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Meet Forthright

FORTHRIGHT

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(of a person or their manner or speech) direct and outspoken; straightforward and honest.
synonyms: frank, candid, open, honest, sincere, outspoken, no-nonsense, to the point; informal, upfront.

Our Philosophy

We believe in people over things, always. We believe wholeheartedly in the importance of the in-betweens, the undone, and the unaffected. We believe a day spent adventuring out of doors is never wasted. We believe in the power of stories to radically shape, enlarge, and empower the world around us. Our mission is to live up to our name: honest and down to earth.

We love the outdoors, and exploring together is our love language. Nature and wild spaces fill & inspire all of our work, and we love photographing & adventuring with people who feel just the same.

We're more about being wallflowers than stage managers, but we'll give you enough direction that you'll never feel lost or confused. We might step in and fix your hair, take a bit of a hike together, and hopefully, make you laugh a lot.

Does that sound like something you'd love? Sweet. Us too.

Who We Are

We're Laura & Devon, kinda still newlyweds and life long sweethearts living in Seattle, Washington. We're all about finding new places to explore, and we're always scheming up our next road trip. We love coffee, classic sci-fi, snarky jokes, and pasta. We are happiest when admiring the ocean or driving through the mountains. We own way too many books and never have enough reading time, and have a family of fluffies whom we adore.

We're drawn to adventure, honesty, and to all things timeless, honest, & a little bit windswept. We want to emphasize emotion and relationship over pretty things, and we want authentic connections and love to shine through our work. We strive to blend our love for nature with our heart for storytelling in all our work.

We love working with couples who love laughter, the outdoors, hospitality, and kindness, and whose definition of a good time includes sunshine, dusty shoes, and a great dance party.

We're so thrilled to meet you!

frequently asked questions

HOW MANY IMAGES DO YOU USUALLY DELIVER?

It all depends on a few things, including which package you book, but in general, we deliver around 700-900 images for a wedding, and around 100-150 images for an engagement session. Most are delivered in black and white as well as color, with a few exceptions for odd lighting and personal taste.

WHAT IS YOUR TURN-AROUND TIME?

For engagement sessions, our turn around time is usually a few weeks, depending on how close it is to peak wedding season. For weddings, our turn around time is 1-2 months, but we always like to give folks some sneak peeks of what we're working on! You can always count on receiving sneak peaks within a few days of your photos with us.

HOW DO I RECEIVE THE PHOTOS? WHAT SIZE?

You'll receive a gallery link via email. From your gallery, you'll be able to download your photos in full resolution for printing as well as web size for any social media sharing. You also purchase prints and albums from the gallery as well, and our galleries can either be made private or shareable for family and friends to view.

DO YOU REQUIRE A DEPOSIT?

After being semi-broke college kids planning our own wedding, we decided to do things a little differently than most folks. While industry standard is a 50% deposit, that's a lot of money for most folks, so we require a 30% deposit in order to book your date with us. After you sign the contract & pay your deposit, you have all the way up till your wedding day to pay the remainder of your invoice, at whatever pace works best for you.

CAN I HAVE THE RAW FILES?

You wouldn't give out your social security number on Twitter, and we don't give out raw files. They are the insanely large, unwieldy, professional files that are more like the blueprint of the final image than anything else. However, you will receive the final, edited, full resolution JPEG files of your photos, and trust us, those jpeg files will have more than enough resolution for you!

MAY I PRINT THE PHOTOS? POST THEM ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

Absolutely, you can! We'd love it if you printed your images through us, and we can give you wonderful, surprisingly affordable, top quality print products, but we don't require that you do so. You're totally welcome to post your images on social media! Please tag us or credit us in the caption though, it will make our little photographer hearts explode with happiness.

HOW DO THE HOURS WORK IN YOUR PACKAGES? DO YOU COUNT HIKING OR DRIVING TIME? WHAT ABOUT BREAKS?

We love to hike, and we love exploring with the folks! For that reason, we don't charge for hiking time or travel within Washington State. This means we can head almost anywhere you want! The "hours" for each package are the hours we spend actively photographing, and these hours will likely be broken up over the course of our time together. Often times a 2 hr adventure session will be about 4hrs total, counting the time it takes us to hike, change, drive between locations, etc. If you're hoping to have us accompany you on a longer, overnight trip, like say a backpacking jaunt, we would love that! Send us an email & we'll we'll work up some pricing numbers just for you.

