Meet Adam, Laura & Murphy, the SWEETEST family!  Tomorrow (June 10th) Laura & Adam will be getting MARRIED (THE BEST!) they debated bringing Murphy along but ultimately decided that he’d prefer to stay in the comfort of his own home.  So instead, we decided to do a mini session this week at their home with Murphy and immediately realized it was the best choice.  Murphy goes BONKERS at the sound of the camera shutter!  We couldn’t stop laughing and there were SO many outtakes (that I had to leave in of course)!!


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Last week I was lucky enough to photograph Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market!  #DREAMJOB!!  The images taken that day will be used in an eight page spread of the Seattle Times (be on the lookout, let me know if you see it first!!) telling the story of the market from the inside.

Not many people know how the market works, like…. did you know that every single morning (since the BEGINNING of time) before the market opens, all of the vendors gather around and a bell is rung (sometimes by a celebrity) then using the seniority method, they choose the spot where they’ll set up for the day. NEAT! I had a good time chatting with the artists about this method, and their experience being there and they all had such great stories.  You should really take some time to go down there and chat people up, you won’t regret it and will definitely leave with some fun stories to share!! 

Throughout the day we walked through many parts of the market doing portrait of the business and shop owners as well as a few of the market performing artists and vendors.  We enjoyed the magazine stands, the atrium visiting a bird that meows, the neighborhood Sasquatch and enjoyed a little fruit filled cup of delicious yogurt.  We chatted with designers, photographed buildings, artists and some musicians – we heard stories of parents and grandparents traveling to America starting a new life and building successful businesses to pass down through generations.  The heritage here is much more than entertaining, it’s amazing!!

This first shot is one of my favorite angles of the market (I really have a lot of favorites here today, lookout!).  The skyline has changed a LOT over the last eighteen years  I’ve been here  enjoying it and it is fun to look back and compare, it’s even under construction right now!  A little then and now type of thing, I can’t wait to see what it looks like in 2037!

This view (below) is a little more well known, it’s been photographed millions of times over a hundred years and the only thing that seems to change is the fashion of clothes, cars and updated signs!  Love love love! 

Rachel the PIG!!!  Everyone loves having their photo with her, but did you know that she is a REAL piggy bank?? Yuuuup!  Born in 1986, she has saved over $200,000!  Way to go RACHEL!!

Look closely at this view above, you can see the mural of Waxie Moon on the side of the building – what an amazing performer!! If you haven’t seen him, you really should!!  The mural was commissioned by the Pink Door created by Anna-Lisa Notter, a very talented lady! 

Below is the arcade, the place where the market artists gather each morning, you can see the bell and the list they choose their locations from. It is an old and great way of doing things! Keeping tradition alive. 

Pike Place Market has been one of my favorite places to visit and explore since the day I moved here in 1999!  Every time a friend visits town, or a client chooses to do a destination portrait with a tour of downtown – we either start or end here.  It’s an amazing place to shop, eat, drink, be inspired, get lost and the best part is no matter how many times you visit the market you’ll ALWAYS find something new. A new floor downstairs and around the corner (seriously, so many floors!).  No, wait!  The BEST part is how beautiful and photogenic and perfectly imperfect!!  There are millions of smells, items and food and people from all over the world and don’t forget the street performers!

The rule of the market is that no chains are allowed…. UNLESS your first store started there!  Like everyone’s favorite – Starbucks, Sur la Tablé, Ellenos just to name a few.  I could probably tell you for days all of the stories I’ve heard about when the market began and how the families would stick together to get through the tough times, and WHY it’s called the “sanitary” market… but really I wouldn’t do the best job AND I know that people don’t come to my blog to read….it’s all about the PHOTOS!!  So, if you are interested in learning all (or at least some) of the fun stories you should really check out the Savor Seattle Food Tour and snack while you learn! It’s wonderful!

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The Oscars night was MEMORABLE to say the least… that ending?! SO EXCITING!!  This is my 2nd annual Rhein Haus Oscars Shindig and I really wouldn’t want to spend it any other way!!  We all got dolled up, ate pretzels and wieners, we played games while we watched the Oscars and performances and won prizes then at the end voted BEST DRESSED!!  Bottom line? It was neat!

The party was sponsored by Rhein Haus on Capitol Hill, organized and emceed by Rebecca duRivage-Jacobs and Jason Cotnoir of Shindig Events!!

Here are a few of my favorite photos, CAN’T wait for next year and for all the Mamas and the Papas…. kiddos are welcome!

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Engagement sessions are fun and can be anywhere, but one thing I love to do is do a tour of a neighborhood or area that is special to the couple.  Twenty years from now it will be so fun to look back and see how young and good-looking you were, but also see the neighborhood of where you met, lived and fell in love!  These two love-birds live in Fremont, so we toured our neighborhood!  Starting at the Skansonia (a boat on Lake Union that Blaine’s Grandfather BUILT!!!! NO WAY, RIGHT?!) heading over to Gasworks and onto the Fremont Bridge… that’s a lot of places… so of course we had to head to everyone’s favorite place for happy hour oysters, the Ballard Annex!   Check out Colleen and Blaine’s engagement session in the center of the universe,  Fremont, Washington!




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November was a great month, we spent a week in Cabo San Jose, Mexico for the Be Sage Wedding Professionals conference, if I had to describe it in one word, I would have to say it was AMAZING!! But of course, I can’t say just ONE word, I have to tell you ALL about it!!  Michelle and Kelly have created this wonderful event that brings people from all over the world together to share knowledge, inspiration and in the safest of environments where you can bring your ideas to the table without fear of judgement and know that everyone has your best interest at heart.  It really is the BEST!

