Erika + Kurt: Oregon Coast Engagement

It was the hottest day of the year in Portland. A record-breaking 107 degrees. I jokingly expressed my thanks to Kurt and Erika for planning their engagement shoot on this very day, and choosing to have it on the coast. The thermometer sat at a comfortable and cool 76, paired with a slight coastal breeze. It was easily the best way I could have imagined spending my evening.

When I arrived to the beach, I found the couple sitting on a piece of driftwood looking out at the surfers battling the waves, trying to find the perfect ones to glide on. At first, I didn't want to break the moment because it gave me a short glimpse at who they are together: thoughtful, relaxed, and deeply loving.

The session took place at Indian Beach, just a short distance away from Cannon Beach, but with less land, and more privacy. It has a beautiful balance of sand, sea, and rock that make it unique and easy to work with. But also, if you make sure to look around, you'll also find a quiet patch of greenery near the parking lot which can transform the session as a whole from being only a beach shoot, to showing the true nature and beauty of our Oregon Coasts.

The session itself was one I found easy to fall in love with. Pair a gorgeous couple with sweet eskimo kisses, dress twirls, and a little giggle or two, and I've been won over. But, it's hard to describe a session so wonderful, when it can truly speak for itself.

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"We were snow shoeing in a pass up by Sisters that was pretty secluded with multiple feet of snow. Towards the end of the hike he tapped me on the shoulder and I turned around and he was on his knee and asked me to marry him. It was perfect and wonderful and the view was breath taking. (I wish I could insert a picture of the view because it really was beautiful)."
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"[On our first date} we went out to our favorite Mexican restaurant in McMinnville (Tequila Grill which has the best burritos) and spent the rest of the evening watching This Is The End. Which is a terrible movie but we bonded over laughing at the poor acting. Thus started our tradition of Mexican food and bad movies."
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"[These days, our date nights consistent of] taking our puppy Nellie on a walk, going on long hikes, and of course date night for margaritas."
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"[Our relationship is] fun loving. We have a hard time not laughing around each other."
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"I love his kindness. He's always willing to lend a helping hand. He's the type of guy when we've gone out for dinner makes sure to buy a meal for a homeless person as well. He's the guy you can go to for anything and he'll lend a helping hand." - Erika
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"I love spending time with her. There is never a dull moment when we're together and she is always willing to try new things. She is also very patient and kind." - Kurt
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"[The best part about the engagement session was] how easy it was. We have never been a very photogenic couple and we usually avoid the camera. But Katie made it so easy and fun that it didn't feel difficult at all. It felt like we were out with friends and just happened to also be taking some pictures."
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"[In marriage, we are most looking forward to] becoming a stronger team and getting to go through life with my best friend."

Twenty Date Ideas That Aren't Netflix & Dinner

Twenty Date Ideas That Aren't Netflix & Dinner

Okay, we've all experienced this moment. You're both sitting on the couch, it's about 5:15pm on a Friday, and it's supposed to be date night. Netflix sounds boring, and you want a nice dinner, but you're not really sure where to start. Trust me, this happens in my house way too much! You want to do something fun, but not stay out too late or spend too much money. All you're looking for is a relaxing evening out with the person you love, but still somewhat creative. Well, don't look away now, because I've got exactly what you're looking for! Well, twenty of them to be exact. Yes, I'm talking twenty new date ideas that won't break the bank or keep you out past your bedtime (hey, sleep is very important). My personal favorite is number nine! Check them out, and tag me on Instagram @katiedessinphoto if you try any of them!

Summer Outfit Ideas For Date Night Or Engagement Shoots

Summer Outfit Ideas For Date Night Or Engagement Shoots

And we're back with more styled guides! I love posting these, because they're not only helpful for my clients, but also they provide me with a reference point as well when I pick new outfits for the season! Whether you're on the hunt for a new date night outfit, or you have an engagement shoot coming up, you can use these ideas to inspire your next ensemble. Look at colors and materials, or copy exactly what's below, either way, you're bound to find a new favorite look with my tips below.

Feel More Comfortable On Camera

Feel More Comfortable On Camera

In order to create a better on camera experience for yourself, you must first commit to freeing up your day of work and chores. Nothing will bum you out more than thinking about the hours you just spent in the office or cleaning the home. For example, if your session is in the morning, it will benefit you greatly to plan a day of enjoyable activities to look forward to at the end
of your session.