Bethany and Nick were so much fun to hang out with! During the session, I leaned over to Josh and said, “I love these people!” 🙂 We bonded over our 2020 Ireland trips being canceled- theirs was especially sad since the proposal was to happen in Ireland on the cliffs of Moher. We also bonded over Belize as the honeymoon destination. I tried to give them some tips and ideas to make the most of their time in Belize without getting eaten by the mosquitos. Basically, they are awesome people and I’m so excited for their wedding day, which is just around the corner.
These two were seriously meant to be. Once they met, they realized that they had a lot of the same friends. Prior to actually meeting each other, they had even been in the same house on the same day, missing each other by just a few moments. So, even though they didn’t meet through friends, it was just a matter of time before they were brought together by fate.
We chose the beautiful Dillon Falls trial in Bend, Oregon for their engagement session because they love the outdoors. This location has river, fields, mountains and forests all within a 10 minute walk. It’s one of my favorite places and served as the perfect location for Bethany and Nick.
I have to say, I love the colors they chose too! Soft tones are always my favorite. I love how the pink and blue pop off the green and yellow tones backdrop. Also, I’m obsessed with Bethany’s Nordstrom Rack lace dress. I think I need to get it!
Bethany and Nick,
Josh and I are so excited for your wedding day. We can’t wait to see you walk down the aisle and start your lives together.
-Kellianne & Josh
A little behind the scenes of me at work!
This gorgeous Smith Rock engagement session was planned for the perfect day! The sun was shining and the wind was blowing, making it not too hot for a hike into the valley. I absolutely LOVE Smith Rock because everywhere you go is so beautiful. Erin and Chris loved it for their session because they have spent many hours exploring the trails that wind through the beautiful rocky cliffs. It really is the best place to enjoy nature and let your love grow!
Erin and Chris were so easy to connect with! They are very fun, sweet and easy going, which meant Josh could take a little step back from photographing them and take a few extra behind-the-scenes photos of me in action. So in this post you will see a few extra of me at an engagement session and what I’m shooting while Josh was shooting me 🙂
Erin and Chris,
We had such a fun time getting to know you two and Cali. I hope you love your photos as much as I do! I can’t wait for your wedding day (I really want to see Cali walk down that isle too)!!
– Kellianne & Josh
I love this photo above!! Below is me giving the direction before they started walking.
Sweet Cali girl and mom snuggles!
Lauren and Bennett are planning their wedding for next June in Sunriver, Oregon. Lauren asked if we could take some fun and casual engagement photos in one of their favorite places in Sunriver. Of course! I love taking photos in places that are meaningful to my couples.
This little fishing spot where they take their two boys fishing is also one of my favorite places for family photos. It was so perfect for their engagement session.
What you aren’t seeing in these photos is the adventure at the start of their session. The river water was super low so when Josh jokingly suggested I take them out to the island since we could cross – I was like, “let’s do it!”. Then I got stuck in the muck and had mud oozing through my leather boots the rest of the session. Thank goodness Lauren and Bennett weren’t the ones to get stuck in the mud!
After that, we just hung out along the shoreline for their romantic photos. I just love that this spot is where they fish and float the river!
After just a few in their first outfits, they through on their fun sports outfits that were filled with personality. They wore jerseys from their favorite teams.
They also had cups made from the cousin of one of the bridesmaids who created beautiful watercolor paintings representing their home states. They had the artwork put on the cups for them to treasure forever. How awesome is that?
Lauren and Bennett,
I love how sweet you two are together and full of personality and joy all your photos are! I can’t wait to photograph your wedding day and meet your two boys.
Brittany and Scott’s engagement session was absolutely perfect! The smoke cleared and the we got one of the classic Central Oregon sunsets of October. We tried to go to Trillium Lake for their engagement session, but it was closed due to fire activity so we made the best of it and went to Black Butte Ranch. I’m actually really glad it worked out this way because Black Butte Ranch is stunning in the fall!
It was so fun to include their sweet pups too, Nova and Chloe! Special shout-out to my hubs, Josh for watching the dogs while I photographed Brittany and Scott. Normally Josh shoots too, but we needed to save time/light so he assisted by being on dog duty for the first 15 minutes.
