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.