Can I tell you how much we LOVE having pups along to photography sessions?! Virginia and Tim chose the most perfect spring day for their downtown Lancaster engagement session and brought their fur-kiddos, Milton and Hugs, along. Don’t these two look incredibly snuggly?! Check out more images from Virginia & Tim’s Engagement session here 🙂
WOW! We had an amazing Spring engagement season this year! Lots of creative couples and fantastic weather is the perfect background for gorgeous imagery!
Camille & Rob chose downtown Harrisburg for their setting which we took full advantage of the remaining snow for a few fun creatives!
Kaitlyn & Brian also had some snow on the ground for their Founders Hall Garden session. I love that they included their gorgeous pup, Koosh:)
Kate & Douglas rocked engagement style with their State Street engagement session. Seriously one of the best groom engagement looks in our opinion!
Samantha & Michael.. OMG. Just hands down one of my favorite fashion focused engagement sessions. We had a perfect session at Hershey Hotel.
Courtnay & Nick chose to Troegs Brewery for their location which was fantastic both inside and out. The barren train tracks next door were a unique touch!
Taryn & Nick picked a perfect day and a perfect location to showcase their high school sweetheart love. The Masonic Gardens in Elizabethtown is one of our favorite location recommendations!
I’m pretty sure engagement sessions are hands down one of my favorite things to photograph. Don’t get me wrong… I love a fantastic wedding, but with engagements we have ample time to work with our couples and can creatively control when and where images are captured. One of the most common questions aside from what to wear (see this post for those details) is when to schedule your engagement session. I personally REALLY like our clients to make the schedule decision based off of the time of year since well.. they’re your images, ones you’re going to look at far more regularly than myself and hopefully not punish to be kept on a computer or USB but proudly displayed in your home and on your walls (end soapbox) plus you guys probably know what seasons you enjoy the most.
Schedule wise, first the time of year should be chosen appropriately. About 75% of our client family chooses to have their sessions captured between the beginning of April to the end of June also known as prime time Spring and early summer season. The other 20% choose autumn months starting towards the middle of September into the end of October. The remaining 5% are our gladiator couples opting for summer months of July and August or the winter months between December and February. Scheduling also really depends on your location, such as a winery like recent couple Kim and Ethan chose for their late May session. Kim and Ethan definitely wanted greenery and to have some open foliage on the vines to accent their backdrop, basically choosing the perfect time to capture this and not sweat it out like a 5K runner at the gym.
Along with the time of year, the time of day is equally crucial and in most cases when scheduling with our couples I will do a quick internet search to see what the proposed sunrise and sunset times are versus the chosen location. Valleys or tree covered areas I want to get a start time sooner in the evening versus a mountain top or open field area to capture the right lighting based off of the couples preferences. For morning sessions I want to start a bit earlier in the day to avoid heavy face shadows around the eyes if possible. For Jocelyn and Brandon, whom we captured a few weeks ago, grabbing key images around the “golden hour” was key to starting the session at a certain time based off of their covered bridge preferences then to an open field where sunset was approaching, making way to some stunning colors as a backdrop.
In closing, your preferred look, theme, or outfit should also be taken into consideration when scheduling. Having a gorgeous summer dress would look a bit.. odd in October, as would sporting a long sleeve button down and a vest for the guys in the heat of summer. When it came to pairing an outfit with the time of year, Dana and Stephen hit it perfectly for their late May session. Dana chose a very classy blue and white a-line dress while Stephen chose khaki pants and a classic green button down making this perfect pair look as if they stepped off a Ralph Lauren catalog and right into their engagement photos.
There’s a lot of food for though when working through your who, when and where’s of your engagement session, but start basic. Choose the time of year first, then the type of location you prefer, and work around the best timing for the lighting you love and when all else fails contact your photographer, most have seen it all:)
We’re questioned by a large majority of our couples on what would be best to bring to their engagement sessions. Some choose fun props, thank you signs or save the date banners.. some even choose a beloved pup which is always fun! The biggest thing to bring along to any photographic session is your personalities. Photo sessions have come a long way since the sit down in studio with your entire family as a cheesy photographer snaps photographs while saying “Say Cheese” or “Smile”.. gag. If never having your photograph professional taken aside from school portraits, it’s super easy to be nervous and uncertain of how your session will develop. However don’t! I know it’s easier said than done, but bringing both your individual personality and shared personality as a couple allows your photographer to capture natural, fun, timeless images.
