When couples contact us to schedule their engagement session, we ask if they have a specific location in mind or if they would like some suggestions. Photographing as many as we do, we have a handful of locations that we feel photograph best whether it is a rustic location like Sauvie Island, a more urban location like the Pearl District, or even a thematic location like Cannon Beach or Mt Hood.
Other times, couples suggest a location that might have personal significance or maybe is just convenient to get to in general. Samantha & Jamie asked to have their engagement session at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in SE Portland. Funny thing is, the location is about 3 miles from my home and yet I had never photographed there before! It’s like a hidden oasis loaded with lots of photo potential. I love photographing at new locations. It frees me up to be the most creative, to take the most risks, and more often than not, to produce my strongest work.
We strolled through the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden and selected a handful of locations to stop off and grab portraits. It was a fun casual evening accented by beautiful golden light from the setting sun. We timed the session perfectly and came away with a beautiful selection of images from the session.
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