So…sometimes, no matter how you plan somethings just kind of go sideways, but more on that later. I met Johnny and Vanessa the Thursday before their Engagement Session at Vanessa’s sister’s wedding. That’s right, I’m keeping it in the family. We decided to start at the Multnomah Falls Lodge in the Gorge and move from there. When we got there, it was packed to the gills with tourist. Nothing against tourist because I’ve been known to be one from time to time, but you see me working…don’t ask for me to take your picture and tell me how to do it. It’s just bad taste. Anyways after a couple of shots there we decided to pile into my car and go back on 84 because it looked like something was going on going east. Ok, let’s roll with the punches so off we went. After taking some shots in the glow of the ”Magic Hour”, a term used by photo nerds like me describing the magical light before sunset we made our way back to the lodge where Vanessa and Johnny were parked. We got on 84 and everything was going smoothly then that smoothness turned into something so opposite of smooth that it resemble walking on a floor of broken glass and rusty nails barefooted. I-84 is Closed. What! We were being re-routed to the old highway which for a second didn’t seem so bad. Well, three hours later when we arrived back at their car we reassessed our original observations. Johnny and Vanessa took it in stride though and as a result of that three hour tour we now have some inside jokes including bum ankles, highway cell phones, house squatting and turning left at inappropriate times. I also have a new nick name, ”Money Mike”. Thanks Johnny and Vanessa for making it one of the most memorable Engagement Sessions ever.