Engagement Portraits | Why you should have them taken!

Engagement portraits. Some people think of them as a lot of fun and others put it on the same level as a trip to the dentist.

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 Night engagement portrait on the streets of downtown Seattle

 I love photographing engagement sessions. This is partly because I love photographing anything, but I also specifically like engagement portraits. I get to see the couple as they really are without the slightly stiff feel of people way more dressed up than they normally would be. I get to know the couple a little better as we laugh and joke our way through the session. And finally, I get to be as creative as I want because there is no wedding day rush to move on to something else.

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Sara and Daniel | Fifth Anniversary Portraits at the Olympic Sculpture Park!

Sara and Daniel were married five years ago. I was very honored to photograph their wedding. I was even more honored to be photographing their fifth anniversary! It is so cool to be their photographer again! If you want to see a few images from their wedding you can find them here.

Sara and Daniel and their little dog, too! :)

One of Sara and Daniel’s portraits at their wedding 5 years ago was in front of a No Trespassing sign!

Pam & Richard | Engagement Portraits at St. Edwards Park in Kenmore!

I met Pam and Richard at St. Edwards Park in Kenmore for some engagement portraits. I had a great time talking to them and hiking around the park.

I really like this image of the two of them.

Noella & Niraj | Engagement Portraits at Gasworks Park in Seattle!

This weekend we had a beautiful day for engagement portraits. With Noella and Niraj we met at Husky Stadium. They wanted a generic stadium to go with their University of Michigan gear for their save the date cards. No one intentionally ran us down with their car as we were taking photos of Michigan jerseys in front of Husky stadium, but I think it was a near thing. :)

After the stadium shots we did some chalk drawings. Actually Noella did some chalk drawings while Niraj and I watched. And finally we finished up the shoot at Gasworks Park. Very fun!

I love that Noella drew a turban for Niraj to “wear”!

My idea behind this is to create a bookmark or possibly a ticket style save the date card (lots of space above the couple for text and design.

Stephanie & Kalani | Engagement Portraits at Pike Place Market!

I had a great time with Stephanie and Kalani at Pike Place Market.  We met just before sunset and did some night portraits.

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Stephanie and Kalani’s band portrait.  I used two flashes (one directed at each of them) for this one.

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Debbie & Philip | Engagement Portraits at Pike Place Market!

Debbie and Philip met me down at Pike Place Market  for some engagement portraits.  I had a great time with them and we found some locations by the market that I hadn’t been to before.  Very cool!

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I took this pair of portraits as Debbie and Philip looked at each other. 

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For this one, I used a flash to overpower the ambient light on a loading dock.

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Rachel & Mike | Engagement Portraits at Golden Gardens in Seattle!

Rachel and Mike are getting married tomorrow in Minnesota.  They already had a wedding photographer lined up, but they wanted some portraits taken in their new home of Seattle before the wedding.  I met them at Golden Gardens and here are the images!

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engagement portraits at golden gardens in seattle by wedding photographer cory parris
engagement portrait of a couple in a field by seattle photographer cory parris
engagement portrait of a couple in a field by seattle photographer cory parris
beach engagement portrait in seattle with sail boats by photographer cory parris
beach engagement portrait in seattle with sail boats by photographer cory parris
couple portrait at golden gardens in seattle
couple portrait at golden gardens in seattle
artistic couple portrait by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
artistic couple portrait by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
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seattle wedding and portrait photographer cory parris couple portrait strobist
couple walking in a field on a cloudy day by seattle portrait photographer cory parris
couple walking in a field on a cloudy day by seattle portrait photographer cory parris
couple sitting on the beach looking at the mountains by seattle wedding and portrait photographer cory parris
couple sitting on the beach looking at the mountains by seattle wedding and portrait photographer cory parris
couple sitting on the beach looking at the mountains by seattle wedding and portrait photographer cory parris
couple sitting on the beach looking at the mountains by seattle wedding and portrait photographer cory parris
couple portrait by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
couple portrait by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
couple portrait with bokeh by seattle portrait photographer cory parris
couple portrait with bokeh by seattle portrait photographer cory parris
engagement portraits in the woods by seattle portrait photographer cory parris
engagement portraits in the woods by seattle portrait photographer cory parris
stairs in the woods by seattle photographer cory parris
stairs in the woods by seattle photographer cory parris

I just liked the way these stairs in the woods looked. 

couple portrait in the woods with strobist by seattle photographer cory parris
couple portrait in the woods with strobist by seattle photographer cory parris
couple portrait in the woods
couple portrait in the woods
engagement portrait on the beach at golden gardens with dark, moody clouds
engagement portrait on the beach at golden gardens with dark, moody clouds
engagement portrait on the beach at golden gardens with dark, moody clouds
engagement portrait on the beach at golden gardens with dark, moody clouds
seattle wedding photographer parris engagement portrait on the beach at golden gardens
seattle wedding photographer parris engagement portrait on the beach at golden gardens

Elizabeth & Steven–Engagement Portraits at Volunteer Park and Conservatory!

Elizabeth and Steven are great.  I love the way they laugh together.  Steven proposed at the Conservatory at Volunteer Park, so it seemed like the natural  place for the engagement portraits.  Some people just make things more fun.  Elizabeth and Steven are like that!

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engagement portraits at the volunteer park conservatory
engagement portraits by seattle wedding photographer cory parris at the watertower at volunteer park
engagement portraits by seattle wedding photographer cory parris at the watertower at volunteer park
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portrait of a engaged couple at the water tower at volunteer park in seattle
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smiling engaged couple at the water tower at volunteer park in seattle
moody b&w engagement portrait by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
moody b&w engagement portrait by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
engaged couple laughting at the Seattle Asian Art Museum
engaged couple laughting at the Seattle Asian Art Museum

This is one of my favorite photographs of the day.  I love the way the are laughing and happy with each other!

engagement portrait by seattle wedding photographer cory parris at the volunteer park conservatory
engagement portrait by seattle wedding photographer cory parris at the volunteer park conservatory
engagement portrait with tropical plants by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
engagement portrait with tropical plants by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
triptych of engagement photos at volunteer park by seattle wedding photographer cory parris
triptych of engagement photos at volunteer park by seattle wedding photographer cory parris

Diana & Brad | Engagement Portraits at Washington Park Arboretum!

I met Diana and Brad down at the Arboretum at Washington Park in Seattle for their engagement portraits.  The area there is absolutely awesome for portraits.  Lots of variety, beautiful vistas, interesting relationships between the foreground and the background.  It may be a new favorite spot for portraits for me.  Also, I brought my wonderfully talented daughter along with me.  She created one of my favorite images of the day.  I’m very proud! 

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This image was taken by my incredibly talented daughter, Alyssa Parris.  She has a grasp on composition that many photographers twice her age would happy to have.  I’m a little proud!

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This last image of Diana and Brad walking through the forest reminds me of one of my favorite images of all time, Eugene W. Smith’s “The Walk to Paradise Garden”.  You can see EWS’ fantastic image from 1918 on Sotheby’s website.