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.
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!
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!”.