Portland, LA, Washington Couples Photographer, Editorial, Weddings and Elopements
Sam Landreth — West Coast Photographer


West Coast Based Destination Photographer Washington Oregon California Weddings Elopements Engagements Editorial Travel Proposal Photographer

best of 2017

this year has been one of the most exhilarating, unexpected, and exciting years of my life. I made a goal last January to visit two foreign countries, & ended up visiting 7. I flew on 55 planes & I spent more time out of town than I did home in Portland. I had goals for weddings & sessions & visions & dreams & ended up meeting the majority of them! I'm so thankful for all that I saw this year, for all I was able to do, & for those that helped me get there. To everyone who supported me & helped make my dreams come true, thank you thank you thank you! 

I made one of these blog posts last year & had a lot of fun making it & reliving the memories so I thought & i'd do it again! It honestly feels like I was just sitting here creating the one that I made almost exactly one year ago. Life goes by so quickly, it's crazy!

Here is a little highlight reel from a few of my favorite sessions & weddings from the year -


i did a fun stylized conceptual shoot for the first time. still love the way this one turned out! models are parker moore & elizabeth webb.

shot at the ice caves in utah with my friends jacki page & kyle sipple!

a lovely little golden hour session in utah with zoe lazerson & josh campbell

while visiting LA in january, i was watching This Is Us while i waited for my friend Alivia to take a shower. in that particular episode was Darren & i thought he'd be fun to shoot with, so i did a little research, reached out & we were able to shoot a couple days later! it was such a blast. look for him in episode 11 of This Is Us : )


i had one of my favorite couples sessions with melissa + josh for my workshop which released in May! more on that in its' corresponding month.

i had an amazing shoot at what was meant to be Abiqua Falls but ended up being too muddy & high tide to get to. Allie + Collins & I scaled a muddy mountain in the rain & got some of my favorite photos. we were freezing & coated in mud by the end of it but it remains one of my favorite shoots!

i shot a fun blogger session for rae surbaugh in downtown portland!



here are a few highlights from a stylized bridal session with sonora mindwerl, davis hilton & anna mara flowers

this maternity session in the SF area is one of my favorites - the lighting was perfect & i love the colors in the valleys & the sky that day. i got to work with these guys again in october once they had their baby, Indy!

in March i drove from PDX to SF, then to LA, then back up to SF, then stopped in PDX for a minute to repack, then drove to Seattle & flew to Copenhagen, Denmark; Santorini, Greece; & then The Faroe Islands for two weeks with my friend Sam! you can find my fashion blog photos from Greece HERE / photos from Copenhagen HERE / & photos from the Faroes HERE


After two weeks roaming around Europe, I arrived in PDX around April 10th. I was home for about 6 days before heading back to SF to fly back out to Europe for a trip to London & Paris that I had planned prior to the Europe trip that I had just embarked on. 


In that little tiny 6-day timeframe of being home, I met my wonderful angel of a boyfriend, Nick - pictured on the right with me in NYC from this Summer. The whole post on that trip is linked to my fashion blog!









Also while I was home, I shot an amazing two-part couples session in the Gorge in the morning & at the coast at sunset. That was a whirlwind of a day, but so fun to see my favorite parts of Oregon at sunrise & sunset.


i got to shoot a lovely wedding at the old sugar mill in Sacramento with my friend Sam Elkins which i just added the link to if you want to see the whole thing!


after the wedding in Sacramento, we drove to my parents' house in SF & i flew out to London the following day. i went with my best friend Micaela, then headed to Paris after about 5 days!

more photos  HERE  !

more photos HERE !

then in paris, all of the stars aligned & i got to shoot with matt + julia (some friends from Washington) the whole session is HERE if you'd like to see it!



i flew back into SFO after my time in Paris & shot a fun couples session!

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then, i flew back up to Portland & shot a couples session in the Gorge at sunset which i love -

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right after that, i headed down to LA & flew to Turks & Caicos to shoot a vow renewal for Kim Biermann. full blog post HERE : )


then right from there, i flew back up to Miami, then down to Cuba for 9 days on a project with some awesome friends & Alaska Airlines. that blog post is HERE on my fashion blog. that trip really was the most memorable i've ever been on. so thankful that i got to go! model here is stacie elmer.


i flew back up to LA & then to Portland & then drove up to Seattle & shot a lovely wedding in Washington for sam + preston.

the whole day is linked  HERE

the whole day is linked HERE


i did this fun spring shoot with Nata Sarafinchan!


i had one of my favorite shoots of the year in The Portland Studio with my friend Sam Selis



i got to shoot the sweetest wedding up in Seattle with my favorite second-shooter - Nick - which, while i'm here, let me just direct you all over to his website real quick. he is so talented at branding & design & photo & video & there is nothing he isn't good at so you should go hire him for all the things.


next, i shot a surprise proposal at Canon Beach. rest of the session is linked HERE!


then a couple days later, i headed back to Canon beach for Kevin + Taylor's elopement! their whole day is linked HERE.


apparently i was on a roll with surprise proposals, and headed on up to Seattle for another! so fun!



after going back down to Portland, i spent some time in NYC with nick, then we headed to Cleveland & then to Atlanta for this lovely wedding in the woods! check out their whole day HERE


most of September consisted of running around all of Oregon with Nick! 



i shot lindsay + anthony's lovely wedding near mt hood - whole day linked HERE

i did some family photos in SF for these two & baby Indy whom i shot maternity photos for in the spring! so fun.



i went to Marfa, TX for my 21st birthday with my best friend & i got to shoot for Toyota whilst there!


next, we headed to LA. i shot one of my favorite sets this year of Dreamers & Lovers' new collection in Malibu.



i got to shoot my friend & old roommate Chelsea's wedding in Oregon - still working on editing & uploading that one but will blog it soon :)


this year really was one of the best yet, and i am so thankful for all of the opportunities that prevailed. wishing you the best in 2018! xo