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Photographic portrait of couple at sunset on Owen Beach at Point Defiance Park, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

I suppose that starting with this beautiful sunset portrait of Kellene and Ernie at Owen Beach is sort of like eating dessert before dinner, isn’t it?

This was a special portrait session in a couple ways. Ernie’s an operations officer in the Army and getting ready to deploy, so this was a pre-deployment portrait session. However, once Ernie returns, he and Kellene are getting married in New Jersey, so these were also engagement portraits. And, as Tacoma was a temporary home for the military couple, they wanted their portraits to have a real Washington State flavor to reflect their time in our beautiful state.

We started our session down at the duck pond at the entrance to Point Defiance Park, then headed over to the Rose Garden, although we found better lighting and fewer people at some of the flower-packed beds nearby than among the roses.

Casual photographic portrait of couple on bridge over duck pond at Point Defiance Park, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Casual photographic portrait of couple on bridge over duck pond at Point Defiance Park, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Casual photographic portrait of couple in front of colorful flowers at Point Defiance Park Rose Garden, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Candid photographic portrait of couple in black and white at Point Defiance Park Rose Garden, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

On the phone, Ernie mentioned that he wanted a few photos with his car during the session, and I was pretty stoked when said car turned out to be a glistening Aston Martin coupe! We picked one of my favorite spots on Five Mile Drive for our car portraits, with the moss-laden trees of the park’s native rain forest soaring overhead. With traffic being very light, we just parked on the road and I worked fast to capture a handful of knockout photos, my favorite of which is the first one below.

Awesome photographic portrait of couple with Aston Martin on Five Mile Drive in the rain forests of Point Defiance Park, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Pair of photographic portrait of couple with Aston Martin on Five Mile Drive in the rain forests of Point Defiance Park, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Then, after a short trek into the forest, we hurried to Owen Beach to catch the sunset. Our session ended with that photo at the top of this post, but before then, we had time to create a variety of other nice portraits as well. The late-evening light was beautiful, and our new camera handles low light beautifully.

Natural light photographic portrait of couple at dusk on Owen Beach at Point Defiance Park, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Photographic portrait of couple sitting on driftwood on Owen Beach at Point Defiance Park, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Romantic photographic portrait of couple at dusk sitting on driftwood on Owen Beach at Point Defiance Park, by Tacoma wedding photographer Wallflower Photography

Congrats Kellene and Ernie!

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