This image takes my breath away and transports me to a different place.
While I have no idea where this was shot, it takes me away to the South of France. Instantly.
I love the feeling this photo gives me.
I imagine a warm spring day, going to the farmer’s market, purchasing lavender to make my home smell lovely. Riding my bicycle through the fields to return to my cottage, and feeling the warm breeze on my face, as I wave to passersby on foot. Getting ready to enjoy a light, spring meal.
I would love to shoot a wedding in the springtime that incorporated bicycles and lavender. For that matter, I’d love to shoot an engagement session with a couple on bicycles with lavender out in a field. Just sayin’.
That’s what it makes me feel.
What do you think?
Okay, so the trouble with finding photos on the internet that don’t include proper credit is that I don’t know who to credit. If you know who shot this, please leave a comment or email me! I absolutely want to attribute proper credit. I found this photo here.
1. Practice for the BIG day and feel COMFORTABLE!
– How often are you in front of the camera for eight hours? Probably not very often. And for those who aren’t used to being chased by the paparazzi, being in front of the camera can be a little nerve wracking. An engagement session is the perfect type of practice! Engagement sessions are usually about two hours, with your fiance(e) and it’s a great time to capture images that reflect you as a couple. You can be silly, fun, mushy – whatever is YOU.
2. Announce your engagement
– Are you sending out Save the Dates? Save the Dates with a photo are a great way for your guests to have a small memento of your upcoming wedding. Personally, we sent out magnets with one of our engagement photos. We’ve spotted our magnets on the fridges of friends and family, and we were married almost two years ago!
3. Have photos for your wedding day
– Looking for a unique way of having a guestbook? Personally, I think there are more fun ways to have your guests let you know they were at your wedding than the traditional book with lines. An engagement album is a great way to showcase your engagement photos and also have guests leave you notes. It’s more like a yearbook than just a guestbook. Remember those notes you’d write at the end of the year? Same thing goes here!
4. Make it a date
– If you’re in the thick of wedding planning, your engagement session can be the perfect date night! You’re getting all dolled up anyway, why not make it a night out. I typically shoot my engagement sessions in the two hours or so before sunset, which leaves you with an evening to go to your favorite restaurant, go play a round (or two!) of miniature golf, or just spend quality time together NOT wedding planning.
5. Get to know your photographer
– Chances are you have only met your photographer for the initial consultation. Engagement sessions are the perfect opportunity to get to know your photographer better, in a casual setting. You’ll get to know their shooting style, what it’s like to work with them, and you can feel great about having them photograph you on your wedding day. Hey, you may even become fast friends.
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If there was one thing she wasn’t worried about, it was the weather. Amongst the myriad of things she had to think about leading up to her wedding, Nikki didn’t worry about the weather. She just knew that she was ready to get married. She was ready to call Blake her husband.
It was a beautiful Spring day, with the sun shining brightly and a light breeze, making it a gorgeous day in Texas. Surrounded by their family and friends, Nikki and Blake created a wedding at the 1899 Farmhouse in Princeton (northeast of Dallas) that truly reflected their relationship. From the infusion of Superman details to the rosary that was wrapped around Nikki’s bouquet, to awesome shoes, to the handmade centerpieces, this wedding was true to their fun personalities. They married under a gorgeous arbor, as they promised their lives to each other, their faces beaming with love. It’s clear to me that they are a perfect match.
Nikki and Blake…I can’t begin to thank you for simply being you. Your wedding was perfect and I loved every minute of it! There were times when I wanted to reach out and squeeze you for making me fall more in love with what I do. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your love story…it’s an honor I cherish.
To my husband,
Yesterday, as a good friend photographed us, I fell in love with you even more. Maybe it was because I had to look into your eyes a lot. And stare at your soul. Or maybe it’s because you held my hair when it kept blowing in the wild gusts of wind. Or perhaps because you’re just so darn good at coordinating your clothing to work with mine. I just had to show you what I was going to wear and you took care of the rest.
Basically, you’re awesome. And I probably don’t tell you that enough.
Thank you for indulging me. For the times that I “ask” you about doing something, but I’m really just “telling” you that we are. Like getting photographed yesterday.
Thank you for taking care of me, like reminding me to take breaks when I’m editing photos.
Thank you for loving me. I’m pretty sure that it’s because of you that life is this sweet.
A teaser from Lynn in Love Photo! Can’t wait for the rest!
I love collecting things that I find pretty, or inspirational, or that sparks a great idea. The problem is that after awhile, pages of magazines fade, Post-Its of ideas get lost, and frankly, all those items start taking up too much space.
I love this website. I often have a ton of ideas swirling around in my mind or I’m surfing the internet and want to remember where I find an image. Normally, I’d just open a new tab in my browser and soon, I’d have twenty tabs open. And no system of organization. Pinterest is amazing because it’s all online, it stores the URL where it was found, and I can organize photos into neat and tidy boards of different topics of my choosing. I. LOVE. IT.
Maybe even too much.
The other great thing about is that you can check out what other people are “pinning” (what they call saving and posting a photo). Like in Tumblr, you can reblog an item by “repinning” it. I’ve seen lots of wedding inspiration and home decoration ideas. I can only imagine what it would have been like if I had a tool like this when I was planning our wedding. I’m sure I would have made an assortment of inspiration board for all the aspects of our wedding.
From the invitations to the escort cards, the dress to the groom’s outfit, from the menu cards to the table numbers, and everything in between. And of course the CAKE! I’d imagine that wedding planners would love their brides to use something like this, then they’d be able to view all their wedding ideas and it’s all stored online.
Pinterest is currently an invite-only system, so if you’d like an invite, leave a comment or email me!
If you’re on Pinterest, find me here.