Sunshine in Seattle: Erica & Rodney’s Engagement Session

Jan 15, 2008 | Engagements

I’d forgotten what sunshine was until Sunday! I met Erica and Rodney at the University of Washington campus on Sunday, and we were greeted by glorious sunshine and bright blue skies. We totally lucked out – it’s been pretty gross recently in Seattle!

Rodney went to school at the U, so it was a perfect spot to start their session. I love all the dramatic architecture, the pockets of green grass and the intimate little alcoves all around the campus, and in the bright sunshine it all gets even better. I was originally planning to use the architecture more, but when I realized how natural Erica and Rodney are in front of the camera, I decided that the buildings would just be a distraction. I did, however, have to play with the crazy afternoon sunshine that was streaming through the trees just below Red Square and Drumheller Fountain – my favorite photos are the ones with the powerful back- and rim-lighting. And yes, I love a bit of lens flare too!

Rodney and Erica also wanted some shots with the city skyline in the background, so after exploring the UW campus we headed up to one of my favorite Seattle lookouts, Kerry Park on Queen Anne. It was rammed with tourists, but we managed to persuade the crowds to give us a couple of moments alone on the wall overlooking that amazing Seattle view, and at my favorite Seattle sculpture, ‘Changing Form’.

I’ll be creating a guest book for Erica and Rodney’s wedding in March, so watch this space for a sneak preview … and until then, enjoy the photos of this gorgeous couple!


  1. Nice series, Sunday was definitely the day to be out!

  2. Great pictures, but then you had two great clients to photograph. The backgrounds were also incredible.

  3. if the engagement pictures look this good, i can’t wait to see the wedding photos!!

  4. Beautiful! Many creative shots. I especially like the backlit ones. Also, you captured the obvious love between them.



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