Engagement Season

November 09, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

N & J ReceptionN & J ReceptionThe first dance means a lot of different moments. I love it when everything else fades away and the newlyweds have their moment. It happens about now - proposal... acceptances, excitement, nervousness, happiness. It has happened; you're engaged and you are starting to plan your entire life together (well maybe that will happen in the next few weeks and days). In an amongst all that planning don't forget to continue to be a couple, don't forget to grow together, work through the hiccups and rough patches and honor each other.

Sometimes people look at photography (ha - punny!) as a thing they have to do to preserve memories and document what happened (who, when, where, etc.) - which is something a good set of photographs can do. The engagement picture is one of those things that finds it way to many lists "to do's" in the wedding planning crush: venue, colors, flowers, rings, wedding party, time, officiant... I'd like to take a moment to share a different thought about engagement images - they're ARE a great way to make announcements and a record of this time so full of potential in your future's together. They can ALSO be a great experience. Sometimes the camera (especially the "professional" camera that is large and difficult to miss when scanning a crowd) can become a source of anxiety - and rightfully so. When I do couples photography (including engagement sessions) I want to make the session something you'll enjoy, something you'll remember as a great connection to the momentous occasion that you've embarked on. I do something called an Adventure Photography Session. Do you have a favorite activity, location or type of food? Do you want to get "off the beaten path" and do something a bit different?

An adventure photography session is about being out of the "norm" and creating an experience that you'll want to remember for all the right reasons. Here is a very simple truth that I've found to be accurate 100% of the time: If you are uncomfortable during your photos, you will remember that feeling when you see them again - and who wants that for an event that is cause for celebration! The engagement photo is no different. I also have found, 100% of the time, that if you're enjoying yourselves and each other, that if your time is filled with a sense of wonder and amusement, that if you feel excited, your photos will reflect that. We can do an engagement photo on so many ways - if you want to be surprised give me the reigns - if you want to plan a happening, I'm on board - if you know you are at your best when you are in a special place, let me know and I'll be there with the camera. Don't just get a picture because "it's the thing to do"  -- allow me to create a moment that will be more than a just a memory, but a moment that will make you say "ahhh!"

Silhouette SnuggleSilhouette SnuggleThe stories behind these simple moments are what make a couple so engaging. The water was important to the Mary K rep and Airline pilot and both named the water important in their lives. Dragging them away from their boat, the dock provided a moment of peace as the sun set.


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