Kara + Devin // Tofino Wedding Photographer by Kai Jacobson

What an adventure it's been with these two. I met Kara & Devin as a guest at the wedding of a close family friend. When they invited me to be part of their small wedding in Tofino, I immediately started counting down the days. Instead of meeting for coffee we chased powder at Mount Baker. It was easily the best day of skiing last season as we encountered untouched, knee deep snow. Kara raced by me and Devin soared off jumps, making me feel like a total amateur (which I clearly am after breaking by both goggles and ski poles in a 30 minute span). I knew after that, Tofino was going to be incredible. And it was! The wedding was spent on the beach, with family, craft beer and delicious food..it doesn't get much better. It's been quite the adventure and I can't wait for the next one with you guys!

P.S. I shot video for their wedding so this was a little sunset session we did the night before!

Smith Rock | A Climbing Trip by Kai Jacobson

Smith Rock was the first place I ever went rock outdoor rock climbing so it was only fitting to make it my first real rock climbing trip. Located just outside Bend, Oregon (the best place on earth), Smith Rock offers stunning landscapes, a winding river and a wicked climbing community. Our goal was to push at least one multi pitch, Wherever I May Roam. The route is a 5 pitch sport climb up the Northwest Face of the Smith Rock Group. We did that the second day and managed to squeeze in 3 more during our stay. It was insane, incredibly awesome and I can't really put into words what the feeling is like getting to the top of these routes as the sun is setting or waking up at sunrise to be first on the wall and walking out by 10am. It's an addiction.

Having Bend not too far away was extra satisfying with it's countless breweries offering cold pints as a reward after a hot day. I only managed to bring my camera up one climb, since you can imagine, it's a bit cumbersome when ascending these routes.  So these photos are mostly from our ascent up Voyage of the Cowdogs. Until next year!

Michelle + Dalton // Kelowna Engagement Photographer by Kai Jacobson

I've known Michelle since we were in diapers. Growing up, our parents were good friends (and still are!). Being apart of one of the biggest moments in her life is a little bit surreal. We've come along way from tubing in Osoyoos as teenagers, and I know her and Dalton are going to make a beautiful couple on their big day. 

Since I'm living in Kamloops for the month of April, I took a little road trip to Kelowna to shoot their engagement. We decided to head to Knox Mountain for it's great views and grassy hills. We got some beautiful weather and an epic sunset! I can't wait for their Vernon wedding this September. 

Skyline Divide by Kai Jacobson

Late August of last year, Andrew and I tackled the Skyline Divide trail. It was one of the most epic overnight hikes I've done to date. Roughly 15km round trip and 2500ft elevlation gain, the trail takes you up a steep, knee crushing incline that makes you want to turn back after the first 5 minutes. Following switchbacks for a couple hours through the forest with a few water breaks and snacks, we ploughed on to the ridge to make it for sunset. I thought Hank was going to perish on us a few times because his pig-like anatomy is not ideal for steep hiking BUT he trekked on. 

We made it to the ridge, soaking in sweat, with mosquitoes buzzing around any uncovered skin. The view was breathtaking. As you reach the treeline and the forest opens up, you're left with jaw dropping views of Mount Baker. As we walked along the ridge, the wind picked up, temperatures dropped and fortunately the mosquitos dissappeared. We packed light so quickly set up camp anywhere we liked and took in the views while the dogs guzzled water and food. 

As the sun set, we spun in circles taking in the 360 views of the of the North Cascades and ocean far off in the distance. Not another soul in sight, we had the place to ourselves. This was the one time we forgot to bring whiskey or beer, instead opting for lighter packs, only to immediately regret that decision as we settled in for our canned chili dinner. After the sunset, we were pleasently surprised by one of the most incredible night skies I've ever witnessed. Hanging our heads out the back of the tent staring into the sky, we quickly dozzed off after the day's tough trek. It's night's like those that really make you love the outdoors.

We raced down in the morning to get breakfast and a well earned cold beer. Driving down in my old 1987 BMW on a 21 km potholed logging road was not the best idea...We parked at the breakfast joint only to have someone sprinting after us saying every drop of oil in the car had empited in the parking lot...let's just say a cracked oil pan in middle-of-nowhere Washington is not an ideal way to end a hike. Needless to say, it's all part of the adventure!

Side note: DRIVE SLOW AND CAREFULLY. It's a 21km logging road (one way) and it ain't pretty. There is no cell service. So tell someone where you're going before you leave, bring enough warm clothes and water to last an extra night or two and drive a vehicle equipped for a logging road. Towing a car from Glacier, Washington to a junkyard in Chiliwak is not cheap.