Colby and Taylor's Cape Kiwanda Engagement Session in Pacific City, Oregon | Hillsboro Wedding Photographer
They got engaged at the top of the tallest sand dune in Pacific City, so it was only fitting that we'd head to Cape Kiwanda for Colby and Taylor's engagement session. Colby's family spent a lot of time in Pacific City as he was growing up, and it's a place they've both come to love. They introduced me to some of their very favorite spots as we hiked around the Cape. I loved seeing their adventurous spirit and genuine love for each other during this session--at one point Taylor said that Colby was "basically a billy goat" when he wasn't in dress clothes, and then he just totally casually mentioned that he'd CLIMBED THE ROCK WALL BEHIND US! Like no big deal, just scaling rock walls above the ocean. I can say with total certainty that I've never been out somewhere and been like, Oh, that GIANT WALL OF ROCK?? I've climbed that. So I am completely in awe of these two beautiful adventurous spirits and I cannot WAIT for their winery wedding coming up this spring. I'm certain they're going to bring the magic to it. Enjoy your engagement photos, you two!
J+A Engagement Session at Champoeg State Park in Newberg | Newberg and Hillsboro Wedding Photographer
Jenna and Armando kicked off engagement session season last weekend and it was PERFECT!! We'd waited a few weeks to get dry weather, and just before Valentine's Day, it happened!! We went to Champoeg State Park because these two are practically neighbors with me here in Newberg and this beautiful location was five minutes from our front doors! We started in the field, then headed to the tree-lined path that used to be a street in the original pioneer townsite at Champoeg. Then we ended at this beautiful spot with trees that had glowy Spanish moss.
Look at this perfect field we found!! It's tough to find this tall, wispy grass like this in the winter here in Oregon, but it happened and it totally looked perfect with Jenna's white tulle skirt!
The absolute best part of this session--they brought their GIANT ST. BERNARD!!! AHHHH! Look at how big and fluffy and drooly he is!!! He tolerated the photo session and I fell 100% in love with him. My clients have been bringing their dogs to sessions so much lately and I LOVE it!
Mommy and daughter photos are always my favorite.
Jenna and Armando, I am so excited for your wedding this year! Thank you for sharing your adorable family with me and letting me get all those puppy cuddles in!
It's October and wedding season is slowing down, which means I have a chance to blog some of the fabulous things I've been up to these last few months! First up is this totally gorgeous engagement session from early August. Hailey and Jeremy planned a small courthouse wedding, and wanted to have some portraits done at Jenkins Estate first!
When we first started planning their engagement session, Shellie and Kevin wanted to be sure we'd be someplace where we could show their love of the outdoors--especially somewhere near the water. We chose Champoeg State Park for their barn, garden, and river access--and what a fun time we had there!
Over the Independence Day weekend, I was lucky enough to spend some time with Ryan and Miya for their engagement session at Dawson Creek Park in Hillsboro! It was a whirlwind weekend for them as they worked family celebrations and wedding to-dos in between travel schedules, but I'm so glad we were able to make time for an engagement session! Miya also used the day of the session for her wedding hair and makeup trial, which, as you can see, was a BEAUTIFUL idea! I loved walking Dawson Creek Park with these two and chatting with Ryan, who grew up in Hillsboro, about how much that area has changed--that area was all FIELDS when my family moved up here in 1996. I'm glad some of that natural beauty has remained as they've built the area up--we walked around the pond, checked out a field, and then ended in the forest!
I'm back from a nice long holiday weekend with the family and I'm excited to share Kailey and Andrew's Champoeg State Park engagement session on the blog today! We shot this on a suuuuper hot day but we were able to hit all of the must-have locations on Kailey's list--the barn, the giant oak trees, and the field!
Around TWO YEARS AGO, I decided to start a new series on the blog about some of my favorite locations and why I love them! And then...I did ONE post. One. About the Jenkins Estate, so at least it was one of my very favorite locations, but still. The location series faded away. If you've cruised the blog looking at different portrait session locations, chances are that you've used the sidebar categories and just clicked each location, which is a great way to do it! But, I'm hoping to get a chance to showcase some of my very favorite spots and talk about why each one is a great option! So: the location series is REVAMPED! Hooray!
First up is my newest favorite place since moving to Newberg: Champoeg State Park! It's just a six minute drive south from Newberg, right along the river. It's also super easy to access from I-5 via the Canby/Hubbard exit, and about 10 minutes off I-5. It's the perfect location if you're looking for a session that has a country/rustic feel to it, or if you're looking for a field with tall, natural grass, old oak trees, a barn, or a river.
It's a HUGE state park! If you're coming for just a day trip or spending time after your session here, there are so many great hiking trails, a natural playground area, camping, cabins and yurts, river access, frisbee golf through old oak trees, and a giant dose of history! My husband is a history buff, so you know we spent our first trip out here reading allllll of the signs.
Fabulous things about this location that I love for photo sessions: #1 (of course) is the BARN! A photo session with an old, weathered, rustic barn is ALWAYS one of my favorite things, and this one gets such pretty light! It's surrounded by my next favorite thing at this park: old oak trees! There are so many opportunities to play with sunlight glowing through these oak trees, and they always remind me a little bit of California!
There's also the sweetest little orchard right near the barn, plus a pioneer-style garden!
What??? SO MANY OPTIONS!!! And this is just at the entrance to the park!! We haven't even gone down into the park yet!! This is all right near the parking lot and visitor's center! Some of the fabulousness that happens when you get down farther into the park: big open fields, more giant oak trees...
...and beautiful old steps down to the river and dock!! I love finding new spots near the water, since Oregon City is usually my go-to river spot and that's a little far for me. The dock is definitely not kid-friendly since there's no railing down there, but for Camille and Michael's engagement session, it was a perfect option for waterfront photos!
I know I'm going to keep finding new favorite spots to photograph my clients at Champoeg. There are so many parts of it left to explore!! Ready to check it out with me? Contact me to chat about scheduling a photo session!
If you've been following the blog for a while, you know that Cooper Mountain Nature Park in Aloha is one of my very favorite places to shoot at: there's tall grass, views of the valley, and it gets the very BEST sunset light! I was so thrilled Angela and Steven chose that location for their engagement session last weekend!
Remember that day that it was spring? After our looooong rainy winter, that one Saturday where it was dry and warm before it got BLAZING HOT on Monday? Well, on that one perfect day, I met up with Lindsey and Adam in Oregon City for an engagement session on the bluffs overlooking the river. We could hear parties on the riverboats below and that was the day that I knew summer was just about here! They're getting married in August, so capturing this last little bit of their last spring before they become husband and wife was PERFECT for our spring day!
This view!! I could probably have stayed here all day.
Enjoy your photos, Lindsey and Adam! Your wedding is going to be such a fun celebration!!