Seattle & Portland | Two Year Anniversary Travels

One thing that I have learned in my short 26 years of life on this planet is that time flies. Way. too. fast. This has been such a driving force in why I love photography so much. I want to see everything and capture everything – memorialize memories, people, and places I have been blessed to see and experience.

When Tim and I met, we made a promise to go on a trip every year. No matter how near or far, we would find time to get away and just celebrate being together. In the five years of love and life together, we have had getaways in Duluth, Wisconsin Dells, North Carolina, Arizona, California, and this year we spent our two year anniversary trekking through Seattle and Portland. Unfortunately I don’t have piles of photographs from all of our adventures (though the memories are always bright in my mind!), but I made a promise to capture this trip entirely on film. I wanted to snap every beautiful landscape, tourist attraction, or quiet moment that caught my eye so that we would have some nice photos to hang in our home.

Holy cow, Seattle and Portland are every bit as beautiful as people say. We visited Pike’s Place Market (and almost got in a fight with a man who photobombed my flying fish shot THREE TIMES with his selfie-taking elbow), went for walks along Puget Sound, and fed ice cream to the seagulls. Easy Street Records had the most delicious breakfast and cool atmosphere that we had to stop twice, and get a t-shirt of course 🙂 We met friendly locals with beautiful talents (check out the pranaforce website! – their hand pan music is incredible). We sampled local brews and had the BEST Mexican food on the planet at Por Que No?. As expected, there was no shortage of vintage stores to satisfy my love of all things midcentury. Unfortunately there was no room left in my bag to bring any goodies back. We wandered along the Queen Anne neighborhood to admire the beautiful old houses and saw the most incredible view of the Seattle Skyline – Kerry Park did not disappoint. I devoured a Captain Crunch masterpiece from the famous VooDoo Donuts, and snapped plenty of photos of the iconic VW vans that painted every street. We saw the most gorgeous scenery as we hiked to the top of Multnomah Falls, and ran along Canon Beach with our toes in the sand – Haystack Rock was just as majestic as I imagined it to be.

One of my favorite parts of our trip was getting our photos taken at Trilium Lake in Mt. Hood National Park. Holy cow, what a breathtaking view I will never, ever forget.
Check out the gallery of our photos, captured by the lovely, amazing and talented Kelsee of Ivy & Gold Photography.

Thank you Seattle and Oregon for giving us memories we will cherish forever, and views I can revisit every day.


All images taken on Pentax 645 | Kodak Portra 400 & 800 film

Film Scans: ProPhoto Connection