Tawny and James met 4 years ago over New Years break at Crater Lake, Oregon. They were both on vacation and had no idea that the start of the new year would the beginning of something amazing and life changing.
They fell in love in the winter wonderland of snow and pine trees, so they knew they wanted to capture that same feeling for their engagement session. I love when we can plan engagement sessions that are filled with meaning like this one. We really captured something priceless!
Tawny and James drove 3 hours to the forests at the base of Mount Bachelor in Bend, Oregon. They actually drove half way out the day of a big storm and had to turn around do to unsafe road conditions. No worry! We rescheduled for a couple weeks later! The second try was much better weather, but still a bit stormy. There was also a ton of fresh snow which made walking through the forest a bit tricky. We picked a few beautiful backdrops, stuck our feet into the snow and captured a ton of fun.
Tawny looked so beautiful. Despite the snow, both Tawny and James kept loving smiles on their faces and good attitudes inside. Tawny and James were beaming with love. I know that since we were able to capture their joy in freezing snowy weather that their wedding day is going to be even better. I can also tell that these two will be able to weather any storm together.
Tawny and James,
Thank you so much for traveling so far and putting up with the deep snow! I think we’ve captured something special for you guys and I hope you love your image as much as I do! You guys are a fun couple and I can’t wait for you wedding day!!
Elizabeth and Carter are so sweet! I love seeing young couples in love. They wanted romantic and fun images in the woods to use as their Save-The-Dates and I think we captured perfect images for the two of them.
Shevlin Park served as the best fall background for this mini session/engagement session. I just love the wild Oregon landscape. We even found a patch of yellow/orange bushes to give that extra fall glow!
I don’t often do engagement sessions as mini sessions because I like to spend time really getting to know my clients and warming them up to the idea of being in front of the camera. Usually I scrap about 90 percent of the images of that first 20 minutes of the session as I’m getting them comfortable and allowing them to relax to get those beautiful and natural romantic moments. Photographing a 25 minute engagement session was challenging, but luckily I had an amazing couple to work with.
We jumped right in with romantic photos. I find when people trust me, they can loosen up pretty quick and get the photos they want. That’s what happened with Elizabeth and Carter. They let go of any anxiety of being in front of the camera which allowed me to get some great photos of the two of them.
Elizabeth and Carter, thank you so much for hopping into the shoot with great attitudes and trust. I had a great time with you guys and with your sweet pup! I hope you cherish these moments! – Kellianne
Black Butte Ranch is such a beautiful place for engagement photos. I love the sweeping views of the Cascade Mountains and how many different places there are to take photos! We didn’t even have to walk far to get all these amazing images of Katie and Tony!
I was hoping there would be a few extra leaves on the trees, but Aspen trees look great no matter what. So, since spring didn’t quite arrive in Central Oregon in time for this session, we stayed clear of the winterized bushes and opted for those gorgeous white trunks and the mountains as our settings.
I can’t wait for their wedding!!
Nicole and David are the sweetest couple. They first told me their engagement story at our first coffee meet up. They went out to their favorite secret lake for a photo session. He stopped in the middle of the session and proposed. When we started discussing places for their engagement session, we all knew their lake was the place. So of course we got photos at the spot where he proposed (below) and all of the lake area. Despite being a gorgeous day late in March, we still had to fight some snow, but it all turned out great!
Who can resist a bonfire and a bottle of wine? These two have enjoyed countless summer sunsets looking out over the lake. Nicole chose Two Vines riesling for their engagement session because they are two vines becoming one. So sweet!
We just couldn’t resist getting their horses in a few photos. Every cowboy needs his horse and, had there not been snow at the lake, they would have come with us. So even though the sun had set and our session seemed like it really should be over, I just couldn’t be done without a few photos with their lovely horses.
Congrats Nicole and David!! I can’t wait for wedding day!
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!”.