We got chills when Brendan asked us to capture his secret surprise proposal to his girlfriend Stephanie for their Latourell Falls Engagement Photos. Real proposals are absolutely thrilling. There are so many unknown variables. Nerves are all over the map. The person proposing. The person being proposed to.  Photographers hiding in the bushes while being ever-present and ready to capture every fraction of a second. There is nothing like it.  It’s such a rich environment for capturing great moments.

We helped Brendan brainstorm ideas, locations, and mapped out a “secret plan.” He and his girlfriend live in Reno, Nevada, and needed our local expertise. The week before we went out hiking and took videos and photos of 7 different waterfalls surrounding Multnomah Falls. We knew the 4th of July crowds could be an issue, so we planned for an early morning proposal. We arrived at 7:30 am before Brendan and Stephanie, scoped the entire scene and hid in the bushes. We were ready for everything and anything. Minutes before they arrived we placed a tiny piece of white paper under a rock on a large boulder in the center of the stream. We quickly texted Brendan telling him his job was to guide Stephanie out to stand on that big rock where the small white piece of paper was. At 8 am, luck was on our side. Brendan found it and gracefully guided her to stand on the rock for some iPhone photos. Little did she know!

We had the whole place to ourselves with enough time to adventure all around the waterfall including the backside under the rock walls looking back out at the massive Latourell waterfall. It couldn’t have been a better morning. Latourell Falls Engagement photos are the best. Emotions ran wild: laughs, tears, and so much fun! Absolutely thrilling!

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Brendan originally found us on SLR Lounge. Being SLR Lounge educational ambassadors, they asked us to write about the best engagement photography locations in Portland. Since the Columbia River Gorge is only a 30-minute drive from Portland, Latourrel Falls and its surrounding areas including Multnomah Falls made some of our top places to take engagement photos. The beauty and power of the Columbia River Gorge hold some of the most gorgeous environments to celebrate being engaged. Weddings can be captured here too. If you are planning a special celebration, let’s talk! We have lots of ideas to share.

Photographers: Jos & Tree | Lighting Assistant: Alex Smith
Location: Latourell Falls near Multnomah Falls
Tip: Best Photography Engagement Session Locations in Portland

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