Adventurous Engagement Session Locations near Portland, Oregon

The Northwest has so many breathtaking locations. It's one of the many reasons I was so excited to move here when my husband and I relocated from Los Angeles a little over a year ago. You drive an hour in any direction and you will hit something amazing. Here are a few ideas for adventurous engagement photography locations around Oregon and Washington. I love locations like these because it turns an engagement session into an adventure to see some of the most beautiful locations the Northwest has to offer. You can grab a picnic and really make your session something to remember.


in order from left to right...

// Beacon Rock: Offers a mix of forest, lake views, and an amazing rock structure. According to it stands 848 feet tall and was once the core of a volcano. Sometimes its difficult for me to believe that places like this exist under an hour drive from Portland. (photo by Jeff Statt)

// Ecola State Park: This is one of my favorite surfing spots. I have great memories here of hitting the waves and BBQing with friends. The view and forests surrounding the beaches are just phenomenal. A great mix of cliffs, sea, sand, and greenery. (photo by Sean Haselden)

// Larch Mountain: I drove up to this area the other day and it is so breathtaking. On the way up you will spot beautiful open areas in the middle of the forests that are fantastic for photography. (photo by Matthew Fisher)

// Smith Rock: A little further (OK maybe a lot further) than the other locations mentioned but come on, LOOK at that photo. This would be great to make a whole day adventure for your engagement session. Take a picnic and get ready for one of the most beautiful drives you will ever go on. The scenery gradually changes from the water-filled Columbia Gorge, to the mountainous areas of Mt. Hood, and then finally your surrounded by vast, gorgeous, dry desert. (Photo by Mike Putnam)

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