I met Tamra back in college at Oregon State, and she is actually quite the talented photographer herself! I was insanely excited when she contacted me about shooting her wedding and engagement photos, and even MORE happy when she told me she wanted to take the photos up on the mountain! Why? Because I am a wee bit obsessed with the whole Oregon-in-the-winter kind of photoshoot, and I LOVE going on adventures with people! This day certainly didn’t disappoint either. We drove up Mt. Hood, took random turns on random roads, almost fell in a river, teetered on the edge of multiple cliffs, got our feet wet playing in the snow, dodged cars on the highway, climbed up a mountain of chopped down trees, almost fell into ANOTHER river, and probably drove around 200 miles through some of my most favorite places in the state.
What I am trying to say is this:
The shoot was awesome.
See for yourself.
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.