Chris & Jessica Engagement

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    This was the first engagement shoot that I have done and I was excited that I got to do it with two of my long-time friends: Chris and Jessica. They're really cool people. Chris popped the question earlier in the summer and they called me right away to ask if I would go up to Oregon City to do some engagement shoots for them. They also wanted me to do their wedding, but I told them I wanted to enjoy the wedding, not have to photograph it. I think Jessica believes she can still find a way to convince me to do it.

    Half the shoot was done at Hillendale Park, which is where he proposed (and right near the house where I spent 18 years of my life). The other half was in the backyard of Chris' parent's house. They were great to shoot with and the weather was awesome. I must confess, I did browse flickr for a while on poses I could use, so not all of these poses are my own making.

    Strobist: Umbrella'd SB-28 camera left at eye level.

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    1. AmyP*185 79 months ago | reply

      You did an excellent job on these! I bet they are thrilled with the results. They make a darling couple. I wonder if you could offer to photograph her in her dress before the wedding? A few weeks before my wedding I had a "practice hair appointment" so my stylist and I knew what my hair should look like for the actual day. If she does something like that maybe she could put her dress on and you could do some bride photos. I probably wouldn't have wanted my husband there- you know the whole bad luck to see the bride before the wedding day thing, but I would have loved to have some really awesome creative shots in my wedding gown. You can really capture her in a way that a stranger would not be able to as well. Brides love their wedding dress, and it would have been fun to wear it for more than just the one day. I'm not sure if either of you would be interested in something like that, but I just thought I'd mention it just in case.

    2. Auzigog 79 months ago | reply

      @AmyP*185: That's a WONDERFUL idea! I'll definitely talk to her about that! Thanks!

    3. Thatsanotherdory 79 months ago | reply

      The emotion of the moment speaks volumes in this shot.

    4. E. IV 72 months ago | reply

      love the direction of focus

    5. Darren Arena Photography [deleted] 67 months ago | reply

      This is cute! I like the idea! Great work, my friend!

    6. Korreena 60 months ago | reply

      This is adorable. I love her glow and your idea to emphasize the ring and still keep it about the bride-to-be is great!

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