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Engagement portrait in front of the Hotshop Cone at the Museum of Glass in downtown Tacoma, Washington, by Wallflower Photography

Marci and Matthew’s engagement portrait session involved one destination that I’m intimately familiar with — the Museum District in downtown Tacoma — and one that I could hardly even picture: an old, rusty red truck in a field on a small farm in Spanaway. Needless to say, I was pretty excited about the idea of photographing at such a quirky spectacle, and I wasn’t disappointed!

We started off on the Bridge of Glass under a sky of thick gray clouds, which provided the ideal lighting conditions for all that Chihuly glass. The Seaform Pavilion, a 20×50 foot ceiling containing 2,364 individual glass pieces, is my favorite of the bridge’s art installations, but it poses a challenge to “people photographers” because it soars over our subjects’ heads, as you can see from the first photo below. The frosted-glass walls and metal frame are interesting enough, but with the right angle, positioning and lens, we can “lower” the ceiling to get it much closer to the faces of our bride-and-groom-to-be — without having to shoot up their noses.

Wide-angle photo under Chihuly's Seaform Pavilion on Bridge of Glass in downtown Tacoma, Washington, by Wallflower Photography

Candid black and white photo under Chihuly's Seaform Pavilion on Bridge of Glass in downtown Tacoma, Washington, by Wallflower Photography

Engagement portrait under Chihuly's Seaform Pavilion on Bridge of Glass in downtown Tacoma, Washington, by Wallflower Photography

There’s a tiny beach and pavilion on the Foss Waterway that I only recently discovered, but it’s already come in handy in a few shoots. It has an interesting mix of natural and man-made, with boats, warehouse and bridge providing the backdrop to the beach, and the industrial brick and metal of Albers Mill behind all the pretty landscaping.

Engagement portrait on Thea Foss Waterway in downtown Tacoma, Washington, by Wallflower Photography

Engagement portrait behind Albers Mill in downtown Tacoma, Washington, by Wallflower Photography

We headed back to Marci and Matthew’s truck to pick up Nuvi, their beautiful 3-year-old Doberman, and then headed up the hill into the University of Washington Tacoma campus for a few quick portraits of the whole fam.

Engagement portrait with Doberman on University of Washington Tacoma campus, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of Doberman at owners' feet on University of Washington Tacoma campus, by Wallflower Photography

Photo of Doberman with owners behind on University of Washington Tacoma campus, by Wallflower Photography

Then it was time to hit the road for the rusty red truck, which was even cooler than I expected. Of course, that dramatic stormy sky didn’t hurt! (Okay, I admit, I enhanced the storminess a little bit.) The tree growing through the floorboards and out the missing windshield provides just the right finishing touch, and probably helps ensure that this truck will be on that spot until it finally dissolves into dust.

Engagement portrait on old rusty truck at farm in Spanaway, Washington, by Wallflower Photography

Engagement portrait on old rusty truck at farm in Spanaway, Washington, by Wallflower Photography

Engagement portrait on old rusty truck at farm in Spanaway, Washington, by Wallflower Photography

We were just about finished when we decided to check out that old barn in the background, which is practically worthy of the drive down just by itself, and then we spotted a big oak at the edge of a field, which became our last stop in the session.

Engagement portrait by dilapidated barn at farm in Spanaway, Washington, by Wallflower Photography

Engagement portrait by large oak tree at farm in Spanaway, Washington, by Wallflower Photography

Fisheye engagement portrait by large oak tree at farm in Spanaway, Washington, by Wallflower Photography

If you know where this truck, barn and oak are, please note that they are on a private residence, and it’s not only impolite to go marching up to them unannounced, it’s trespassing. The nice lady who lives in the house there was happy to give us access to her interesting property, as long as we arranged it ahead of time.

As excited as I was for this shoot, I’m even more excited for M&M’s wedding next month, which will be our first in the Greater Tacoma Convention Center! Our dear readers will undoubtedly find highlights from that wedding on this blog in early 2012.

3 Responses to “Marci and Matthew’s engagement portraits:
Tacoma’s Museum District … and a rusty truck”

  1. Mindirella

    Great photos! I’m in Marci & Matt’s wedding and am very excited to see the beautiful Tacoma Convention Center first hand.

    Lovely blog, and beautiful photos!

    Congrats Marci & Matt!!

  2. Shawna

    Great photos!
    Would you be willing to share information on the location of the truck so I can talk to the woman about taking pictures of my kids there?

  3. Scott Schoeggl

    Sure! I’ll email you the info.

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