Nick & Laura’s Engagement Photos

Recently I met up with Nick and Laura in Sandpoint, Idaho to take some engagement photos for them and I have to say it was quite an interesting experience!  This is not a couple that will get accused of taking themselves to seriously and in between the hi-jinx we were able to get some photos along the lines of what you might expect.  We started out at a location on Schweitzer mountain and finished up down by Lake Pend Orielle.

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Nothing like lightstands and reflectors for some couples jousting!

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Jason Duchow Photography is located in Oldtown, Idaho and does on location portraiture throughout Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington.   Jason specializes in environmental portrait photography often with the use of  dramatic lighting techniques and is also known for his freelance sports photography work for, The Coeur d’Alene Press, The Bonner County Daily Bee, Priest River Times, Newport Miner, Sandpoint Living Local and a handful of other newspapers and publications.

Jason & Erin’s Engagement

The day of my engagement shoot with Jason and Erin turned out about as perfect as it could be.  The weather was great the whole time and the last hour of our time together the natural light was amazing.  We started out in downtown Sandpoint, starting in the one and only alley that the town has to offer and then finished up our time down by the lake.  We had a great time and I can hardly wait for their July wedding!


Alex & Natalie – Portland Engagement Shoot

In June I will have the privilege of capturing the memories of the day my Friend Alex joins his life to his very special fiance Natalie.  Alex and Natalie both live in Salem, Oregon so originally it did not look like we were going to be able to have an engagement session but it happened to work out that I found myself in Oregon on a previously unplanned vacation and were able to work out an afternoon where we could spend a few hours together.

Alex plans to attend Western Seminary after graduating from Corban University this spring and since this is also the location of their wedding and where they attend church it was a very fitting place to start out our session.

We finished our shoot at the park near the seminary, after a short hike we found a place with some interesting buildings and a spot that overlooks the city.

Congratulations to both Alex and Natalie, I had such a great time with you for our shoot and am very excited to be a part of your wedding day!


Adam and Darian – Engagement

This last spring I had the pleasure of capturing the memories of the beautiful wedding of Phil and Britt.  At the reception while I was taking some photos of the bride’s brother on the dance floor with his girlfriend someone approached me and said something to the effect of “there is the next wedding you will be photographing”.   I have had a number of weddings since that day, but part of what they said was true, because in less than two months I will have that honor!  This last week my assistant Shea and I spent a couple of hours with Adam and Darian as they braved the cold to have their engagement photos taken.  You will be able to tell from the photos that we had a very fun time and it was well worth getting our noses a little chilly!

Thankfully we were able to make our way inside for a while where it was not quite so chilly!


Willie and Amanda’s Engagement

A few days ago I embarked on a mission to the beautiful home of Amanda to take some photos of her and her fiance Willie. The location was beautiful, a great spot for some fun engagement photos.  The only downside . . . the mosquitoes! I am thankful for bug spray and I am thankful for the bug zapper tool, called the clone tool and the healing brush, because I ended up having to zap hundred’s of these little buggers in Photoshop.  Enough about annoying insects and on to some photos!

Joel and Moriah’s Engagement #2

A number of weeks ago I published some photos of Joel and Moriah’s first engagement shoot,(if you missed that one you can see that post here).  One of the locations that this couple really wanted to get some photos taken was down by the beach, but due to the rain we had to reschedule that part of our shoot.  Thankfully we were able to get some acceptable weather on a day that did not conflict with our schedules.  Here are some of the photos from our second round of engagement photos.

Joel and Moriah – Engagment Shoot #1

Earlier this week I had the privilege of working with Joel and Moriah to capture some engagement photos. We had great plans of spending a couple of hours shooting in three different outdoor locations, but the weather forced us to change our plans. We began our shoot at a nice outdoor location, it was a little chilly and dark clouds in the sky created a more difficult lighting situation that I had hoped, but none the less I think we were able to capture a few nice images before the rain started to fall

If anyone asks Moriah what really attracted her to Joel, do you think her answer will be “his bulging biceps”?  I am not going to draw any conclusions either way, but the question had to be asked!

At this point there began to be a few rain drops falling and in the distance we could see that it was about to pour.  We decided that we were going to have to reschedule the rest of our outdoor shoot until a later date.  But, since we together I thought we might as well go and see if we could find somewhere with a little bit of shelter and see if we could get a few more shots.  So we headed off into town and found a couple of spots on the streets of downtown Sandpoint where we could hang out under the awnings to stay dry.

Take another look at the above photo, do you see the rain falling?  I was using a slow enough shutter speed that I was able to capture the streaks of rain as they came crashing to the ground,  I think it adds a fun effect to the image.

After a short while the cold started to catch up with us, so we ducked inside of a local store.   Thanks to Coldwater Creek for graciously allowing us to use a couple of locations in their store to shoot some shots!

This image presented a few challenges.  The overhead light was great on Moriah but Joel was in the shadows.  It seemed everywhere that my assistant Shea held the light we would get a reflection in the window.  Finally we found the right spot and I was able to get some nice light to capture this shot.

These are the stairs that ascend to the Coldwater Creek Wine Bar.  At first I tried to light Joel and Moriah directly, but the stairway ended up being this dark void behind them.  So instead, I had Shea go hide out behind the top flight of stairs and direct a flash into the back corner of the stairway to open it up a bit.  I really like how it created a nice contrast of color in the image.  You have the warm tones on Joel and Moriah, then the cool tone of the light from the flash, and then the warm tones again of the upper room.

Our time was coming to an end, but I had to get just one more series of shots.  It was now dark outside and I wanted to capture some of the lights displayed along the sidewalk.

Well, that is all for this time.  I am glad we were able to shift gears and get some fun images when the weather did not agree with our plans and I am looking forward to our re-scheduled shoot!

Phil and Britt’s Engagement #2

Here are a few more photo from Sunday’s Engagement Session with Phil and Britt.  I know you cannot see anything but their feet in the first one, but I just wonder. . . .  what were they doing while they were hiding behind that train car?

Now they are going to look all innocent, but WE know what you were just doing!

Wow, how did my watermark end up in the puddle . . . . hmm, now that is literally a watermark now isn’t it!

Phil and Britt’s Engagement #1

Yesterday I had the opportunity to photograph the engagement photos for Phil and Britt, we had a perfect break in the weather and a very fun location to shoot.  They were so much fun to work with and I can hardly wait to photograph their special day in May!  Hope you enjoy this preview!