Stephen and Brie are a week away from their wedding, but it’s never too late in the plan to have a beautiful outdoor Oregon engagement Session.
Despite the possibility of rain and clouds moving in to the mountains West of Bend, we took a chance and all piled in to Stephen’s epic Honda Element (I had a flat). With Canoe on the top and everyone snug inside, including the 3 legged superdoodle “Drake,” we wound our way up Century Drive through some of the season’s first snowfall.
Sparks Lake is a true gem of Central Oregon and is widely photographed and filmed for all genres. It’s a location that is both romantic and isolated, vast and intimate. It was important to Brie and Stephen to have their engagement session outdoors and to embrace all that there is to living in Bend.
Once the doodle and canoe were unpacked, we set out to have some fun in the rapidly cooling Autumn afternoon.
I generally like to approach engagement session’s in a way that allows both the subject and myself to warm up to the flow of the shoot. This is usually very helpful to the dudes, who typically aren’t 100% stoked to have an afternoon filled with supermodeling. In this case, Stephen was very relaxed and easy to photograph–Brie, as are many future brides, was excited, engaged and very fun to photograph. What makes someone fun to photograph? Initially, you might think being gorgeous/handsome, etc… is most important. While that certainly can help, I most appreciate photographing people who can just be themselves, not worrying about the weather, what they look like, and on a wedding day–not caring if the dress gets a bit of dirt on it. For me, I love to photograph the person or couple who are living in the moment, breathing in all it has to offer and not worrying about the previous moment or the next one to come. It’s just them–I’m not even there–but of course, I am.
After including Drake in some images (sweaterdoodling), he got to go back to the car and wonder why swimming wasn’t a part of this strange outing he was partaking in.
It was then time to pull out Brie’s beautiful new Pendelton blanket–a staple of Central Oregon’s Fall and Winter months. Having a blanket on hand during a shoot fills a number of rolls, chief among them is to give the couple something to cuddle in–it gets them close.
It’s like a cozy trap.
After some time in the blanket and skipping rocks, I had Stephen row Brie around on the water while we fired up the DJI Phantom 4 drone. While drones are typically known for their filming purposes, utilizing a drone during a portrait session gives a very unique perspective on the scene. The Phantom 4 is an incredibly stable platform and is generally much simpler to use and set up than the DJI Inspire platform we use for Cinemoto–motorcycle film-making.
We adore these two and are very much looking forward to their wedding this coming weekend. Stay tuned to our blog to relive their celebration.
Here are a few of our favorite moments…