Kate and Dustin's August wedding at Horning's Hideout in North Plains had pretty much everything that makes a truly excellent wedding: a couple in love, surrounded by the love of their closest friends and family, a post-ceremony exit on a paddleboat, and a giant heart shaped donut from Voodoo Donuts instead of a cake! The Lakeside Area at Horning's Hideout was perfect for a ceremony on the lawn, and after their reception, guests camped under the stars to catch the Perseid meteor shower. All of my very best wishes to Kate and Dustin for a marriage that is just as magical as your wedding!
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!
This sweet momma has probably had her baby by now, but I wanted to pop onto the blog to share this maternity + family session I did last month at Cooper Mountain Nature Park in Aloha! When we were planning their session, Laetitia wanted to make sure we had a low key, candid, FUN session for her family, and we did just that! We kept her toddler busy playing with bubbles (PS: this little girl is one expert-level bubble blower!), playing airplane, cuddling her favorite stuffed animal, and doing plenty of exploring! I hope this family is enjoying being a family of FOUR by now!
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!
This sweet family was so, so patient for their session! Somehow, even though we kept scheduling our Cooper Mountain Nature Park session for mid-June evenings, we kept getting rained out! And not just a little rained out...RAINED out! Thunder and lightning storms in the forecast? I'll pass on that hilltop session, thanks.
So when our third try at scheduling rolled around and it was sunny, we were THRILLED! Bring on the wildflowers and the ring around the rosie games, it's a family photo session at the park in summertime!
Next up as part of my location series, where I showcase my very favorite locations for portrait sessions--Rood Bridge Park!! This park was a favorite of mine when we first moved up here and my son was a baby, because there are large paved paths that go in a big loop, so it was perfect for long stroller walks! After I shot a vow renewal at the River House here in 2015, I started shooting portrait sessions here and now I love shooting here! There are some beautiful stone accents through the whole park, plus a tiny little forest with a stream running through it that gets the MOST magical light ever. It's also one of my favorite locations for clients in Hillsboro who are looking to stick close to home--it's just on the south edge of Hillsboro near Hillsboro High School and Meriwether Golf Club. It's a perfect option if you're looking for a forest location on the west side without having to go in to Forest Park! Fewer crowds, shorter drive, and the trees and light are just as beautiful!
I love these stone steps! And the park is a favorite for dog-owners because it's so large with plenty of room to walk!
If you happen to be there in late summer, there's a good chance we'll be able to find some tall grass to shoot in, which you KNOW is my favorite!
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Extended family sessions are so fun! A lot of times, I think families really only get professional photos of the WHOLE family---grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles, grandkids, everyone--at weddings. Which is awesome and obviously something I enjoy, BUT--there's a whole lot of life that happens before and after weddings! There's nothing better than photos like these to go up on the walls while your kids are growing up!
These two kids? GOT A PUPPY the day before our session!! And brought her to be in some of the photos!! Is that the most adorable puppy ever?? She's so SMALL and fluffy!!!!
I love photographing weddings. There's the excitement and joy of the ceremony, the crazy fun of the reception, and all day, that sense of the start of a new season in the couples' lives. Watching my wedding couples start their lives together on that first day as a married couple never, ever gets old. And when my wedding couples come back to me for family photos with their new little babies? Best. Thing. Ever.
Travis and Trini's wedding at Bridgeport Brewing (and their epic ROCK CLIMBING reception) was one for the books. Documenting their new lives as parents of a sweet little girl at their home was even better.
And of COURSE we didn't forget to include their pup, the star of their engagement session at Rood Bridge Park!
It's been a while since I shot at Rood Bridge Park! Every time I go back, I remember how totally magical it is, and this family session last week was no different. It had been pretty hot all day, but then as I climbed the little hill into the forest, the most perfect, flowy-hair breeze kicked in and stayed for the whole session! Then this sweet little family showed up ready to explore and have fun! The result: glowing sunset photos with lots of sister giggles, tickle fights, and adventure!
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!