Engagement Session

shandelle + britton

i am excited to share these photos, this story, this couple with you. this blog is a lot of work sometimes, a lot of effort & thought goes into what i write about these photos, but i can’t imagine having it any other way. i need to know the story. when i learn the story, the photos mean more. in order to give you the same privilege, you should know shandelle & britton’s story. i guess it all started eighteen years ago; when britton & shandelle first met. britton, 7, shandelle, 12. their parents were friends, their families grew up together at church and in the same social circles.

years later, britton & shandelle had a very close mutual friend named joyce. she brought them together in the sense that they were always around the same group of people: though they never hung out one-on-one. though both grew up in the suburbs of vancouver, they shared a huge heart for the people living on the downtown eastside. shandelle & britton both volunteered downtown, making the long commute from langley to vancouver together frequently. eventually, shandelle moved to vancouver & left the suburbs behind. after britton graduated with his nursing degree a couple of years later, he also moved to vancouver.

the two of them were out for drinks one night when britton mentioned wanting to move neighbourhoods. shandelle found an available apartment right next door to the house she currently lived in with 3 other people. how convenient! the boy & girl next door. one year passes, one of three people living with shandelle move out; britton decides to fill the roommate spot. britton writes that, “we got to know each other better than we ever had. we shared life’s highs and lows, prayed together, and sometimes commuted to work together. we dated other people & i always looked for someone comparable to shandelle, and i could never find what i was looking for. i had always thought shandelle & i were maybe too sibling like, we knew too much about each other…”

britton continues the story, we had one of those if you turn 40 and are single-jokes, however, i NEVER thought it would actually happen… except I needed to find out for sure so i didn’t continue wasting my time. after two years of living in the same house, britton comes home one day & announces to shandelle, i’m going out, i’ll be back soon & when i return, we are going to talk about our relationship. when britton returned, the two of them sat on the back step [the photos with the blue wall and green chair in this post!] and talked. britton explained how he didn’t want to wait until forty; if they didn’t know now, if they didn’t figure this out now, they never would. they decided they could date to get married, or not date at all. shandelle said, jump.

shandelle & britton took eighteen years to figure it out [as their adorable wedding invite so kindly put it] but it’s finally happened… happening. these two are getting married on march 19th, a few short weeks away now & i am so excited. i only met these two about fifteen minutes before we started shooting: i love them. i love their story, their style, their home [well, shandelle actually moved out when they started dating, but used to be their home.] these two encompass so many things i love. people all about good coffee & tea, conversations, urban living, acoustic/folk music, indie-vintage style. mmmm mmm good. they also listed old town bellingham as one of their favourite places to go. um, i feel like all i ever blog about is bellingham. we’re obviously a perfect couple/photographer match.

i loved shooting right at the gorgeous heritage home, not only because it’s yes, gorgeous as all get out, but also because that was really where it all started. as we took photos in the kitchen, the living room, the porch, the front steps, the back steps & then next door in and ON shandelle’s apartment [her living room and the rooftop] — i felt like we were documenting the last three years of memories. i’m excited to be a part of capturing these two on their wedding day. hope you enjoyed the photos!

to see more of shandelle & britton’s engagement session CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

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  1. Jamie.These are incredible.Some of your best work yet! Love it!

  2. FABULOUS!!!!I loved that you took the time to write their CUTE story! I enjoyed it. XOXO

  3. bethany says:

    well done jamie! i absolutely ADORE this session. you’ve captured this couple and their lives so well… i feel like i know them! plus you’ve totally captured "the drive" atmosphere! LOVE it!

  4. Jamie – Wow! … I’m an avid follower of your blog, and this one … blew me away! I felt like I was watching a movie … you told their story so perfectly. Ah! Love it. I am in love with these photos and this couple. I LOVE the way he looks at her … *melt* … Way too adorable :)

  5. your bffl says:

    oh my gawshhhh. i just LOVE YOU. you are like THE BEST PHOTOG EVERRRRR!!! and i am SO lucky to be your friend. you are so beautiful, your long locks and your athletic legs. and you know what else i love about you.. YOUR SO INDIE. like OMG, i am friends with a genius. and a FAMOUS one to boot. i am so so so so excited to see your husband. he is going to the most amazing and anointed man in ministry AND SO INDIE. all i see is SO MANY INDIE in your future. YESSSS! ok i love you. that is all. oh ONE more thing…i came to dance, dance, dance, dance.ttyl sweeeetieeee pie!

