Deception Pass Engagement Session
Deception Pass Engagement Session
When I spoke with Alex and Ryan leading up to their engagement photo shoot, I asked, “What would make your engagement session feel like a date?”
Now, that’s my kind of couple! So, I picked up tacos on my way to Deception Pass, and the three of us sat in the parking lot eating tacos and drinking margs (if being a third-wheel was a LinkedIn skill, I’d be endorsed lol). Once we were fueled with taco-goodness, we headed out on the trail for Deception Pass with Nash, Alex and Ryan’s rescue pup.
Deception Pass State Park is one of Washington's most-visited state parks. There are coves, cliffs, incredible sunsets and a bridge that you may want to avoid if you have a fear of heights. One of the characteristics of Deception Pass that makes it so unique are its currents. The tide flows in opposite directions beneath the bridges that connect Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island. Because the current moves so quickly, it can lead to standing waves and whirlpools. The name Deception Pass is fitting, because at times it almost looks like an optical illusion! Nature’s so freaking cool.
I was pumped when Alex chose Deception Pass for their engagement photo shoot! The wildflowers were just beginning to bloom as the sun began to set. However, with this being a popular hiking spot, we had plenty of onlookers as we took pictures (like an entire family just staring at us lol). But, I made sure to get to the state park early to be able to location scout, and I happened upon the most epic beach and magical forest that was tourist and hiker-free! Keep reading to see what I mean :)
Location Scouting for Engagement Photo Shoots
I love location scouting! It seriously is one of my favorite things about being an adventure elopement photographer. I make sure that I’m not only getting to know my clients personalities so I’ll know what kind of photos they’ll want, but also to better understand where they’re going to want their photos taken. Washington is full of so many photo-worthy mountain backdrops. But, if you don’t allow yourself to slow down and intentionally look for the hike less-taken, you could miss out on a magical forest or a jaw-dropping sun set.
After we went to the iconic Deception Pass bridge, we headed down to the beach and the forest that was like my dream fern oasis. Alex changed to the most beautiful dress that moved so fluidly as they hiked through the forest. We ended the evening with the beach all to ourselves as the sun dipped lower and lower. I get the incredible honor of shooting their wedding next February at Roche Harbor on San Juan Island, and I could not be more pumped for it!
Sunset Engagement Photos in the Mountains
Springtime in the Pacific Northwest is just the best after a rainy winter. Sunlight begins so early and the sun stays out to play until late! And, after feeling like you haven’t seen the sun all winter long, it’s a sweet reunion when that spring sun returns. There really is something magical about catching couples in golden hour. If you love these sun-kissed engagement photos, you’ll freak out when you see the sunset during this Mount Rainier engagement photo shoot.
I never thought I’d be an adventure elopement photographer. If you’re new to Between the Pine, you may be a little confused reading that, but it’s true! I went to school to become a dietitian, got married to the freaking best guy I know, moved to Seattle from the Midwest and started working as a dietitian. In our first year of living in Seattle, I started a food blog called Between the Pine and started taking photos of food. It wasn’t until I had the chance to take pictures of my brother-in-law proposing to my now sister-in-law that I had ever thought to put just humans in front of my camera lense! Now, I can’t imagine not having humans on the other side of my camera!
Why did I tell you all of that? I wanted to share this story so that you’ll believe me when I say: I get what it is like to feel awkward/nervous/uncomfy in front of someone’s camera! I’m a normal human who gets to take epic pictures of some pretty incredible humans, and I never take that privilege and gift lightly. I really value my clients’ experience, and sometimes that means sitting in the parking lot with tacos! It is an honor to work with every client who trusts me to take their photo. And, I think that’s why I love sharing the amazing stories about adventures with my clients, so thank you for reading this one.