A few weeks ago, I traveled westward to photograph the Portland Oregon Couples Portraits of my wedding clients Caitlin and Leo.

For these young professionals, their relationship over the past eight years has been shaped by their shared drive and support of each other’s dreams.

Caitlin and Leo met in Berkeley, California. Through times of togetherness and being apart over the years, they’ve always encouraged one another to strive for their high goals. Now settled in Portland, Oregon, they recently purchased a house and are going full throttle building their lives together. Caitlin is an attorney representing local unions and Leo is finishing up medical school.

Both are ambitious powerhouses who at the same time, are carefree and playful. This passion continues in how they support each other. Each gives the other encouragement, imagination, and a sense of joy.

Beaming as she recalls how Leo elevates her life, Cailtin loves how he is so even-keeled and focused on whoever and whatever person or task is in front of him. She feels completely seen and when together, she senses that there is no place he would rather be. For Leo, the demands and intensity of medical school are lightened by Caitlin’s constant encouragement which grounds him and reminds him that, for him, anything is possible.

Whenever faced with a challenge, they both commented how they have a wonderful knack for getting each other out of ruts and into fun.

Above all, a common love for the outdoors runs deep through their relationship. They surf together, run trails, and have even gotten into skate skiing. Whether sipping beers on the back stoop of their home, him serenading her on his guitar, or venturing out to their favorite restaurant, their strong connection, comfort, and playfulness was undeniable on their photo session.

For them, it’s been a lovely ride they couldn’t imagine not taking.

After getting to know Leo and Caitlin over the course of this past year, I cannot wait to celebrate their relationships at their upcoming June wedding in Belgrade, Montana. Here are some of my favorite Portland Oregon Couples Portraits from our time together. Stay tuned. Their big wedding day approaches! -M