Summer Echo Lake Engagement SessionCourtney + Shawn

These high school sweethearts (and their pup) are too cute to handle! 8 years and 1 ring later Courtney and Shawn are getting married in just a few months — so what better way to celebrate their love than a gorgeous Tahoe outdoors adventure. One of their absolute favorite things to do together is hike around Echo Lake with their fur baby Enzo, so we headed out for some dreamy engagement session goodness.

Lake tahoe engagement photographer - Carmen Salazar
Cute longboard engagement session inspiration - Carmen Salazar

Courtney and Shawn looooooove lots of outdoor activities, so we popped on some longboards for a playful touch to their portraits. They bonded their senior year over longboarding (which was Shawn’s secret way to win over Courtney before they got together!)

Echo Lake engagement photography - Carmen Salazar

These lovebirds were nervous about having their photos taken because it was their first time and both feel like “awkward” people — the camera says otherwise! Courtney and Shawn were naturally adorable (of course) and we had some great laughs exploring the woods. And it didn’t hurt that Enzo stole the show a couple times to put them at ease! The power of the puppy dog game is strong!

Playful engagement session pet inspiration - Carmen Salazar
Outdoor adventure engagement photography - Carmen Salazar

Enzo is the most camera-ready dog I’ve ever seen — those sweet eyes and wagging tongue killed me! I love when my couples ask to bring their pets into the session because it adds a fun and personal touch to the love story we’re capturing together.

Romantic Lake Tahoe engagement silhouette - Carmen Salazar

Adventurous Lake Tahoe couple with pet dog - Carmen Salazar

Courtney and Shawn hope to have Enzo as a special guest for their wedding in September. I hope he is too!

Sentimental Tahoe destination engagement photos - Carmen Salazar
Echo Lake engagement portraits - Carmen Salazar
Playful outdoor engagement ideas - Carmen Salazar

Wind swept and carefree…I love Courtney’s relaxed style.

Lake Tahoe destination engagement landscape - Carmen Salazar

These darlings love little lake dates! On days off they frequent Folsom Lake and Lake Tahoe, but Echo Lake is very special for them.

California engagement lifestyle photographer - Carmen Salazar
Sweetheart engagement photography adventures - Carmen Salazar
Epic Tahoe landscape engagement photographer - Carmen Salazar

Courtney and Shawn put that Tahoe sunset to shame! I can’t wait to photograph their “I Do’s” this fall at Scribner Bend, hopefully with Enzo’s wedding debut! Thank you both for allowing me to capture your love story!

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