I love how their entire session is filled with warm fall colors from the yellow grass to the Aspens and the gorgeous red sunset. Brittany really wanted a dock in the photos. While we couldn’t access the dock, I did get in the background for her! Scroll to the end to see the awesome sunset-water-mountain photos!
Brittany and Scott,
I love how your engagement photos turned out! I’m so excited for your wedding day- it’s going to be amazing!!
John and Bethany are such a beautiful couple! They met in high school and were friends for a long time before eventually realizing that what they were looking for was right there in front of them. They live in the Bay Area so planning this engagement session was a little challenging. The first time the session was planned, Covid-19 got in the way. When they rescheduled their trip back home for the 4th of July, I made sure to make room for their engagement session.
They chose Shevlin Park for their engagement portrait location. Bethany and John actually met in high school while running. They’ve spent a lot of time running together on the trails through Shelvin Park so this place holds a special place in their heart. I love when couples choose places that are meaningful to them for the engagement photos – it gives me the warm and fuzzies.
I really love how these photos turned out and I’m super happy Josh and I didn’t have any trouble with wearing masks during their session.
Bethany and John,
I hope you love your photos! You guys are such a great couple and really enjoyed getting to know you more. I can’t wait to celebrate your wedding and a start to a beautiful marriage.
This amazing moment happened while we were finishing up the session! A falcon (is it a falcon?), swopped down and grabbed a fish out of the pond right in front us. My photo hunting kicked in and I started grabbing a few shots of the bird in flight! This magic moment must be good luck for my couple, right?
Benjamin and Kayla were so much fun to photograph! The plan for their engagement session started with the idea of portraits by a waterfall since thy got engaged in front of waterfall. On the day of the session we switched plans and headed to the always stunning Smith Rock State Park. I’m so glad we did! It ended up being more than perfect for these two!
Kayla is a degree in geology so with her love for rocks in mind, Smith Rock was exactly the right place for her! Ben mentioned that they’ve spent time together hiking through Smith Rock so this place was special to them.
Kayla and Ben met in high school and have been together ever since. They love the outdoors, especially hiking, camping and traveling all over together. I can always tell when people are meant to be and these two certainly are meant for each other!
Kayla and Ben,
Thank you so much for being flexible in this crazy time. You two are so sweet and were so much fun to get to know. I know your wedding day is going to be perfect, no matter what the world throws at you. I hope you love these images as much as I do!
Our sweet friends, Kim and Ryan, are moving away. I cannot tell you how sad this makes me. I love these two so much! We are so grateful that Josh and Ryan are both on the same Boneyard cycling team. Kim was so much fun to spend cyclocross season with and it truly will not be the same without her. Who is going to bring really loud noise makers for my boys? 🙂
Kim and Ryan really wanted to capture photos in Bend that would represent their time here and be really beautiful family images that they can cherish. I like to think that these will always remind them of me and Josh too. I really do hope that every time they see these images they are reminded of much we love and appreciate them.
We went to one of my favorite locations in Bend, Oregon – Dillon Falls. The field and nature path along the river are beautiful! It’s actually really difficult to photograph near the waterfall, but the rest of the landscape is stunning. It not only provided those classic Oregon trees and river, but also gave us a simple field to photograph in which was exactly what Kim was looking for.
I do want to mention Cedar, their fur baby. Often people ask if they can bring their dogs. I always say yes! Kim actually didn’t ask, so I texted her about 30 minutes before the session to make sure Cedar was in the car. I know how much their dog means to them, and especially to Kim, so it was important that he was part of these images.
Josh and I had so much fun hanging with our friends, laughing and celebrating life during this session!
Kim and Ryan,
We truly love you guys and don’t know what we are going to do without you here – I plan on calling once a week :). Seriously though, I’m so excited for the new chapter in your life and I really hope these photos give you a sense of closure to your time in Bend, while reminding you of all the memories and friendships you have made during your time here. May this next adventure be everything you hoped for!
xoxo – Kelli
Kim mentioned that she felt fireworks after their kiss in the woods. It’s amazing how just a little time focused on each other and being fully present with one another can bring back those magical sparks!
Where Kim grew up, there were a ton of these types of fences. When she saw this one, her eyes lit up and she begged me to stop and grab a couple photos.