Jen and Garrett, whom we met a few months ago at a bridal show, definitely won their gold stars in the personality department for their session. Not only are these two a blast alone but one of the cutest darn couples we’ve photographed so far this year. Their passion and comfort for each other was so apparent in every image we captured at their rustic Hershey session, it’s hard to choose a favorite. One of my favorite moments from their session was one of the last images captured in a large grass field as the pending rain storm we were hoping to dodge, began to pour down. Jen’s reaction and Garrett’s gaze at her are completely priceless and so very much who they are as a couple. If holding back or forgoing sharing their personality with us, we’d never have captured such a beautiful image and for them a sweet and hopefully cherished memory. We’re so excited to see these two again in May 2015 for their Wind in the Willows wedding!
For more great images of Jen and Garrett’s engagement click here!
I say it a million times a year but we are truly blessed with some of the most amazing clients. Kelsey and James are definitely one of our coolest, most laid back couples of 2014. A few months ago, James was hoping we could nail a great snowy day for their engagement images, however we couldn’t snatch one up that had the perfect snow on a date and time that worked, so a springtime Pinchot Park session was planned. Julia, Jason and I met up with the couple for a neat collaboration of greenery, water scenery, and rock structures for back drops and shared a ton of laughs and talked more details of James and Kelsey’s wedding and honeymoon. Although I personally will be missing out on their September wedding, I know Jason and Julia will have an absolute blast capturing their wedding day and kick ass celebratory party!
Check out more great images from Kelsey & James Engagement!
Guest Written by Lead Photographer Heather Casey.
Spring had finally sprung, at least for a couple days, when Whitney and I met up with Kelly and Greig at Harrisburg City Island for their engagement session. Although their wedding is a little over a month away, these two were cool as cucumbers strolling around the attractions on the island.
One special spot in particular was the soccer field. Greig not only is a soccer player, but a big fan and coach as well. Kelly has spent lots of time on the sidelines and in the stands watching and rooting for him. It was fun to see them hanging out together in a spot that brings them such good memories.
I am looking forward to their wedding at Hershey Vineyards which will include their pup as flower girl!
Guest Written by Lead Photographer Whitney Hart:
Scott and I met up with Angela and John for a downtown Harrisburg, urban-meets-nature engagement shoot. Angela rocked some bright orange wedge shoes that were perfect for strolling with John in and around the side streets close to the Capitol complex. The fun loving couple enjoyed posing with the Waiting (aka “newspaper guy”) statue on Front Street and a garbage can spray painted with “believe”. The countdown is on to their September 6th wedding! See you both in 144 days!
Alexis was one of our lucky bridal show giveaway winners from the Weddings In Style show held last year. When she had contacted us about her ideas for their engagement session we had no doubt we were going to create some fantastic images off of her plans and inspiration! Alexis and Jared chose to not only celebrate their engagement but their upcoming birthday celebration for their gorgeous Australian Shepherd, Oakley. Even though we didn’t know much about these two at the beginning of their session, by the end we felt like we had known them for months! Congratulations again on your engagement and we wish you the very best on your June 2015 wedding!
Guest Written by Lead Photographer Christin Lopez:
Whitney and I met up with Jessica and Derek for an intimate moment in the Garlic Poet, the delicious restaurant attached to their wedding venue, the Clarion Hotel. Right away we fell in love with Jessica’s bubbly personality and Derek’s relaxed nature which led to laughs and good times during their session. After adventures at the hotel, we head to a small local park with a gorgeous creek, a perfect backdrop for the relaxed couple. One of my favorite moments was through all the smiles and posing, the couple’s intimacy shone through. Congratulations Jessica and Derek! We can’t wait to see you both this summer!
When couples choose a session location that has personal meaning, capturing the moment is just a bit more special. Sara and Neil opted to revisit the Royal Sonesta Baltimore where last year Neil popped the question and Sara of course said ‘YES!’. After capturing a few images at the hotel, we made our way to the hustle and bustle of Inner Harbor for some fun candid images including an impromptu ice cream stop which the couple share an infatuation for:) We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful spring day with an amazing and personable couple. Congratulations Sara and Neil and we’ll see you in a few months!