Engagement Photo Blogs

     Long before you walk down the aisle to exchange your wedding rings, there's a crucial first step in showing your friends and family how special your relationship is with the person you'll soon call your husband or wife. That step is the engagement photograph.

     Are you a fun, care-free or traditional couple? Do you have shared interests? Is there a place that holds a special significance for you? If so, don't you want your photos to show who you really are?

     These are the questions I ask the couples I work with as I strive to shoot an engagement photo session tailor-made for their unique love story. And I've been blessed with some truly amazingbrides and grooms over the last few years who embrace this concept fully. Whether it's a winter, snow-filled trek through the woods in Connecticut or a sweltering summer night on a bridge at Ryan Park in North Kingstown, the tales we tell on these shoots is so unlike any other photography I do ... and it's so much fun.

     That's why, beginning in 2017, I decided to write about these shoots much like I do my wedding photography. Below, please check out some of my most recent engagement shoots and be sure to check back in this space regularly as I'm looking to really expand this line of work for the 2018 wedding season. 

     Want to do an engagement session for you and your special person? Contact me today to set it up. I'd love to tell your story the way I've helped these couples tell theirs. 

Goddard Park engagement photos

Steve & Karen

     Working with clients you know personally can be both a blessing and a curse. 

     While it's nice to have a bit of backstory on a couple's story before they get married, knowing a bride and groom outside of the typical professional capacity can make getting into "photography" mode a challenge.

     Luckily that wasn't the case during my September engagement session with Steve and Karen as our time together never felt awkward. And, I think, the photos came out great because of it. See for yourself by clicking here.

Colt State Park engagement photos

Brittany & Giovanni

     I've often said I love Rhode Island and it's the perfect place to me to be a wedding photographer and Brittany and Giovanni's August engagement session in Bristol is the perfect example of why.

     After running out of places to shoot at the location the soon-to-be-newlyweds chose, it took me all of 20 seconds to suggest a new spot just moments away that I knew the couple would love: Colt State Park.

     And they sure did. See why for yourself by checking out Brittany and Giovanni's engagement photos by clicking here.

Roger Williams Park engagement photos

Angel & Joshua

     I often joke with potential clients that I'm looking to work with "real" people and not "models" but, sometimes, if you're lucky, they can seem like both. 

     Back in August, I was lucky enough to shoot Angel and Josh's engagement session at Roger Williams Park and, even though they've been together for 12 years, you'd never know it by their youthful excitement and red hot chemistry together. 

     I adored this engagement photo shoot and you can see why for yourself by clicking here.

Colt State Park engagement photos

Bethany & Thomas

     It's really hard sometimes to maintain a relationship with clients who book you far in advance of their wedding. You can go months, if not years, without speaking.

     But then there are couples like Bethany and Thomas, whose wedding is rapidly approaching and whose August engagement shoot felt like I'd known them forever. 

     I loved working with these two for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the gorgeous day they chose for their shoot and you can see it all for yourself by clicking here.

Roger Williams Park engagement photos

Amanda & Thomas

     When you're a wedding photographer, you learn to roll with the punches.

     That's when when I first met Amanda back in May and she told me she was getting married in a little over two months, my initial thought wasn't panic at the short time we would need to turn around an engagement session before her big day but a smile and a "Let's do this!" attitude.

     And though it was, by far, one of the hottest days of the summer, this unexpected photo shoot proved to be an absolute blast. See for yourself by clicking here.

Goddard Park engagement photos

Jen & Jon

     I can't count the number of times a bride or groom has warned me ahead of a shoot that they're not "into" formal photos.

     I love hearing that because, most of the time, those tend to be the most fun shoots and that was certainly the case with Jen and Jon during their May engagement session at Goddard Park in East Greenwich.

     Jen and Jon were a blast to work with and, despite multiple awkward pose ideas from me, they looked like seasoned pros by the time we were done. See why I couldn't help but love their photos by clicking here.

Dhamagosnaram Buddhist Temple engagement

Ariel & Sathia

     I'm a big believer that, in this life, you should experience as many different things as possible and because of that I LOVE when I get to meet new people and see new cultures. 

     And that's why I loved shooting Ariel and Sathia's engagement photo session at the Dhamagosnaram Buddhist Temple in Cranston so much back in May. 

     Religion was super important to this couple and I think their engagement photos show that in a genuine and respectful way. See for yourself by clicking here.

Chris and Kayla pose for a photo during

Chris & Kayla

     Every photographer wants to start their year off on a great note but, most of the time, I just want to start my year off on the couch.

     Thankfully, that's not always an option and when Chris and Kayla asked me to shoot their engagement photos in Newport at the beginning of January, I knew it would be one of the rare shoots that could motivate me to work during my beloved offseason.

     And boy was I right as we were blessed with a beautiful day in the city by the sea and had more fun than I thought possible. Check it out for yourself by clicking here.

Michelle and Evan pose for their Roger W

Evan & Michelle

     I pride myself on doing whatever I can to give my brides and grooms the best photos I can but even I've got my limitations. 

     So when Michelle and Evan asked me if I could re-do their sunny December engagement session in the snow, well, I told them that would be up to Mother Nature to decide.

     Luckily, a little bit of patience was all we needed and it took 10 weeks for us to actually get a good enough snowstorm to shoot in but when we did? Well, it was definitely worth it. See why by clicking here.

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A teaser image for Alyson and Nick's engagement photo blog.

Alyson & Nick

     It's not often that I photograph a couple's engagement session AFTER they've already gotten married but for Alyson and Nick, who had a private elopement two months before their engagement session and a year before their full wedding in 2019, that challenge proved a lot of fun to figure out. 

     Alyson and Nick are a simple couple who weren't looking for much from their engagement session but we managed to make it a ton of fun regardless. Click here to see some of my favorite photos from this super relaxed and casual shoot in Warwick.

A teaser image for Kaitlyn & Evan's engagement photo blog

Kaitlyn & Evan

     I love working with colorful couples and I don't know if I've had a more vibrant couple or engagement session than I did with Kaitlyn & Evan back in November at Blithewold Mansion in Bristol.

     Not only were these two a blast to be around but seeing how they interacted with each other – from playful banter and joyful kicking to tons of laughing and hugs – was a delight to see. It didn't hurt that it was one of the prettiest days of the year either and you can see it for yourself by clicking here.

A teaser image for Josh & Jill's engagement photo blog

Josh & Jill

     It's not easy being a wedding photographer in New England when the calendar turns to November. With weather that has as good a chance of being in the 80s as it does the 40s, it's near impossible to plan a proper photo shoot in advance. 

     Thankfully, I tend to attract super laidback couples and that's exactly why Josh & Jill's engagement session at Goddard Park, which got postponed by a day thanks to nonstop rain, worked so well. Check out the photos for yourself by clicking here.

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Paul J. Spetrini is a Rhode Island wedding photographer.

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