I absolutely LOVE photographing during the “golden hour” (the short period of time before and after sunset when the light is soft and colors are warm). This engagement shoot at Rocky Butte in Portland, OR says it all. And it was filled with music, laughter, and, this might surprise you, smoke grenades!!!
Portland was the last stop of my trip to the Pacific Northwest (photos coming soon!!!). And I met with Leeanna and Sean at Rocky Butte, one of their favorite spots in town. I can definitely see why. Apart from being a popular location for rock climbers and hikers in the Portland area, Rocky Butte plays host to Joseph Wood Hill Park. This a 2.38-acre flat park is surrounded by rustic rock walls, lampposts and wild flowers, and overlooks downtown Portland, Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, and the Columbia River. It’s perfect get-away from the hustle and bustle of the city WITHIN the city. Which is why it has frequently been reserved for weddings. (For reservations, call (503)823-2525.)
Leeanna and Sean share a love for music. So we decided to incorporate this into the photo shoot. And Leeanna had her hands on a few smoke grenades and wanted to use them as props. Which was awesome because I had always wanted to try them with the right couple! The weather turned out perfect and we had amazing light throughout the photo shoot. And I LOVE how Leeanna and Sean had such good energy between them; these two love birds were giggling the whole time. 😀
After the shoot, Leeanna and Sean introduced me to UCHU Suchi, one of their favorite sushi restaurants in town.
I couldn’t wait to share this Rocky Butte engagement photo shoot with you! Take a look at these highlights and be sure to check out the video below for more smoke bomb and music!
Check out their entire session below. What is shown in the video is the initial design of their photo album. Check it out and let me know what you think!
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