If you haven't been down the Oregon Coast, I highly recommend doing so. It is one of the most gorgeous places in the world and the perfect backdrop for Kalene & Kyle's engagement shoot. I love it when couples come to me with an open mind and heart and tell me that they trust me fully to create a beautiful engagement shoot for them. This, to me, allows me the freedom to be as creative and genuine as possible. Kalene & Kyle were up for anything and over a meeting and a few emails, we had decided on taking photos at Cape Kiwanda. We drove down from Seattle really early in the morning and stopped in Portland for some Blue Star Doughnuts and coffee. We were ready for an all day adventure and it was such a blast. After a full day of shooting and battling the elements, we got back in the car and drove to Portland to have some food and drinks at 10 Barrel (highly recommend it) and got back into Seattle really late at night. I can't wait to witness two amazing people get married and to have the honor of photographing their wedding day is the cherry on top.
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In fall of 2015, I was given the amazing opportunity of playing trumpet and taking photos of ODESZA during their fall tour. We toured all over the U.S. and some parts of Canada. As glamorous as tour looks from the outside perspective, it is very much a hard and grueling task to do what we love for a living. It's a blessing and a privilege to play these amazing shows for people all over the world and we will never take it for granted. Meeting new people and experiencing different cities makes up for the long work hours and traveling.
I joined ODESZA in April of 2015 at the Coachella Music Festival as one of the horn players in their new horn section. Although I've toured with multiple bands before, none would be as big of an opportunity as this was. I quickly learned that my shows with ODESZA have been some of the biggest shows I've ever played and will ever play in my lifetime.
Upon joining the band, you could immediately tell this band and its crew were a well-oiled machine. It's very impressive to see how far they've progressed with their music and touring. Harrison, Clay, Luke and Sean all attended the same college I went graduated from. I remember going to their shows in our college's town of Bellingham, WA and upon meeting them at our first rehearsal in April, we had an immediate connection.
Going back to fall tour, I've had the privilege of getting to know everybody and learning that this group is more than just a band; it's a family. Being a wedding and portrait photographer based in Seattle, WA, I was able to show off my camera skills by bringing my camera and gear along and taking photos throughout tour to create a visually stunning story of our shows throughout tour as well as a behind the scenes look.
So without further ado, I give you a visual perspective of what it's like to be the photographer and trumpet player of ODESZA. What a dream come true.
All photos by Jonathan Gipaya Photography (Copyright 2015)