My name is Marla Gooding and I live a pretty FANTABULOUS life. The glass is ALWAYS half-full and I'm very appreciate of the beautiful life I get to live. I'm a Portland, Oregon native that landed upon the cold, but beautiful sunrises of Lake Erie in Michigan. I traveled out to the Midwest to play collegiate softball at the University of Toledo.. GO ROCKETS! I am an elementary teacher by day and have fallen in love with both of my jobs. What can possibly be better than teaching little tiny nuggets and photographing gorgeous weddings and elopements?
As far as photography, I'm a very real, candid, and normal conversation type photographer. We'll get to chatting and make things lighthearted to capture the natural smiles, laughs, and moments. I'm very professional in the fact that I will capture all the shots necessary-posed + non-posed (and then some, sorry in advance for the overload), but I also love celebrating the sessions or planning your day over a beer, coffee, or Qdoba. (Yes, you heard it right...Qdoba over Chipotle.)
I love traveling with all my heart. After college I played softball professionally overseas in Germany and Italy. That started my travel kick as I love experiencing new cultures and seeing new views. I just got back from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for Christmas and cannot get enough of those chicken nachos and margaritas. So you will never hear me turn down a Mexico destination wedding.
TRAVELING. YES MA'AM.
I do travel for weddings, quite often! PNW Weddings do not have any travel fee. I have a bucket list of places I'd like to visit. If you're looking to elope or near the areas of my dreams, you'll get a little extra surprise added in ;)
BUCKET LIST: AZ: Horseshoe bend, Antelope Canyon, Phoenix, Sedona CA: Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Napa Valley CO: Breckenridge, Telluride FL: Key West, Ponte Vedra HI: All Islands MA: Martha's Vineyar MT: Glacier National NC: Hanging Rock State Park NV: Lake Tahoe NY: The Catskills, OR: Painted Hills, Crater Lake, Alvord Desert SC: Myrtle Beach UT: Moab WA: Snoqualmie Falls, Olympic National Park WY: Jackson Hole
BEYOND: Austria Bahamas- Nassau, Grand Cayman British Virgin Islands-Tortola Canada- Banff Caribbean- Punta Cana, Varadero Denmark- Aero Island France- Paris Guatemala- Lake Atitlan Iceland- Black Sands Beach, Reykjavik Italy- Dolomites, Venice, Sesto Trentino- Alto Adige Jamaica Mexico- Cabo San Lucas, Cancun Quitana Roo, Isla Holbox Norway- Lofoten Islands South Africa- Capetown
Taking a vacation/honeymoon and want some beautiful photographs of your visit- absolutely I'd tag along! Fill out specific details on the contact page and we can set that up.