A Country-Style Engagement Shoot

August 4, 2010 | editorial team

country style engagement photo session from Daniel Usenko

Tim and Yana’s sweet love story spans several countries, a few continents and nearly their entire lives. In these images from their engagement session with Seattle-based photographer Daniel Usenko, it’s easy to see how much these two simply enjoy being together, at long last.

Tim, Yana and Daniel set off for a day of shooting with no specific location in mind, hopping on a ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island, with only the idea that they wanted their images to have a “country” feel to them. Together they explored the island, and whenever they drove by a beautiful farm they would stop, knock on the door, and ask the owners if they could take pictures with their horses, barns, and orchards. The result was a fun and adventurous day, and tons of great engagement photos. Check them out!

country style engagement photo session from Daniel Usenko

Tim and Yana’s families have been friends since the two were only four years old, but lost contact as Tim and Yana were growing up. When they were sixteen, the families were reunited, and Tim and Yana really began their journey to where they are today. Over the next several years, through long-distances between Seattle, Russia, Southern California, Italy and even Thailand, the two kept in touch. They wrote e-mails, chatted on the phone and every once in awhile, they actually saw one another in person.

Finally, in January of 2009, Tim called Yana and told her he had feelings for her. One month later, on Valentine’s Day, he flew to Seattle and told a very surprised Yana, that he loved her. At long last, they were officially dating. Five months later, on a trip to Russia, Tim proposed and Yana accepted.

country style engagement photo session from Daniel Usenko

If you ask them, Tim will tell you that he loved Yana from the moment he first laid eyes on her cute smile and gorgeous eyes. Yana for her part, loves Tim’s generous and caring nature. The lovebirds are getting hitched this weekend – best wishes you two! And thank you to Daniel Usenko for sharing these sweet images with us!

country style engagement photo session from Daniel Usenko


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  1. love the whole farm idea. the series with the couple and the horses are too cute!

  2. These images are beautiful. So is the story.

  3. Nothing looks more beautiful than true love…loved the photos and the story sounds romantic!

  4. Such and amazing story, glad they can be together at last… their love realy shines through in the photos.

  5. what a lovely couple!

  6. This is a great story. The story encouraged me to make a wonderful country-style photo shoot. There are some baltimore wedding photographers who are willing to do this kind of concept. This is just astonishing. Kudos!

  7. I love these shots! what beautiful pictures – it looks like they truly had a blast!

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