There is a very famous photographer who once said "being comfortable in photography can be the kiss of death".  That once you are comfortable you quit pushing yourself to learn, be different, & dream.  When I heard her say that I thought for sure that couldn't be true.  When I first started Solie Designs I longed for the day to feel "comfortable"  When I could feel like I had it all in the bag, knew what I was doing & essentially didn't have to work as hard.  Cause when I first started out I spent all hours on youtube watching online tutorials on how do better my business, different editing techniques, the best way to use my camera.  My life revolved around on how to launch my business and it seemed like an impossible dream to be where I am today.  

     Needless to say this year last year I finally felt comfortable.  I had a steady flow of clients coming in, a good website, & I was respected by other photographers and business owners.  With that comfort I didn't need to be aiming for the stars anymore, learning new ways of the business, or dreaming for something more.  Not to mention I had been struggling between my business and family life.  Everyday I felt like I was just trying to keep my head above water, between getting my work done and trying to be a good mother.  I was starting to feel like I was failing at everything.  So to feel comfortable in my photography abilities didn't feel like a bad thing at the time.  Not to mention I finally decided to go through with getting a hysterectomy because of my long struggle with endometriosis and I felt like it was constantly effecting me and was becoming debilitating.  Life seemed like a whirl wind & the only ray of hope I was grasping on to was that I was "good photographer".  Until that was all put into questions too.  

     As a photographer one of the first things you need to do is figure out what kind of style you are going to be, whats your brand.  I had always leaned towards the light and airy, film like look.  I felt it was a timeless look that will never go out of style.  Although I've always been great at editing photo's, I really can edit a photo anyway I want.  But as a photographer you need to be consistent, so future clients know what to expect.  I chose the light and airy style mostly because I would want that in a wedding photographer.  So to receive emails from two of my brides who were friends, saying they decided they were going to switch photographers because they decided they wanted a different editing style "the dark and moody"  made me questions everything.  In my mind I thought "If no one wants the way I edit what the hell am I doing?!  I might as well quit and not have to deal with the rejection".  Not to mention the photographer who had reached out to my brides that they switch to, was someone I knew and worked with.  So on top of it I felt stabbed in the back.  I started to question everything, and then I realized I had lost the one thing that was comforting me... Photography.  I really don't remember the last time I had felt so useless and worthless.


    After all that what else to do but throw a pity party!  I knew I needed to find a way to pull myself out of it.  I'm not a quitter!  If fact I'm not sure if I've really quit anything.  So I tossed around idea's on how I was going to change things around before the new year.  You know get my mojo back!  I even though about changing my style to the "dark and moody" but I felt that would be a cop out.  It was time to get over my pity party and stop consuming myself with something that was out of my control.  Usually something like this wouldn't have effected me so much because I used to be pretty confident in my ability, but I realized it was because I had been coasting.  I had gotten comfortable and with that had stoped growing, striving, and dreaming.  Which in term meant I wasn't on top of my game.  What that famous photographer said was right!  I had gotten comfortable and had stopped growing, changing and dreaming!  Whats the point of having a business if you don't have new goals to achieve, more excitement on the horizon... more hard work in the future.   This whole ordeal had gotten me out of my comfort zone and made me re-evaluate my business and make some changes.  I've signed up for a few courses, and we be revamping the website as well.  But most of all I'll be focusing more on my business.  I still have some things to figure out.  Mainly how to juggle work and family.  But as long as I stay uncomfortable and go back to the drive I had when I first started my business I think I have more amazing ventures in the horizon.  

   Now on to 2018!!!  I've always talked about how amazing my clients are and 2017 was no exception.  All my Brides and Grooms are so stunningly beautiful & kind hearted.  One of the reasons I'm a photographer is so I can make make a bride and grooms wedding day stress free and fun!  With that I've made several TRUE deep friendships with my brides!  Not many photographers can say they go out to have sushi with one of their old brides just for fun, shot two of their best friends from elementary schools weddings, all while travel around the country in one year.  I have to pinch myself all the time!   2018 looks like its going to be just as amazing!    With so many stunning beautiful brides with extremely kind hearts, not to mention some of my best friends getting married too!!!  It's going to be a great year and I can't wait for it to begin.   

