A year or two ago, I was standing in a bar in Corvallis trying to order a drink, when this gorgeous girl approached me. I recognized her as being a singer in one of OSU’s a capella groups.
“Hi!” I said, somewhat confused.
“You’re going to shoot my wedding someday,” she replied. “I’m not engaged yet but it’s going to happen soon and you are going to be my photographer.”
Honest to god, that was the first ever conversation I had with Aranda. In Peacock Bar and Grill. At like 1 o clock in the morning.
But I never forgot it.
So when she did get engaged, and she emailed me, and she booked with me, and we set up our engagement shoot, I could not have been more excited.
Excited for her. Excited for Ryan. Excited to be working with a couple that trusted me and let me have complete creative control.
We started at their cute little home and took a few photos on their doorstep, then hopped in the car and drove out toward the gorge, stopping on a whim wherever we wanted. We shot until dark. I felt like I had two new best friends.
I cannot wait for their wedding next summer. It. Will. Be. A. Blast.
One of the most fun parts about my job is getting to work with people from my past! Daniella and I went to high school together and I hadn’t seen her for a couple of years, but I was so excited for her when I saw her announce her engagement on Facebook! I have always known her as this beautiful, bubbly, happy person and I am so thrilled to see her engaged to an awesome man who clearly brings out the best in her. They were introduced through a mutual friend and had a blind date (the only one they have each ever been on) and it didn’t go so great. Neither of them got good first impressions of each other. But somehow they scheduled a second date and it was then that they realized there might be something there. And there was!
Anyway, Daniella and Chad live in Southern Oregon, so they were only up in Portland for a couple of days when we did this photoshoot. When the weather forecast was looking iffy, I asked if they wanted to reschedule, but since they live so far away it was just much easier to tough it out. So we did. We started the shoot up in the Hoyt Arboretum, went down to Ankeny Plaza, and ended on the East Bank Esplanade next to the Hawthorne bridge right as it was starting to rain. Daniella and Chad were troopers though, and we got some amazing, veryyy Portlandy photos in the rain, and everyone was happy!
Can’t wait for their wedding next summer! Congrats you two!