Best of 2017

January 19, 2018

.Holy crap 2017 was a doozy! The year had a lot of super high, highs… countered with some super low, lows. But moving into this new year I’m concentrating on the positive. And I’m pretty sure this post will show you, there was a hell of a lot of positive!

I had the honor of shooting weddings in eight different states. I witnessed love stories for some of my oldest friends and new family.As well as some amazing couples, who previous to this year were strangers. I’m not going to make this post too word heavy, because it is insanely photo heavy. I’d rather the images tell the story! I’m sure I missed a few favorite photos, but I had to cut myself off. Otherwise I might still be making this blog come 2019. So to all my couples from this year who trusted me to capture their biggest days, I want to say thank you from the deepest part of my heart. You guys kept me afloat this year, and reminded me over and over the beauty that still exists in moments and people. Here’s to a 2018 that is nothing short of amazing! xoxo Kate

Fun confetti exit of a modern and stylish church wedding ceremony in downtown Portland, Oregon.Gorgeous mixed race couple embracing romantically on a beach in Big Sur, California.Industrial Glam Sofreh Aghd Persian wedding ceremony in a warehouse venue in Portland, Oregon.Gorgeous spring engagement shoot in the Columbia River Gorge with mountains in the background.Bride getting ready at The Sanctuary Event space of the Alma Foundation in Austin, Texas.badass bride and groom portrait surrounded by palms at Tampa Palms Country Club in Tampa, Florida.Elopement on the Redwood Deck of Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, Oregon. The bride is wearing an amazing gold, sparkly dress.Rooftop engagement session with stylish couple in downtown Portland, Oregon.Stylish couple celebrating their elopement at The South Congress Hotel in Austin, Texas Couple kissing in the valley of lilies in Big Sur, CaliforniaCouple dancing in the Rose Garden of Portland, Oregon during their engagement photos.Bride crying as she walks down the aisle with both her parents during the wedding ceremony at Husum HighlandsCouple wrapped in blanket on a mountain top in Vail, ColoradoCouple dancing on cliffside during engagement photos in the Columbia River Gorge at sunsetCouple celebrating the end of the wedding ceremony at Husum Highlands in White Salmon, WashingtonCouple walking on rocks in Trillium lake with Mt. Hood in the background during their engagement sessionBohemian bride in industrial wedding venue wearing a Lazaro gown in Portland, ORElopement at Rowena Crest in the Columbia River Gorge. Bride is wearing pink leather jacket.Sunrise, candle-lit elopement in Zilker Park with the Austin skyline in the backgroundDay after wedding portraits for couple on the mountainside of Vail, ColoradoBohemian bride in her camper after eloping on a roadtripClassy couple walking through grassy field with umbrella towards a small white house in New EnglandFirst kiss of modern and stylish wedding ceremony in Portland, Oregon.New England bride and groom embracing in front of Fall foliageFun and stylish bridal party getting ready in the Kimpton Palladian Hotel in Seattle. Beautiful Sofreh Aghd spread of a Persian Wedding in Portland, ORCouple dancing on the redwood deck of Hoyt Arboretum after eloping.Newly wed couple kissing at sunset during a summer wedding in WashingtonBride readying sweet note from groom as she get's ready for her wedding.dress and couple from sunrise elopement in Austin, TexasCouple walking on beach at sunset during the engagement photos on the Oregon CoastFirst dance in the grass under cafe lights at a summer weddingFun couple playing in arcade after eloping in downtown Portland, Oregon Gorgeous couple laying on blanket during engagement shoot on the Oregon CoastCreative elopement portrait in front of Pre Fontaine mural in downtown Portland, ORModern, stylish and minimalist bride and groom portrait at Portland Art MuseumStylish couple playing on rock at Hug Point on the Oregon Coast during engagement sessionGetting ready details from wedding at The Kimpton Palladian Hotel in SeattleBohemian elopement with persian rug on cliffside of Rowena Crest in Columbia River Gorge, Oregon.Sweet father daughter dance at The Foundry by Herban Feast in SeattleYoung dad throwing infant son into the air during family session at Manzanita Beach, OregonCool couple laughing in front of waterfall during engagement photos in the Columbia River GorgeBride and groom portraits in apple orchard during New England Fall weddingProfile portrait of couple in front of the ocean during engagement shoot at the Oregon CoastBride walking down the aisle with parents in modern cream and white weddingAdorable couple sitting on dock in the Columbia River during a sunset engagement sessionExcited bohemian bride walking down aisle with mother and father at The Sanctuary AustinStylish couple sitting on dock at Portland waterfront during their engagement session.Couple sitting on hood of their camper eating donuts to celebrate their elopementFun couple playing in the snow during a winter engagement sessionGorgeous couple embracing on cliffside at Hug Point on the Oregon Coast during engagement shootFun couple cutting and eating their cake at The Foundry by Herban Feast in SeattleModern and elegant bride and groom portraits in downtown Portland, OR Couple dancing on the beach at sunset during engagement shoot at the Oregon Coast Couple walking on the sand at sunset at Cannon beach with Haystack rock in the backgroundUrban engagement session in front of industrial building in Portland, OregonCouple walking along cliff side in flowy dress during engagement session on the Oregon Coast Stylish live band at modern backyard wedding in Portland, OregonCouple kissing among flowers during engagement session at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden Modern and stylish couple in front of gold doors in downtown Portland during bride and groom portraitsAdorable bridal party getting ready in flower crowns and floral print dressesCouple walking on driftwood on the beach in Big Sur with green hills in the background during engagement shootRainy waterfall proposal in the Columbia River GorgeCouple in front of waterfall on the beach at Hug Point on the Oregon CoastCuddling couple on couch during in home engagement session

 

 

  1. Lauren

    January 20th, 2018 at 3:35 am

    AMAZING!!! I loooove these photos!

  2. Katy Weaver

    January 30th, 2018 at 2:30 am

    I love your work so much Kate! Your beautiful clean tones and rich emotion are soooo goooooood!!!

  3. Maria

    January 30th, 2018 at 2:52 am

    What a beautiful and inspiring year! Every single one of these looks like it could or SHOULD be published somewhere! Your passion and dedication clearly shines through your work.

  4. Jessie

    January 30th, 2018 at 2:57 am

    What a year! Beautiful work!

  5. Steven

    January 30th, 2018 at 2:59 am

    What an awesome 2017!! Love the Llama, hope 2018 continues as well!

  6. Kyle Carnes

    January 30th, 2018 at 3:10 am

    Very nature editing style. Looks like you had a fun year, Kate!

  7. Kai Hayashi

    January 30th, 2018 at 6:24 am

    Whhhaaatttt??? So many good photos! I thought I had seen my favorite but then I’d see another one and go “oh oh! that’s my favorite one!”. I can’t wait to see what you create in 2018.

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Kate Ames is a wedding and elopement photographer based in Portland, Oregon and traveling often for destination weddings. Specializing in modern and romantic portraits and working with adventurous and creative couples.

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