I have got to be honest with you guys….I never get sick of shooting in the desert, and that couldn’t have been more true during this desert engagement session! I loved spending the evening with Ryan and Liz the other day and enjoying one HECK of a sunset.
You have probably seen that I have headed to sunny Arizona the past three years for a photography conference (if not you can see it here, here,or here!) I have a huge love affair with the desert down there, but i’m extra grateful that we also live in the desert here in Washington state. I know it’s hard to believe because every time I tell someone that I live in Washington they make some comment about how rainy it is in Seattle, but friends, that just ONE side of the mountains. Around here, we have sand, huge rocks, apples orchards, vineyards, and sun- like 320 days of it a year. It’s not an awful place to live. 🙂
Because I love the desert so much, I love photographing my couples in it, so it was a no-brainer when Liz said we could do it around Mattawa. We laughed a ton, I told all sorts of bad jokes, and I got to hear more about the two of them, which I loved!
So many times when I ask my couples how they met, there’s an awkward pause, and I can almost guarantee why-they met online. Honestly, I’m never caught off guard by this, and I think it’s great that SO many people have so many more ways to find their potential husband or wife than EVER before. It’s so dang cool. Sure, back in the 90’s, if you told someone you were meeting them from online they were scared for your safety, and SOMETIMES that may still hold true today, but i’d say probably 60% of my couples within the past three years have met online, in some form or another.
They started things off slow, but not TOO slow, with Liz asking about a second date before they even got up from the table. That’s always a good sign, right?! They had a great second date, and they just kept on coming. As it came up to their first anniversary, Ryan had planned on asking her to marry him, but they ended up both getting too anxious, and he asked her in their home office. Liz made sure to point out that he still got down on one knee, and of course she said yes.
Another fun fact, I’ve know Liz since she was little. One of my best friends was pretty close to her family, and it’s been pretty crazy to watch her grow up. It’s always a fun thing to get to see people grow up. I’m here for that, and I can’t wait to celebrate with these two this fall!!