SO Chris and I were photographing the speakers, details and all of the parties – I wanted to share a few with you, to show you how cool it is and  could barely narrow it down to my favorite 500 images! YIKES!!   Ready??  Start scrolling – I’ll add in a few stories here and there, but really – you should book your spot for Be Sage at Hilton Head 2017 so you can experience it next year for yourself! (I’ll be there!!)

The 2016 Conference was at the Secrets Puerto Los Cabos – an all inclusive, ridiculously gorgeous resort with super nice rooms, several pools and my favorite was the endless supply of over flowing champagne!




There were SO many great speakers with GREAT topics and I have a million pages of notes.  I would love to share them all – BUUUUUUUTTT… then this post would never get finished, because there is just not enough time.   Here are the key players from the conference & their instagram names, check out their sites they are dynamo wedding professionals that we can all learn from!

Founders & Organizers

Michelle LorettaSage Wedding Pros

Kelly SimantsSweet Pea Events

2016 Speaker’s Lineup 

Mari Carmen ObregonEfecto Wow *The WOW effect*

Gretchen Cluver Rocket Science Weddings & Rentivist – *How the sharing economy is disrupting the business world*

Heather Hall –  Maid of Social *How to position your business for tomorrow’s couples on social media*

Jesi HaackJesi Haack Design  *How to get out of your wedding box and expand your business*

Katie Hunt Tradeshow Bootcamp How to Sell Digital & Physical Products Online*

Christy WeberAction & Co *How your online communications are missing the mark*

Felecia HatcherCode Fever *How to become an epic expert & gain new opportunities*

John ScorfranoGarmentory *How to grow your business with other people’s money*

Denise SilvermanClink Events *How to put your team first, ahead of clients & profitability*

Nataly KoganHappier, Inc *How Happiness can better your business*


2016 Event Sponsors 

 Meaghan CodySweet Pea Events

Michelle EdgemontMichelle Edgemont Design

Mariana Martinez AlvaDel Cabo Event Design

Kelly MedanichPink Champagne Paper

Jim WeiszDiscovery DJ & Lighting

Barbie Hull & Chris Varnes Barbie Hull Photography

Jeffery CoombesSplendor Films

Lesley CohenVenue Safari, Luxury Travel

Alyson NewquistRentivist




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I LOVE PROPOSALS!!  They are fun, exciting, sweet – full of emotion and it is really an honor to be able to document such an intimate moment for a couple! When I received the message from Matt that he was going to propose to Nina I screamed!  SO EXCITING!! It’s MOST exciting to photograph the proposal of a friend!  The plan was set, Matt had done a great job of getting the ring, filling the day with errands so  the timing would be perfect – placing them by their favorite lookout point when he received a message requesting for a photo of the two of them, needed right away!   Through all of this planning and scheming – Nina had no clue!  She was 100% surprised!!   Even writing this, I can’t help but feel SO happy for Matt and Nina – I just wish everyone could’ve been there to feel the excitement, to celebrate with hugs and see the surprised look on Nina’s beautiful face!!   Here are a few of my favorite images from the afternoon –

Congratulations Matt & Nina!!  We love you both and wish nothing but the best for you two in your life together!!

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  • Nina - BARBIE!
    THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN for being there! These photos are so absolutely wonderful, we really cannot thank you enough!!!
    All our love,
    Nina & MattReplyCancel

Bates & Libby chose Washington as a destination for their Crystal Mountain Wedding and it couldn’t have been more perfect!!  It was one of the hottest days of the year and the mountain was the BEST place to be!! We rode up the gondola for the first look and some amazing portraits of the bride, groom and that amazing mountain! The ceremony was at sunset at the base performed by one of their favorite friends surrounded by all of the people they love. The reception started off with a dance, some DELICIOUS dinner options (ELK!! YUMM!!) oh, and the toasts were hilarious, entertaining and we were all able to learn their fun story!   These two lovebirds met in college and were friends for so many years before even deciding to date – Libby was the one to make the first move, calling him late one night from AFRICA while he was in England! They were both studying abroad and were able to keep their great connection going strong.  After college, they lived the dream and became ski bums – and MAYBE were in the ski patrol?  That part was a little confusing to me thanks to the teasing of Bates’ hilarious cousin! They fell in love with the mountains here in Washington while visiting Libby’s family Bates decided to propose at the most romantic part of the mountain, The Snorting Elk Bowl!

Here are a few of my favorite images, this was such a wonderful event to photograph with such amazing people!!  All of the hugs at the end of the night, so much love to you Libby & Bates, thank you for trusting us to capture your wedding day!!


Wedding Team

Venue // Crystal Mountain Ski Resort

Planner// Sherry at McKenzie Kate Weddings

Florist // Daphne Durst

Hair & Makeup //  Erin Hunt 

Wedding Dress // MeaMarie Atelier

Photographer // Barbie Hull Photography

DJ & Lighting // Braden Landon

Caterer // Cristal Mountain & Ski Resort

Dessert // Hillcrest Bakery

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I always thought I didn’t like scotch… but man was I WRONG. It is DELICIOUS.  Last week Balvenie visited Seattle and had a tasting up on the rooftop of one of the coolest working buildings in Seattle, Galvanize.  Have you been there? Well… until last week neither had I – it is the BEST! Such a cool building and the rooftop and the VIEW!  Wowza! What a great week, found a new drink that I LOVE and a new building to lust after!  David is based in L.A and has the best accent and taught us all of the good ways to smell, sample and enjoy a good glass of Scotch, we learned a little of the history and a lot of good laughs!  Here are a few of my favorite images from the afternoon, tune in to Seattle Met Magazine in August and you’ll see more!


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