west coast beach engagement

Cannon Beach Engagement: Julie + James

What can be more flattering than a couple from out of state reaching out to have their photos taken by YOU while on a mini getaway? Not much comes to mind. When the newly engaged Julie and James had started making plans for their trip to the Oregon Coast, they realized that this special getaway (even if surrounded by work events), needed to be documented. It was their first time visiting the gorgeous Cannon Beach, and quickly they decided they absolutely needed to come back and visit. What's not to love about the salt in the air, the stunning view of Haystack Rock, and the endless stretch of beach. I had to brag, but the Pacific Northwest really has the most incredible beaches. 

Meeting the two for the first time, especially on such an occasion, was a real treat for me and Jem. It was obvious that this kind and silly pair had a deeper understanding of love and friendship than the average couple. How else can I describe them but sweet, passionate, carefree, and warm.

Being in their presence was a gift enough, not to mention they were so much fun to photograph. They have a way of being fully there with each other at all times, without making it seem like they are ignoring or forgetting the outside world. But simply, enjoying it together. 

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Erika + Kurt: Oregon Coast Engagement

It was the hottest day of the year in Portland. A record-breaking 107 degrees. I jokingly expressed my thanks to Kurt and Erika for planning their engagement shoot on this very day, and choosing to have it on the coast. The thermometer sat at a comfortable and cool 76, paired with a slight coastal breeze. It was easily the best way I could have imagined spending my evening.

When I arrived to the beach, I found the couple sitting on a piece of driftwood looking out at the surfers battling the waves, trying to find the perfect ones to glide on. At first, I didn't want to break the moment because it gave me a short glimpse at who they are together: thoughtful, relaxed, and deeply loving.

The session took place at Indian Beach, just a short distance away from Cannon Beach, but with less land, and more privacy. It has a beautiful balance of sand, sea, and rock that make it unique and easy to work with. But also, if you make sure to look around, you'll also find a quiet patch of greenery near the parking lot which can transform the session as a whole from being only a beach shoot, to showing the true nature and beauty of our Oregon Coasts.

The session itself was one I found easy to fall in love with. Pair a gorgeous couple with sweet eskimo kisses, dress twirls, and a little giggle or two, and I've been won over. But, it's hard to describe a session so wonderful, when it can truly speak for itself.

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"We were snow shoeing in a pass up by Sisters that was pretty secluded with multiple feet of snow. Towards the end of the hike he tapped me on the shoulder and I turned around and he was on his knee and asked me to marry him. It was perfect and wonderful and the view was breath taking. (I wish I could insert a picture of the view because it really was beautiful)."
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"[On our first date} we went out to our favorite Mexican restaurant in McMinnville (Tequila Grill which has the best burritos) and spent the rest of the evening watching This Is The End. Which is a terrible movie but we bonded over laughing at the poor acting. Thus started our tradition of Mexican food and bad movies."
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"[These days, our date nights consistent of] taking our puppy Nellie on a walk, going on long hikes, and of course date night for margaritas."
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"[Our relationship is] fun loving. We have a hard time not laughing around each other."
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"I love his kindness. He's always willing to lend a helping hand. He's the type of guy when we've gone out for dinner makes sure to buy a meal for a homeless person as well. He's the guy you can go to for anything and he'll lend a helping hand." - Erika
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"I love spending time with her. There is never a dull moment when we're together and she is always willing to try new things. She is also very patient and kind." - Kurt
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"[The best part about the engagement session was] how easy it was. We have never been a very photogenic couple and we usually avoid the camera. But Katie made it so easy and fun that it didn't feel difficult at all. It felt like we were out with friends and just happened to also be taking some pictures."
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"[In marriage, we are most looking forward to] becoming a stronger team and getting to go through life with my best friend."