Volunteer Park & OSP Engagement Session: Gretchen & Ben

Nov 6, 2007 | Engagements

Last Sunday, I met up with Gretchen and Ben in Volunteer Park, Capitol Hill, for the start of their engagement session marathon (it’ll become clear in a moment). They are having a tropical theme for their wedding, and wanted to try to capture a little tropical color for their engagement photos … in Seattle, at the end of October. It was definitely a challenge before we even began! We took a few shots in the dahlia garden to get some color, then walked over to the magnificent Black Sun sculpture in front of the Asian Art Museum. We completely forgot to use the brightly-colored umbrellas they’d bought especially for the session … Not to worry, we’d use them at our next location, the Olympic Sculpture Park …

So we drove down there separately, parked and met up again … Oops, no umbrellas. Ben ran back to the car to get them. Big oops – no umbrellas in the car either, they were back at home in Capitol Hill. We went ahead with the Sculpture Park session anyway, and got some lovely late afternoon light down on the beach by Myrtle Edwards Park, and then had fun with the ampersand that forms part of the Love & Loss exhibit.

It was beginning to get a little late after we’d finished up in the Sculpture Park, so I agreed to meet them the following weekend for a 10-minute umbrella session – and I’m so glad I did! I think some of my favorite images were captured this Sunday, back at Volunteer Park, despite the gray cloud. It’s funny how things work out. I hope you like the shots I’ve chosen!


  1. We love the teasers, Kate! Thanks for all the time you spent with our “engagement marathon.” 🙂

  2. Yay! I’m so glad you like them!

    You were *so* much fun to work with – I’m looking forward to August 17th 2008. And ‘marathon’ is meant completely tongue-in-cheek, in case you were worried … 🙂

  3. Kate, These pictures are fabulous! You’ve captured their happiness and admiration for each other in a spectacular way. I can’t pick my favorite.

  4. Thanks, Consuelo! It is so great to get feedback from Gretchen & Ben’s family and friends because it is you who know how they should look in photos.

  5. Kate – your work shows how much emotion and involvement you put into each frame. Of course, you had Ben and Gretchen as willing participants. You surely captured their happiness.
    Ben – see you Christmas. Gretchen – looking forward to meeting you.

    Aunt Carmen

  6. Kate — The pictures are wonderful. I find myself going to your site to look at them again and again!

  7. Thank you all for the wonderful comments! I’m so happy that you all like the photos – we had so much fun producing them.


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