From homemade Old Fashions and hammocks at Ben and Dara’s Portland bungalow, to adventuring around Powell Butte at sunset, this engagement session was serious fire.

When my client texted me a couple hours before their session asking if I liked old fashions – – I knew I was in good company.

Dara + Ben are fun loving adventurous people who I felt more like friends with at the end of their engagement session then anything else.  We started on their back porch with their hammock, drinks in hand and their creamsicle kitty, Gus. Here I got to hear about how they met (two words…anatomy class) and connected over their love for hiking, camping, travel and the outdoors.

We then took a drive over to Powell Butte, a frequent place for them to escape the city to run and hike around.  Besides the precious wildlife and stellar clear views of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Adams – this session was filled with golden light, clearing up any confusion Ben had had about walking in fields nicely dressed and sun flares.

Honestly, my heart was so full by the end of this session, that I didn’t get lost once ya’ll on my drive back to my hotel!  And that’s saying a whole heap – since this girl right here has like zero sense of direction.

I cannot wait to capture their wedding this September and wish them all the joy and happiness as their summer has been filled with adventures to be had before their big day.