Deep in the heart of Oregon is the Painted Hills. This is a breathtaking spot where millions of years of history can be seen in the colored layers of the earth. Here, I had the opportunity to photograph Christine and Shawn’s engagement session!
We kept to the boardwalks to be respectful of the land and its beauty (always follow LNT principles when you’re out adventuring!). But even still, this was a highlight of my 2020 sessions. It almost felt like we were on a whole other planet! The day was unexpectedly freezing cold, but the sun was out and lit up all the gorgeous rust and orange tones in the dirt.
If you’re planning a visit here, I have some tips for you! First, I recommend visiting on a weekday. It tends to be more crowded on the weekend! Also, plan to have limited or no cell service, since it can be spotty!
Shawn and Christine rolled with the punches despite the cold weather, getting creative about where to hide hand-warmers to keep their fingers and toes alive. Christine was a champ in her sleeveless dress. You can’t even tell by looking at these photos that she was colder than both Shawn and I! We did a fun champagne pop and cheers before heading to the Painted Hills overlook for some incredible sunset and post-sunset photos, which was a truly awe-inspiring view.
Christine and Shawn were silly, fun, and so sweet to photograph. Their personalities really shone through in this session, and their love is so evident it was easy to capture it on camera! I’m so lucky to also be photographing their wedding in July 2021, and I can’t wait!
The Painted Hills are the perfect location for an engagement session like Christine and Shawn’s, or an incredible elopement or adventure session. This is a location you can’t pass up if you’re thinking about getting married in Oregon! Reach out to me here to ask about elopement photography, and I’ll give you all the tips and tricks I have about the Painted Hills area!