Unique engagement idea

Oregon, Washington, California, Hawaii
Water Sessions for engaged and married couples

Trying to find an engagement idea that you haven’t seen on any wedding blog or come across on your google search? This unique engagement idea is an experience you won’t forget-a water session! Yes, that is right, a session where you are in the water and I am in the water with you! There are many locations to have your engagement session at, however not many will include a view from in the water right there with you. Suuuure, you have seen sessions with couples in the water while the photographer is shooting from land, but rarely do you see a photographer  right next to you in the ocean or lake, which proves why it is a unique engagement idea. Being in the water with you provides an entirely new perspective; couples  hold each other and interact completely different than they do on land.
Why water? you might ask. Water is such a powerful element and has so many aspects to it- tones, shape, and  movement to name a few. In addition, it is my biggest inspiration because of these aspects; What I love most about these sessions are the true emotion you get simply from reacting to the water. There is no staging when a wave is coming towards you mid-waist and all  you can do is react in that moment. It makes these sessions truly authentic and real.
What might you expect from these sessions? expect to get wet and have fun! For this unique engagement idea plan on getting into the water, if you don’t like to play in water, these sessions are not for you. Depending on how daring you are I could have you wading up to your waist or fully submerged under water. There are ideas for all levels of swimmers and couples, for example, say you want to paddle board out to the middle of the lake and jump in or snorkel around and then relax on the beach afterwards, I can make it work!
Because the Pacific Northwest- Oregon and Washington specifically- only have a handful of warm months, these sessions are great for those that live in or are visiting in southern California (SoCal) or on the islands of Hawaii. Clearly, the warmer it is the better! To see if I will be traveling to your area be sure to see my travel dates on my home page. Also, check out more information regarding water sessions I offer.
Here are a variety of images from sessions I have taken both in Washington State and Oregon State.

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  1. Misty C.

    September 26th, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Love these Jess!!! I can’t wait to see more of them! 😀

  2. Karissa

    September 26th, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    These are all AMAZING! Inspiring work! Do you use an underwater housing for your camera? Or a specific underwater camera? I’ve never seen anyone do this before! Love it so much.

  3. jmhunter

    September 26th, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Karissa-
    Thank you! I use an elite water housing from Aqua Tech. It is definitely my goal to kind of infuse this type of photography up here in the Northwest as I know you are more likely to see this somewhere tropical opposed to the PNW 🙂

  4. Allison

    September 27th, 2016 at 10:31 am

    I absolutely LOVE these water sessions!! I was just checking you out on Instagram yesterday thinking how I needed a session of my husband and I in my life!! SO stunning and intimate. Awesome job!

  5. jmhunter

    September 28th, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    If you are ever in or around the PNW let me know and we can set something up!!

  6. Christine D

    September 27th, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    This is an awesome engagement session! What a perfect location for an adventurous couple. And there is both action and romance! Kind of makes you wish for warm weather year round in the Pacific Northwest!

  7. Laken M.

    September 28th, 2016 at 6:29 am

    So creative! Great job and lovely images!

  8. Dallas

    September 28th, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Love the angles you were able to get on these! What sort of gear did you use for your camera to make sure it wasn’t water damaged?

  9. jmhunter

    September 28th, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    HI! I use an elite Aqua-Tech housing for my Canon Mark III 🙂

  10. Shaunae Teske

    September 28th, 2016 at 6:32 am

    Wow!! This is gorgeous! So creative and different and absolutely stunning! Great work!

  11. Mandy

    September 28th, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Oh my gosh these are incredible!!! So fun and full of life. I love the ones where he’s holding her above the water, and the kissing underwater one is SO COOL. Reminds me of in Across the Universe in that underwater scene. Love this idea!

  12. Autumn Rudolph

    September 28th, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Love the idea of an underwater engagement session! It’s definitely unique, especially in the Pacific Northwest, where let’s face it, the water is freezing! But it would be so worth the cold water for images like these!

  13. Christine

    September 28th, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Incredible work from you as always. These photos are amazing!

  14. Corey

    September 28th, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    These in the water engagement sessions are so fun! Absolutely beautiful work!

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