Sunny Winter Morning Engagement Session // Rattlesnake Lake

March 19, 2021

These two were referred to me by their friends who I also had the privilege of photographing! I love when I am able to work with friend groups.

A few days before our shoot I drove out to Rattlesnake Lake to get an idea of what the light was like out there and it was FREEZING. I stood outside for maybe 5 minutes before rushing back to the car. I expected that when we returned that Saturday the weather would be equally chilled, but instead we lucked out with some serious sun! Shooting in direct sun is always something that I have tried to avoid in the past, but I have been learning to love it more and more. As a photographer golden hour, clouds and shade had always been my best friends while harsh light felt incredibly unpredictable and unforgiving. Somewhere along the way, something clicked, and now every time I see a patch of direct sun I want to pull out my camera.

Michelle and Brian brought their sweet little pup Bob along for their photos, I love when people bring their dogs! He was a perfect little model and had no problems looking at the camera. I swear my dogs know when I am taking a photo of them because they always immediately turn away, I wish they were more like Bob haha. Michelle and Brian have been together since college and you can tell they share a really great friendship. Brian had her laughing the entire time!

Let me know what you think of these harsh light portraits in the comments!


These are great!! You can really tell the connection these two share. Plus, Rattlesnake Lake ain’t a bad spot for an engagement shoot! Amazing work as always.