Sunrise is underrated. Yes, waking up at the crack of dawn in summer is rough (we started this day at 5:20am), but it’s always worth it.
Melissa used to live right next to Yaquina Head in Newport, and she would run here at sunrise daily. Now, she lives on the opposite coast, but she made a special trip back this May. Her fiance, Brendan, and her co-proposed to each other on the Oregon Coast, and a few days later we met up for their engagement photos here! It was nothing short of magic.
About Yaquina Head
Yaquina Headland was formed by a lava flow 14 million years ago. The cliffs and coves are home to many seals, whales, and birds. Tide pools around the headland are constantly teeming with life. Abundant wildflowers and evergreen native plants cover the peninsula in lush color.
The Yaquina Head Lighthouse has been lit since 1873, and is a well-known landmark on the Oregon Coast.
Yaquina Head Engagement Photos
Sunrise is an ideal time to take engagement photos at Yaquina head, since the park does get crowded with visitors in summer months. The gates open at 8am to cars, but local hikers, birdwatchers, and photographers can enjoy sunrise at Yaquina Head by walking in on foot. It’s a one mile hike each way.
We hiked in and took photos with the golden wildflowers and lighthouse first. Then we walked up Salal Hill, took a couple shots on Cobble Beach, and then walked back to finish up at Agate Beach just south of the headland.
We booked hotels nearby so the early morning wake-up wasn’t so difficult. And we all feasted at our favorite Oregon Coast restauraunt, Local Ocean, the night before. It was marvelous.
Did you like these engagement photos at Yaquina Head? If so, you might like these other blog posts about Oregon engagement photos! And if you have any questions, or you are planning your own couples photoshoot, feel free to contact me! I’d love to help.