Thursday, September 30, 2010

David & Tova {Portland Trash the Dress}

This past weekend I such a fun time flying up to Portland to meet up with my cousin, Tova and her husband David. (Tova has a hilarious BLOG btw, you definitely should check it out after looking at these beautiful pictures of her! One of her recent posts is all about our TTD shoot)

Some people have heard of Trash the Dress shoots and about the same number of people haven't. Let me explain for those who haven't... When you hear Trash the Dress (dress as in wedding dress) some people are quite horrified that you'd ruin something so beautiful, but that's not really the case! Nothing that a good dry cleaning can't take care of :) It's basically a golden opportunity to take some more adventurous pictures (however adventurous you may be) after you wedding day is over! (be it the day after your wedding, or months/years later...the options are endless people!)

Oregon is not known for it's sunshine, but Tova & David are starting to have a special skill of getting picture perfect weather whenever they have a photographer taking pictures of them. Not a bad talent to have. Saturday was no exception, we had the nicest weather which allowed us to get so many amazing images. I have had the hardest time narrowing the post down to these pictures....

I love the tenderness of this one, there's no denying that these two are so in love!

You look stunning Tova!

After some Oregon forest amazingness we moved onto the coast. We walked through the cute little town of Seaside to get down to the beach. The whole town definitely thought Tova & David had just gotten married - I love seeing people's reactions to a bride & groom out and about, they get so excited! :) With that being said we didn't have the heart to tell some of them that they had actually gotten married back in March, so Tova & David practically had a bonus wedding day. Nice!
Anyway, back to the coast. I could shoot on the beach everyday and probably never get tired of it!

Here's where things got crazy fun! We got to get wet!

I thought there was something so romantic about these next two...

Lastly, we finished up the day back in the forest. I am loving this shot of David. Can somebody say 'studly'?!

Straight out of a fairy tale. And after growing up with Tova, I know that Tova and I do love our fairy tales :)

Tova was up for anything!! Even wading through a creek in her wedding dress!! Love that! And I love these as well...

Thank you so much for asking me Tova, it was such a fun time! You and David are made for each other, and I love you both!

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

That's How Country Boys Roll {Dixon video}

This post isn't photography related but I wanted to share something that's in the same realm of photography...Video! I made a music video last month with my new brother in-law (aka BIL) Josh (Does this guy sound familiar?). It was a surprise for Katie, my sister & now his wife.

Josh does NOT like country music. Not with a capital N. Katie looooooves it. So being the swell guy that he is, he agreed to make this fun little video for Katie. We filmed all around Dixon and Winters which is, quite appropriately, very country! Enjoy! :)

How Country Boys Roll from Shannon Morse on Vimeo.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Josh & Katie {Vacaville wedding}

This is an exciting post for me to write beeeecause... it's for my sister's wedding! On September 5th Josh & Katie became husband & wife! It was a beautiful wedding and Katie was a stunning bride. I'm also thrilled to now have Josh as my brother!

They had their ceremony at the Ulatis Gardens and an intimate dinner reception at the Vacaville Opera House. When people found out Katie was getting married I was often asked if I was doing the pictures. While it would have been fun I'm very glad I wasn't the main photographer. I was in "bridesmaid/wedding coordinator mode" & was running around too much to get into "photographer mode". Which was fine by me because I was able to enjoy the day & the fabulous Rose Koogler & Ryan Greenleaf had the photography well under control because they are amazing like that :)

But you know I couldn't let the day go by without snapping at least a few pictures...

Emma was the cutest flower girl! All of the gorgeous flowers were done by Kathryn Grace Designs. I highly recommend her!

I believe that Ryan set up this awesome shot!

Congrats Katie & Josh! I love you both!
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lake Tahoe, CA

Every summer the Morse family heads up to one of my favorite spots in the world, Lake Tahoe! The lake is crystal blue, the views are breathtaking, the time with my family is priceless.

We took our boat on a day trip over to Sand Harbor.

Things got rather dark and stormy... which made for quite the boat ride home. What took us 45 minutes by boat to get to Sand Harbor it took us double that to get back because of the large waves the storm created! Not to mention that it was raining & thundering, we were all numb from cold by the time we got back to our condo haha!

Here's a view from our condo post-storm.

No summer evening is complete without S'mores, even if you have to roast the marshmallows on the BBQ!

Have you seen these?? JUMBO marshmellows!! And jumbo marshmallows make for the biggest S'more I have ever seen in my life!

I don't think I'll ever tire of this view.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky displays his handiwork.
Day after day it speaks out; night after night it reveals his greatness.
Psalm 19:1-2

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