I met Kylie and Cooper at the Tottenham Conservation Park for their engagement session. At first, they were considering bringing their 2 dogs with them, but last minute decided against it. This park is great photography with it’s beautiful lake, trails, staircase, and long laneways. We just started walking around and talking and I got to know these 2 a little better before they got married in November at The Manor. Kylie was so excited to be able to wear her cowboy boots and Cooper was hesitant at first, but he came around fast when he realized he didn’t really have to do anything but hang out with me for a an hour…….even though their was a game on at home.
We started out the session with the late day sunlight in Tottenham’s Conservation Park. Kylie and Cooper were not naturals at first but with a little direction they were pros by the end of the session as you will see.
It’s all about capturing the natural moments and knowing when it’s going to happen. My camera rarely leaves my face. I must trust my settings and just shoot or else I’ll miss these kinds of shots
A lot of times I ask my couples to just walk and see what happens naturally…… here we have a set of steps
and…..you can see what happens naturally. I can’t ask for this or plan for it, but I have to be ready for when it happens.
If you leave them alone for a minute to relax and talk you’ll get these kinds of moments and make sure you walk around them to get different angles
I just placed them in great light and didn’t say anything and in just a moment this happens naturally.
Then this happens ……….
and this happens, but be careful when placing them into the sun and looking straight at you because they will squint. This scenario is best left for looking at each other.
This image, I just changed my angle and got closer to the weeds and shot through them.
I’m photographing them through the weeds here again for a different effect.
Cooper was making faces all day and making Kylie laugh which was making my job easier for sure.
They changed into outfit number 2 and we grabbed a few more shots with the setting sun over the lake
Men are really easy to pose and then I just have the girls walk around them and hold them in different positions.
By the end of the hour these guys are pros and ready for their wedding day photos.
This gorgeous light is just about to set amongst the trees and we have just a few more minutes to get these shots.
I position them in the great light and then I just walk around them for a few minutes and get different angles while the sun is setting
One in black and white for a moody image really sets the one here.
During each engagement session I also try and grab some shot of each of them individually
A great portrait with beautiful light and a sun setting behind them.
I try to grab portraits of each person alone too since one of the only times you get pro photos done of yourselves is during your engagement and wedding.
Wedding days are very hectic which is why it’s important to get relaxed engagement photos done.
Black and white is also part of my routine for engagement sessions
The light was right in their eyes here so it was important to capture images with them facing each other or looking away which is why this unposed moment works.
We had about 30 more minutes before we lost the sun completely behind the trees, but at this angle it’s very beautiful side light.
As the sun sets it’s a great opportunity to get these great backlit shots.
What are the chances that theres a great orange barrier fence too.
There’s nothing like a little late night dancing in the sunset to end a great engagement session.
and then a spontaneous picky back ride and it’s time to go home.
Ring shot during the engagement session while the bride is wearing the ring.
just have fun and natural moments with happen
I try to get a ring photo at every engagement session
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