For weddings, our coverage is (by necessity) pretty much continuous from the time we show up to when we peace out at the end of the night, because literally 99% of the time on a wedding day: there's *something* happening that needs be photographed. However, if you're planning a wedding where there will be *an extended break between events of over 2 hours where we won't be needed*, please let us know!

WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER? WILL YOU RESCHEDULE IF IT'S RAINY?

We love the PNW in all her moods! The weather here is rather famously unpredictable, and we highly encourage folks to find the fun and adventure in any weather for their session. Our gear is pretty darn weather-proof, so unless there's hazardous weather, we'll be embracing the rain & having some fun!

If you have your heart set on a certain type of weather for your session (like snow, sunshine, or whatever floats your boat), please let us know! We're happy to talk with you about it and see what we can do.

If there is severe or dangerous weather (i.e. blizzard, avalanche, lightening storms, or wildfires) in your preferred location, we'll head to a back-up location with better weather. If there's severe weather throughout an entire region, then we'll look into rescheduling, but it's a pretty rare occurrence!

HOW DO WE PICK A LOCATION FOR OUR PHOTOS? WILL YOU HELP US WITH THAT?

Absolutely! We love helping folks find some new places to explore, and we've got tons of amazing locations up our sleeves! Once you're booked, we'll send you a short questionnaire asking about your location preferences (what type of scenery you'd like to have, how much hiking you want to do, etc.). Once we have all that info, we'll work up a list of location ideas custom just for you! Of course, if you already know exactly where you want your photos taken, that's totally cool too.

WHAT IF I'M GETTING MARRIED OUTSIDE OF THE PNW?

YAY, we love to travel!! You can check out our travel policies & pricing under the Travel page of our site for more info about hiring us for a wedding or session outside of the beautiful PNW.

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Kimi & Derek

We love Laura and Devon! We flew in to the Pacific Northwest from Tennessee and they met us in Mt. Ranier for an engagement photo shoot. Not only did they have recommendations for good trails to check out (super helpful to us), but they perfectly captured the day with beautiful and timeless photos that we'll love forever. Since we were going backpacking the next day, they even rushed a sneak peak for us so we could enjoy our photos before losing cell service for a week. They are so great, total recommendation!

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Kari & Sam

We had the pleasure of meeting Laura earlier in January when she shot our engagement photos and we were so impressed with those images that we couldn't wait to have her do our wedding! Laura was so unbelievably quick to respond to our initial inquiry & any questions leading up to the day. The level of organization and patience they had was so appreciated with the large bridal party we had and the family photos. We received our edited album very quickly and were blown away! Laura really captured the raw emotion of the day, all of the photos were candid & in the moment, nothing seemed forced or posed. My husband and I were so comfortable with Laura & Devon all day, they made it fun & easy! I would highly recommend them to any bride getting married. Laura clearly has an incredible talent & a knack for shooting outdoors that surpasses any photography I have ever seen!

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Shaena and Micah, a client of Fornight Photo, standing on a bridge in Spokane Washington, holding each other with their faces pressed against each other.
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S & M

We are nothing short of elated with the photos you both captured of our wedding day. We cannot thank you enough for doing exactly what we requested - you captured how that day felt more than just what it looked like. We cannot thank you enough for capturing that moment in time for us and we hope that you know just how much you have added to our lives by just being great at the career you have chosen for yourselves. We wholeheartedly recommend you to anyone.

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Chelsea & Kyle

Laura and Devon were nothing less than amazing! With all of the craziness, they had the upmost patience and good humor through it all. They made taking pictures easy and comfortable. Laura always got back to us in a timely manner with any questions and was always kind. We couldn’t stop talking about how easy they made the day for us and how impressed we were. Would recommend them in a heartbeat!

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Britney & Stratton

From the initial vendor contact to doing our engagement photos and to the day of our wedding Laura and her husband Devon were amazing! Such an sweet couple that makes you feel comfortable because trying to be lovey dovey was not easy for me and my now husband. Laura has clearly worked many weddings and picked up some amazing things a long the way, because she was able to help make my flower crown work when it wasn't exactly what I wanted. I would definitely book them all over again!

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Megan & Jordan

We absolutely love love love Laura and Devon. They went above and beyond the moon for us. They were there to keep us on track, provide pain meds, tide to go, humor, and our marriage certificate (that we forgot at our house!?!?). They not only were there for us, but they captured our wedding day in the most beautiful way. We definitely feel like we made some great friends after being with these guys all day. I wouldn’t trade them for any other photography duo!

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