I met this wonderfully giddy couple long before I photographed them in their Whytecliff Park Engagement Session. While they live in Washington, we share a mutual friend on this side of the border. And, I’ve shared a few laughs with them.

“Like many couples today, Jen and I met online. We shared an unforgettable first date with drinks and a light dinner overlooking Shilshole Bay. Both from America’s Midwest, we shared much in common and connected instantly.” ~ Patrick

Jen and Patrick just happened to be visiting my friends, the Kings. The Kings have a beautiful new baby, and they had hired me for a newborn session. Instantly, Patrick and Jen thought about a session to celebrate their recent Hawaiian engagement. I was thrilled.

“We traveled together, sharing our first New Year’s at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, visited New York for a friend’s wedding, many trips to Vancouver, a weekend trip to Los Angeles, and visited both of our homes for the holidays. Later we learned to sail and began to fall more in love with the Northwest.” ~ Patrick

Because of their love of sailing and the ruggedness of the Pacific Northwest, they chose Whytecliff Park for their session. We arrived early. The sun was harsh. Hardly perfect lighting.

But, I enjoyed teasing them into embraces that would pull their faces out of the harsh shadows created by the sinking light. Complete silliness ensued.

Before we knew it, golden hour had arrived. The moments instantly became softer, more romantic, as did the images.

“Sadly, last year, my Beagle, Bailey passed away. We struggled with his declining health for more than a year. Shortly after he passed, we began volunteering for the Seattle Beagle Rescue where we fostered and eventually adopted Molly.” ~ Patrick

Molly, their beagle, didn’t make it to this session, but I hope she makes an appearance in the future. I love dogs, and with the recent passing of my own, I easily recognize Patrick and Jen’s intense love for Bailey and Molly.

After the session, we ate the most amazing Mexican food at La Mezcaleria on Commercial Drive. They treated me to tacos and margaritas, and a whole lot more laughs. It was a wonderful evening.

Whether you’re a local or just visiting the area, an engagement session at one of Vancouver’s incredible locales should make it on to your wedding to-do lists. And, with September approaching, it really is one of the best times of year for a sunset session. Be sure to book, today!

Whytecliff Park Engagement Session