At the beginning of May I met up with Adam and Candace at Rattlesnake Lake for their engagement shoot. This time of year it's a little hit and miss when it comes to weather, and so scheduling outdoor shoots months in advance can be stressful, hoping for good weather when the shoot day comes around. We ended up with an absolutely perfect day, which was great, but for anyone who knows rattlesnake recreation area, that means it's totally packed, but we managed just fine. I actually love doing hikes for engagement shoots because it gives me lots of time to get to know the couple, which is really nice and helps ease the awkwardness of getting photos taken. Candace and Adam were awesome and we had a ton of fun hiking up and chatting about the wedding, how they met, and life in general. We were talking about the hike, and about my last time going up to the ridge, which was for Jackson + Jessica's engagement shoot last summer. As we're talking and hiking, I looked up the trail and saw a girl with pink hair and I was like, "Is that... Lauren?!?"who's my little brother's girlfriend. And then I notice the rest of the group: Lauren, Matthew (my brother), Jackson + Jessica, and their two good friends, Melissa and Corey, who just got engaged! Lauren, who is also a photographer, was shooting Melissa and Corey's engagement photos at Rattlesnake Ridge and were all on their way down, and the funny part is, Matthew and Lauren live in Portland, so not only was it crazy to see them there since they don't even live anywhere nearby, but Candace, Adam, and I were just talking about Jackson + Jessica's Rattlesnake Ridge photo shoot... and then there they are! It was one of the weirdest things that's ever happened to me, and most definitely the weirdest thing that's happened on a photo shoot!
These two are seriously a blast. I'm so excited to shoot their wedding this summer. I had so much fun shooting these images. They're getting married out at a ranch lodge near a river, which is, like, so totally dreamy, am I right? It's going to be magical. Usually I try to edit these engagement shoot posts down to like 15 images, but I loved so many of them, so start scrolling!