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Engagement Session in Southeast Portland

Recently we were lucky to shoot an engagement session in Southeast Portland with Grace and Thomas. We met on a warm Summer evening at a large nature park with dense woods and open meadows. We had been excited to shoot at this location for awhile and when Grace mentioned they wanted somewhere scenic but not too far away from downtown Portland, we knew just where to go. 

We know that our clients aren't professional models and we regularly hear concerns about feeling awkward in front of a camera. For us, it's not only important to take great photos of our clients that are flattering but also create an experience and an environment that sets our clients at ease during their shoot; engagement sessions are great for this. These sessions are such a good opportunity for us to get to the know the couple aside from the hustle and bustle of their wedding day. They also allow our clients to get to know us and see how we work. During an engagement session, we work with our clients to find poses that are natural and comfortable all while exploring beautiful scenery and having a fun time together. 

Our session with Grace and Thomas started with a meander through a grove of shady old trees, which provided a backdrop for vibrant photos with soft light. As our shoot progressed, we were able to get some great shots of the two looking out over the scenic vistas of Southeast Portland. Grace and Thomas, were easy to work with and fell into natural poses that highlighted their comfort and ease with one another in front of the camera. Best of all they were down to hike, explore, and find all of the nice light. Photographing Grace and Thomas on the hillsides and overlooking the vistas of Portland was a perfect way to capture the beautiful simplicity of two people who really care about each other.

We wish these two all the happiness as they start their life in the Pacific Northwest together!

Engagement Session at Big Basin State Park

Our first time meeting Maren and Marcos was at their engagement session at Big Basin State Park.  We've been working with these two for a couple of months now over email and we were really excited to finally meet and shoot with them before their wedding this December. We worked closely with the couple to find a location that had some significance to them and ultimately we decided on Big Basin in the Santa Cruz mountains. The park served as an amazing backdrop. We really enjoyed using the landscape and the late afternoon light to get some fun, candid shots. Maren and Marcos were a blast to work with and we're really looking forward to what sounds like an amazing little wedding come December.

Candid photo of couple crossing bridge in Big Basin State Park
Engagement session at Big Basin State Park
Big Basin State Park Engagement Session
Portrait of engaged couple in Big Basin State Park
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Embarcadero Engagement Photos

Earlier this Summer we met up with Carrie and Andrea to take some quick Embarcadero engagement photos in San Francisco. We worked with Carrie several years back for some business portraits in Oakland. Since then she moved to SF, met Andrea, and got engaged! We met these two along the waterfront to catch some nice evening light and ended our session with some champagne at Waterbar. We're super excited to shoot their wedding at San Francisco City Hall next month! Chris and Christian

 Embarcadero Engagement Photos
 Engagement photos at Embarcadero in San Francisco
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Engagement session in Tilden Park

Paul and Joann are just the cutest!  We had such a great time rolling around and exploring during their engagement session in Tilden Park. We met the two of them near Little Farm and hiked, OK more like light hiked, around some scenic spots. This park is such a great location and right in our own backyard!  One minute you can have some really great open landscape and a quick walk away you can enter a canopy of green growth. We've been shooting a number of engagement sessions lately as part of our "full collection". The collection includes an engagement session, wedding coverage, and a free album. We're stoked people are taking advantage of it! For more info about our collections, visit our wedding photos page. 

We really look forward to more engagement sessions this season and definitely can't wait to shoot with these two for their upcoming wedding.


Chris and Christian

 Engagement session in Tilden Park
 Couple walking in meadow during golden hour in Tilden Park
 Two portraits of engaged couple in Tilden Park
 Detail photo of couple holding hands amidst thistle
 Tilden park engagement session
 Couple on trail in Tilden Park
 Happy couple in Tilden Park
 Portrait of engaged couple looking out over the Bay Area
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Engagement session in Santa Cruz

Well, weather certainly has been a bit soggy lately! While that's a great thing for our parched state, it puts a bit of a crimp in our shoot schedule. Luckily last weekend we managed to pull off a super nice day down south for a fun engagement session in Santa Cruz. Stormy weather subsided and left us with some great atmosphere late in the afternoon. We loved working with the light that day and had fun building shots around the lighthouse and nearby green space. Prior to the shoot Kate and Brody asked us if they could bring their pup Charlie along too. Are you kidding? We love when our couples include their special friends! A great little trip and we love the images. Cheers to Kate, Brody, and Charlie! See you all soon!

Chris and Christian

Engaged couple at Santa Cruz lighthouse
Backlit portrait of couple at the ocean near Santa Cruz, CA
Engagement session in Santa Cruz
Engagement portraits at Lighthouse Field Beach in Santa Cruz
Candid of couple in Santa Cruz
Engagement session at Lighthouse Field State Beach in Santa Cruz
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