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A funny thing happens when I start talking with clients, getting to know them, and practically going through the engagement process with them — and it’s something I love — we actually become good friends. Other than sharing exciting news on what venue they booked, or what craft project they’ve finally completed, you share excitements in life & love & everything in-between. This is one of those gals. Brianne was one of the first people to book me for my 2014 season because she booked in November of 2012. Erik was in the military, so they had planned to get married once he had completed his duties and was able to live back in Seattle. That left 2 years of getting to know Brianne and not only chat all things weddings, but support her in her endeavors, excitements in trips to see Erik, and I can truly say I’ve really enjoyed that time. She’s one of the kindest, thoughtful, funniest, and let’s be real….design-oriented clients I’ve ever had. There was NO shortage of amazing little details to shoot here…Brianne is unreal and made EVERY flower at her wedding out of paper. Pretty dang cool.

The last thing I ever want to be is a vendor. I want to be part of the action, the commotion, the love, the chaos and be able to celebrate with people I’ve come to know and genuinely capture their day. I’m so happy I got to be there for theirs. Cheers to B & E!

And a big thanks to Amber Zbitnoff to seconding this one for me…some of the images below are hers.

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  • Lauren - Awww, so sweet! Brianne you look amazing, I love your dress and necklaces! The palette of all of these photos is gorgeousss, Carina!ReplyCancel

  • Niki - I absolutely love your photography! You always manage to capture the most perfect moments in such an elegant and breathtaking way!
    -NikixxReplyCancel

  • Brianne - Its so fun to see which photos you selected to share (many of them are my favorites, too!) Thank you again for capturing our day in such a bright and joyful way, just what we’d hoped. xoxoReplyCancel

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Oh where to begin with this one.

It was such a fun, emotional, creatively fulfilling, and just HAPPY day. Not only for me, but for a dear dear friend of mine, Kate and her man Adam — who pulled off one stunning proposal. I’m so honored to have been a part of this and capture such a milestone for them. Plus, we had a fabulous day actually shooting for fun (mind you, I love what I do, but sometimes it’s nice to just let loose and do whatever) in a beautiful place, with good friends. Doesn’t get much better. However, let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

My boyfriend and I had ventured out to Eastern WA a few months ago to do a little hiking and exploring and had stumbled upon some sand dunes. Spending an hour or so there, I knew I had to get back there and shoot. Whether it was with friends, clients, etc. didn’t matter. The fact was they were stunning and I needed to return (plus, I had no idea they even existed in Washington!) However, the desire to go out and shoot here quickly grew a second agenda — a proposal.

A bit before we had set our plan in stone with some lovely girlfriends, I get a phone call from Kate’s boyfriend, Adam wanting to see if he could pull of a proposal out at these sand dunes. UMMM yes, sir, you can certainly do that. He was about to walk into one of the best documented proposals in history…3 photographers with cameras on hand waiting to shoot in one of the most picturesque places. Talk about well planned! We spoke, schemed, and figured out a way to make it happen during our day trip to Frenchman’s Coulee. Here are a few photos from the day prior to the engagement…read on.

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  • Jenna Kutcher - Oh Carina, these are amazing and I am over the moon for Kate! I was following you guys on your instagram day so it was even more exciting to see that there was more up your sleeves! The portraits are so gorgeous and they will treasure them forever. LOVE, what a brilliant man. HOORAY!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - I have tears! Carina – this tells the story so beautifully! The photos are gorgeous and so is that hot couple that I adore so much. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth - These are stunning Carina! Congrats to Kate and Adam!ReplyCancel

  • benj haisch - so epic! congrats, Kate and Adam!ReplyCancel

  • Alison - Oh this is so beautiful! What special memories they will always have.ReplyCancel

  • Jacquelyn | lark & linen - Annnd I’m officially crying! These photos are STUNNING – and so amazing that your friend has these to keep for the rest of her life!ReplyCancel

  • dorothy - hahaha so kate that last lineReplyCancel

    • kate price - Dorothy :) HAHA. I totally said that!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Beautiful story and lovely photos!!ReplyCancel

  • Tonhya Kae - These make me smile so hard. What a lovely day. You are so good at what you do :)ReplyCancel

  • Angela - Thanks for sharing Kate and Adam’s engagement story and your gorgeous photos. It brings me great joy to see Kate so happy.ReplyCancel

  • Julia Manchik - So so good! Your editing is beautiful, and you got so many good shots in a short period of time after we were all hot and tired and dusty. I feel so lucky to have been a part of this!ReplyCancel

  • kate price - I know I’ve said this already, but these photos are unreal. They are truly such a gift to Adam and I, and I feel so thankful!! You are a talented lady – thanks for blessing us with your skill!!! XOXOReplyCancel

  • Mary - GORGEOUS photos, Carina!! Thanks for sharing Kate and Adam’s story!ReplyCancel

  • Callie - Amazing! I loved reading this — so special you go to be there to witness it!ReplyCancel

  • Dana Grant - This is so amazing! After having heart felt convos at Field Trip, this is even more special to see. Awesome work Carina, congratulations Kate!ReplyCancel

  • katie - These photos are UNREAL. What an incredible story, backdrop, and a gorgeous couple. Although I don’t know them, reading this and seeing these unbelievable photos was such a treat!ReplyCancel

  • Moch - One of my favorites for sure :) curious, where was this at? I am assuming somewhere awesome in WA :)ReplyCancel

    • Carina Skrobecki - Hi Moch!

