Downtown Boulder is full of colorful murals that make the perfect backdrop for this engagement session. From Pearl Street to the Flat Irons in Chautauqua Park, any couple will find the ideal setting for their photos.Read More
My name sounds even cuter with your last name added to it.
- The Bridal Box
Katie + Darian booked me for an engagement session and wanted to bring their sweet pup - Mustafa! Well, I love when couples want to include their dogs in their portrait session, so of course, I said YES. Everyone seems to be nervous about bringing their dogs to these sessions and I am here to tell you - don’t worry about it. Dogs are exactly like children - for engagements, they usually are your children - and no matter what happens, you will cherish the memories. With a solid background in photographing families, children and babies - I am always expecting the unexpected.
Sometimes dogs won’t sit still - neither do kids. Sometimes they get distracted - SQUIRREL - so do kids. Sometimes they are hungry, want a treat, have to go to the bathroom - SO DO KIDS! And all of that stuff is what I like to call normal. Those situations or moments can also make for some of the best candid moments that you will want to remember. It brings natural laughter and offers a pleasant distraction when you are getting comfortable with a camera in your face. (unless you are used to traveling with the paparazzi.)
Hear are a few tips for having a great engagement session with your dog in order to tell a great story about your engagement.
Relax - If you are stressed, your puppy will know and it will affect how they behave. You hired a professional, so let them do their job - they are good at it!
Bring food and water - engagement sessions can last a bit, so make sure you have food, water and treats for your furry friend. If their belly is full and they are hydrated, they will cooperate more. Treats can be used to get their attention, sit down, stay and pose for the camera.
Let them play - feel free to bring a ball or toy to play with them during your session. They will play and then get tired and relax, snuggle and sit with you afterwards.
Let one person direct them - At the beginning of the session, figure out who is going to be the one directing your dog or calling their name. Too many people calling them will confuse them and they will not listen very well. If they will look at the camera when your photographer calls their name, let them do it. If your pup will listen better to one of you, then let your photographer know at the beginning.
Bring a friend - Sometimes it is better to have a friend meet you during the time you want your dog there. Most couples don’t want their animals in every photo, so establish a time and meeting point for the photos they will be in. Then you won’t be stressed about having to watch them for the rest of the time.
"I swear I couldn't love you more than I do right now,
and yet I know I will tomorrow."
— Leo Christopher
There is so much I loved about photographing this beautiful couple - of course, the brightly colored hair, the cowboy hat, the fact that they could not stop showing how much they loved each other. An engagement session is all about expression and showing off the love you have for your fiancé. These photographs are the beginning of a story waiting to be told and I am ready to capture the beginning chapters.
Green Mountain Falls, Colorado has a ton of unique spots for photographs, whether it is the vintage car (see above) outside of a restaurant or the circular sculpture below - this town was made for photography.
And can we talk about how much Rickie reminds me of Kenny Chesney??? His outfit was complete with cowboy boots and southern charm. He was such a gentleman and had a "go with the flow" attitude that made photographing this couple easy as pecan pie.
Jessi's red hair was a huge inspiration for this session, but I didn't want it to overpower the photos. It was so important to find a place that would highlight the hair color while also highlighting their love for one another. The unique, but small town of Green Mountain Falls was perfect.
I used these dandelions to add some texture to these photographs and even asked my assistant to blow the petals directly in front of my lens. Nothing like a few wishes to add a bit more romance to their session.
Every photo from this session was magical and its easy to see this couple has a beautiful relationship. I changed the location of the session at the last minute and I am so glad that I did! Matching up a couple with their perfect location is what I aspire to do with each and every session. Location is so much about bringing out the best in your subject - here it has brought out the love Jessi + Rickie have for one another.
Don't forget the details during these engagement sessions. Focus on the way they hold hands. I offered to drive them back to their car at the end of the session, and they both responded "No, its beautiful here, we will walk." They strolled along the path, hand in hand.
Down the road a bit from Green Mountain Falls is Chipita Park (walking distance). There are a few bridges and a quiet stream, but the real beauty in this location is the stick sculpture "Footprint in Green" by Patrick Dougherty. It was an awesome backdrop for some unique photographs.
Just a simple touch of the chin is the sweetest gesture. Who doesn't want love like this?
They completely nailed every pose throughout their session. Whether it was a romantic glance, snuggling (not too tightly), or just being comfortable in each other's arms. They made the magic and I photographed it.
"At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet."