Colt State Park Engagement Photos
 

ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS

     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

Colt State Park Engagement Photos

Colt State Park, Bristol, Rhode Island
Date: August 17th, 2021

     I can tell a lot about a couple by how their approach their engagement sessions. For some, it's just a formality that they want to get past in order to collect enough photos for a Save the Date. For others, it's something they eagerly await and have a ton of fun doing.

     Zachary and Jennifer were the latter and their August engagement session at Colt State Park was easily one of my favorites of 2021 so far., even before we were treated to the best sunset of the summer. Want to see why? Check it out by clicking here.​​

Roger Williams Park Engagement Photos

Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island
Date: July 7th, 2021

     There was a moment at the tail end of Catherine and Sean's engagement session that told me exactly why I adored this bride and groom.

     Having just finished up, I asked the two if they wanted to drive around the park we were at to find a better spot for sunset shots. They said yes and though we weren't successful, that flexibility told me all I needed to know about their wedding later this year.

     I loved Catherine and Sean's engagement session and if you want to see why, check it out for yourself by clicking here.

Colt State Park Engagement Photos

Colt State Park, Bristol, Rhode Island
Date: June 20th, 2021

     It's always a bit concerning when you don't get to shoot an engagement session for a couple who have booked you to photograph their wedding until just a few weeks before the big day. What if you don't click? What if they hate the photos? What if they had a negative experience?

     Thankfully, in my experience, some of the best couples are the ones you get to work with for the first time right before their big day and Ann and Andrew were no exception. Want to see why? Check out their June engagement session for yourself here.

UMass Amherst Engagement Photos

The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass.

Date: December 12th, 2020

     As tough as 2020 has been, by far the hardest challenge as a wedding photographer is finding a way to stay positive. But that's twice as hard when you're a bride and groom set to get married and the coronavirus pandemic forces you to postpone your wedding.

     In the case of Jillian and Kevin, staying positive meant "taking back" the wedding day they lost with a special engagement-style photo session.

     The result? One of my favorite sessions of 2020 and the absolute perfect way for me to close the year out. 

Want to see why? Check it out for yourself here.

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.

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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.

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