Diablo Lake in the North Cascades is one of those places that just blow your mind and would be the perfect place for the adventurous hearts. It's a 2.5-hour drive from Seattle, so it was not the easiest place to get to but very doable!
When I first met Tom and Lisa, I fell in love with them right away. Seeing how adventurous they are and they were so down with my crazy idea (keep scrolling, you will see later in this post). What a morning this was… the sunrise was perfect, the morning breeze was not too cold, and these two are just gems.
If you have not been to Diablo Lake and explore around North Cascades National Park. I highly recommend it. It’s one of my favorite places in Washington!
Sleep deprived and all, we had so much fun exploring the South island the first day. Chak, Luna, and I left early before the sun rises to make sure we were one of the first people at Skogafoss, which arguably is the most popular waterfalls in Iceland. There were a few people at Skogafoss so we kinda had the whole place to ourselves and were able to do all of the photos we wanted to get. We then explored Iceland’s iconic Black Sand Beach just right before Vik. This place was so wild, I had never seen anything quite like it. The rain hit us hard so we decided to head back to Reykjavik for the night.
For the second day, we explored the Northwest part of Iceland. The same thing went for the second day, we left before sunrise so we can make another stop at a popular place, Kirkjufell. On the way there we found really cool places to stop and take photos. I mean, the whole drive, we could’ve stopped anywhere along these Icelandic roads to take photos. It was too beautiful. We spent the whole day pretty much walking around Kirkjufell and taking photos then we kept on going west towards the coast but we eventually ran out of time. In Iceland, it’s so easy to lose track of time because everywhere we go was beautiful.
What a wild experience.
Whidbey Island is one of the islands in Washington that people really love. Especially for weddings, there are many beautiful venues on Whidbey.
All of my time photographing weddings, I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph a lot of my good friends’ weddings, Amie was one of them. And this wedding was super beautiful! Not only the venue was beautiful but these two people, Amie and Nick, are truly just amazing people.
This was one of the more emotional weddings I’ve photographed as they wanted to read their vows to each other during their first look. It was hard to photograph when both of you eyes were watery from the tears, haha.
How fun this was celebrating two genuinely lovely people and be able to photograph their wedding. What an honor!
This was my first time in McMinnville, Oregon. It’s a smaller town than I anticipated but I love the community and intimate feel of the area. Not to mention that there are good wineries around and near by the town itself. One of them was this venue, Youngberg Hill Wineries. Super classy and beautiful and an all-around great venue.
I had the honor and privilege to photograph two beautiful friends that I admire so much. Cody and Kelly are one of those couple that radiate joy wherever they go, and this vibe was thoroughly present throughout the entire day.
Right after Kelly got in her wedding dress, she wanted to do a first look with her dad and two brothers. This was a very special moment. You can clearly see that family is everything to them.
Cody and Kelly decided to not do a first look until the wedding where Cody saw Kelly for the first time as she was making her way down the aisle. But throughout the morning they were able to talk to each other via handwritten notes and prayers they have for each other. This was one of the sweeter and intimate moments I’ve had the chance to photograph.
I love everything about this day. We laughed, cried, and danced through the night.
We've done many helicopter flights before but we've never done doors-off flight and we've always wanted to.
When we arrived in New York City, we had to reach out to FlyNYON and experienced it on our own. We agreed to do a sunrise flight over all of the iconic places in New York City and wow, it was better than I ever imagined.
As we were up in the air we tested the new mirrorless Canon EOS R. So all of these photos are either from the EOS R or the 5D mk 4 (our go-to camera).
It was windy and freezing up there but we didn’t care. Everything looks super beautiful and different from above. A totally a life changing experience!
More about the flight can be found on our travel blog: https://www.themandagies.com/2018/11/doors-off-helicopter-flight-in-nyc-aerial-photography/
I've always heard majestic things about the Grand Tetons. Family and close friends have always talked about how the Grand Tetons is their favorite National Park in the whole United States.
On January 12th, 2017, I not only got to see the Tetons for the first time, but I also had the rare opportunity to fly above it. Huge thanks to Fly Jackson Hole for an experience I will never forget. Seeing the Tetons from above 14,000+ ft. is something else…
We flew out with our super knowledgeable pilot, Jeff, and he's called Jackson, WY home for over 20 years. His experience made this photo flight beyond enjoyable. It's refreshing to hear about the history of these mountains and the unique perspectives given from a true Jackson Hole local.
Here are some of my favorite moments from that day.
We wanted to explore all of Seattle one day! We started the day in sunny Downtown Seattle, with a little breakfast at Matt and Kate's favorite brunch place all the way to Rattlesnake Ledge, one of the most iconic places in Washington.
The weather was predicted to be cloudy with a good chance of rain but the sun suddenly came out and it was good sunny Seattle day. We then walked around downtown for a bit and ended up finding a street sign with their future last name: Thomas St.
Continually, we made our way to a Greenhouse in Volunteer Park. The kind lady who was working at the Greenhouse let us do little photoshoot in there for 10 mins. Whenever I hang out with these two, we always end up finding the most fun spots to shoot. As it's so easy to photograph them, because they are just so genuinely in love with each other. Soon after, we decided to drive east to North Bend to hike Rattlesnake Ledge. And from there the weather turned crazy.
As soon as we made it to the trailhead, it started to hail. Yes, hail! In the middle of spring in Seattle. It was wild. It hailed for about 30 minutes as we commenced our hike up to Rattlesnake Ledge. As we made it to the top, Matt and Kate did not care about the weather whatsoever. I love this about them. I love photographing adventurous couples who are just down for anything, rain or shine, and they are just 200% in love with each other.
Lots of these photos below are candid and unposed. This is my preferred way of photographing my couples. Candid and in love.
Love these two so much.
Back in September 2017, Delta came to us with an idea to inspire travelers to use #DeltaSkyMiles to travel all over the U.S. They want to send us to San Francisco to explore not only its downtown but its surroundings as well and create a travel guide for all of the places we’d visit. This campaign lines up with what we stand for so well, so it was an easy “yes” for us.
After months of planning, we finally went in January of 2018 and it took us one week to finish shooting this campaign.
Getting up at 4 a.m. to make the 3.5-hour drive North is so worth it. Artist Point in Mt. Baker is one of those places that feels like you're in a dream. Michael and Jess are one of those adventurous couples that are always down for my crazy idea. I'm so glad they were so down to do this.
I love the way Michael and Jess show their love to each other. The way they embrace and share this sunrise moment with each other was very inspiring. Their love for each other is for sure contagious. Both are genuinely super kind and lovely people. I am big fan of these two.
The whole place was calm and quiet. We had it all to ourselves. That's the beauty coming to Artist Point at sunrise on a Tuesday morning. Mt. Shuksan came out and Baker decided to come a little bit after due to the morning fog, we couldn’t have asked for a better morning.
Emily and I are avid wine lovers, especially if they come from Washington. When Spoken Barrel Wine came to us and asked if we wanted to be a part of their 2018 holiday campaign, we were thrilled!
Not only we love the taste of Washington wines, but we most importantly believe in supporting local wineries. We were super excited to try Spoken Barrel for our upcoming trip. We love learning about their stories and what inspired them to be the way they are. These stories certainly help our vision on what we were trying to accomplish with some of these images.