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When Marisa and Jay reached out about engagement portraits, the Fall colors were in full swing.  With a wedding planned for Fall 2022, and a love of outdoors, it was perfect timing for an engagement session.

Engagement:  Radiant Love

“Jay – Blue Eyes (♥️♥️)” is the first line of Teresa’s notes from her phone call with Marisa.  Fiancé, Jay does indeed have eyes like two round oceans.

Marisa and Jay wanted to show off their love in a natural, candid, fall-colored session.  Their wedding will also be in the Fall with abundant mountain foilage, so this is a special time of year for them.  Family is important and they were excited to create a “Save the Date”  card from the engagement portraits, and have some beautiful art for themselves.  Equally excited and part of the family is Sandy, their lab-beagle mix — who clearly thinks she should be part of the festivities too!

With what felt like only minutes to spare, we managed to plan and squeeze a session in at the end of November right before the last color left.  We’ve found that the first week of November is when the color is the most radiant, at least for the last few years.  Fortunately with few storms this Fall we were able to keep the colors on the trees a bit longer.  When it comes to beautiful fall colors, Lake Crabtree Park is one of our favorite spots.


While Marisa and Jay were clearly the most attractive part of every photograph, their dog Sandy stole the show.  She loved to put her paw on Jay to encourage him to get up, play in the leaves, “throw me a ball!”  It’s a good thing Sandy doesn’t like to swim or our brief trip down the dock would have been too much for her to handle.

Engagement Engagement

The love and chemistry a couple has with each other is difficult to contain to just one moment, one look, or one gentle touch.  With Jay and Marisa their love was so natural it ran out of every pore and made creating artwork out of their relationship extra rewarding.  They were down for everything – posing by the road to get the best lighting, sneak attacks under the big orange tree, and sitting on the dock, watching the sunset.

Engagement Engagement

When we met with Jay and Marisa a few weeks later to show them their portraits, they had a hard time deciding which final portrait would be best for wall art in their staircase landing.  They were thrilled with the color harmony the rich golden tones of their photographs carried through to the room the artwork would be in.  Nothing is an accident.  We spotted that perfect empty place on the wall and just knew we had to put artwork there.  The colors of their wardrobe and the size and composition of their final photograph, as well as the color harmony throughout, was all a very intentional choice, and one of the reasons our clients say they love working with us.

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