Eric had just moved from Montana and was putting down his roots in Portland. It was a new chapter and a new beginning. At first, his employment was just a stable respectable job, clock in, clock out, and pay the bills.
All that changed when he met Cassandra. Whether it was her ethereal beauty or her sweet kindness and charming reserve- Eric was won immediately. They are such a contrast, each a perfect counter-balance for the other. Her softness balanced by his decisiveness, her gentle love tempering his fearlessness. While opposites in some respects, they are one and the same heart. And that, my friends, makes a beautiful marriage.
Truth be told, I have a soft spot for this couple because my man is also from Montana (Montana done good by me!) To see their love story come together brings back many happy memories for me as well.
For their engagement session, we drove to Hood River where Eric proposed after a train ride over these same railroad tracks. The weather was a perfect overcast…until we headed into the woods. Getting rained out is lame, so we set up an alternate mini shoot a few days later at Mt Tabor. The sunset cooperated beautifully and our vision came to life.
(this shot is with the 50mm)
This is where the rain hit…but Cassandra seems to be saying “If I have to be stuck in the rain, at least it’s with you!”
Camera heads: The 70-200 and 35mm have really been my go-to lenses for all these past engagement shoots. I did borrow my assistants 50mm for a few, the 100m macro for the ring shot and the 85 1.4 for a couple close ups- but mostly switching between the other 2.
Kendi and her darling daughter Mila were the topic of conversation. Kendi’s dad was on a hunting trip along with Derek and a few others. Not once, but several times Dad mentioned how much he’d love Derek to be introduced to his daughter, Kendi. Pulling out his phone, he showed them off, Kendi and Mila, their sweet smiles doing most of the convincing. Upon Dad’s return, Kendi heard nothing but Derek this, and Derek that but brushed it off, skeptical at best.
3 days later Kendi picked up the phone and Derek’s voice was on the other end. A date was set. Kendi, all pretty in a dress met Derek face to face, who arrived in a hoodie and jeans. lol. “At least I was comfortable with who I was!” laughed Derek when he was telling me the story. One date was followed by another and they were soon inseparable, with Mila eager to have “DeDe” with them wherever they went.
It is beautiful to see how Derek is eager for the responsibility and sacrifice of being a father and husband. He truly prizes both of these girls, and is that perfect blend of gentleness and “manly-man”. Kendi just lights up when in his arms, like any girl does who is truly loved. They have found happiness in each other, and will say “I do” in 4 short weeks…
For their engagement shoot, we met at Clackamette Park (horray for the Parks photo permit!) with the cloud cover cooperating nicely.
Camera heads: My 50 is still in the shop (getting micro adjusted to my D700) so this was shot entirely with the 70-200 2.8 and the 35 1.8
Sometimes you do a shoot that you actually felt a tinge of pride in. Yes, we are all too familiar with the constant barrage of self-doubt and discontent with our photography work. But this shoot, for me, was special. The light, the textures- it was so satisfying to shoot at the Schoolhouse Electric Building here in Portland, OR. It was like a dream backdrop that finally became reality.
If you’re always wishing for a shoot like this- let this be an encouragement to you- stay faithful, develop your skills, start networking and it will happen.
Thank you to Mandi at Champagne Wedding Coordination and her team of talented girls. It’s a privilege to work beside you. every. single. time.
Anna Mara, wow- such beautiful flowers. Loved getting to know you a little bit and congrats on your little one
Thank you to our models, who are just plain gorgeous and Erika- you’re epicly cool. Can I please be like you. Thanks.
Cheers to a talented team and another styled wedding shoot!
Detailed driven photography…yes please!