“You belong among the wildflowers.
You belong in a boat out at sea.
You belong with your love on your arm.
You belong somewhere you feel free.”
— Tom Petty
We couldn’t help but hum these song lyrics while looking at the sunset photos of the free-spirited couple Tanya and Chris. With a little creativity and clever planning, we were granted access to a private Willamette Valley farm covered in poppies and wildflowers. We discovered so much warmth, love and light behind the camera lens — so much external and internal beauty.
It was a pleasure working with Tanya and her boyfriend Chris, a couple that understands the value of having professional photos taken. “I’ve had professional family photos, prom photos and individual photos taken ever since I can remember,” says Tanya. “I mean who doesn't like their photos taken?”
Despite her past experience, Tanya had a few pre-shoot jitters. “I was worried we wouldn’t be able to pose together,” she says. “But it wasn't like that at all! Crystal was just absolutely amazing. She's very patient and creative, and has a big passion for what she’s doing. The entire experience was really comfortable and easy going.”
Tanya and Chris are excited to share their photos on social media and use them as decorations throughout the house. These love birds were easy to photograph. The photos showcase warm smiles between partners, delicate white-knit dresses, trusty denim shirts and a future that’s only blue skies ahead. The soft blond waves of Tanya’s hair and the deep brown curls from Chris seem right at home among the wildflowers.
Our camera lens captured intimate moments of them dancing through the fields, and the way the sunrise seemed to settle on their lips just before the moment was sealed with a kiss. The only thing more magical, more vibrant than the sun setting around them, was the way they looked into each other's eyes.
Are you ready to be among the wildflowers? To be in a place where you feel free? Schedule your sunset photo session with your loved one or plan a magical solo photo session today!
Crystal McMonnies is a fine art, fashion, and editorial photographer based in Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR. She creates custom, styled sessions for clients, and is passionate about capturing love, and wild, emotional stories for women, couples, families, and badass boss babes.