Keith and Pauline found me through a Google search and had their hearts set on Washington coast engagement photos. I almost said no. It'd been years since I drove out there, and I was in the middle of moving and a busy wedding season... but I could feel their joy, excitement, and trust in what we could create together! After a five hour road trip from the Bellingham area, my travel buddy and I arrived and could not believe how gorgeous these locations were. Simply put, this was a DREAM session. Keith and Pauline aligned so well with my style. As always, I told them where to stand and how to move, and their ability to focus on each other, not take it too seriously, and laugh together was what really brought out the magic in these photos. I could not be more excited to share these photos, and I really recommend watching the behind-the-scenes video on Instagram to get the full idea of how much fun we had!
Lily and Sam chose to celebrate their engagement with portraits at Mukilteo Lighthouse Beach Park near Everett. It's a special place to them and one of my favorite beaches for photos. I met Lily as Human Services students at Western and took her senior portraits several years ago. It was a joy to have her back in front of the camera again. They embraced the laughter and silliness, and I'm so glad I got to be a part of it!
Albert and Jane have spent the past year visiting each other at Peace Arch Park. Like many couples who met before the pandemic, the border closures have prevented them from crossing to see one another. Peace Arch Park is a special place that's considered neutral ground between Washington and Canada. It's a place where loved ones can come together for walks and picnics, and I'm grateful that we still have a spot to be able to capture celebrations like engagements. View some of my favorites below!
We celebrated Boo & Ky's engagement with a walk through two of their favorite spots in Bellingham, Fairhaven and Boulevard Park! I loved the special details they included and the variety of their outfits. They thoughtfully incorporated pieces from family, a handmade paper bouquet, a favorite comic book, and colors that they plan to include in their wedding. Scroll to see my favorites!
Violet and Tara arrived to their engagement session ready to laugh and have FUN! We spent the morning wandering through Christianson's Nursery, my favorite venue in Mount Vernon, WA. They let their personalities and silliness shine, and I had the best time getting to know them. I feel so lucky they chose me to be their photographer, and I cannot wait to be a part of their upcoming Bellingham wedding!
Mia and Berkly celebrated their engagement with a two-location session at some of their favorite places in Bellingham. Pictured here is part one at Elizabeth Park. It was a rare sunny February afternoon, and I loved the golden light glowing through the trees. Can't wait to create a guestbook album with these images!
Nicole and Josh arrived to their engagement session ready to embrace an hour full of laughter and candid moments! Their ability to focus on each other, have fun, and not take the day too seriously led to genuinely joyful, happy images. Teddy Bear Cove was the perfect location choice for showing off the beauty of Bellingham, and I can't wait to photograph these two again at their wedding!
Milad proposed to Javaneh while on their first vacation together to Seattle. While she had a feeling the question was coming, she couldn't have looked happier to say yes! Here we are three years later, and Milad asked me to design a custom album as a special surprise. Pictured here is their 10x10" album with a metallic silver linen cover.
It was a smoky September morning and Niel and Alesha were enjoying a walk through Peace Arch Park. Posing as a product photographer for a puzzle company, I stopped them and asked if they would help me with a few shots. Niel and I had carefully planned the proposal in advance, and he got down on one knee after she read the puzzle's special message. She happily pulled off her mask, said yes, and we celebrated with an engagement session!
Claire and Nate are engaged and I'm so excited to tag along for the journey! If these two look familiar, I photographed them back in 2016 at the same location. My style has grown and changed, but Claire and Nate are as silly and smiley as they were in our first session together. Their ability to focus on each other, not take the photos too seriously, laugh, and just enjoy each other's company led to genuinely happy photos full of memories. I can't wait to be a part of their wedding next summer!
My name is Caylie and I'm a Bellingham and Mount Vernon, WA wedding and engagement photographer. I love what I do!