Last weekend my brother-in-law proposed to his girlfriend. Happily she said yes! My soon to be sister-in-law asked if I would take some engagement pictures for them when we went to visit. I am far from a professional photographer. Far. However I do have a camera and I was willing, so I figured why not? This is the part where I offer my disclosure….if you are a REAL photographer you may want to look away. I am sure that compared to others these need a lot of work but I’m pretty proud of my first real photo session!
This first photo was one of those moments where I just kept snapping the camera even though they were moving around. I happened to catch such a sweet moment between them and it became one of my favorite photos from the day. The beautiful gold frame that we used was pulled out of my garage to use as a prop for the day.
We wanted to try lots of angles and points of view. I grabbed an old quilt that my grandma had made to use for the couple to lay on. I climbed up on a large step (I’m a shorty) so I could shoot from above. I just love the lighting in the park we were in.
This is one of my other favorite pictures. It just came out so romantic and sweet.
I loved the pic so much I had a little fun with the editing. Which of the three edits of this picture do you like best?
The bride-to-be brought these little painted hearts to the photo shoot to sprinkle around. We just flipped the quilt over to the white side for a neutral background.
I wanted to use the quilt in a non-conventional way, so we picked it up off the ground and wrapped it around the couple. Sweet.
I love using typography in different ways. The bride-to-be also brought this ampersand cut out to use. We had a lot of fun with props.
I had some fun with lighting in this photo. The sun was popping through the top of the stairwell and I used it to my advantage.
At the top of the stairwell was a beautiful balcony that we took advantage of and snapped a few pictures on.
I had to bring the frame back out again because it was just too darn beautiful!
We kept exploring the park and found this awesome tunnel. We stopped to snap a few photos in front of it.
I adore the love and excitement in their eyes.
At this point I was realizing that I was spending all day looking at my brother-in-law kissing. Weird.
The fun part about taking photos like this is doing different things while editing. Obviously I did just “plain” editing on all of the photos and some of them I had some extra fun with.
The bride and groom are going to use these photos to decorate their reception. No pressure.
Of course we needed a ring shot! It wasn’t the easiest thing to do but I think we got a pretty good one!
Well what do you think of my first attempt at being a photographer? I’m sure they’re not perfect and I know they’re not professional quality….but I’m proud of them! And I hope the future bride and groom will treasure these photos for years to come!
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