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Hannah + Jason's yosemite engagement session at the adventurers workshop with the hearnes and maddie mae

You might remember from this blog post about Megan + Zach when I talked about hiring real couples to “model” for our workshop in Yosemite in February. Basically, we chose to have real life couples instead of professional models so the interactions between the couples and the directions we gave them would be more genuine and therefore more helpful for our attendees! We also decided to have one “elopement” couple and one “adventure session” couple, so the attendees would leave with a well-rounded portfolio in Yosemite. For our “adventure session” couple, Hannah and Jason were my very first pick! We had done their engagement photos back in November in the eastern sierras, so I knew how they were in front of a camera and knew they could handle doing the sam with ten cameras in their face :) 

Hannah works for a company called Outdoorsy, that is basically airbnb for camper vans. We ended up having them bring their amazing van for the first session and it was such a big hit that they brought another one for the second (since their van was currently being rented!). We had so much fun incorporating their van in the photos, something Callen and I would absolutely do with a real session in Yosemite. We loved getting to show the attendees this side of our photography business, even though most people think of weddings first, because adventure sessions are some of our favorite gigs to shoot! It was so much fun watching our attendees form their own bonds with these two. Hannah and Jason were literally perfect for this job and had a blast modeling for what was essentially 4 engagement sessions in one week! We are so beyond thankful for them making it out to Yosemite twice to do this, and for their incredible attitudes through cold weather and 40+ cameras in front of them in just a few short days. Also, they are actually engaged (Jason actually proposed in Yosemite last year!), so even though this was technically a “styled shoot” it was 100% real, and now they have a huge variety of engagement photos in two of their favorite places.

The Hearnes Adventure Photography is run by Abbi and Callen Hearne, a husband & wife wedding photography team with an emphasis on adventure. They live on the road as full-time nomads in their big white van, allowing them to serve a large portion of the western US including California, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming. They believe love is the greatest adventure and strive to create photos that are epic, romantic, true, and timeless.

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