Jaki and Trevor's engagement photos were taken near Mt. Rainier, not far from where we all grew up. I met Jaki in high school and one of the best things about this job and is getting to stay in touch with long time friends like this. She hasn't changed a bit; still big hearted, gorgeous, and always laughing. Seeing her with Trevor, it all made sense. He's genuine, and adventurous, and makes Jaki laugh. It's perfect. We decided to head out to a local hiking trail and check it out. We actually saw a BEAR in the middle of the road on our way up, after that it was mostly just rabbits. The views here were unreal, and because of that we had a lot of time to kill before the sun got low enough to really get the best photos of that spot. So we spent a lot of time walking around, talking, exploring, and they even brought a small picnic backpack with champagne to celebrate. We shot until 9pm or so and it was seriously an awesome way to end a Sunday! More of this session to come!
A PROPOSAL! When I get the opportunity to photograph moments like this, it is not taken lightly! When I received a message from Matt that he was going to propose I couldn't have been happier. I've known Matt since elementary school and he was the best man in my own wedding! Matt couldn't have picked a better person to spend his life with. Arika is kindhearted, outgoing and a total babe. We threw around some ideas for a proposal and he decided that he was going to do it in her parent's backyard with their support system of family and friends nearby. Arika's twin sister and best friend picked her up to get ready for what she thought was a birthday dinner. Their plans took a turn when her sister and best friend drove her to Arika's parent's house and handed her a note from Matt. Arika said she was in shock reading the note and when she looked up her twin and best friend were sitting there crying, they were so happy! Arika walked to the backyard where Matt was standing there all by himself (well... I may have been lurking nearby) He got down on one knee and asked her to marry him and when she said yes, a huge cheer let out from the balcony where their families and closest friends were all watching and celebrating. It was so special and I feel so blessed to have been part of it.
This beautiful proposal was featured on HowHeAsked.com and you can see that post HERE!
These two. This old barn. The beautiful light. Prepare yourselves.
I got to meet up with Michael and Kelsey and capture some extremely sweet engagement photos. I knew it was going to be a good session because 1) they're both beautiful humans 2) it wasn't supposed to rain and 3) Kelsey had mentioned she was bringing her dog. These are all very good signs of something amazing. I mean, let's focus on #3 for a second and scroll down about mid-post where Bruce, the adorable fur-human, dominates his solo shot. Nailed it. Adorable dog aside, Kelsey and Michael were such a treat. Their chemistry was effortless and I enjoyed watching them just be together. The best part about engagement shoots is that there is a lot of kissing, a lot of hand holding, and the fact that it gives us a solid hour of undivided attention with someone we love (and me. sorry, but when you book an engagement shoot I will also be there. with a camera. following you around...It's cool.) I know both Kelsey and Michael had a busy week leading up to this shoot and being able to see them just relax, laugh and have fun is what I truly enjoy about this. These two are beautiful inside and out and I'm so excited to share these with you!