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I'm Rachel, your Washington-based elopement photographer. I create affirming spaces for all couples, so that you can have the freedom to be exactly who you are on your elopement day.
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And Seahurst Park is perfect for an engagement session.
I like to show up early, for most things in life. Partly because I hate being ‘that guy’ who shows up late, but for engagements and elopements specifically, I like to get a sense of a place before my clients show up. If I can, I visit the place a few days before. Sometimes multiple times. But if that’s not possible, at least I can get there early day-of and do some exploring on my own.
Seahurst Park is 178 acres–there’s a lot left for me to experience there–but you don’t need to go far to experience some excellent views.
(And dogs. I got to cuddle a sweet puppy who was still working on her recall training and was so stoked on other humans and dogs. Her owners just laughed and shrugged when she ran away from them, again and again, so that I could pick her up and bounce her around like an infant. I digress.)
Some of my favourite places are places of variety. Seahurst Park curves along Puget Sound, and it’s crisscrossed by trails through the trees. Covered, forest paths right next door to a wide-open view of the sound. Yes please.
Alicia and Ryan were all about it too. We just took it all in together for a while, cameras down. Ryan told me about his sound editing work and placed my jacket and beanie in the “hipster” category. I explained how RAW photo files and editing works. And how engagement sessions work.
It seems to normal and commonplace to me. To photographers in general. It’s an engagement session! What more is there to know? …A lot, it turns out. Alicia and Ryan showed up at Seahurst Park to meet a stranger that they met on the internet, on the understanding that that stranger (me) would be pointing a camera at them for an hour or so. Sounds so weird when you say it like that, doesn’t it?
I wish I had a formula for exactly how an engagement session is going to go, exactly what you can expect. But the truth is, they’re all different! Because all my couples are different. And the biggest task for me, the most important thing that I focus on, is making sure that the photos look like them.
It’s why I leave the cameras down for a bit at the beginning. It’s why I have open-ended, guiding suggestions and prompts but never poses. It’s why things always end up taking directions that we couldn’t have planned out, and that’s one of my favourite things about engagement sessions. We’re figuring things out together, learning each other, ending up exactly where we need to go. Like the “serial killer look” that these two like to do as their “signature pose.” How on earth could I have predicted that?
Alicia and Ryan were a delight to be around. It was a quieter engagement session, slower, more observant. And I loved that.
Thank you, both of you, for trusting me. And thank you Seahurst Park for being exactly what we needed.
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