Engagement session

Mountain Top Engagement Session | Blue Ridge Parkway | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Emily and Bill are one of the most adventurous couples I have met. In fact, just days after this session they left for a 7 week adventure across Egypt! When deciding on a location for their engagement session it was obvious it had to be on a mountain. They met as camp counselors taking kids hiking, white water rafting, caving, and other adventures. Their first date was going rock climbing and Bill proposed while hiking up a 500' mountain.

Emily grew up in a military family, just like I did, and we got along immediately. She is not only adventurous but she's so laid back and you can tell she can fit into any surrounding she is placed, which is what happens when you move your whole life. Bill is just an all around great guy. The type of guy you want your daughter to fall in love and marry and I don't say that lightly as the mom to three girls! Watching them climb through the rocks together, while Emily was freezing and wearing heals part of the time, was like watching a romantic comedy. They laughed and kissed without being guided it made our session a breeze, and it was so breezy this day with gusts up to 40 mph and a windchill around 30!

I am so lucky to get to tell their love story that started in the mountains. I was so thrilled to do my first every mountain top engagement session and they were the perfect couple to show me how it should be done! I cannot wait for their summer wedding and to watch the adventures that follow.

Best of 2017 | Engagement Sessions by Christy McKee Photography

Happy New Year!! I'm slowly crawling out of holiday hiding and easing my way back to work! I always start each year with all of my favorites from the past wedding season, "Best of 2017". I finished my 2017 wedding season just in time to finish wrapping presents and baking for Christmas and then next thing I knew we were a week into 2018, not sure how that happened but I obviously enjoyed a few weeks off! So it's officially January which means a lot of congratulations to all the newly engaged couples!!! It also means a lot of coffee meetings for me which I never complain about :)

Last year was my busiest weddings season yet, and I neglected to blog quite a few engagement sessions (sorry to all my awesome couples). I promise to do better with that this year, goal #1!  I'm starting off my best of blog series with my favorite engagement photos from 2017. I love engagement sessions for so many reasons. Your engagement session is when I really get to know you both as a couple. I get to learn who is silly or serious, which one of you can always make the other laugh or relax. I find ways to make you both enjoy having your picture taken, because I know not everyone loves being in front of the camera. Your engagement session is also the perfect time to get to know me as well. Not just the fact that I love coffee and being outside, but how I sometimes get quiet during your session and you quickly learn that means to just keep doing what you're doing and forget I'm there, ha ha. You'll learn that I don't like to pose you too much because then it becomes unnatural. You'll find out that I try really hard to make you laugh, a lot, and I always try to get you moving. Your engagement session is always fun, active, and great practice for your wedding day.

So, when should you schedule your engagement session? I suggest scheduling your engagement photos shortly after your engagement so you can use your photos more. Most couples like to use the photos for save the date cards and their wedding website. Since most couples get engaged over the holidays, isn't it too cold for an engagement session?!? Well, it can be cold but there are other options. I love doing in home and lifestyle sessions. These can be more casual and make you feel more at ease. If your home isn't your ideal background for save the date cards, consider other indoor locations such as a bed and breakfast, your favorite restaurant, winery, or ice cream shop. Still not the right style for you? That's OK, we can wait until Spring and enjoy the great outdoors. I love shooting near water, woods, mountains, and urban settings too!  I enjoy traveling to new locations and am always up for an adventure. I also have some favorite local spots that I shoot at often. For your engagement session I look for locations that have variety and suggest bringing a second outfit to change into to add even more variety to your session.

Congrats again to all the newly engaged couples! I'd love to talk with you about your 2018 wedding dreams, and I cannot wait to see all the amazing images we can create together this year! Here are my favorite engagement photos from last year...........