive every morning without fail to get their daily rations of bananas and photographs before continuing on their day. They got their fill and with full bellies scurried off. Brian and I then headed out to scout for the portrait session later in the day with Kristin and Rick. We scouted a beach called Playa Biesanz which is much less crowded than the main beach in Manuel Antonio. After we scouted and shot around a bit, we saw some people from the wedding on the beach and we purposefully got distracted with some “Guaro Sours”. Not a bad afternoon to say the least.

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Costa Rica - Day 1 // Poas Volcano // Barva Volcano

My two friends Kristin and Rick and getting married in Manuel Antonio in Central Pacific area of Costa Rica and I'm lucky enough to shoot it. In fact, I'm so lucky, they decided to have a 2nd shooter and I brought the one.. the only... Brian Mallik. Brian and I decided to have a two day adventure before meeting up with everyone back down in Manuel Antonio. We got a little hotel in Alajuela called La Rosa de America and it's rad. At breakfast I remembered how amazing and fresh the fruit is. After a few cups of coffee we headed out to Poas Volcano.

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Lauren + Nate // Rocky Mountain National Park // Engagement

I get the amazing opportunity to meet a lot of different people as a photographer but it is even more amazing when those people turn into instant friends. I met Lauren and Nate a few months ago during our meeting for their wedding in October. I instantly connected with both Lauren and Nate and the usual one hour meeting turned into three and all of the sudden we were planning their engagement session....

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Rikki + Rian // Portland, OR Engagement

Rikki and Rian are my kind of people. I had determined that before I even met them because we decided on a brewery and wine bar for two of the three locations for their engagement shoot. I like good beer and good wine so we were off to a REALLY good start......

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Amy + Matt Wedding

Even being a Colorado resident, it's beauty can still surprise you. The officiant during the ceremony even said, "I think Keystone is showing off." He's probably right. It was a stunning place for a wedding. The Outpost on Keystone Mountain is truly one of the best venues in all of Colorado....

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Kees Steensma

I've recently decided to broaden my business to the Portland, OR market. I started reaching out to old friends and family to do some shoots and one of which is the Steensma Family. They were my neighbors growing up and was lucky to have such great people so close. They were a young family when they moved in, giving birth to their first child, Analies. I was young when she was born but I remember being so excited about a new life coming into the world and just being old enough to grasp what that meant. Now Analies is traveling the world fresh out of college and doing some amazing things by volunteering in places where most wouldn't want to volunteer. That determination is definitely a reflection on her parents, Nancy and Michael. Two people that love extremely hard and are just wonderful people.....

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