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Welcome to the 2014 edition of Wallflower Photography’s Best Of The Year blog series!

Every year in early January, we run a series of three blog posts to show off the best of our wedding photojournalism, wedding portraiture, and engagement portraiture from the year that just ended.

This is Part 3, Engagement Portraiture, which includes all portrait sessions with couples in casual, non-wedding dress. Other than weddings, it’s the only type of photography we do at Wallflower Photography. The vast majority of our engagement portrait clients have already hired us to photograph their weddings, although sometimes we’re hired by local couples who are getting married out of state, which was the case with two couples featured below.

In putting together this list, I was surprised to discover that every one of my engagement shoots of 2014, except one, were shot at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma. I think you’ll see why it’s so popular — we can get photos on the beach, in the forest, and in several different manicured gardens, all in two hours or less.

Without further ado, please enjoy our favorite engagement portraits of 2014! We start with Marisa and Gabe on Owen Beach, and since they enjoy tossing around a football, we made sure to include it in some fun photos.

An engagement portrait, photographed at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Engagement Portraiture of 2014

An engagement portrait, photographed at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Engagement Portraiture of 2014

I backed into a pokey bush with beautiful fall color for this last shot of Marisa and Gabe.

An engagement portrait, photographed at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Engagement Portraiture of 2014

Here’s Melissa and Jeremy at Owen Beach, where there’s a great view of Mt. Rainier if the skies are clear enough.

An engagement portrait, photographed at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Engagement Portraiture of 2014

An engagement portrait, photographed at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Engagement Portraiture of 2014

Mel looks so cute in this next photo in the forest, and then we had a little fun with her engagement ring in the moss.

An engagement portrait, photographed at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Engagement Portraiture of 2014

An engagement portrait, photographed at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Engagement Portraiture of 2014

Next up is Erica and Jeff, pictured first at the fuchsia garden, then on a curvy little bridge in the Japanese garden, and last in my favorite patch of Point Defiance forest. Wide-angle photos with relatively “small” couples like these last two photos are perfectly suited for large prints.

An engagement portrait, photographed at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Engagement Portraiture of 2014

An engagement portrait, photographed at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Engagement Portraiture of 2014

An engagement portrait, photographed at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Engagement Portraiture of 2014

An engagement portrait, photographed at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Engagement Portraiture of 2014

Here’s something different, with Sheena and Tim standing on the porch of the historic Point Defiance Lodge, where the park superintendent lived with his family a century ago.

An engagement portrait, photographed at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Engagement Portraiture of 2014

An engagement portrait, photographed at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Engagement Portraiture of 2014

A silhouette portrait of Sheena and Tim at Owen Beach.

An engagement portrait, photographed at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Engagement Portraiture of 2014

Teirani and Russell by the driftwood, and then the weathered retaining wall, at Owen Beach.

An engagement portrait, photographed at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Engagement Portraiture of 2014

An engagement portrait, photographed at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Engagement Portraiture of 2014

On our way into the forest, we stopped at the Fort Nisqually complex in the park, where we created this next portrait at the wall.

An engagement portrait, photographed at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Engagement Portraiture of 2014

Amanda and Kristofer took an unusual approach to their engagement portraits, by scheduling them on their wedding day! They didn’t need the full six hours of our starting wedding package, and didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony to be photographed in wedding dress, so that’s the solution we came up with. I think knowing it was their wedding day gave a little extra charge to their engagement portraits. I think this first one (or is it two?) is particularly fun.

An engagement portrait, photographed at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Engagement Portraiture of 2014

An engagement portrait, photographed at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Engagement Portraiture of 2014

Then we headed into the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, where their wedding was taking place, for the last leg of our engagement portrait shoot. Aren’t these trumpet flowers amazing?

An engagement portrait, photographed at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Engagement Portraiture of 2014

This next shot through the bamboo wouldn’t have been the same without a remotely fired flash that Kris is holding at arm’s length, aimed at their faces.

An engagement portrait, photographed at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Engagement Portraiture of 2014

This last engagement shoot is the only one not photographed at Point Defiance Park. Instead, I met Caitlyn and John in Seattle, and all these portraits were shot in and around Pike Place Market and Opera Alley. They got married in Scotland, and unfortunately I was unable to convince them to bring me along. Maybe next year.

An engagement portrait, photographed near Pike Place Market in Seattle, selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Engagement Portraiture of 2014

An engagement portrait, photographed near Pike Place Market in Seattle, selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Engagement Portraiture of 2014

An engagement portrait, photographed near Pike Place Market in Seattle, selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Engagement Portraiture of 2014

An engagement portrait, photographed near Pike Place Market in Seattle, selected for Wallflower Photography's Best Engagement Portraiture of 2014

See Part 1 of this blog series: Wallflower Photography’s Best Wedding Photojournalism of 2014
See Part 2 of this blog series: Wallflower Photography’s Best Wedding Portraiture of 2014

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