August 9, 2010

To Gabe, From Mia: Central Oregon Engagement Photography


Everything I can think to write does not seem to be enough, words seem too trite to describe how blessed I am. Our relationship is such a gift because of the amazing person you are. Each time I am left in awe of your kindness to others, genuine compassion, and commitment to a life of happiness and love. You love me unconditionally and accept me for the person I really am. You support me and encourage me. Simply, you are the person I know I want to spend the rest of my life with, because I know our life will be filled with love and goodness!

I look forward to our future together. I can’t wait to start our family together. I know that both of us are deeply committed to helping others. Light, love, and life are the things I most want to put forth as intentions for our marriage. I hope that our wedding, our relationship, and the rest of our life together bring radiance and joy to those around us. I know that we will continue our commitment to humanity, to healing, and to helping restore light where there was darkness.

“Our souls were split in two in heaven
in order that we should find our our beshert (soul mate)
in this world and become whole”  -Jewish proverb

…and this is what I have found, and what I hope that each person should find their fire, their passion, their blessings, and their other half.



Mia + Gabe,

From day one we knew that you chose us to create something unique, above and beyond, for you both.  The e-session had the backdrop of the sunset lit by smoke from an unfortunate nearby wildfire but it made for all the more spectacular light.  Thanks for being brave (walking on a cattle grate with heels!) and playing with us for few hours under sun and stars.  We wish you both the very best and can’t wait to participate in your traditional Jewish wedding next year!  Your letter, your love are truly special.


B + W

Yes, that’s Mia on a cattle guard with 3″ heels and a smile – WOW.

A little artsy flair from the ground – just a touch of something different.

Two of some of the best smile’s around no doubt!

Mia, you’re gorgeous!  So much so that Gabe’s nibbling on your neck 🙂

Another texture rich, gritty image we love with that perfect combo of sexy and sweet.

One of our total favs!  The gelled light here offers rich color to compliment the landscape.

The sunset was just magical.

Mia’s model smile – so cute.

Again, just a normal shot that’s just a little bit artsy and different.


Gabe and Mia
I am so glad you found each other!
With love,

Gabe, I Love you almost like you were my own family. Mia, we’ve known each other for years, you already know how I feel about you. I have 2 favorites: The B&W with Gabe’s arms wrapped around Mia’s shoulders and a color shot where it looks almost as if Mia’s kissing Gabe’s forehead while she looks off into the distance (behind the camera) and Gabe is looking to my left.

Gabe and Mia,

Wonderful pictures, thank you for sharing. Hoping to come out to visit soon


Gabe & Mia,

Enjoyed your incredible and unique photos. The setting is so amazing–great idea. It was difficult to choose a photo–they’re all so good, but I especially liked the first one. Also, loved the sunset shots. You two look perfect together and your love touches us all–so happy for you. Love, Aunt Rose

Very nice photos, best of luck. Grandpa is doing really well.
Out of ICU and on the ornery side.
Love to you both, Marsha

Gabe & Mia,

You are such a beautiful couple. I love what Mia wrote. I know that Gabe feels the same. I’m thrilled that two such wonderful, giving people have found their way to each other. There are four photos that stand out for me, although I truly like them all. #1, #2, #6, and most of all #15. Love, Aunt Maddie

What beautiful pictures!!! What beautiful people!!! I’m amazed. I love you, Gabe, so much…and Mia, I feel honored to be your future sis in law 🙂

Mia & Gabe~They are all great! It’s really hard to pick one favorite, so I picked a few: #3 Mia in 3 inch heels on cattle guard holding on to Gabe for dear life! Cute! #6: It looks like you two are sharing a private joke~perfect mixture of happiness and intimacy. #8: You two are having a quiet moment in the brush~just the two of you. #9: Love this one! You both just look happy and attractive and the light is great! #12: Beautiful sunset and light~you both look happy and in love~sweet! #15: Again, very sweet and you both look great and happy! Congrats and shalom! Melissa

Hi Mia and Gabe –

Love the first picture and the last picture in the series. But if I had to choose one over the other – the last. You look so genuinely happy and I’m a huge fan of black and white photos. Cousin K.

I love all these pictures. The backround is so beautiful and if I have to pick just one picture it makes it so hard to do as I love all of them. But I pick picture number 2. Both of you make the most beautiful picture perfect pair. Love Aunt Susan

Mia and Gabe you pictures are stunning …I absolutely love the first four 🙂

Mia & Gabe,

I love all the pictures. I also love the song that went with the video montage. My favorite photo is the first one with you both sitting on the branch, smiling at each other. Congratulations!!! 🙂

Inez Shapiro

Gabe and Mia,

Your photos capture the essence of your relationship…loving, sweet, and humorous. I love you both…Mom

David Shapiro

Oh, by the way…So hard to choose a favorite photo, but I really like the black and white photo in the video montage (time 1:04) where Mia has her chin in her hands and you both share radiant smiles.

David Shapiro

Gabe and Mia,

Wow! Beautiful pictures of two beautiful people. I was particularly moved by Mia’s touching letter to Gabe. Thank you for sharing your open hearts in words and pictures.


What amazing pictures! I love every one of them. Congratulations!

Thank you for sharing. The pictures are beautiful, and I love your letter! I’m not so sure about the symbolism of the cattle guard,:) but beautiful none the less. Great photography and lighting!

Mia and Gabe,

What beautiful pictures. I love the big, happy smiles. My favorite is the one of you two walking hand in hand that black and white and you are both so happy!! I love it…. congrats

i love the last two where you are under the sage bush. very lovely. congratulations.

These are so beautiful. Thank you Byron and Wendy for such a fun shoot and these wonderful pictures


the seventh one is my favorite =)

Wow, captivating photos guys! I know you didn’t have to work too hard to show your love, faith and joy in each other! Beautiful!

I love the third one from the bottom. It is a full clear picture of Mia, looking as if she has all the answers, which she does. And, Gabe looking as if he is in awe. You both look very happy in the first one. Thanks…Tarina

Alice Huskey

Wow! Beautiful photos. I love the one of Gabe kissing your neck…and the first one, on the branch…what nice memories to keep fresh in beautiful art work. You make me smile.

Dear Mia and Gabe
Your pictures inspire me to believe great love stories still exist. I wish you all the happiness. Mazal Tov,

Tana & Mike

Gorgeous sunset pics!!!
So glad u chose these 2 to be ur memory keepers…
Here’s to love!

Soni Baltimore

I like the one of the “cattle guard” in 3 inch heels. You can see both of your beautiful faces. We’re so happy for both of you.

Love the sunset pictures. All very unique thank you both for the amazing and beautiful work. True art!