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.
MY LATEST ENGAGEMENT PHOTO BLOGS
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, 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.
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, 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, 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, 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.
Goddard Park, East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
May 7th, 2019
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 some awkward poses, they looked like pros. See why I couldn't help but love their photos by clicking here.
Dhamagosnaram Buddhist Temple, Cranston, R.I.
Date: May 1st, 2019
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.
Various Locations, Newport, Rhode Island,
Date: January 19th, 2019
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 I right as we were blessed with a beautiful day in the city by the sea and had more fun than I thought possible. See for yourself by clicking here.