Sunset Anniversary Session {Alyssa & Zach}

Life has brought us such a long way since Zach contacted me about a surprise engagement session years ago when he proposed to Alyssa! I truly love the friendships that evolve from client relationships, and these two are no exception. Getting together with them (and their new pup Zara) for some updated family photos to hang on their walls was such a fun reunion. And talk about the best clients ever- they drove five hours from Eastern Idaho so we could shoot together again!

 Golden hour sunset engagement photos with dog, Northwest portrait photographer
 Man's best friend photo shoot, dog photography with Oregon photographer
 Sunset engagement photos with dog in grassy field with Pacific Northwest photographer, McKenna Rachelle Photography

Sunrise Picnic Engagement Session {Elaine & Phil}

Cheers for Elaine and Phil, who were up for meeting me in the early hours of the morning for their picnic-themed engagement session! I wasn't available to photograph their wedding day, so I was thrilled when Elaine still wanted to collaborate on their engagement photos for their save-the-dates. She wanted to create a unique session to showcase their couple personality, so we got to planning right away! 

Both Elaine and Phil are romantics, but they wanted to show off her sweet side and his fun & playful side. I feel that this picnic at sunrise fit them perfectly, as it allowed for a relaxed and intimate session where they felt free to joke, laugh, and simply enjoy each other's company.

 Engagement photos at sunrise with Oregon wedding photographer, McKenna Rachelle Photography

Elaine is a photographer herself, and has a great eye for detail- she put together this super sweet picnic basket, complete with fresh flowers and macaroons (thanks for sharing them with me)! The light corals and blush pinks of the flowers subtly hinted at their wedding color palette. She also did a wonderful job coordinating their outfits for this chilly early Autumn morning. They opted for a dressy-casual look: he wore jeans and a grey blazer over a white button-up, and she wore a light pink dress with tall leather boots. I loved the touch of lace on her boot socks that complimented the lace on her dress.

 Young couple engagement photos, picnic theme, wine, macarons 

Phil is an avid collector of comic books, and Elaine wanted to make sure we included some in a few of their engagement photos as we wrapped up our session. I love how she takes a genuine interest in what Phil loves- that's the kind of simple, selfless love that makes for a happy marriage!

 Engagement session, morning picnic and comic books with Pacific Northwest photographer

Boise Foothills Photography {Clara & Jimmy}

Although Clara and Jimmy attended the same high school in Shenyang China, their story is far from typical.  After Jimmy finished school, he and his family made the move to Idaho.  A while passed before the two reconnected with each other, and began a long-distance relationship.  Skip ahead two years, and Jimmy went back to China to finally marry the girl of his dreams!  After the wedding, Jimmy had to return to Boise for his job, so there wasn't much time for wedding photos or celebration.  Clara was able to follow soon after, starting into Boise State's MBA program.  She fell in love with the natural beauty of the Treasure Valley, and decided it would be the perfect place to take some couple's pictures so they could display them at their wedding party this Summer when they travel back to China.  We enjoyed a wonderfully warm Spring evening for their session (and tried our best to fight off the bugs!).  I'm so happy I was able to tell a small part of their story, and capture the joy and elation of their young and lasting love. 

Eagle Riverbank Engagement Photography {Kelsie & Goose}

I know I say this over and over again, but I seriously get to work with the best people in the world! These two were no exception- we spent the evening along the banks of the Boise river out in Eagle, and filled it with TONS of laughing! It seemed to me like Kelsie and Goose have known each other forever, and it was a beautiful thing to see these two interact- choosing to be their best self for the other. The kind of happiness that brings is infectious :) Congratulations on being in double digits for your wedding day countdown you two!

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Boise Coffee Shop and Winter Engagement Photography {Kayla & Kirby}

This was my first session of the New Year, and it couldn't have been better! These two were a dream to work with, despite our very last minute booking with one evening to pull everything together. I'm so happy we made it happen! We started off at Big City Coffee in downtown Boise- one of Kayla and Kirby's favorite places to relax and spend time together. The atmosphere is the perfect local coffee shop vibe :) Afterwards, we headed outside to brave the cold winter afternoon (with a few breaks in between shooting to warm our frozen fingers). I've been loving the unexpected color and beauty of Winter in Idaho- it's so refreshing to photograph during a time of year most wouldn't consider ideal, yet still be able produce unique and romantic images for a fantastic couple :) 

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{Winter Inspiration} Cozy Photography Sessions in Winter

Can I start with a countdown to Christmas?  Ever since we had two days straight of non-stop fluffy snowfall here in Boise, I've been wayyy too excited (36 days by the way)!  As much as I love the gorgeous Fall colors, I'm not terribly sad to see them go... For some reason the beauty of Winter always takes me by surprise each year- how could I forget this?  We spent a little time exploring downtown this evening, and I got to thinking about some engagement sessions I did last year.  As cold as it can be, I can honestly say those were some of my absolute favorite sessions- it's a complete myth that Winter isn't an ideal time for photography!  This is the time of year where everyone is unabashedly affected by the general excitement leading up to the holidays, and eager to snuggle up together.  Plus, you get to wear your comfiest sweaters, flannels, scarves and boots!  It's also a great time of year to get creative in styling your shoot- think snowman building, tree farms, sledding, baking cookies, ice skating, sipping hot chocolate with your sweetheart... you know you want to ;) Check out the photos below for some style inspiration for your Winter photo session!  Please note that not all of these are my photos- I love finding inspiration from others! Links for credit are numbered underneath the photos.

We are also running a holiday special on all portrait sessions booked now through the end of the year! Check out our Facebook page for the details!

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Idaho Riverbank Couples Photography {Clara & Jeff}

Had to fit in one last shoot before leaving.. I can't stay away :) Loved spending the evening with two friends and their sweet Basil!

Boise Portrait Photographer McKenna Rachelle Photography Photographs Family With Dog

Vintage Volkswagen Engagement Session {Ashlyn & Colby}

I seriously loved hanging out with these two for their early morning engagement session just outside of Rexburg, Idaho!  Bring props....? Let's just drive one Umm... seriously! How cool are they?!

Romantic Woodsy Idaho Engagement Photography {Kristin & Jeff}

Oh romantic summer nights :) This was one of my last Rexburg engagement sessions... so bittersweet!