I think I’ve mentioned this before, and I guess I can’t say it enough, the pleasure with engagement photography is that it’s a tremendous ice-breaker. This is my opportunity in a no- or, at least for the grooms, perhaps, low-stress and fun situation to get to work with the couple to allow us all to know what we can look forward to on the big day! I get to know the couple and how they engage with each other… and they become familiar with how I work, my expectations and how we will best make pretty pictures together once the momentum of wedding day takes hold.
It’s particularly fun when I get to shoot where I haven’t before.
When Laura and Adrian suggested we shoot up near her family cottage near Golden, at the wondrous and beautiful spot that is inhabited by Columbia Wetlands Adventures along the mighty Columbia, I was so, so, SO excited!
Before I get to this friendly, gracious and lovely couple I must wax a little about how fantastic this location is….
Honestly, it is wetlands wonderland and the company has made such exceptional use of the property, integrating it into the natural surroundings yet providing exceptional access to all there is to explore, by land or water, along the river in this spectacular neck of the woods.
There are wooded trails, endless boardwalks, a scenic – and fun! – suspension bridge and a very cool boathouse and deck area overlooking the river and surrounding wetlands.
Great news for we photogs who are always excited to photograph in new and fascinating places: Columbia Wetlands Adventures is also now opening up their wonderful facility to weddings! Which is a no-brainer as it’s a nature-lovers paradise and for those couples who want a beautiful Columbia River Wetlands experience with a touch of adventure for their big day, this is just the place to do that!
And, well, it only got better being able to photograph this beautiful couple, not only incredibly photogenic but friendly, easy-going and tremendously in love! They were a pleasure to photograph – made my work of making beautiful pictures with them so, so easy! – and I will look forward to working with them in a couple of weeks at another simply spectacular natural venue, Nipika!
I know I’ve said it before, but holy moly! Best. Job. In. World.