09 Apr
Posted by Brent Looyenga

Ben and Leanne are awesome. I met both of them when I was attending Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon. I love shooting weddings out there, and engagements, because things are always so green — way more so than Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (although Coeur d’Alene is quite beautiful). Portland offers a lot of variety. It was at Multnomah that I really started getting into photography by shooting a lot of events for the athletics teams, including volleyball. This is how I met Leanne, because I often captured her dominating the game of volleyball. Well, as much as a Multnomah volleyball player can dominate, anyway. ;) These two are so awesome. I was pumped to shoot their engagement photos, and I can’t wait for their wedding in September!

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02 Apr
Posted by Brent Looyenga

Wedding season is upon us! As i begin to prepare for my first wedding of the season this coming Friday in Portland Oregon, i thought it would be interesting to talk about what it is i do to prepare. Simply put, i make sure i'm ready for any situation. This means camera and memory card failure in the worst of cases, and bad lighting in the best of cases. Luckily for me, the bad lighting is the worst i have experienced. That said, there are many key components to being ready for any situation, and specific types of gear for that situation. Because as a wedding photographer, you end up needing to be good at many things: Landscape photography, to capture the essence of the venue; portrait photography, to capture the people; product photography, to get the details such as the dress, rings and shoes; and finally event photography, to capture the people effectively in one of the greatest moments of their lives. In many ways, the wedding photographer needs to be good at everything. The gear is simply the means by which they do it. 

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26 Mar
Posted by Brent Looyenga

I met Lindsay Cole at my church’s college group in Coeur d’Alene. She is nice, energetic, fun, and on the leadership team with me. She is someone my wife and I liked immediately. Because of this, she was someone we sat next to on a regular basis. She also writes an awesome blog (which can be found at the link below) where she has affectionately coined the term #Lindszlo in reference to herself and her handsome fiancé Laszlo. One of the great things about these two is how much fun they have together, and I think it shows. It’s completely obvious in the photos that they aren’t just “looking good” (which they did quite well, I might add), but that they are also having an amazing time. One of the greatest things about them, though, is their story.

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19 Mar
Posted by Brent Looyenga

Coeur d’Alene Engagement: Laszlo & Lindsay

Laszlo and Lindsay are not a serious couple. That is to say, there was way more laughter going on during this engagement shoot than I normally experience. They have a good time together, and it shows.

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12 Mar
Posted by Brent Looyenga

I met Chase and Emily on the same day in downtown Spokane. Both of them getting their senior photos done. Chase is going to a skills school where he is learning how to install car stereos, while Emily is an studying to become and CNA. While i love shooting weddings and engagement shoots, sometimes it's really refreshing to be able to focus on a single subject. Check out some of the photos from their shoots below. :) 

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