    Lastly I want to thank my friends.  I'm not sure how I would have gotten through this last year without you!  



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Yakima's Mighty Tieton Wedding

Leah & Charlie

I was so over Joyed when Leah my best friend from Elementary school asked me to photograph her wedding.  Leah has always been so creative and her wedding showcased everything that Leah is, Caring, Beautiful, creative and just Stunning!  I'm so happy she found Charlie who is such a great guy and they are such a perfect couple!  Congratulations guys!!!

Venue- Mighty Tieton

Dress- Laineemeg Bridal

Cater- Chronic Foods Trucks & Sammies Food Truck

Florist- My Garden Overfloweth

Rentals- Bear Events Rentals

Adventure filled Engagement at Deception Pass

Regan & Alex

Had so much fun with Alex and Regan shooting their engagement pictures at deception pass.  We had dogs, beach, drinks and a stunning sunset.  Who could ask for more?!

Sunset Beach Engagement

Heidi & Mike

Boats, beach, & sunset!!! Recipe for one awesome PNW engagement session!  Heidi & Mike got to be one of the special few I bring to my family's beach house on mission beach,  It's where I've grown up and by far my favorite place in the world!  So we popped some bubbly, took a walk and a ride in the row boat.  Perfect night, perfect sunset with the perfect couple.

Desert Sand Dunes Bridal Portrait

     Memorial day weekend I got to do something I've always dreamed of.  I got to throw a Photography Workshop with one of my best friends Jessica Hunter & the talented Bixby and Pine girls.  Those who know me, know I make it a goal to try to encourage, and inspire all photographers.  I couldn't be happier with the group of photographers that came out for this dreamy shoot, & all the hard work everyone put into this amazing day!  Check in later this week to see the rest of this stunning shoot.

Design and Styling // Bixby + Pine // @bixbyandpine

Florals // #BloomsByBP // #BloomsByBP

Ribbon/Runner/Napkins // Nettle Textiles // #NettleTextiles

Gowns // La Belle Salon // @labellesalonbridal

Invitation Suite (all velum suite--Kate and Montana) // Pink + Peach // @pinkbypeach

HMUA  // Anne Timms // @mstimssmakeupartist

Jewelry // Kendra Scott // @kendrascott #ksbellevue

Ring Box // Mrs. Box // @the_mrs_box

Model // Robyn // @robynolson

Sofia & Cody's Ballroom wedding

Sofia & Cody

Blind dates aren't so bad...
While Cody and Sofia both grew up in Mukilteo and attended the same schools we are three years apart, their paths never crossed. Their friends thought a blind double date to a Mariners Game would be an easy way to break the ice and not put too much pressure on them. On June 13th, 2014 the four of us set off to downtown Seattle. Although the game ended with a loss in extra innings, Cody was able to win me Sofia over with his chivalry, bashfulness, and charming smile.
Rangers 1//Mariners 0
June 13, 2014
Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington

Cody and Sofia have been inseparable since the day they met, other than during hunting season.  They have found that their values in faith, morals, and love for each other provide a solid ground for an amazing future to come. Which make me know they can stand the test of time!

Rattlesnake lake Snowing Engagement

Maquel & Austin


    I know I say it all the time, but I have the best clients. Maquel & Austin were no exception to the rule.  They’re gorgeous, willing to go freeze in the falling snow, trust me with location advice, and are amazingly sweet to one another. That’s what really makes my job so fun.

    Maquel & Austin will be getting married in Arlington later this September.  Maquel wanted a winter shoot and with the stormy weather I though Rattlesnake Lake would be wonderfully PNW inspired engagement session and still not too far of a drive. I always hope my brides will wear something feminine like a dress or skirt in their engagement photos because it translates so well in the photos and gives off a soft and romantic vibe, which I absolutely love. So I asked Maquel if she would wear this stunning skirt from BHLDN. It’s effortlessly feminine with a flowing skirt and she picked a lacy fitted top. Maquels perfectly styled hair damped as the shoot went on and made for a more dramatic look.  I'm so excited to get to be apart of this beautiful couples wedding.  It's certain to be one for the record books.

