As a photographer, there are certain milestones that hold a special place in my heart. When I had the opportunity to capture maternity photos at the Columbia River Gorge for Marie and Grayson, it marked the fourth time they entrusted me to freeze their precious moments in time. From their engagement to their micro wedding and wedding reception, I had the privilege of witnessing their love story unfold through my lens. This time, we ventured to the picturesque Columbia River Gorge, near Cascade Locks, to capture the essence of the Pacific Northwest they hold dear.
Setting the Scene
Marie and Grayson desired maternity photos that exuded the enchanting beauty of the PNW. When I suggested the Columbia River Gorge as our location, they wholeheartedly embraced the idea. To assist my clients in envisioning the possibilities, I provide a location guide filled with photo examples from past sessions, showcasing the diverse range of breathtaking locations available. The gorge, with its majestic landscapes, lush greenery, and awe-inspiring waterfalls, offered the perfect backdrop for their desired ambiance.
Marie and Grayson’s unwavering trust in my ability to capture their most treasured moments has been a true honor. From their engagement session filled with anticipation to the intimate micro wedding ceremony at Durant Vineyards, they have become more than clients—they have become dear friends. Our journey together has allowed me to intimately capture the essence of their love, and this maternity session was no exception.
A Touch of Thoughtfulness
During the session, Marie and Grayson surprised me with the most heartfelt gesture. As we were saying our goodbyes, they gifted me a bottle of wine from Durant Vineyards—the very place where they exchanged their vows during their micro wedding ceremony in October 2020. They knew that my own wedding was just around the corner, and this thoughtful gift meant so much to me. My husband Ryan and I will treasure this bottle, awaiting the perfect occasion to uncork it and celebrate the beautiful moments life brings.
Marie and Grayson’s maternity photos at the Columbia River Gorge was a testament to the bond we had cultivated over time. It was a celebration of their growing family and a reflection of their trust in me to capture these precious moments. As I clicked the shutter, I couldn’t help but feel a profound sense of gratitude for the opportunity to document their love story at such a remarkable location.
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