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Having spent most of their dating life in and around DC, Emily and Ron knew they wanted their engagement session during cherry blossom season. We opted to skip the busy tidal basin and opt for the more private, scenic Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna. Spring engagement photos in Virginia were just what I needed to spark my creativity after a long winter! Despite the rain threatening us all day and the blossoms not being at their peak, I have to say this is one of my favorite sessions to date! Emily’s flowy pink spring dress was the perfect fit for the gardens. Plus, their smiles when they look at each other are pure joy. I am so grateful they chose me to capture their wedding and engagement photography!
Before this engagement session, we talked about different locations in Virginia that might give us the classic cherry blossom look without being on the national mall or tidal basin. Meadowlark was our first choice because of the variety of blooming flower we’d have the opportunity to see! The spring colors were perfectly timed.
Before I drove up to northern Virginia for their engagement photos, we talked about what made them feel most comfortable. During engagement sessions, I aim to learn how to make the couple most relaxed so that wedding portraits can go smoothly too! Emily and Ron let me know that their first kiss at their wedding would be their first kiss EVER! They had never kissed before! So, I challenged myself with some alternative posing and prompting. To my surprise, it was not difficult to avoid at all! And, I think depicting intimacy in other ways was a nice, creative break.
Both this wedding and engagement session are one for the books. I’ll get to tell more of their story in the wedding blog. But, I just enjoyed their authentic connection, genuine full belly laughter, and general nerdiness. These are my kind of people!
“If you are considering having Jo as your photographer for your engagement shoot, wedding shoot, family shot and more.. DO IT! Jo is incredible at what she does! My now husband and I never kissed until our wedding day and she helped us feel comfortable with each other and have fun at the same time. She is so easy to work with, on time, super professional but not stiff. She is so relational and kind. Her quality of work is out of this world! Do it. Do it. DO IT! YOU WONT REGRET IT!”
Whether you’re looking for engagement photos in Virginia, or somewhere else along the east coast, I would love to chat! I believe in making sure every client is the best match, and I’m exactly the kind of photographer to best serve you. Contact me, and we’ll schedule a call!
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Picking an engagement session location can be a tough decision. There’s literally endless spots out there to choose from, and you want a place that’s meaningful to you two, photogenic, and fits with your style and wedding theme. A good photographer can make any location look great, so pick the spots that are most meaningful to you. Not sure where to start? Here’s some fun, out-of-the-box ideas!
Remember that any location can be photogenic if you’re willing to give it a try. Wedding photographer are experts at making beautiful artwork on the fly. On wedding day, we pull up to a venue that we may have never seen before, and make every moment of the day look pretty and elegant – from wedding details and rings, pictures of your wedding party getting ready, to posed portraits and the reception dance floor. We don’t get to choose the venue or the lighting, so we’re experts at making it work with whatever we’re given. So when you’re planning your engagement session, choose meaning over pretty. We can make your living room or an abandoned factory work just as well as a pretty park or historic downtown. No one location is superior to another, as long as you’ve chosen a photographer you have confidence in.
Have some fun ideas of your own? Tell me! Where are you planning your engagement session? I would love to hear!
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