Hey there! My name is Kestrel (yes, like the bird) and I use she/her/hers pronouns. I’m a wedding, elopement, and family photographer with a relaxed, journalistic, and adventurous vibe based in the Pacific Northwest. I grew up in the San Juan Islands, spending most of my summers exploring the areas near by by boat. I have a strong attraction to the ocean but have learned to fall in love with long hikes into the mountains that were seen as at a distance while growing up. I’ve spent many years traveling and exploring areas both near and far, and am so thankful for the people I’ve gotten to know through these journeys. I currently live in Bellingham, WA, but often back on the San Juan Islands to photograph weddings and visit family. I photograph folks all over the Pacific Northwest, but find myself back on the San Juan Islands more often than not.
As a photographer, I love to create an environment in which people feel comfortable being themselves. I love to get to know people, and creatively document their connection through the photos taken. While I know how to direct poses when needed, I find that the majority of a photo session is just finding a beautiful place to go explore together. I love creating opportunities for people to connect candidly with one another, like I'm not even there, to best document who people genuinely are.
I like to maintain that relaxed feel when photographing weddings and elopements as well. I tend to blend in and rely on my photojournalistic skills to blend in, rather than influence the story by having an overwhelming presence. I’m comfortable in many different kinds of environments and groups of people, which makes me a great part of your day! It’s about you, and what you want and need. Overall, if it's your wedding, you should enjoy your day. Let's make that happen ;)
Shoot me a message, and let’s get to know one another!
Email at firstname.lastname@example.org