My Top 10 Pacific Northwest Bucket List Engagements

As an adventure wedding and elopement photographer, I have big dreams for my engagement sessions. Some of them have already happened — like shooting along the Columbia River and in the North Cascades, while other ideas have stayed in my imagination. It’s time to change that, so I’m putting my ideas out in the world, in hopes of inspiring you.

 1. Lighthouses

I love lighthouses. I’ve been dreaming of photographing a sunset engagement at the Discovery Park lighthouse (West Point Lighthouse), Point No Point, and the Lime Kiln Lighthouse in particular.


2. Washington Pass

Washington pass overlook is only .25 miles round-trip to hike. The peaks glow with golden light at sunrise. An engagement session here would be jaw-dropping!

3. Hot air balloon festival

There are a few hot air balloon festivals that take place throughout Washington and Oregon. Can you imagine how colorful and fun this would be for an engagement!?

4. Sunrise on Mount Ellinor

Out of the mountains I’ve summited so far, Mount Ellinor is my favorite. It’s not for the faint of heart as it’s a steep 3.2 mile stair stepper of a hike, but it is non-technical (meaning you don’t need to know any climbing skills to summit). If you’re up for the challenge, summit at sunrise for the biggest reward and most beautiful engagement photos.

5. Fire lookouts

Speaking of hiking, I love hiking to fire lookouts. Old, historic, weather-worn structures with 360-degree views? Yes, please. If that’s not enough to convince you, check out these photos from a sunrise hike I did to High Rock Lookout.


 6. Van life

If you check out my Pinterest board of engagement ideas, you’ll find a few shots with jeeps, van-lifers, and vehicles fit for exploration. I think taking inspiration from your lifestyle would make for great memories and really fun photos.

7. Engagement on the water.

I think a session with kayaks, a sailboat, or a boat of any kind would be so fun!

8. Cabin

Whether your family owns a cabin or you rent one, a cabin would make for the coziest of engagement sessions! I’m imagining warm drinks, a fire, and lots of forest or lake surroundings.

9. With a dog

It’s been a long time since I photographed a couple with their pets! In the last couple years, bringing a dog along to a shoot just hasn’t worked out for any of my couples, and I’m in need of a puppy fix.

10. Lakeside

Washington has no shortage of lakes, but there are a few that I’ve always wanted to shoot at. Picture Lake, near Mt. Baker, tops the list with its jaw dropping views of Mt. Shuksan in the background. Snowshoeing to Gold Creek Pond during winter and the dock at the Mount Storm King ranger station at Lake Crescent come to mind next.

I’d love to hear about your ideas and inspiration for your own engagement sessions as well! Contact me and let’s start planning!