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 amazing brides 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. 


Borderland State Park Engagement Photos

Borderland State Park, North Easton, Mass.

Date: October 17th, 2020

     I'm a big believer that the work you put into a photo session will directly correspond with the work you get back. Perhaps that's why when Chelsea, Brandon and I stood inside Borderland State Park in North Easton, Massachusetts on a beautiful October afternoon, I was willing to walk just about anywhere.

     No matter how long it took. 
     What resulted was a near marathon engagement session that went nearly three hours and was, without a doubt, one of my favorite shoots of the entire year. Want to see why? Check it out for yourself here.

Goddard Park Engagement Photos

Goddard Park, East Greenwich, Rhode Island 

Date: October 12th, 2020

     I've always said that an engagement session is the absolute perfect way to get to know a bride and groom and, if nothing else, I learned one thing working with Alex and Evan back in October: They know how to roll with the punches.

     Despite a cold and rainy afternoon, Alex and Evan decided to go through with their engagement session and I'm so glad they did as, gloomy weather or no gloomy weather, it was a beautiful session showcasing a beautiful relationship. If you'd like to see why I enjoyed this session so much, check it out here.

Goddard Park Engagement Photos

Goddard Park, East Greenwich, Rhode Island 

Date: October 11th, 2020

     One of the toughest parts about shooting an engagement session is getting to know your couple for the first time and seeing what works and doesn't work for their unique relationship and body language.

     It's not often you find yourself in a situation I was in during Marisa and Larry's engagement session back in October. See, I'd already shot their wedding so we were already well aware of what to do and not do pose wise.

     If that sounds odd to you, it's because it was uniquely weird to be as well but, thankfully, it worked beautiful and if you'd like to see why, check it out here.

Goddard Park Engagement Photos

Goddard Park, East Greenwich, Rhode Island 

Date: October 11th, 2020

     It's hard to me to describe my perfect client as, by and large, I've found everyone I work with has their own unique story and it's a story I want to tell. If I had to narrow it down. to a list of characteristics I look for, however, Jaclyn and Corey have them all in spades.

     Jaclyn and Corey are two of the most down-to-Earth people I've worked with in quite some time and their October engagement session at Goddard Park was easily one of the most times I've had with a camera in years. Want to see why? Check it out for yourself by clicking here.

Roger Williams Park Engagement Photos

Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island 

Date: October 3rd, 2020

     One of the hardest things to do as an engagement portrait photographer is finding a way to bring a couple's unique energy and personality out in their photos. 

     Often, an engagement session is the first time you're working with a bride and groom and, most of the time, they're not entirely comfortable in front of the camera. 

     Luckily, I knew I was in for a treat with Christine and Brandon from the very start of their October session at Roger Williams Park in Providence and if you'd like to see why, check out their photos by clicking here.

Goddard Park Engagement Photos

Goddard Park, East Greenwich, Rhode Island 

Date: October 2nd, 2020

     I'm a photographer who doesn't mind stepping outside of his comfort zone so when I have a bride and groom that have an idea for their session, chances are I'm going to go for it big time. 

     For Ashley and Justin, that meant finding a way to give a slightly Halloween/fall theme to their engagement session earlier this month. 

     Since fall is my favorite time of year, I just had to say yes and if you'd like to see why I left the shoot beyond excited for their wedding just two weeks later, check out their photos for yourself by clicking here.

Roger Williams Park Engagement Photos

Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island 

Date: September 18th, 2020

     If there's one thing that bums me out more than any other this year, it's the sheer number of brides and grooms who have been forced to postpone wedding days they've planned for years. I think that's why I take such pride when we can find a way for them to "take back their day."

     In Lauren and Katelyn's case, that mean an unexpected engagement session on the day they were meant to say "I do" and if you'd like to see why that fit these brides so well, check out their photos for yourself by clicking here.


Ocean Drive, Newport, Rhode Island 

Date: August 26th, 2020

     For me, the key to a good engagement session is to leave a couple with at least one memory that makes them smile whenever they think back on it.  

     Never has that been more true than back in August when I photographed Matthew and Christine's engagement session along Ocean Drive in Newport, Rhode Island and all it took was staging a mock first dance.

     If you'd like to see why that little decision was by far the best move we made all afternoon, check out their photos for yourself by clicking here.

Lincoln Woods State Park engagement phot

Lincoln Woods State Park, Lincoln, Rhode Island.

Date: October 18th, 2019

     There are certain things that, to me, scream "New England" and beautiful fall colors are one of them.

     So, too, is a love of the local sports teams and Kristen and Mike managed to make both a huge part of their October engagement session at Lincoln Woods State Park.

    I may not have known this future bride and groom prior to their photo session, but it only took a few minutes to know just how fun they are and how much they love each other. You can see why I loved working with this pair so much by clicking here.

Goddard Park engagement photos

Goddard Park, East Greenwich, Rhode Island

Date: September 26th, 2019

     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

Independence Park & Colt State Park, Bristol, R.I.

Date: August 25th, 2019

     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

Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

Date: August 25th, 2019

     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 for so many reasons and you can see why for yourself by clicking here.

Colt State Park engagement photos

Colt State Park, Bristol, Rhode Island

Date: August 4th, 2019

     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 many reasons, not the least of which was the gorgeous day they chose and you can see it all for yourself by clicking here.

Roger Williams Park engagement photos

Roger Williams Park, Cranston, Rhode Island

Date: June 24th, 2019

     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.



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Rhode Island Wedding Photographer Paul J. Spetrini

Located in Warwick, R.I.

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