Katelynn & Francisco contacted us requesting to have an engagement session captured in the Columbia Gorge. They wanted images captured of them hiking among some of the waterfalls that line the Historic Columbia Gorge Highway.
We did some research and planned to start at Horsetail Falls, work our way toward the iconic Multnomah Falls, and conclude the session at sunset at the Vista House at Crown Point. Our choice of locations and timing were absolutely perfect that day, hitting each key location at precisely the right time. What we didn’t account for however, were the large crowds of visitors enjoying each of the parks and waterfalls as well. The weather that day was absolutely superb and travelers from near and far ventured out into the Columbia Gorge to enjoy its inherent beauty.
Katelynn & Francisco were very much wanting a portrait along the bridge at Multnomah Falls. I stayed down below to capture a more dramatic angle while the couple worked their way up to the bridge (along with a whole slew of visitors). There was absolutely no break in activity with many guests pausing along the bridge to take in the sights. Given the flow of traffic, having a moment with just the couple alone on the bridge was truly impossible. So, I made sure to photograph them in such a way that I could simply Photoshop out the crowd. Now the process to do this is actually quite complex, but the end result is what all of us had envisioned as the finished product.
I love these types of challenges. Matching my clients’ wishes and desires with my technical command of the medium is how we produce work that pushes the envelope and transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary.
When I presented this before and after sequence to Katelynn & Francisco, they replied, “We didn’t even know that was possible! Mind blown, you’re freaking awesome!”