That Black and White...

It gets me every time. I just... I think there is something so special, so timeless, so romantic about black and white photos. It's like it strips away all the fuss and just leaves you the light, shape, and form. The images didn't need to be in color to share (however the color ones are super gorgeous and I am sure I will share those sometime soon). 

I had so much fun on this shoot getting to experiment with the light streaming through the windows and really trying to focus on creating an intriguing portrait and slowing down!

A surprise proposal

When Eric and I started talking about how he was planning to ask Kaytlin to marry him I threw out the option of us setting up a photo shoot where he could surprise her while I was shooting. The hardest part was not getting Kaytlin to agree to a random shoot or convince her that she had to get Eric to agree to the shoot. The hardest part of figuring out how to hide a ring box during a couple's shoot where they are constantly hugging/touching each other! Also... we were OF COURSE running late and the sun was setting very quickly. We almost changed locations at the last minute because of time constraints, but I am so glad we stuck to the plan... and it worked out perfectly.

Eric hid the ring box in his jacket pocket, which he conveniently left with me the first part of the shoot. I then suggested they put their jackets on because it was getting cold. They walked out to the spot I had chosen and I directed them to turn away from each other. This is what Eric and I had decided would be the signal for him to get the ring out. As I told them to turn back towards each other he dropped to one knee with the ring in hand (My heart is literally racing just typing this cause it was so exciting). Kaytlin lost it... she was so surprised she swatted Eric on the arm, yelled at me for being so sneaky, and then with a huge smile accepted the proposal. It was awesome and something I don't think I will ever forget.

Oh and they ended the shoot with finger guns... I mean, seriously these two are awesome :)

Thank you so much for letting me be a part of such an incredible moment. You two are awesome and I am so happy to call you friends!

Custic and Morgan

Couples always ask me, "Where should we do our engagement session?" My standard answer is, "Pick somewhere that means something to you. Somewhere that you have a connection to. However, make sure to keep the focus on YOU rather than the location." So, when Custic and Morgan asked if it would be ok to do their engagement session at Morgan's family's rock quarry and surrounding property I was all for it! I probably never would have suggested a gravel pit as the location for a couple's engagement session, BUT... it was kind of amazing. Plus, the views of the Cascade Mountains from a bluff were incredible!

The most important parts of creating beautiful images are the chemistry between the subjects and the lighting. A beautiful location absolutely helps, but to make a memorable, emotional image that is more than a postcard is comprised of the couple and capturing a snippet of their relationship.

Want to chat about your engagement session or upcoming wedding? Send me a message and let's talk!