Blog— 2021 —
Roger Williams Park Engagement Photos
Ashley & Joel
Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island
October 14th, 2021
One of the most fun parts about being a wedding photographer is, a lot of times, you become fast friends with the people you photograph. Whether it's through email or text messages, or through comments a bride or groom leave on your social media, it doesn't take long to establish a relationship with two new people you didn't know that well before you shoot some of the most personal moments of their lives.
And luckily, sometimes, you get a little cheat code to help with that, too. At least that was the case for me during Ashley and Joel's engagement session at Roger Williams Park in Providence back in October.
Ashley and Joel are a super fun couple and I got to experience that first hand two days before we did their engagement shoot as they asked me to do a small family portrait session with their son at a small plot of land near their home.
That session was a fantastic warm-up. But their engagement session? Well, I couldn't have asked for better weather, better fall colors or a better bride and groom.
My time with Ashley and Joel began with a strong sense of déjà vu, not only because it was the second time in 48 hours that we were getting together for photos but, also, because I had just been in Roger Williams Park 24 hours earlier for an engagement session.
Luckily, this helped me know exactly where I wanted to go for Ashley and Joel and, with the help of some really awesome sunshine, we began our session at the Japanese Garden — a staple of my engagement photo sessions — and it didn't take long for their personalities to shine through.
Ashley and Joel were a lot of fun to work with, especially began getting Joel to crack up in laughter was super easy. I love when grooms are very clearly happy teddy bears and Ashley had no trouble bringing out that side to her soon-to-be husband.
As much as I loved the start of Ashley and Joel's engagement session, things really picked up once they switched into their second outfits as we made our way out of the Japanese Gardens and toward the Iron Footbridge.
There are few places I love to take fall photos more than that iconic bridge at Roger Williams Park and Ashley and Joel showed why as, no matter where we worked around that bridge, everything was absolutely stunning.
I could have worked with these two for hours but, by the time we called it a day at the Temple to Music, I knew we had everything I could have asked for from their session and so much more.
As tough as it can sometimes be having crazy busy weeks shooting multiple portrait sessions in a row, I always cherish those moments exactly because of couples like Ashley and Joel. By the time we called it a wrap on their photos, we had spent something close to four hours together in a span of two days and I really feel like I got to know these two in a great way that will serve us well when they get married next year.
In fact, the hardest part is having to wait for their big day as this is exactly the type of bride and groom I love working with and the waiting is often the hardest part. But that's exactly what's fun about wedding photography.
So, thank you Ashley and Joel for a great couple of shoots and enjoy the holiday season. See you in 2022!