Engagement photo sessions are my favorite next to photographing the wedding day. I get to go to a beautiful spot like the Washington Park Arboretum, I learn a ton about my clients, and we have fun doing photos. A great example of this was Nate and Erica’s session from earlier in March. Washington Park Arboretum was in full bloom! Everywhere we turned trees were filled with lovely spring blossoms and the first signs that winter has morphed into my favorite time of year. This also meant the park was filled with photographers, but that’s okay. I enjoy seeing friends, old clients, and others enjoying the beauty that is unique to our corner of the globe. Even when it’s not filled with springtime flowers the Washington Park Arboretum is a beautiful place to visit. From the Japanese gardens, to the wooden trails, there is something lovely around every corner.  As Erica, Nate, and I wandered through the park moving from one location to the next I learned that Erica is a very talented musician, that Nate will do anything for her, and that they really complement each other well. It was really pleasant to swap stories, laugh together, and see these two enjoy themselves. I had brought a few props for our session including a picnic basket and my clients brought a lovely bottle of wine. This made for a really natural story telling opportunity and one of my favorite photos of the day. On the wedding day it’s important to stay on schedule. By doing an engagement photo session before the wedding you can enjoy a much looser schedule and really create images that showcase personality. Once a couple is comfortable in front of my lens, great things can happen! A wonderful upside of this is that the same comfort level that was achieved during the engagement photos session is easy to get back to on the wedding day. I am positive that this session helped my adorable couple gain the confidence and experience they need that will help them on their wedding day as we create personal, romantic, portraits that they will love for generations.
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