Nooksack Falls is a waterfall along the North Fork of the Nooksack River in Whatcom County. The water flows through a narrow valley and drops freely 88 feet into a deep rocky river canyon. The falls are viewable from the forested cover near the cliffs edge and are located on the way down from Mt. Shuksan so if you want to utilize both locations it's super accommodating for that.
Mt. Shuksan + Artist Point
Mount Shuksan is a glaciated massif in the North Cascades National Park. Shuksan rises in Whatcom County, Washington immediately to the East of Mount Baker, and 11.6 miles South of the Canada-US border. The mountain’s name Shuksan is derived from the Lummi word Seqsen, said to mean ‘High Peak’. In Spring the wildflowers are amazing, summer can feel a bit like winter and there are numerous great locations to stop close to the highway. Artist Point is located at the very end of Mount Baker Highway, State Route 542 and boasts 360-degree views of Mount Shuksan and Mount Baker, as well as access to a variety of trails. The road to Artist Point, 2.7 miles long and more than 5,000 feet above sea level, is typically buried under snow and closed October through June. Artist Point typically opens in July and remains open until the first substantial snowfall of the year, which usually comes in late September or early October.
Diablo Lake is a reservoir in the North Cascade mountains of northern Washington. Created by Diablo Dam, the lake is located between Ross Lake and Gorge Lake on the Skagit River at an elevation of 1,201 feet.
This is probably one of the most stunning viewpoints you can find besides Mount Rainier that involves no hiking. It is only open during summer months and can be quite windy on the cliffs so be prepared for gorgeous windblown photos!
Larrabee State Park
THIS DREAMY LITTLE BEACH WON'T DISSAPOINT! Set on the seaward side of Chuckanut Mountain near Bellingham, Larrabee State Park is known for its postcard views of Samish Bay and the San Juan Islands. It is also Washington's first state park. It's easily acessible and rarely crowded making it ideal for any type of shoot!
Rialto Beach is located on the Pacific Ocean in Washington's Olympic National Park near the mouth of the Quillayute River, and is composed of an ocean beach and coastal forest. It's what DREEAAAMMMMSS are made of!
Rattlesnake Lake is a Lake located in Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic area in King county, approximately thirty miles east of seattle. It's one of my favorite locations, great for family or engagement sessions, easily accesible, but can be very busy on summer weekends! The landscape changes throughout the year and when the water lowers it exposes mud flats and stunning old-growth stumps from a forest cleared long ago. I love to work with the large rock formations that make for stunning images!
Hurricane Ridge is a mountainous area in Washington's Olympic National Park. 18 miles by road from Port Angeles you'll find this hidden gem! At an elevation of 5,242 feet, Hurricane Ridge is a year-round destination and one that I'm dying to shoot at more often.
Alki beach enjoys minus tides that reveal a wide expanse of sandy beach and is only 8 miles from downtown Seattle! Partly protected by a seawall, Alki Beach is a summer park destination although I love shooting here all year! The park begins at Alki Point and extends 2.5 miles to the mouth of the Duwamish River. Bonfires are a fun activity at this beach and makes for great photo opportunities whether it's to watch a sunset in the summer or to stargaze in the winter. And of course if you're feeling adventurous a dip in the Puget Sound is always a sure way to create fun photos!
Franklin Falls is a waterfall on the South fork of the Snoqualmie River, the first of three major waterfalls on the South Fork Snoqualmie River. The falls are located near Snoqualmie Pass in King County. The short hike makes this a great location for everyone and is only 50 miles East of Seattle.
Mount Rainier, also known as Tahoma or Tacoma, is a large active stratovolcano in Cascadia located 59 miles south-southeast of Seattle, in Mount Rainier National Park. What I love about Engagement sessions at Paradise at Mount Rainier is, there is no hiking involved and you get EPIC views! It is a few hours drive from Seattle but definitely worth the trek. There are also webcams for viewing the mountain before we head up. This location is usually covered in snow during the winter months, it's beautiful and can offer all types of scenery throughout the year!
Ruby Beach is the northernmost of the southern beaches in the coastal section of Olympic National Park. It is located on Highway 101, in Jefferson County, 27 miles south of the town of Forks. Words don't do justice for this magical little beach, every trip there is like walking into a dream.
San Juan Islands
The San Juan Islands are composed of 172 islands and reefs in San Juan County and you absolutely won't regret it! Three ferry served Islands, San Juan Island, Orcas Island, and Lopez Island are the most populous and host the vast majority of lodging and dining options and tourist activities. Shaw Island is also accessible by ferry but has limited camping and visitor amenities.
The San Juan's offer a mellow island vibe, a temperate year-round climate, and long, lazy days. Count on temperatures around 70° in the summer and 40° in the winter. A happy confluence of weather systems also accounts for the high level of air quality you’ll appreciate across the San Juans.
Deception Pass is a strait separating Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island, in the Northwest of Washington. It connects Skagit Bay, part of Puget Sound, with the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A pair of bridges known collectively as Deception Pass Bridge cross Deception Pass. There is so much to utilize here from it's stunning cliffs, beaches, and epic sunsets!
Lake Crescent is a deep lake located entirely within Olympic National Park in Clallam County, approximately 17 miles west of Port Angeles, Washington on U.S. Route 101 and nearby to the small community of Piedmont. It's magical and dreamy and best when its foggy out!