Washington Coast Engagement | Long Beach, WA | Courtney & Blair

Long Beach, Washington Engagement Session by Briana Morrison Photography

A Washington Coast Engagement Session

Being the creative, outside the box type that they are, Courtney and Blair chose to do a full day adventure engagement session. Their Washington coast engagement session takes us to the furthest south west peninsula of Washington – one of my favorite places on the West Coast – which also happens to be where my husband and I tied the knot in 2016.

We started their session in the historic town of Oysterville with epic Pacific Northwest landscapes and a mountain of oyster shells. From there we made our way to a deserted beach and then on to the Cape Disappointment North Head Lighthouse to catch the sunset.

Making Great Photographs

One of the things I love most about doing an adventure session is that we get to spend a whole day together which means…food! Sharing a meal is a great way to break the ice and get to know each other before starting portrait time. The Shelburne Hotel is not only gorgeous but their food is some of the best on the peninsula. We met here for a feast of fish and chips, rabbit stew, and cranberry cocktails before making our way up the peninsula to Oysterville.

Courtney and Blair are two very silly and loving people; individuals but partners in life. This was my focus for their engagement session – to find ways to bring out these natural facets of their personalities.

In order to help them feel more comfortable we started with some nice distance portraits – giving them space to enjoy each other and the landscape they chose for their engagement session. As the session continued I came in closer and incorporated more intimate portraits.

Overall the day was an absolute dream.

Incorporating Film

You’ll notice a few very colorful photographs in the mix below. These are all film photographs taken with a special film that is scientifically exposed to light to create a particular effect. This film is bright and experimental – not for everyone – but really fun for those who like something a little different.

I’ve photographed with this film on a number of shoots and I have to say, I like it quite a bit. It’s so much fun to get the final images back from the lab and they make for some really unique artwork for your home.

Book Your Washington Coast Engagement Session

If you’re feeling inspired and want to book a Washington coast engagement session of your own, or any adventure engagement session for that matter, please get in touch! I can’t wait to connect with you and learn all about you and your partner.

Oysterville, Washington engagement session inspiration. A couple stands facing each other with the bay behind them.
Washington coast engagement portraits shot on Psychedelic Blues 35mm film with red light leaks.
Long Beach, Washington Engagement Session by Briana Morrison Photography
Couples portraits in Oysterville, Washington on Psychedelic Blues 35mm film with red and magenta light leaks.
A couple sits on the steps of a weather worn building in Oysterville, WA
Portrait of a couple sitting in front of a pile of oyster shells - the man looks at the camera while his partner looks at him.
Oysterville, Washington engagement portraits
Psychedelic Blues film engagement portrait with magenta and green light leaks. A couple kisses in the middle of a field with the bay behind them.
A couple unloads their car parked on the beach on the Washington coast. Caught on 35mm Psychedelic Blues film.
Portrait of the ocean on 35mm film
Washington Coast engagement portraits on the beach photographed by Briana Morrison
35mm film portrait of the profiles of a man and woman with magenta light leaks.
Close up portrait of a young couple on the beach and looking at the camera. 35mm film with magenta light leaks.
Portrait of a man and woman looking at each other while standing on the beach. 35mm Psychedelic Blues film with creative light leaks.
Portrait of a beautiful tower shot from the beach on 35mm Psychedelic Blues film
Washington Coast Engagement Session
A ship far out at the mouth of the Columbia River heads out to sea and. It's framed by trees and photographed with 35mm Psychedelic Blues film.
A young couple stands on a grassy hillside and watches the ocean. They are facing west and the photo has a very moody vibe.

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