Blog— 2021 —
Rhode Island Engagement Photos
Michael & Katie
Private Residence, Exeter, Rhode Island
October 24th, 2021
You can learn a lot about a couple by spending a few hours with them on an engagement session and, sometimes as a photographer, those sessions are absolutely invaluable.
Take, for instance, my October engagement session with Michael and Katie. I first met Michael and Katie as a second photographer for a friend of the groom-to-be that summer at a wedding in Newport. But, when it came time to take these future newlyweds' photos, I had only sat down with them for our initial consultation five days earlier.
Our engagement session, which took place at a beautiful private property in Exeter, was a chance for the pair to get to know me, for me to get to know them and to see how well we clicked.
So, what did I learn? That these two love each other a whole lot. And they really, really love their dogs. Oh ... and that they're an awesome couple that is super easy to work with.
I'd call that a successful session on its own but adding in that it was one of the most stunning days of the entire fall? Well, that's even better.
Michael and Katie's engagement session took place on a private farm property in Exeter owned by a friend of Michael and his family and what a piece of property it was. I always love traveling to new locations for engagement sessions and this site had a lot of the things I love about fall shoots: Beautiful colors, wide open spaces and plenty of shade.
In fact, the shade was invaluable as this session took place on a BRIGHT Sunday morning and we were able to take advantage of some gorgeous lighting to give Michael and Katie's photos a beautiful, classic New England vibe.
One of the most important aspects to Michael and Katie's session, to them at least, was capturing great photos with their two dogs and even though both wanted to run all over the farm land and were less interested in posing for photos, Michael and Katie did a great job getting them to sit and stay for a few adorable shots together that I can just picture hanging on the walls of their home.
One of the nice things about this session was that we had the entire property to ourselves and, because it was a private residence, I never had to worry about rushing through photos in order to accommodate people walking in the background or other couples on a session of their own.
No, instead, Michael, Katie and I were able to really scout around for the best spots and the best lighting and take our time with what we were setting up.
The result? Finding an absolutely beautiful little spot in the woods that was about as "Fall in New England" as it gets theme wise.
Michael, Katie and I wrapped up our session together by walking back toward my car and, even then, we still found a couple of great spots for photos. I think my favorite may just have been where we closed the session as we used the back steps of the home's owner for some well lit, shaded and natural photos.
By the time Michael, Katie and I called it a shoot, I left their location feeling like I had a much better idea of who this bride and groom are and what their 2022 wedding will be like. And I can't wait to see if I'm right next year.
In the meantime, thank you Katie and Michael for trekking out to rural Exeter with me on a great fall afternoon. I can only hope you had as much fun as I did and I can't wait to do it all over again next year. See you in 2022!