Amanda & Steve's Loantaka Engagement Session

Ever since I decided to pursue photography more seriously, I have been hunting for the perfect opportunity to practice an engagement shoot. When my cousin Amanda got engaged a few weeks ago, I was so excited and knew this was the opportunity I was waiting for. Amanda is the coolest. Her hair is always a wild color and she ALWAYS pulls it off. Her tattoos are a wide variety of meaningful calla lilies (her grandmothers favorite) and cupcakes...just because...she loves cupcakes. Her engagement ring is a unique creation from Heidi Gibson that sits on top of her fingers covered in tiny tattoos that Steve randomly did one evening. She shares “They’re scratchy and inconsistent but I’ll never get them fixed because he did them.” It was no surprise that she found Steve, an equally cool dude with equally cool tattoos. Big hearts and always down to have a good time = Amanda and Steve.

I stumbled across Loantaka a few weeks ago and immediately fell in love with the overgrown fields, broken down wooden fences and the way the light hits the wheat fields as the evening approaches. It’s perfectly peaceful and glowy. And buggy.

Before our session, I prepped by participating in a webinar and watching endless youtube videos on posing and getting couples comfortable in front of the camera. I am educating myself as quickly as possible in the photography department and was really proud of the finished product.

I learned that it’s good to have a few poses in your back pocket but to really let the couple play and enjoy themselves once they get comfortable. Even if they want to pop a couple of Bud Light’s in a wheat field to celebrate their upcoming November wedding. I absolutely loved my first engagement session. I loved capturing the way these two looked at each other, laughed and played.

It’s official, I am deeply in love with love and documenting it.





Engagement Ring - Heidi Gibson

Flower Crown - Tame Florals