Cassidy and Joey and I were connected through a mutual friend of ours I met at a photo meetup in Indianapolis back when I lived there. Their stunning, intimate wedding was in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho - which I happily made the drive for. They wanted to have their engagement photos done somewhere in Central Oregon that authentically highlights the landscape true to this region, and since their style pairs incredibly well with the high-desert, I immediately suggested Smith Rock. The views of Smith Rock are beautiful, and I believe it’s one of the best backdrops for photos near Bend Oregon, even engagement photos in winter. There are plenty of secluded spots around Smith to feel like you’re all alone with nature - one of my favorite feelings to experience. And though you might see some climbers in the distance, I can always photoshop them out…
We roamed through the park, chatting about how I ended up in Bend, Oregon of all places, and how we each met our mutual friend who was kind enough to refer me. Getting to know the couples I’ve photographed before their intimate wedding or elopement has always helped me better understand how I can maximize the time I have the day of.
If you’re looking for a photographer for engagement pictures, let’s chat here! (P.S. I will never turn down the opportunity to travel for an adventure).
Below are some photos from their session for inspiration.