We decided to meet at the Tottemham Conservation Area since it was local to both of us and Kylie and Cooper wanted something with more of a country feel. She wore a beautiful black lace dress with cowboy boots to start and then changed to ripped jeans to finish off the session. Perfect choices for a country engagement session as we started to walk the property and stopped where I found great light. Engagement sessions are easy, simple, unposed…..basically we choose a location and then just walk and talk for an hour and stop for photos here and there. Cooper was pleasantly surprised at the unposed casual feel as most grooms are and the session ended with piggy back ride at sunset.
Tottenham Conservation was the ideal location for this late day engagement session
I start out the session by just having them walk together to see how they are with each other and how much direction they will need.
Men are usually best left alone and I ask the girls to move around their men to create different images.
I walked up the stairs in front of them and when I turned this is how they were position and we just got started……..no posing required
Here I asked them to sit down and snuggle and kissing comes naturally.
Then I ask them to look back at me and I get this image. It’s all seamless and natural
We continue walking around and I find my light and then send them to a location, ask them to look into the light and this is what natural happens without posing them.
I then ask them to turn face to face and I shoot through the reeds.
The next thing I usually say is kiss her on the face everywhere but the lips.
When the men have somewhere to lean it’s a lot easier for the women to snuggle and change their positions
While they changed into different outfits I took some photos of Cooper alone and then Kylie jumped in and he was all smiles.
Here, I asked them to walk towards the light and this is what happened. I shoot everything…. as they walk away or towards me. I tell my couple to always touch either, holding hands or waits and then things happen.
I sent them towards the light and asked them to get comfortable with their faces facing the sun.
……and then this happened in the gorgeous late day light.
I put my couples in amazing light or in front of amazing light and then ask them to embrace. Whatever happens naturally is how I photograph them. By the end of the session they are pros and find the whole process extremely easy.
While I have them in great light and a position I like, I try to shoot wide, close and super cropped.
Again in the exact same position as above…..I just let the moments happen.
In the exact same location I then ask them to turn and face each other and this happens with this great light.
….. and then this!
Lead in lines are always great in images and here I also followed the rule of thirds.
The sun was setting to the perfect location for landscape portraits and in just a few minutes the perfect silhouettes.
then this happened to end a perfect session.
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