Chelsea and Jacob’s engagement session was my first session with nice weather here in Iowa this year and I’m not mad about it!

We met in downtown Sioux City for their engagement session and it did not disappoint.

Chelsea and Jacob told me they have been together for 8 years – they’re high school sweethearts – and this was their FIRST time ever taking professional photos together!

One thing I sometimes struggle with in the spring months (before the grass and trees turn green) is that everything is brown. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I like pops of color in my images. So, we decided their session would best if it took place in downtown Sioux City.

We started at the Hard Rock Hotel in Sioux City. The back side of the building has some really neat green design pieces that allow for a fun pop of color.

For the second portion of their engagement session, we traveled a few blocks towards Sioux City’s 4th Street. I set up shop near Marto Brewery, one of Sioux City’s newest breweries. It was a great choice, because it’s a pretty area, but also a photographer’s dream – the layering I was able to create with some of the grasses off the path made for some beautiful portraits.

Now, you know I previously said I struggle with this time of the year, because we don’t have many natural greens in nature right now. WELL I FOUND A LOOP HOLE IN THAT THEORY!

When we were going to photograph Chelsea’s engagement ring, I knew I didn’t want to put it on a dead piece of grass or cement. Well, I quickly scoped out the area and found a neighboring business that hadn’t taken down their Christmas decorations (LOL). So we walked across the street, popped Chelsea’s ring on a pretty green evergreen stem, and LOOK WHAT WE GOT!

I can’t wait for their October wedding day! I know we’ll have those pretty greens I dream of AND I know we’ll have some gorgeous fall colors on the trees!



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Jones | Downtown Sioux City Engagement Session