pinterest inspired engagement style

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How do you find the right style for your engagement session? Do you go all out or keep it simple? I find the best engagement session looks stay true to each persons aesthetic, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go out of your comfort zone and dress it up. Clothes can really change the mood and give you confidence. Which brings me to my engagement photos. I still regret what I wore, which is probably why I’m on a mission to help those in need. I had one of those moments where you forget everything you know and walk out the door in jeans and a black shirt… which is not all that bad in and of itself but it really didn’t do anything for me. If I could do it again I would probably buy a dress, rent one, or borrow one from a friend if I was fresh out of college, pick some accessories that brought it all together, and encouraged Matt to do the same.

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These days most couples choose to do two different looks so that not everything is fancy or casual. Some select one killer outfit that will work in all the settings. Either way, a successful engagement session can often come down to style. It’s pretty hard to not feel beautiful in a gorgeous dress.

I recently asked a few friends to help me come up with some spring / summer pinterest inspired engagement style boards, and they pulled some great options. Many thanks to Mary, Jamie + Lynda for contributing! click the images to go directly to the full boards and pin your own inspiration.

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Winterthur Engagement Session | Molly + Chris

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If engagement stories had to be put into categories most would be romance, some non-fiction (and a few fiction to make up for it), and a very few number would be dramas. Chris + Molly’s story is the latter and while it could be written into a page turner the long and short is that when the ring arrived in the mail at Chris’s desk, the box was empty. After many phone calls, and fear that it was stolen, hours later the jeweler was able to confirm that whoever shipping the ring forgot to put it in the box. The roller coaster of events drained Chris of all his energy, and he tried to cancel the evening plans but Molly insisted they go to her favorite orchard. Instead, he waited until the ring arrived and on a regular evening – albeit interrupting Gray’s Anatomy – he asked Molly to marry him. She, of course, said yes.

I met Molly and Chris for the first time at the Winterthur Estate + Museum, which is located just over the Pennsylvania border in Delaware. It was the home of Henry Francis du Pont and is surrounded by 1,000 beautiful acres filled with gardens, woods, trails, and a vast home with 175 rooms. As I was in the Philadelphia area for two other different sessions it was an easy drive for me and Molly and Chris came up from Washington, DC. We captured their Winterthur engagement session in the gardens and I had a great time photographing them and cannot wait to join them for their wedding day in the Cape!

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spring goals

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It’s spring and actually it feels like summer. It arrived overnight. Who cares if it snows on Tuesday like they’re predicting? (answer: we all do) This weekend we had the most glorious weather so far. Theresa + Jake were married on a warm April day in Tunkhannock, PA and threw the most beautiful barn reception at Friedman Farms.

A 2am arrival time back home left me spending yesterday recovering from both a long day of shooting and a late night. Going to bed around 10, I decided to start my week off right by making over my morning. I did something totally different, and after Daphne woke up at 5am I gave her some milk, put her back down and went for a run. I spent thirty minutes running through our little town, which was enveloped in darkness, enjoying the warm morning air.

My goals for this spring center around restructuring my time. For a long time I have just done the same things and I need to change them up and evaluate what works and doesn’t. Maybe that means I’ll start each morning with a run, or editing photos, or reading the Bible and praying. I’m not sure. This week I play to test out a few different morning routines, which of course means my nights and days are different as well. I’m already half way through the book What Successful People Do Before Breakfast and obviously that’s giving me a lot of ideas on how to start and where to change. So, without elaborating any further, here are a few of the spring goals I’ve set:

  • read What Successful People Do Before Breakfast & Talent is Overrated
  • time track for a week
  • go to bed before 11:30
  • try out different morning routines
  • make yogurt
  • mail 3 thoughtful gifts
  • find a workout accountability partner
  • plan may NYC trip + schedule a few sessions
  • work with fotofafa to get editing samples right
  • April 14, 2014 - 8:43 am

    Christina - I’ll be your workout accountability partner (if you still need one!) And second getting fotofafa editing samples right!

  • April 14, 2014 - 9:27 am

    Tierney - I can help you with the yogurt! I cannot help you with the workout accountability ;)

Los Poblanos | New Mexico

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Of the sights we saw and places we visited in Albuquerque, Los Poblanos stays on my mind. I want to go back and spend some more time there, in fact I want to photograph a wedding there. It’s a historic inn + organic farm nestled nearby the Sandia mountains, surrounded by fields of lavender. It’s as magical as it sounds.

We stopped by at 4:42 on an quiet afternoon and had just enough time to peruse the farm shop. Outside red chile peppers hung to dry, chickens and guinea fowl kept busy in their coops, and a few peacocks wandered in and out of our path. Although the shop closed at 5, we used all the time we could to sample handmade lavender products and peruse small batch kitchen treats + wares before choosing a few to bring home. We ended up with a few Kei + Molly tea towels, among other things.

Besides the obvious advantage of visiting my family, I’m in love with the New Mexico landscape so when you start to plan your wedding out there, you need to let me know.

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Joanna + Rodger | New Mexico Mountain Engagement

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We climbed up the mountain trail with bags in hand. Rodger led the way, skipping from rock to rock in flip flops as Joanna and I followed behind. We planned their New Mexico mountain engagement session when Matt and I had the chance to visit at the beginning of last month. With their wedding in May already booked on my calendar, I wouldn’t be able to join my cousin on her day and take part in the family reunion that would ensue. A visit on our own would have to do and we fell in love with New Mexico like we do every time (mild winters, plenty of trails to run on, climbing nearby, vast desert landscape : yes please!)

The trail snaked somewhere on the other side of the rock wash as we forged our own path to the top. After overcoming the disappointment of leaving Rodger’s shirt at home (that we had spent so long selecting) we went ahead and started taking pictures on the windy mountainside. It was beautiful. Not only was the hike worth it, but spending time with these two was so much fun. Rodger is up for any adventure and Joanna is equally animated and honest which I know will serve them well in their married life. I can’t believe they’re getting married! I’m just so excited and hope you enjoy some of the favorites I’m sharing with you here.

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in case you needed a sense of scale, I climbed below to get this shot of them sitting on the rocky edge overlooking the city of Albuquerque

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Here they tell the story of their first kiss and it’s a great one. You simply have to hear it in person, but these images do a pretty good job of summarizing it.

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The night ended with a gorgeous sunset which escorted us out as we headed to join the family for dinner at Jared + Esther’s. It was a great day, I even won the game of poker we played at the end of the night.

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