Bellingham & Vancouver Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer Mikaela Ruth »

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I get really nervous before an engagement shoot (especially when one of them, in this case the groom, is a photographer!). I wonder how we will mesh, if the light will treat us well, if the elements will allow for and inspire creative, authentic photos that make you feel. So, I pre-visualize, I brainstorm a list of poses that I’ll loosely follow, scout out our location just prior to the shoot, and say a prayer.

Well, Noah and Elise’s engagement shoot in downtown Vancouver just about made my heart burst. It quickly erased any nerves and afterwards, as I drove home from the city with the sun setting behind me, I felt entirely grateful that I get to be their wedding photographer. Noah and Elise aren’t afraid to be authentic, to laugh and to share their love, and their story could be written about in a book. A story of how God brought them together, and that when they met through church, Noah knew in his heart Elise was the girl for him.

They’ll say I do this summer at the Brock House and I can’t wait. Many thanks, Noah and Elise!


  • jamie - June 25, 2015 - 12:37 pm

    this light!!! you killed these, love your processing as always <3ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa - July 3, 2015 - 9:36 pm

    I agree with Jamie! And you used the variety of locations so so well! Gorgeous session.ReplyCancel

Sharing a love for travel, Jessica and Nigel were in Europe last Spring, and made an early stop in the city of Paris. There lies this bridge, the one where lovers attach locks with their names inscribed, and toss away the key into the river below, to signify their unending love. Jessica had made sure to pack along a personalized lock to carry on this romantic tradition. Standing with Nigel on the bridge, she reached into the backpack to grab the lock. However, her hands found a different one, one that held a certain message…”will you marry me?” Tears were cried, she said yes, and her parents got it on film!

Now, the words “We’ll always have Paris” are tattooed on her arm and Nigel and Jessica are getting married this August.

Jessica wanted a natural, bohemian style engagement shoot. They recounted their love story, their travels, and I fell more in love with what I get to do, documenting the two of them together. Can’t wait for their wedding!


No one would have guessed that nine months after my sister and brother-in-law were married, they would be welcoming a sweet, little babe into their lives! Actually, I take that back. I guessed. The day before they told us the unexpected and exciting news, I guessed they would have a baby before too long, before they planned to, because that’s just the way their relationship has gone. It’s never unfolded according to their plan. Knowing God has his hand on their lives, though, is what matters. Immigration, student visas, work visas, long distance, postponed wedding…challenge after challenge, and while getting pregnant in their first year of marriage made for one more, it also may be the easiest thing they ever did. And besides meeting and getting married, the best.

I am giddy with excitement for the arrival of Whitney and Manolo’s baby, and to share the ups and downs of mama-hood with my sister. And for Zaya to have a cousin! Seriously, with my baby turing one next month, I’m ready for more newborn cuddles.


We took their photos on our side of the border, at the Nooksack river in Everson, Washington, and at our place. Not unlike the Vancouver area, the Pacific Northwest provides all kinds of beautiful light and perfect backdrops…


Such a gorgeous mama! See you soon, little one! xo

  • Mattanja - June 12, 2015 - 12:12 pm

    I guess looking gorgeous while pregnant runs in your family!ReplyCancel

  • Anna - June 12, 2015 - 1:17 pm

    stunningly beautiful!! your work just gets better and better! so talented! do you mind sharing which specific vsco preset you customized for these? loving the colors so much.ReplyCancel

    • Mikaela - June 12, 2015 - 3:11 pm

      Thank you, Anna, that means so much! I answer that question in this faq post on post processing. I use the same preset for all my images. It came in the first film pack, but I can’t remember which one specifically!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - June 13, 2015 - 2:15 pm

    These are the prettiest maternity photos I have ever seen! Wow! Great job. That is going to be one cute baby… all the bestReplyCancel