  6. Jenny Chavez says:

    great job jamie! i love your work, you are one of my favorite photographers!! : )

  7. sean says:

    awesome session, j. one of my favourites from you in a long time. really, really awesome. they have a great home too, it’s amazing.

  8. Emma says:

    Uhhh they are freaking ADORABLE! I love love love their story, the colors, the house, all the coffee mugs, EVERYTHING!So good, Jamie. So, so, so good.

  9. Marryam says:

    love this session :) beautiful. and that kitchen is super cute

  10. Gail says:

    Could NOT love this couple more!

  11. Jacinthe says:

    Wow, Jamie, wow! These are incredible! I, too, feel like I know this couple now! Congratulations missy! :)

  12. damara says:

    jamie…this is probably my favorite engagement session…it is breathtaking. i LOVE the one of him playing the guitar and they are sitting on the covered porch. Wow…it is so special and such an intimate look at who they are. merci beaucoup!

  13. Christie W says:

    Aw Jamie, you really are a gem. You did a great job with these, this couple is sooo cute and artsy!! ps, Rebecca and I have the same little yellow table – sooo cute!

  14. Crystal Rain says:

    There’s something so sweet and personal when capturing a couple in the comfort of their own atmosphere. I really enjoyed this session. Beautifully done.

  15. Shawna says:

    Love these – great job Jamie! Such a crazy story about these two, but they are just perfect for each other!

  16. Resi says:

    What an incredible story, what outstanding photography. I was speechless when I first read through your writings and looked at your photos; I am a girl like Shandelle trying to find someone comparable to my boy – and neither he or I have yet gotten to the part of saying "we are going to talk about our relationship". You just opened my eyes. I hope to jump into this relationship with all my heart. Thank you Jamie for sharing your talent, passion and commitment with us!

  17. Sarah Penner says:

    I. Heart. This. Story.memories of one very special to me.

  18. Lesley says:

    I wish I had seen this post before coffee today, but oh gosh, these photos are just down right amazing. Along with the writing I feel like I just read a Jane Austen novel. Just lovely J.! :)

  19. Dave Fullerton says:

    These photographs are…well…they left me…speechless. The fact that Lori and I knew this couple…before they ever became a couple was like adding that secret spice to a special recipe. Incredible work! Incredible.Please say ‘hi’ to your mom and dad. They may remember me.Dave Fullerton

  20. Krystal Griffin says:

    Oh, my, oh, my!!! That was lovely. Loved the way you told the story little by little as you showed the pictures. LOVED the one in the kitchen, where you seem to be hiding behind a cabinet. It’s like we are the fly on the wall looking into their world.

  21. Great session Jamie….love that you shot them indoors!

  22. shannon says:

    this is probably my favorite post of yours..ever. :)

  23. {andrea} says:

    Man oh man… This post just makes me *SMILE* …*sigh

  24. Bonni Bennett says:

    I love this story! How romantic and hopeful for all to see. Such beautiful pictures of this amazing couple. Of course, I’m in tears and so very happy for you both. I love you Shandelle. Britton is rather adorable too……

  25. Kare says:

    What a fabulous story these two share. And you write it so beautifully. Can’t wait to see their wedding pictures!

  26. Oh my goodness!! These two are sooo soo adorable. I love this set of photos Jamie. The ones in the kitchen, all of them have such an intimate feel. AMAZING!

  27. Maya Laurent says:

    First of all, I want to live in their house! Secondly, way to capture them in their element. These all just feel so natural.

  28. Brielle says:

    Love love love these!

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I’m Jamie! I capture joyful wedding and portrait photos that feel like you—through easy, natural posing. Since 2008,  I've photographed over 270 weddings and nearly 300 family sessions and it’s a joy to spend my career capturing natural, joyful images!

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