Sarah and Brandon didn't want a cookie cutter engagement session: they were looking for a location that reflected their shared history, and for photos that would capture them in an unscripted way. My kind of engagement session. I especially wanted to share this session because several people have mentioned to me that this engagement session is "so Sarah and Brandon." The couple agree. So, what is it that makes this set of photos seem to reflect this particular couple so well?
There are plenty of puzzle pieces that go into an engagement session that really nails it: location, clothes, hair and makeup, jewelry, etc. But the most important piece is this: I want my couples to show up with the right state of mind and intentions. Location can really play into that state of mind.
When I discuss possible locations for engagement sessions, I always stress that I would love for the couple to choose a spot that's meaningful to them, not simply a place they think is pretty—somewhere they like to go, already have shared memories, and will feel at ease throughout our session. A familiar location where they already have happy memories allows me to show them in their element. As soon as we started talking about potential locations, Sarah knew she wanted to do the session at her aunt and uncle's home on Red Mountain. "It's been the most consistent place in my life," she told me, since through the years her family has always hung out at the house and gathered there for special occasions.
These two are not big fans of having their picture taken, but Sarah says "five minutes in, I was at ease. Working with you that day made me realize how much fun the wedding day would be!" She went on to say that seeing the result helped her see that it's not about being perfect, but it's about capturing the couple and seeing their love for one another. "It put it all into perspective."
With their simple wardrobes (which also happen to be classy AF), a perfect location to match, some party favors (bourbon and champagne), and a little time, we collaborated to make a set of pictures that show Sarah and Brandon in their element together.