SEAN+KYLA | ONEONTA // HOOD RIVER

Sean proposed to Kyla at Oneonta Gorge, so what better place to kick off engagement photos than where it all began?  The moss-covered trees and autumn leaves provided the perfect backdrop -- I mean, this feels like something straight out of A Midsummer's Night's Dream.

I don't typically shoot engagements session for more than an hour or two, but when Kyla told me that our next stop would be a sunset-picnic in Sean's family orchard -- I was all in.  How could you not be?  And these two are meant with each other...as you can clearly see.  After the picnic and some snuggling (them, not me) we capped off our night at Pfriem for some quiet drinks.

I'm super-duper looking forward to shooting Sean and Kyla's wedding next summer and I can't wait to see what they've got planned.

Let the countdown begin.


JASON+NICOLE | WHITE SALMON

Couples like this remind me of why I do what I do.  

It's really easy for me to start to feel a little burned out by late September.  But as soon as you spend 30 seconds with Nicole and Jason, you feel energized...inspired...hopeful.  They have a love and spirit that's just really contagious and positive.

Nicole couldn't stop peeking through the window...constantly amazed and near tears as she named all the guests who walked in...genuinely nervous and excited as she told me about each guest.  And that excitement only grew as she and Jason exchanged vows and rings.  As the night went on, the excitement morphed into laughs, tears, more laughs and some great dancing.  As it should.

Jason and Nicole -- thank you, thank you, thank you.  You guys throw a great party and I wish you the very best on your new life.