Engagement Portraits in Shevlin Park

October 19, 2023 Portrait Photography

Erin and Nick get their engagement portraits done in Shevlin Park

Erin contacted me awhile ago to do an engagement portrait session. Nick is a pilot and has a busy schedule. So getting the time right was like a jigsaw puzzle. As time went on, I was thinking maybe we could get lucky and do their pictures with fall colors. I have three favorite locations for fall color photography. One is the stand of aspens next to the dirt road on the way to Tumalo Falls. The next is the bend in the Deschutes River upstream from Dillon Falls. The third is Shevlin Park.

The Dillon Falls location rocks for sunny days in the fall when the leaves are going full blast. Shevlin Park looks super if it's slightly cloudy. Before our portrait session I drove to both locations to see what was happening. Early in the day we had sunshine, so I said "Let's do Dillon Falls." Then the clouds blew in and I texted Erin and said "Let's switch to Shevlin Park." So we did Shevlin.

Before doing our portraits I hadn't spoken with or met either Erin or Nick. It was great fun hearing their stories. He's a pilot who teaches lessons in the fall/winter and then goes to Alaska in the summer to work for her dad being a bush pilot at her family lodge. Pretty cool lifestyle.

So we whipped out the Profoto and did some portraits until it got dark and cold. I'm hoping they like their portraits because I would love to be their wedding photographer.