Dreamy Ballard Engagement

       So let's take a little trip back memory lane... when I was in Elementary school at Nob Hill Elementary in Yakima.  I had huge blue glasses and awful frizzy curly hair.   Life was pretty simple.  I would go to school where Mary Labberton, Leah Cairns and I were Best Friends!  We spent hours on the playground making houses for bugs, goofy craft projects and saving worms from being stepped on (I know weird but thats what you do when your 7 years old right?!)   Fast forward to now, where you see your old bff is engaged and you cross your fingers she'll pick you as her wedding photographer, and your wish comes true!    

       I'm so over the moon Leah and Charlie chose me to shoot their wedding in Yakima this September.  Not only do I get to shoot another super cute, friendly, adorable couple but I've rekindled a childhood friendship!!! And thats what really makes my day!!

     So check out Leah & Charlie PNW engagement session where we went bowling, drank beer, snuggled with dogs and experienced a dreamy PNW sunset at the Ballard Locks.  What more could you ask for?


Malibu Sunset shoot

I got the pleasure of traveling to Los Angeles with my dear friend Jessica Hunter to do a little Stylized on a dreamy Malibu beach.  A big thanks to our models @catlinparks and Tom for modeling. We had so many great vendors, big thanks to @bethfollertmakeup doing her hair makeup. @megan_gray with honey & poppies for the beautiful bouquet. @bhldn for the stunning dress and @jmhunterphotography for traveling all the way to California for an adventure 

Sunrise Elopement

This sunrise Elopement with my favorite girls of Bixby & Pine was early to say the least but well worth the wake up call.  With a Beautiful couple and dreamy landscape it's one for the record books.

Beautiful Snohomish Wedding

Bailey & Tyler

It's no secret that Maroni Meadows is one of my favorite wedding venues.  Not just because it's stunning but because the owens are AMAZING and treat you like family.  Which makes this wedding all the more special that Deni & Jackson got to have their daughters wedding at their venue.  Bailey and Tyler are so much fun and friendly.  I feel so lucky to have gotten to know this amazing family!!! 

Jamaica Destination Wedding

Taylor & Sean

When your a photographer you always dream one day you'll get to shoot on a warm beach somewhere far away with a beautiful bride and groom.  Well Taylor & Sean's romantic wedding in Jamaica was just the trick.  It's no surprise I've been rubbing the sticks at both ends these days and so an amazing trip was just what I needed.  Not to mention getting to hang out with Taylor and Sean, having her dip in the ocean in her wedding dress, and tiki huts in the water.  It was all in all fabulous!  I'm feel so lucky I got to be apart of their special day and Arthur and I had so much fun!

Sparks at Sodo Park

Kara & Ryan

 Ryan and Kara met at a dinner party at mutual friends house. Kara lived in Portland, so it naturally started with Facebook messaging, which lead to texting and the eventually talking on the phone. A month later they had our first date, which lasted 48 hours and they have been together ever since! This Nurse and Police Office our one of the most selfless, generous, and beautiful couples I've had the pleasure of photographing.  I really can't say enough amazing things about them!  They had a flawless wedding at Sodo Park in Seattle that couldn't have been more romantic and dreamy if they tried.  I really can't wait to see them grow and start their lives together in their new house.  They deserve nothing but the best!  xoxoxo

Hollywood School House Romantic Wedding

Kerry & Nick

Every Wedding is always very special to me.  In fact at this very wedding I had a member of the wedding party ask me if weddings are even special to me because I go to so many it must get monotonous right? Honestly there is nothing more exciting to me then to get to be apart of such a special day that I'm sure many of my brides could tell you they caught me wiping a tear or two away at some time during their wedding day.  

I would have to say that Kerry and Nicks wedding was extra special to me.  This incredibly sweet and gorgeous couple were just as beautiful on the inside as they were on the outside.  You could tell Nick knew he was the luckiest man in the world and rightfully so because Kerry might have been the most beautiful bride I've ever seen.  

If that wasn't enough both Nick and Kerry's family were just so loving and overjoyed to add to their families, it made me with I could join the family ;-)

But if all that wasn't special enough, there love for Jesus was what really toped it off.  Sometimes couples can lose site of what is really important on their wedding day.  Nick & Kerry definitely have their priorities straight and I know they have many many years of happiness to come!