Jessica and Keiran smile for a photo on a bridge at Ryan Park in North Kingstown, Rhode Island during their August 2017 engagement session.

Jessica & Keiran

One of the notions I fight hardest against as a wedding photographer is the idea that you're required to be super serious during your engagement or wedding photos. Yes, I get it. It's a serious moment and you should treat it as such but that doesn't mean you can't ALSO be yourself and take photos that reflect your personality. 

And the reason I encourage my clients to be themselves during these sessions is it often yields better photographs. Case in point: Jessica and Keiran's August engagement session in southern Rhode Island.

Jessica and Keiran are a couple I met thanks to my go-to second photographer Stacey and I'm glad I did. A young couple, these two are incredibly sweet and fun to be around and on the day of their engagement session, I got to see their relationship dynamics up close and personal as the two couldn't help but be silly from start to finish. While other photographers might shy away from showing that in their photos, I actually think it enhanced it and made the session one of the most fun ones I've had thus far.

Jessica and Keiran smile for a photo on a bridge at Ryan Park in North Kingstown, Rhode Island during their August 2017 engagement session.
Jessica and Keiran pose for a photo on a bridge at Ryan Park in North Kingstown, Rhode Island during their August 2017 engagement session.
Jessica and Keiran kiss during a photo on a bridge at Ryan Park in North Kingstown, Rhode Island during their August 2017 engagement session.
Jessica and Keiran smile for a photo on a bridge at Ryan Park in North Kingstown, Rhode Island during their August 2017 engagement session.
Jessica and Keiran pose candidly for a photo on a bridge at Ryan Park in North Kingstown, Rhode Island during their August 2017 engagement session.

Jessica and Kerian's engagement session took place on a beautiful bridge at Ryan Park in North Kingstown and while I typically try to sway my clients to a location with multiple spots to photograph at, Jessica and Keiran chose this spot and it was easy to see why when we arrived.

I'll be honest: Shooting a two-hour session in one location was difficult but this bride and groom made it much easier than it should have been as they were down to pose however I wanted and the backdrops were stunning.

Jessica and Keiran pose for a photo on a bridge at Ryan Park in North Kingstown, Rhode Island during their August 2017 engagement session.
Jessica and Keiran pose for a photo at Ryan Park in North Kingstown, Rhode Island during their August 2017 engagement session.
Jessica and Keiran pose for a photo at Ryan Park in North Kingstown, Rhode Island during their August 2017 engagement session.
Jessica and Keiran pose for a photo at Ryan Park in North Kingstown, Rhode Island during their August 2017 engagement session.

My favorite part of this session, by far, was the way this bride and groom-to-be interacted with one another. In between photos, they were laughing and having a lot of fun together and that inspired one of my favorite photos of the afternoon as we took a beautiful shot of Keiran lifting Jessica up for a kiss ... and Jessica failing miserably to do the same to him.

I love clients who don't take themselves too seriously and these guys were incredibly fun to be around.

Keiran smiles for a photo on a bridge at Ryan Park in North Kingstown, Rhode Island during his August 2017 engagement session.
Jessica smiles for a photo on a bridge at Ryan Park in North Kingstown, Rhode Island during her August 2017 engagement session.
Jessica and Keiran smile for a photo on a bridge at Ryan Park in North Kingstown, Rhode Island during their August 2017 engagement session.
Jessica and Keiran kiss on a bridge at Ryan Park in North Kingstown, Rhode Island during their August 2017 engagement session.
Jessica and Keiran smile for a photo on a bridge at Ryan Park in North Kingstown, Rhode Island during their August 2017 engagement session.
Jessica and Keiran act silly for a photo on a bridge at Ryan Park in North Kingstown, Rhode Island during their August 2017 engagement session.
Jessica and Keiran kiss at Ryan Park in North Kingstown, Rhode Island during their August 2017 engagement session.
Jessica and Keiran pose for a photo on a bridge at Ryan Park in North Kingstown, Rhode Island during their August 2017 engagement session.

By the end of our time together on this warm summer afternoon, I could tell we took some really sweet photos that they will cherish for a lifetime. 

More importantly, though, I now know without a shadow of a doubt that their wedding at the end of October, which is currently slated to be my final wedding of the 2017 season, will be one to count down the days for. 

Jessica and Kerian were an amazing pair to be around and I simply can't wait until we all do it again on one of the most important days of their lives. I know one thing for sure ... it's going to be a lot of fun. 

-PJS

Jessica and Keiran smile for a photo on a bridge at Ryan Park in North Kingstown, Rhode Island during their August 2017 engagement session.
Paul J. Spetrini is a Rhode Island wedding photographer.

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