Lake Engagement Session at Lake Cassidy | Natalie + Nick
This lake engagement session was a particularly tricky one, as the bride, the bride’s mom, and I were all going back-and-forth to find the ideal location for Natalie & Nick. We wanted a location that not only created for great photographs, but also really resonated with their personalities. Since they are both avid outdoorsy people, and both enjoy the serene and peaceful nature around them… we ultimately decided on a lake. Now, if only the weather would cooperate! At this time of year (mid October), we have been having some seriously crazy storms and tons of rain during weddings I have photographed recently.
So, I decided to go scout this location with my wife a week prior to our session during a storm to see how well it would photograph. Personally, I was thrilled on the results. I knew that if it would photograph amazingly during a storm, I could make it work well in any kind of lighting/weather scenario. Clouds, rain, sleet, snow, morning light, mid-day sun, or evening sunset. Bring it on! Now, if we could only find the dock! The directions to Lake Cassidy seem easy enough. The website address brings you to a private house, though. Google maps brings you to the boat launch. We tried walking down Centennial Trail during our scouting trip, but quickly realized the distance from the parking lot to the dock area was just too far for clients to deal with – not to mention the heavy gear I am carrying. We needed to find something easier, faster, and less strenuous. Of course, Natalie & Nick were bringing their family’s boats, but we are always thinking about our other future clients as well in case they don’t have access to such things.
The forecasts called for rain all week long, but when we showed up to the location on the time and day where the engagement session was scheduled, it was nothing but warm weather, zero wind, and lots of sun! I had a great time playing with the reflections off the water to create some dramatic images, but still maintained the romance of the portraits. Notebook, anyone?
I would also like to thank the bride’s mother & father for being such great sports during this engagement session and helping with the logistics of preparing for the day. From getting up early, prepping the boats, bringing them to the lake, and then listening to me direct (both boats simultaneously) and happily doing everything I asked to ensure that Natalie & Nick were getting the images they’ve always been wanting. They were both so kind and generous, and I am very thankful for their help in making this happen.
Congratulations again, Natalie + Nick! You two are awesome, and I am stoked for your wedding next summer at the Trinity Tree Farm in Issaquah. Let’s get a beer soon.
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