Josh and love to get away in the winter and Scottsdale, Arizona is warm and, most importantly, has a direct flight out of Bend so off we went to spend a weekend away together. While we were out discovering all of Scottsdale’s awesomeness we had a chance to hang out with one of our amazing couples!! It was so much fun to get to know Lindsey and Tyler a little more and to take engagement photos of them in their backyard.
Lindsey and Tyler moved out to Arizona only 4 months ago. Although Tyler grew up in Scottsdale, all the Arizona adventures are still new to Lindsey. We got to hike around Papago Park’s Hole In The Rock to get beautiful portraits of their little family together.
Of corse when Lindsey asked if their dog, Ranger, could be in some of the photos, I couldn’t resist saying yes! I love adding in fur babies for snuggles. He was great to have at the shoot and Josh was a great dog wrangler! Josh only got a chance to take a few images at this session, but his help in caring props and taking care of Ranger was so important! Overall it was a great weekend away together topped off with a beautiful and fun engagement session at Papago Park in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Not often do events mean as much to me as this one. My sister is finally engaged!! Courtney and her fiance held an elegant and fun, garden engagement party, thrown by Bryan’s mom. The fun went on and on. People stayed and partied with the guests of honor for about 8 hours!!! It was so amazing to be surrounded by the absolute most important people in their lives. Of course, we were missing a ton of family on both sides and friends, but if everyone they love was there, then it would have been the entire wedding guest list. It was a great day of Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and true LOVE! I’m so incredibly happy for these two and I can’t wait for the wedding day!
Everyone had so much fun!! I know this may seem like a totally random image to add into the mix, BUT it’s SOOO my family. My aunt is trying to take an amazing photo while my cousin is goofing around making his classic silly faces. My dad and two uncles, undoubtedly just got finished singing a song together and are laughing, having fun and waiting for my aunt to take a pic while someone else takes a photo of her (that’s me). Seriously, I think we have countless photos of someone in my family taking a photo of someone else taking a photo. So classic!! Plus I love that everyone is just being themselves and having fun.
Emma and Kevin were so much fun to photograph! Within minutes of photographing them I could tell that they had been in love for awhile. Emma and Kevin met years back on an annual family camping trip that Kevin’s family does at the Prineville Reservoir each year. Emma, who was best friends with Kevin’s cousin, would tag along. They would only see each other on this annual trip. Eventually they decided that even though the lived far from each other, they had to be together. After Kevin went with Emma to her senior prom, they officially started dating. They’ve been together for seven years and finally getting married! I love that they chose to do their engagement session on the way to that annual Father’s Day camping trip where they first met. It’s so perfect! And of course they added their puppy, Hank!
Brooke and Brandon were such troopers! We had this amazing Sparks Lake engagement session planned in May for them. We all had these perfect ideas of what to expect and were so excited to take their photos at such a beautiful place. When we arrive – it was blocked in by a ton of snow! Leaving Bend where it was 65-70 degrees, we just did not think there would be snow up at the lake. It still is amazingly beautiful at the trail head so we stepped out into the snow, with Brooke in a sundress, and captured some really fun photos in the 5 foot clearing. After that we headed back to the river trail and finished their session. This was the first engagement session I’ve done in 12 years where we captured both winter and summer photos in one session. I’m so thankful to have an amazing couple who quickly jumped on board with making the best of the situation. We had a lot of fun with them and Josh and I can’t wait to photograph their Brasada Ranch Wedding!
Kate and Brandon are so cute with their sweet dog. They moved to Bend, Oregon a few months ago and embraced the Bend forest and snowy environment for their engagement photography session. I love all the fun sign and props they brought too, like the one their dog was holding saying, “My humans are getting married!”.
I love when couples want photos of themselves to remember their time together. Whether they end up getting married or not, it’s always nice to be able to look back on a great love years later to relive those sweet memories.
Rylee and John have been dating for one year today! They wanted to celebrate their time together with beautiful photographs that they can show off to their friends and family and hang in their homes. They will always be able to look back on the time when their relationship began to bloom with these photos.
For their session, we ventured out past Redmond, Oregon to a local bridge that they love. It was surrounded by the beautiful natural landscape of Central Oregon. The small area gave us plenty of settings to use to capture the two of them together. The smoke even provided a beautiful orange glow creating a more romantic vibe for these two love birds. Congrats on one year!