University of Washington Engagement Session | Seattle, Washington Wedding Photographer | Natalie and Connor

I find myself here on the blog once again talking about my not-so-little-brother and his soon to be wife!  In case you missed the surprise proposal story, check that out right here!  I still think about that day and how I felt capturing it all behind my camera.  It was truly special.  Fast forward to this past weekend, it was time for their official engagement session!  Natalie and Connor wanted their session to be somewhere that meant something special to them as a couple.  

What better place than the University of Washington Campus for their engagement session!

With every session I have in Seattle, I fall more in love with the city.  The University of Washington campus is no stranger to me over the years.  My Dad played basketball for the Huskies and went to Medical School here and it's also where my parents met.  My sister rowed here, and my brother had an incredible journey here as well.  To learn more about that, click right here.  You won't be sorry for checking out his story and everything he and our family went through together just a few years ago.  

The weather has had me in a bit of a creative funk lately but all that changed when the forecast called for SUN and decently warm weather for this time of year in the Pacific Northwest!  

I drove up to the city from our town in South Bend, Washington to meet Natalie and Connor at the campus.  I'll backtrack a little bit...I actually stopped by QFC to put together a simple yet beautiful bouquet for the session!  I truly believe that adding flowers to any shoot makes it that much more special and I'm kind of obsessed with greenery if you can't tell from my logo and overall brand.  It was also exciting because this was my first time meeting their brand new Vizsla puppy, miss Luna!  You will find out soon enough that Luna totally stole the show.  They had just picked her up from the breeders the day before.  Poor thing was a little nervous as it was her first outing but they brought extra hands to cuddle her in between photos.  She is DARLING.  My brother has a few months off before he starts PA School at the UW in August so he's dedicating his time to training and getting her where they want her to be and so far she's doing wonderfully!  I can't wait to photograph her again, maybe she will be included in the wedding?  Oh yeah, I haven't told you yet but I will also be photographing their beautiful wedding in August!  It will be in Leavenworth, Washington and I am beyond excited!  I'm helping Natalie with some of the planning and I'm already falling in love with all her ideas and visions.  

Working with couples has quickly become my passion as a photographer.

Don't get me wrong, I love the other portrait work I do as well (families and seniors) but there is something that makes me feel so alive when working with my couples.  I read something awhile back from Justin and Mary about how they hope when you look at their photographs, you see two people in the frame, not three.  Sure, the photographer is obviously there but if done right and done well, when you look at a specific image you should feel the connection between the two people and not an awkward pose prompted by the photographer.  This is a simple concept but one that I've been working extremely hard to strive toward with every session that I have.  I don't want my clients to look at one of their pictures and say, "Oh, that was that super weird thing she made us do."  No, I want them to look at their images and remember how they felt in that moment with one another and the love they felt for one another.  I believe that I achieved that with this session and hope you feel the same when scrolling through the images below.  As always, I'd love to hear from you in the comments below!  Thanks for being here!  I'm still booking 2017 weddings but spots are filling up fast (so exciting!)  Contact me here today to get in touch!

Emma Rose

Emma Rose Company, 6849 US-101, South Bend, WA, 98586