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Engagement Session | Jamie & Niall | Oakland, CA

Man and woman standing in front of an industrial garage door and smiling

Jamie and Niall are dear friends of mine and I was SO happy to be their photographer for their engagement session! Their photoshoot was at a cool, hipster-y loft in West Oakland, a renovated and repurposed factory; it had a cool colorful and industrial vibe!

In Jamie’s words:

“We met at an art show that a friend of a friend invited me to. There I met his dad and step mom and his sister (who I already knew socially). Conversation was just easy with him. I felt at ease, and totally comfortable in my own skin. Late into the night we realized there were so many times we almost met. Like the universe was trying to bring us together. He asked for my number with “well, you’ve met my family. Do you want to go on a date?”

I knew he was a keeper in my bones pretty early on. I knew I was going to marry him before I could say I loved him. One of the first times I went to his house, I was sitting at the kitchen table while he cooked dinner and meal prepped for the week. I remember watching him work in the kitchen and thinking this guy is a keeper. He’s a planner, he’s self sufficient, he values home cooked meals and does chores. All hard things to find in a man! And he admired me, and held deep conversation, and values his family. I swooned.”

Jamie and Niall, I’m proud to call you two my friends and I can’t wait for your wedding next year!

Individual portraits of an engaged couple in Oakland, CA

Woman looking up at her fiancee and smiling Man looking up at his fiancee and laughing Individual portraits of an engaged couple in a collage Engaged couple laughing offscreen Engaged couple sitting and laughing Tiny puppy on a woman's lap during an engagement session

I love it when there are pets at the photoshoot! What a cutie!

Woman sitting on a man's lap, both smiling at each other Woman sitting on stairs and smiling up at her fiancee Engaged couple sitting on stairs and laughing

“Can you tell Jamie a secret?” Apparently it was a pretty funny secret!

Engaged couple posing next to a brick industrial loft building in Oakland, CA Engaged couple at an industrial loft in Oakland, CA Engaged couple posing next to an old brick building

Black and white image of an engaged couple with strong cut to bokeh Engaged couple kissing next to brick building Engaged couple smiling at the camera next to a brick industrial building Engaged couple posing outside a brick industrial building Black and white image of an engaged couple smiling at each other

I love the way they look at each other!

Man kissing his fiancee's forehead as she smiles Collage of engaged couple in front of an industrial garage door. With each image the woman steps closer to the man

Close…closer…perfect!

Man and woman standing in front of an industrial garage door and smiling

This is my favorite photo of the bunch and they are laughing at me because I fell over when taking this shot. 10/10 would do again to get these smiles!

Collage of engaged couple- on the left, with a road bike, on the right underneath a smoke bush Engaged couple posing with a road bike

This couple has a shared passion of long-distance biking to raise funds for climate change – including in the national parks and even as far away as Iceland! When we saw some bikes we knew we needed to incorporate them into a couple of shots. This is one of Jamie’s favorites – she said it looks like a magazine ad!

Engaged couple underneath a smoke bush

There was a lot of variety at this location, from brick and metal backgrounds to interestingly textured smoke bushes and flower beds. I’d happily photograph here again!

Engaged couple sitting in the sunshine next to a flower bed

Jamie and Niall, thank you for trusting me to take your engagement photos. This was so fun, and I can’t wait for your wedding next year!

Engagement Photography by Kristen Hazelton

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