Outdoor Engagement Session

Meaghan & Matt Engagement | Charlottesville Wedding Photographer

I am so excited to share Meaghan and Matt's engagement session! First because they are two of the most cheerful people I have met and it was just so much fun being around them. Second they were my first couple that chose to do a documentary style engagement session!! I always send each couple an engagement questionnaire before their session to help us plan the session, and to get to know them a little better. Meaghan mentioned that they enjoy visiting the local wineries in Charlottesville and doing wine tastings so I asked if they would be interested in doing that as part of their session. We met at Blenheim Vineyards in Charlottesville, it was a little crowded because it was graduation weekend at UVA. Everyone at the winery was so nice and accommodating and they gave us a little spot at the end of the tasting bar. So while Meaghan and Matt did their wine tasting and chatted with the nice person pouring their wine, I took pictures! It was so much fun to document them just relaxing and participating in an activity that they enjoy. They didn't need to pose, or look at me, or feel awkward, they just got to drink wine! Now, I will say I'm sure the first five minutes still feel a little awkward because they knew I was there taking their pictures which isn't all that normal at a winery, but they were completely relaxed within minutes and it all became so natural and real. I really encourage other couples to consider this type of session for their engagement photos and I'll gladly help you come up with some fun ideas and locations!!

After their wine tasting we went outside and did a few more photos on the grounds of the vineyards. We weren't allowed in the actual vineyard but found a few spots filled with lavender and cherry trees which were equally as beautiful! Next they changed into a more casual outfit and we drove a few miles down the road to the Saunders Monticello Trail for a little romantic hike. A change of scenery and an outfit change help give your session more variety! During this part of their engagement session they did some walking and "goofing around", as well as a few posed photos which is great practice for the wedding day. Meaghan and Matt were so comfortable in front of the camera at this point I didn't need to give them much help at all. You can tell how happy these two are through these images and I hope they inspire you as you plan your engagement session too!

Cassie & Robert Blandy Farm Engagement Session | Staunton Wedding Photographer

We were lucky to have a very mild winter this year in Virginia! Cassie and Robert were trying to find a time to schedule their engagement session so they could use the photos for their save the date cards, which can be tricky when you hire your wedding photographer in the winter. Well, thank goodness for our finicky VA weather because when I saw the 10 day forecast was calling for 70 degree weather it was the perfect opportunity for a winter engagement session! We decided to meet at the State Arboretum of Virginia or Blandy Farm. This was my first visit to the arboretum and even in the winter it was beautiful, and now I can't wait to go back in the spring and fall as well.

A few of my favorite things about the arboretum were the variety of trees and stones. There were so many interesting areas filled with different textures and colors, which I love! There was a small pond that although a little dirty, the reflection was still beautiful. There were several benches, staircases, walkways, and so many places to explore. One thing that makes your engagement session stand out is variety. Having a location with a wide variety of colors and textures really adds to your images. I think we could have spent another hour taking pictures at the arboretum.

In The Woods Engagement Session | Staunton Wedding Photographer

It's been a while since I wrote a new blog post. The spring and summer are always so busy and blogging slows down. This spring I was busy with weddings and engagement sessions which all need to be blogged!!

I'm starting with an engagement session which was recently featured on the Inspired Bride!!

I found this location thanks to a friend and wedding vendor White Dress by Greta Kay. She is designing the bride's gown. This summer camp was not open quite yet so it was quiet, empty, and filled with gorgeous scenery. An outdoor chapel, stone bridge, wood cabins, and all the trees were a perfect backdrop. The couple brought along a little someone who also made the photos that much cuter!! This little boy was so sweet and had several ideas for posing and pictures we should take. It was so much fun to find a way to involve him in the engagement session and he was perfect!

The highlights of this in the woods engagement session were the emotional moments captured as the couple thought of their future together, the fun moments when they were laughing as a family, and the moment the golden light shone through the trees just in time. I love images that are full of color, texture, and emotion and this session had all of that and more. Enjoy these images and be sure to check out the feature on Inspired Bride as well.