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.

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Danny and Courtney

Next week we are going to have our toes in the sand and will be enjoying the warm sunshine on our (incredibly pale) skin in MEXICO. I am so excited! We are going to celebrate the love of one of my oldest friends and the guy who is lucky enough to go through life with her. Courtney and I have known each other since we were awkward pre teens on rival school sports teams. We went on to become volleyball teammates in high school and college, co-coaches for two years after college, and she was even the one who introduced me to Jason! Courtney is one of those people who you always know your are going to have a good time with... I mean she has a yellow Xterra with a custom horn that plays La Cucaracha... It's easy to say that Danny will never be bored :) I really am so happy for both of them and cannot wait to be there to document and be a part of their wedding week! Love you so much, Court!

Oh... and about this engagement session. Ya know what, sometimes things just don't go as planned. As I was driving to the location we had agreed upon I got a call from Courtney saying that it was closed! I immediately began sweating and racking my brain for another area we could meet... timing is so important when doing a portrait session, so having to go for plan B could have been meant we would miss that beautiful golden light! Thankfully we were able to sweet talk the ranger into allowing us into a small section of the park for a short amount of time and seriously... I think it worked out perfectly. Sometimes those road blocks lead to something better than you can plan for and as a photographer I have learned that you just have to roll with the punches, keep it positive, and make it work! These are just some of my favorites from Danny and Courtney's beautiful engagement session... plus, how adorable is their dog?!