Settling Into The Coeur d’Alene Lifestyle

Lynze and Dan recently relocated from L.A. to the Inland Northwest where they’ve settled down with Dan’s two children (Kyler aka K-Dawg and Monroe aka MoMo). This couple is also putting the final preparations on their August wedding in Greenbluff.

The big direction for this engagement shoot was to show how this family in the making is meshing and enjoying their new surroundings. While this family enjoying their surroundings was key, the emotion that took over the shoot was a bonus on this shoot.

“Sooooo much emotion came out of me,” explained Lynze. “It was hard to keep it together. I was constantly thinking about how lucky we are and how much love we share, it was very special.”

Before the session even started, Lynze and Dan both teared up after I pitched an idea of how to start the session at their home.

“Jerome understood who we are as a family and as a result, he felt like family. For us, the best part of the session was realizing Jerome was one of us. It hit both Dan and I when we were standing in our backyard, staring at our unfinished tree fort. Dan was in the middle of building a tree for Kyler (10) and Monroe (8), when Jerome came to our session. He said, “It represents where you are. You are laying the foundation of your love, your life, just like the foundation of this tree fort.” We both teared up! That set the tone for our shoot. Such a heartfelt and organic comment lended itself to the most relaxed shoot.”

After a few hours of venturing around downtown Coeur d’Alene, it was time to end the session and head home. Besides a good selection of images being captured, Lynze and Dan were also able to realize that they took the best path for their session by not trying to force a feel or theme to their portraits.

“Our suggestion would be to make the session your own, whatever that means. The session doesn’t need to be anything but what you want. The wedding day itself starts to take on a life of its own and you spend so much time making sure everything and everyone is accounted for. We would suggest using the engagement session to take a moment for just the two of you, or in our case the four of us. On the wedding day there is so much noise and distraction but at the engagement session, it’s just the two of you and there is something uniquely beautiful about that.”

After this session, I can’t wait for the wedding day to get here.

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Love & A V-Dubb

Hilary and Deven live for the journey of life.

If there’s a cliff, they’ll climb it. If they want to venture out and hit the open road, they’ll buy a Volkswagen bus for their journeys. It’s what makes them unique and provides a strong foundation for solid relationship.

When we first met, I could tell Deven wasn’t too keen on engagement pictures. He knew they had to be done, but like most guys (myself included) he wasn’t ready for an afternoon of “Hey, look over here. Smile. Turn. Smile. Again.” Luckily for him, that’s not my approach.

In our planning, we figured spots that highlighted their adventurous side, but gave them opportunities to relax and goof off a bit.

Shooting this session was a lot of fun. We spent a lot of time hiking around some of their favorite parks and places that were special to them. I even got to hang of the side of a cliff or two which is always fun — unless your wife is assisting and freaks out a bit.

At the end of our afternoon together, we were able to get some great scenic shots, solid moments, mixed in their dog and their trusty VW Bus, and enjoy a small campfire too.

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A Spokane Winter Engagement Session Without Snow

Rachel, Christian and I had big plans for the winter engagement session they had been selected for in a giveaway myself and Lindsey D Hair Design teamed up for recently.

When Rachel submitted her entry for the giveaway, walks with Christian, and Bowl & Pitcher were listed a few times. During our consultation, we were figuring out dates and ended up thinking the end of January would hopefully give Mother Nature a chance to build up the snow again since it was quickly melting away. Let’s just say Mother Nature didn’t help us out with that scenario. Because Rachel and Christian wanted to bring along their “fur child” for a few shots, we had to stay fairly close by so a friend could come retrieve the pooch after those shots were done. So we stuck to the plan of downtown and Bowl & Pitcher Park.

After a morning of hair and makeup pampering by Lindsey D, and despite the lack of snow, these two were bundled up and ready to go on an adventure.

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