      Yes, it’s out in Vantage, in Frenchman’s Coulee (there’s a hike that leads straight out to the dunes!)ReplyCancel

You guys. It’s finally here. Alive, in it’s flesh, for the whole world to see (okay, maybe the 10 of you that actually read this thing and my mom). I HAVE AN ACTUAL PORTFOLIO SITE for the first time since I’ve started this crazy business. And it’s loaded with not only weddings & engagements, but commercial work, lifestyle work, portraits, travel, etc.

I’m also so excited to reveal my new branding! A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into this thing over the last year when I originally started this whole crazy idea of “hey, I can totally do this myself!”. And of course, as the months moved on, I procrastinated more and more. That’s the funny thing about branding yourself — you can take your sweet ass time because you’re not running up a bill. And that’s the most awful part….I have a million chances to change something and second guess myself. Well, it ends now. Clean, simple, bright, but considered. I’m happy, proud, and think this is the truest reflection of allowing my photography work to shine.

A new website, a new blog, business cards, thank you cards, envelopes, zip drives, packaging and custom wrapping paper. There’s also a slew of behind the scenes things like a custom contract, questionnaire, client pdfs, welcome booklet & pricing guide (which you can see pulled up on the iPad at the end). Whew. I don’t think I’ll be taking on another one of these bad boys for a loooooong time. Throughout the post, I’ll point out all vendors involved in case you’re interested.

Here it is in all it’s glory — the new Carina Skrobecki Photography. So go, wander around & explore. Hope y’all like it!  PortfolioPackaging_CASPhoto-2PortfolioPackaging_CASPhoto-16My business cards were printed through the Pike Street Press by my buddy Sean — 220# Crane Lettra with a deep blue and a copper edge painting. Love the way they turned out!PortfolioPackaging_CASPhoto-7

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  • Brittney Raine - Carina! First off, I want you to know that I am one of the more than 10 people who reads your blog – every single post. You’re one of my favorites in the industry, and such an inspiration in everything you do. The new branding is gorgeous. Personal, clean, artistic – I just love it. Love, love, love it. You killed it, girl!
    PS – slightly obsessed with the dots. Slightly. :)ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Carina, you’ve done an amazing job. It is so hard designing for yourself – I completely understand having done it myself. I absolutely love all your packaging – the custom wrapping paper is fab – I want some! I really love how the galleries work on your website, simple and clean works so well and really showcases your stunning images.

    p.s. I regularly read your blog, so definitely more than 10 of us out there! :)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - It is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L! Congrats girl, so happy for you and this lovely little site. You rock.ReplyCancel

  • Holly - Love your new branding! I have a total weak spot for crane lettra 220 #. Swoon! I am also digging the custom wrapping paper – do you think their material would make good envelope liners?ReplyCancel

Oh hello lovely blogging land! I have been totally neglecting you the last couple of months. Yikes, this winter has shaped up to be MUCH busier than expected so I’ve been straight up ignoring this poor little blog. However, I’m here to stay (and a new rebrand is coming next week!!!) and I have a lovely wedding to share with you. :) So many good things!

Deric & Julia were married back in February on an actually decent day in Seattle (thank you for rain gods for not pouring on us). The two of them met while working at JCrew, so it only makes sense that their wedding was a super classy, chic, city affair. I’ve known Deric since college so it was so nice to meet the gal he’s been fawning over the last 7 (yes 7) years! Wishing them nothing but the best.

A huge thank you to Sergio Mottola for rocking this wedding with me. Many of the images below are his.

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A few from the my latest trip to Palm Springs — which has become my happy place and I truly look forward to every time I get to visit. Drinks, the pool, the sun…it  doesn’t get more relaxing. This time we made it a point to seek out a few more places to explore and I’ve now successfully added two amazing recommendations for this area.

First, go to the Painted Canyon, or the “ladders hike” in Mecca (takes about an hour to get to from PS). I’m pretty sure I said the word “woah” about 100 times walking through there. My photos don’t do it justice. You get to climb over boulders, squeeze your way down tiny corridors, and climb ladders that lead up to different levels of the canyon. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a wee bit nervous (hello, tiny places when your claustrophobic…all while we’re chillin’ on the San Andreas fault? yea…about that) but it was so so so so worth it. The amount of colors on these walls…just stripes of gold, pink, red, purple. From there, you pop out above the canyons and walk the edge with an amazing view until you make your way back down into a huge river bed. Easily one of the best hikes I’ve been on (and probably the first hike a wiener dog has successfully finished). :)

Next, the Glamis Sand Dunes. It’s incredible that these places exist just within our reach. It’s about a 2 hour drive from Palm Springs (we did all in a day’s trip and it was fine) and you can either pay to get into the park and drive around, or you can do what we did, and just went to the lookout and explored a bit. When we arrived, I just stood there in awe for about five minutes, before running to throw off my shoes and grab my camera. I don’t have many words…you feel like you’re in the Sahara. Just go.

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