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        We’ve made it to the end of the week of my favorites of the year. After weddings, engagements, and the behind the scenes post, we get to the photos that just were made for the love of life. Most of these were done for fun, but there is also some from the trip I took to Bangladesh with Heifer International in there too. Thanks for walking with me this year. Here is to hoping 2018 is even better.

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        Who doesn’t love some winter hiking? I headed up to the pass for a few little shoots. It was glorious.

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        I do appreciate doing hikes with other creatives. Thanks to my friends Nathanael and Char for venturing into the snow!

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        I work by myself at home. So, when I want to test out looks, I have to do it by myself. So, I took a lot of self portraits this year. It’s good to be both in front and behind the camera. It really gives a good perspective!
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        In the spring, Erika and I headed down to Bend to visit her sister and brother in law. It was pretty and fun!

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        Owning a VW Vanagon is the best.

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        Whenever Erika goes away on work trips, I try to use the time by doing something awesome by myself. One of those was an overnight to Second Beach in La Push. It was super wet and even prettier!

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        We went to Colorado for Adam and Caitlin’s wedding, but also got out to have a little fun too.

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        Once back from CO, it was time to just enjoy all that living in PNW in the summer can bring. That means late sunsets, van trips to the mountains and time with friends.

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        One of my highlights of the year was a 2 night backpacking trip to Tuck and Robin Lakes with my friend Garrett (of Stubborn Son fame). It was beautiful, the mosquitos stayed away and we saw the northern lights.

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        Oh, and more Seattle summer awesome. In late 2017, I got back into film. Most of the rest of the year, I had either a film SLR or a little point and shoot in my pocket for personal work. All of the black and white work and some of of the color through the end came from that re-invigorated joy.

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        Again, Erika was out of town, so I spent the night by myself on top of a mountain near Gem Lake. Second time seeing the Northern Lights this summer and it was so warm I slept on top of my sleeping bag and without a tent.

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        Erika and I headed down for a weekend in San Diego. It was good for our souls.

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        My last big overnight of the year was to Blue Lake and the Maple Loop in the North Cascades National Park. The larches were in full color.

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        I then headed to Bangladesh with Heifer International. It was a great trip to see their work and tell stories of how it is changing lives. Here are just a few from the non-work moments (they get first dibs on the good ones).

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        Straight following Bangladesh, I went to New York for the WKRSHP conference in Brooklyn. It was a great time to make contacts, learn, practice and be inspired.

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        And then I was home to finish off the year. 2017 finished with family, friends, food, a Sounders loss and one heck of a Christmas Party.

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        Thanks to everyone who walked with Erika and me during 2017. It was not the year we expected and we cannot thank you enough for supporting us throughout.

        JTobiason Photography | Seattle Wedding Photographer | Best of 2017 | Personal and NGO | Joe@JTobiason.com | Instagram

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