Molly & Ryan // Cle Elum Engagement

Our love is the thrill of adventurous exploration with no fear of being lost because I will always have your hand to hold.
— Leo Christopher

Oh where to begin with these two and their amazing engagement session?! 

Well let's just start with saying that Molly & Ryan had me on a "photographer's high" for about 3 days after their shoot! They brought the most sentimental props and had the best ideas for locations to venture to that were near and dear to their hearts. Molly was extremely close with her father, Greg Ballard, who passed away from cancer when she was a senior in high school. The only thing he ever bought brand new was his Ford Ranger truck, that he kept in pristine condition and Molly inherited just last year - so of course we included it in some photos, along with a beautiful pendant that Molly turned into a necklace. 

We stuck around the Teanaway area, where Molly grew up and both her and Ryan currently reside. We headed out on some old dirt roads, hoping the wild flowers had bloomed, but with the long winter, they were still waiting to make their appearance, so we settled for views of snow covered Earl Peak instead! This last Christmas, Molly had asked Ryan for a pair of Sorels, but Ryan opted to get her a pair of Mucks instead - so the two of them put on their matching boots and waded in the river for a couple shots - so cute - just loved their adventurous spirit the entire time! Then we hiked up to Cheese Rock, where Molly and her family used to spend the last days of summer with her cousins camping before school started back up. I grew up on the west end of Cle Elum, so I had never been to Cheese Rock and was pleasantly surprised at all the amazing views it had to offer! A photographer's paradise I tell you what! 

We ended the session somewhere extremely special, Molly's family barn. To read more about this amazing barn and its history, click here

Thank you Molly & Ryan for taking ME on an adventure this time around, and sharing so many things about your lives that are so special and sacred!

I can't wait for your wedding day!!!