CJ Wilkes

About CJ Wilkes Photography

Capturing Your Dance In The Rain is such a thrill and joy to me. Being able to look back on those special times through beautiful artistic imagery makes it a worthwhile challenge.
Learning to Dance in the Rain has been very easy for me. I am drawn to Water & Life! The exciting part for me is to teach you to enjoy your moment in the dance as I capture it from behind my camera.
Looking forward to Capturing Your Dance In The Rain
CJ Wilkes

Engagement with A&S

I have to admit I LOVE engagement shoots!!!  I love seeing the interaction between a couple looking forward to their new lives together!  This darling couple come from completely different backgrounds and locations.  Thanks to technology they found each other and as you can see – when together they make a great couple who clearly have eyes for just each other.  Aaron and Svetlana chose to have their moments captured at the Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo and Green Lake.   Both locations have sentimental meaning to them.  The community Center is the place they are having their reception held at.  It is new, modern, sheek – simply cool with a beautiful view.  Green Lake was the place that Aaron proposed to Svetlana and she said YES!  So here I am with the privilege of showing you what a super sweet couple this is and how much fun we had together!!!


I love water shots – I swear my element is water.  Anyhow, one of the things that happen with water is that most the time I end up having to get into the water (which of coarse I love!).  Because of my usually ending up in the water I NEVER wear my phone.  I ALWAYS have it in my camera bags.  For some crazy reason I put my phone in my pocket this time.  LOL – can you guess what happened?  You are right!  I hopped into the lake waist deep with my iphone in my pocket.  Thank goodness I have a really smart husband who was able to save it after it had been drowned.  Bwahahahaha.  Lesson learned for me.  On a photo shoot in the future I am NOT to wear my phone!!!  We all had a really good laugh.  Now tell me if you can tell when in this portion of the shoot I immersed myself into the lake.



The bridal images are gorgeous but will be coming at another time.  Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.  Special thanks to my Assistant Kaitlyn!!!  I am grateful for all the work she puts into the shoot with me.  Again – thank you to Aaron and Svetlana for letting us capture this special time in their lives!


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30 Responses to “Engagement with A&S”

  1. Amber says:

    Aw, they look like such a FUN couple! I think my favorite are the ones on the quilt!

  2. Aimee says:

    Stunning work Cindy!!!!! I love these! The ones with the quilt and the ones in the tall grass are amazing but they are all wonderful! Can’t wait to see the bridal images!!!

  3. Leanne says:

    What awesome images of a fun couple. What a great documentry of their relationship.

  4. Alicia says:

    REALLY love the water ones. You really captured their love. Nice work!

  5. Lisa says:

    Beautiful work! I love your locations and the colours in these are gorgeous!

  6. Stacie says:

    What a beautiful copy and what a great variety of shots. Nice work :)

  7. Nicki B says:

    Wow! What variety. I really love the the dramatic lighting in elevator shots! Beautiful work :)

  8. Kara says:

    love these! Such a fun session with what looks to be a fun couple! Great job!!

  9. Julie Kraai says:

    They are all beautiful, but those outdoor ones take my breath away. Lovely, lovely photos of a couple who is so obviously in love. Wonderful job!

  10. Wow, you really captured both sides of their personalities so perfectly in the two different locations! I LOVE the backlit one of him kissing her neck.. stunning!

  11. April says:

    Oooh, I am loving that cheerful bright one (11th one down) and those water ones are fun because of your angle. (Sorry to hear about your phone though! But hey, at least the shots turned out great right?:)

    • CJ Wilkes says:

      Absolutely! It is all about the perfect shot. Good thing is DH was able to fix the phone to so no real loss, just a funny scare all in the name of a perfect shoot! :)

  12. Gorgeous couple! I really love the blanket and water shots.

  13. Salina J says:

    They are such a cute couple! Love all of your locations, and you got a great variety of portraits for them.

  14. Robbie says:

    OH you are braver than I am!! I viewed the images before I read the story about the lake and thought ‘hmm did she get IN the water?’ Glad your phone is ok! You rocked this session – every single image!

  15. beautiful session and their love is written all over them, so sweet.

  16. Corine Tran says:

    So fun and playful, lots of great variety!

  17. Cindy says:

    such a gorgeous couple! I love how the locations are so personal to them! The ones on the lake are my favorites!

  18. Megan says:

    Great session! Can’t believe the variety you captured.

  19. Maria says:

    Great connections, Love the water shots!

  20. Jan says:

    Love the variety in this session–looks like a super fun couple!

  21. Jaidean says:

    These are gorgeous! Love the variety and looks like such a fun shoot!

  22. tabitha says:

    stunning engagement shoot!!

  23. Laurie says:

    Wow, the variety is amazing!!! So many awesome shots!!

  24. Anette says:

    Ohhhh, I just love how happy they look in these…who doesn’t want to look like that:) I also adore their casual outfits….so fun and full of personality. The y are such a cute couple and I am in love how you shot this session. I love all the different locations and lighting you sued. You are just awesome!!!

  25. Jennifer says:

    Oh wow – stunning lighting and great captures of the couple having fun together. My favorite is the kicking picture in the water!

  26. Holly says:

    These are fabulous!! You captured so much variety and I can really feel the love between them. Especially like the ones in the water and on the quilt.

  27. LOVE these! absolutely gorgeous captures and wonderful locations. beautiful work :)

  28. These are absolutely stunnning Cindy! i love them!

  29. Jennifer B says:

    Great work Cindy! Love the series of them on the blanket!

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