I just came back from the most wonderful vacation from the Pacific Northwest. It’s this place that’s kinda off the radar called Orcas Island. It’s so indescribable how beautiful nature is in the area. The trees, the water, the temperature, the people are so nice as well! It’s pretty small in area and much of is hills, lakes, and forests. We took a drive through the curvy roads of Moran State Park to go hiking through the trails up to Mt Constitution. Up at the top is a fantastic view of the entire area. So breathtaking! I think I can even see Mount Baker once the fog and clouds parted a bit. The fresh air is so refreshing compared to the city. It’s funny how we get used to city air that we don’t even remember what real fresh air is like.

We flew into Seattle and rented a car, then we drove towards the ferrys immediately as the times of the ferry can take awhile. The ferry ride is so relaxing and the ride is so beautiful that it’s an even by itself. It took about 40 minutes to get to Orcas where we drove to our place. We stayed at a wonderful Orcas Island hotel called Bayside Cottages where the owners Jim and Betsy have a wonderful property of various cottages/vacation rentals. We were BLOWN AWAY by how great everything was. We stayed at the newer Peapods and the view of Mount Baker in the morning….wow.

The weather was a little chilly but we started the morning by eating a nice breakfast in Eastsound and then we took a guided kayak tour and even saw a couple of eagles which was really exciting for me. I’ve never seen one before and it’s as regal as I thought it’d be. Next time I’d like to do some horseback riding too. The highlight of the trip was really the whale watching tour on the boat. It was so exciting seeing the orcas go in and out of the water and learning about the different pods. You really can’t do that anywhere else.

Orcas Island Wedding

This is really a once in a lifetime trip for us and we can’t wait to go back!


If you’ve ever bought a condo, then you know there’s that awkward time with your real estate lawyer which you just fill dead time with talk of the weather and bad jokes. I asked my lawyer why he chose to become a real estate lawyer as opposed to another kind such as corporate, trial, divorce, or patent. He said simply,

“When people buy a house, they’re happy”

For that reason, wedding photography are my favorite kind of photography.As opposed to other types of photography such as business head shots, everyone is (usually) happy as it’s a once in a lifetime event for the couple where their friends and family are there. There’s a central focus to the event. Happy people make happy photos.

To be able to document that is an honor for any photographer, the photographer’s work will be looked upon with fond memories by the couple forever. A photo can convey the person and event’s mood with emotion while sprinkling Ideas and messages across in a way that no amount of words can. Good photographers, like good authors, take pictures with purpose. A style perhaps or tone. A past that introduces a relationship. A present that is in the moment telling the story of the wedding, and a future that leaves everyone wanting more. 

A good structure can make a story relevant to the audience. How a couple met. Or even look into the future of where they’re going. Using themes can bind the story together. Some types of themes include visual (colors, shapes), style, and location.

Personally, I’m a big fan of a different type of wedding photography called wedding photojournalism. Unlike traditional wedding photography, there’s much less posing for the camera, both as individuals or in groups. There’s less of a set list that must be shot. The photographer tries to be more of a fly on the wall as opposed to a director. It’s much more natural than portraits but can be just as beautiful.

This does not mean that the bride and groom won’t get the more ‘traditional’ shots though. 

A good place to find wedding photojournalist is at http://www.wpja.com/. You can browse by location depending on where you get married. I’m personally a fan of Chicago wedding photojournalist, Liz Lui.

Liz Lui Chicago Wedding Photography

I think the world is ready for something different and not as cookie cutter. What do you think?