Pets are a special part of the family. They steal our hearts, make us laugh, provide endless entertainment and love. After a while, you can’t even imagine life without them. So, it’s always so much fun when clients ask to bring along their furry friends to include in their photo shoot. Daniel & Natalie were just about to give birth to their first baby, but wanted to capture their little family of 3 before their baby girl arrived. We decided to photograph their maternity session in Hood River (at a place affectionately called “the Spit”), where Daniel & Natalie often take their dog, Monty, to run and play. Before the session, Natalie warned me that Monty was quite an energetic, handful. We captured lots of portraits of Daniel & Natalie along the water’s edge of the Columbia River Gorge as the sun romantically set behind them. All this, while Monty ran his hardest, back and forth and through the water, greeting passersby with jumps and licks before excitedly running off in the opposite direction. He had a blast, and we had a blast just watching him. In the end though, Monty was a good boy. He posed beautifully for several portraits, and Daniel and Natalie ended up with some super cute family photos together. 🐾
Susan and Josh picked the Columbia River Gorge for their engagement session; one of my absolute favorite spots for photography anytime of the year. But this session was extra special since we got the added bonus of gorgeous fall colors everywhere we looked. Susan and Josh brought along their favorite pup, Penny (she even made it in a photo or two!) and we ventured along the Historic Columbia River Highway to find some unique spots off the beaten path. Of course, we couldn't help ending at Crown Point for some lookout shots with the gorge in the background.
Growing up in Florida, where Fall colors were practically a mythical legend, I had never really experienced a true Autumn until I moved to Portland. I look forward to fall colors every year now, but it still always catches my breath when it arrives in all it's vibrant beauty. I'm so glad we were able to capture some of it for Susan & Josh's engagement session.