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MT. BAKER-SNOQUALMIE NATIONAL FOREST

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Hi! I'm Natasha! Your Washington elopement photographer, dog petter and donut eater. While photography is my first love, connecting with people is my love language. You'll find me lovin' on the big moments, the quiet moments, the silly moments – but especially the in between moments. The moments that are unadulterated and unfiltered. The ones where you are the real you. Here on the blog you'll find all of my favorite tips, tricks and resources for planning an elopement that's all about those moments.

NATASHA CARDINAL

WASHINGTON ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER

THE COUPLE

When I first met Makena and Jeff, they described themselves as "We're simple people. We love the simple things - cooking dinner, sitting around a bonfire, camping in the van", and man, we couldn't have felt more on the same page! The two of them met while working at the Darigold dairy co-op (a wonderful company that is a farmer cooperative that takes care of it's people and animals) when Jeff saw Makena's vintage VW van named Ruth sitting in the parking lot, and the rest was history.

They initially booked me for their wedding at Lake Crescent, so keeping with their love of lakes, we decided to visit Baker Lake for their engagement photos!

THE VISION

Camping on backwoods roads, exploring the deep corners of the PNW forests felt like home to them. A weekend away in Makena's van felt the most natural to them, so when we started planning their engagement photos, it only felt right that they should have a Baker Lake engagement! Baker Lake is one of our favorite places to visit. On a clear day you'll have views of Mt. Baker herself if you're in the water, surrounded by lush forest and beautiful mountains in all directions, not to mention the sparkly blue waters of Baker Lake itself. In the summer it's a bustling camping destination, with plenty of National Forest campgrounds to choose from, but in the winter it's a totally other world. And in my opinion, is the best time of year to visit!

Winter at Baker Lake is quiet. You'll most likely be some of the only people there. But it's especially interesting because it's a manmade lake that's drained in the winter! Which leaves tonnnns of ancient tree stumps in the lake bed to explore. So as soon as we arrived at the lake, we set out into the muddy lake bed to explore. We found stumps that were many hundreds of years old, crazy ice crystal formations, and watched at the fog rolled off of the remaining water, only to be surprised by a view of Mt. Baker as we walked back!

One of the perks of having a Baker Lake engagement session is that there's so many different locations for photos too! While you have the lake, you also have plenty of little dirt side roads to explore, and if you keep driving down the road you'll come to the very end where the Baker River bed is, with beautiful valley views, eagles flying over head.

I know I'm not supposed to have favorites, but it was truly one of my favorite engagement sessions ever!

Looking for some tips on how to plan your engagement photos? Check out my guides below!

THE PHOTOS

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