Dylan and Sara Photography : Cape Kiwanda
Geoffrey and I love photographing people. Some might say we’re “people watchers”, documenting humans doing what they do best: being themselves.
But it’s all too easy to put off getting your own photos taken, saying things like, “Oh, I’m so busy. I just can’t right now…” or “I’m camera shy…” or whatever. But in reality, none of those things are really an excuse. Each and everyone of us are human. We’re silly, we’re serious, we’re awkward (some more than others, like us for example)… haha But that’s who we are and how we connect. And after 5 years passing and you have no professional photos to show of yourselves, the hunt for a photographer begins.
When looking for a photographer, it’s important to connect with them. Any of our couples we’ve ever worked with have heard us preach that, but there’s a ring of truth to it. Connecting makes you comfortable and makes you be more like yourself, even when photographed. We have always found Dylan and Sara, one of Portland’s finest and artistically driven wedding photographers, to be an inspiration and had the chance to meet Sara at Mystic Seminars this past January in Portland, Oregon (not shortly after making a complete fool of myself with my loud, awkward and high pitched “HEEEYYY” in front of too many people.) Nonetheless, we were made to feel welcome, and so it was only a matter of time before they would be taking our photos right back in their beautiful state.
If anyone knows anything about us is that the more unique the location, the more giddy we are inside. As Louisiana natives, giant 200 year old oaks are impressive and wide open flat fields are beautiful and all, but why not venture out a bit? Why not find someplace you’ve never been before? We live on this big beautiful planet, so why not see more of it? That was the big question: Why not?
We trusted them completely with location and shooting, and left it all up to them. They took us to one of the most beautiful spots we’ve ever laid our eyes on in Oregon: Cape Kiwanda. Loaded with beautiful beaches, sharp, tall cliffs and 20-30 foot crashing waves, this place was perfect. Sara and Dylan did not disappoint. We will forever love these photos and will make it a point to come back to this very spot again to explore once more.
Being on the other side of the camera has also taught us some things, so here’s a run down of tips we took back home with us:
1. Being yourself when photographed is easier than you think. You just have to focus on that. Make funny faces at each other, crack jokes. Do whatever it takes to relax and have a good time.
2. Don’t ever stop moving. Even if it’s small movement like your hands or feet. Once you freeze, you become “camera aware”, worrying about being photographed.
3. Pick outfits that are comfortable and mesh well with the environment you’re in. I love heels just as much as the next girl, but let’s be honest, it doesn’t always make sense to wear them while walking in a rough terrain. Be comfortable. It helps you be more like yourself than you’d ever imagine.
4. Possibly one of the most important things to us: Explore. Go. Find someplace you’ve never been, whether it’s close by or far away. We should enjoy the scenery on our beautiful Earth, so find a place you and your honey haven’t been yet, and get out there. See what it has to offer. You won’t be disappointed. We for sure don’t regret any bit of our decision to travel some.
5. Enjoy your location to the fullest. It was chosen for a reason, so soak it up.
Below are only a handful of our favorites, of us being serious. Silly. Awkward. And a little daring.
Here’s us… being us.
Dylan and Sara
Dylan and Sara : Cape Kiwanda
All photos taken by the very talented wedding photography duo, Dylan and Sara Photography based out of Portland, Oregon.