This is supposed to be their engagement session… however time is not always in our favor. As it got closer to their wedding day, things were getting busy and busier. So one day they emailed us and suggest to do their “engagement session” after their wedding. Well, why not? Now they are definitely more comfortable in front of the camera after being photographed for 8 hours on their wedding day. So we had fun at Fort Foster, Kittery ME – although we didn’t get a chance to watch the sunset and to eat Pork BBQ like how we supposed, every time we visit this place.
The only challenge is to determine what category is this? Engagement? Portrait? Wedding? Family? Or all of them? Well…
Late summer this year, we were lucky that we still able to enjoy all the spring colors. They drove all the way from Massachusetts to Portsmouth NH for their engagement session. Tim is the kind of guy you will immediately can easily connect (so bubbly) – and with Nicole they really make it as a cute couple. We were strolling the Prescott Park before we headed to downtown area under the sun.
A little side-note, Tim also running Simply Complex Media Productions (SimComMedia) that produce commercial film, photography and music. Check out his talents :)
It was a fun day with Mike & Emelly at Boston. We started from Charles River, Boston Public Garden, and the infamous Boston Fan Pier. From the lineup of geese to the romantic evening city light. We also had dinner break at B.Good and oh my… they are so good indeed! Although it was quite a long session (we ended close to midnight) it was time well spent.
In case you’re wondering, the beautiful hairpieces in this photo is made by: Risha. Check her website! :)
When apple trees are blooming, it is visually way more delicious than the fruit itself. Definitely was a sweet spot for Nichole and Brandon to have their engagement session taken. Who ever knew that somewhere in the quiet side-road of Springvale, ME there’s this peaceful farm with such a beautiful gallery. We will have their “apple” wedding coming soon, so stay tuned!
Grace & Harry from Indonesia. Flew over 24 hours to embrace the cold of New England during winter with this gorgeous dress. Talking about dedication to get the best photographs for their engagement session :) If you must know how cold… it was about 15°F with fairly strong amount of breeze.
Dress by: BramantaWijaya
Just about time until we finally have a chance for a session at two of our most favorite parks: Boston Common, MA (and Pier Parks, East Boston).
Although it was pretty crowded that day, because there was a music concert nearby, we managed to squeeze them into the picture without disrupted by public. Boston also has its value to them since it is part of their daily commute (before); and them being so busy with career transition, wedding and marriage preparation (technical and spiritual stuff), we just want to make sure that this engagement session is well worth time spending. Cheers for this young couple!
Julia, a friend of mine at our local church. We have known her for years, and watched her grown up to become a wonderful person. So excited when we heard she was engaged with Jarrod. They met each other while Julia worked with her degree Ohio. They flew back to NH to get this session done as well as finalizing their preparation for their wedding which will be held in Boston, MA.
Bryan & Anita, they have a complete opposite of personality in front of the camera. While she’s a bit shy and reserved, Bryan really put themselves on the spotlight. He did silly stunts, jump, dance, run, which is also favor us to capture these fun shots throughout the session.
After having their sunny engagement session taken in California, it is time to hit the winter theme up in Maine. Vaughan Woods State Park was kind enough for still holding few acres of snowy plain around the forest, despite the fact this is probably the warmest winter ever.
Bethany and Dave booked us for their wedding photographer right toward the end of Spring. Thankfully the weather wasn’t brutally cold like it should during this time of the year; although for an outdoor session, it’s still quite a challenge to wear a dress. Since Dave is also a hunter, they came up with the outfit and some pose.
Looking good Dave! Beside you guys seem to be having fun :)
They found and hired us as their photographer, about 2 months before their wedding day. Talk about last minute call, I’d call this a successful one :). Shortly couple weeks later we did this engagement shot, so they can print their invitation asap. Cold and windy weather at Prescott Park, Portsmouth, NH couldn’t stop us from taking picture, instead it added some nice touch to her hair and dress (though sometimes too much up to the point it ruins her hair), but again I would say it was a success ;) … ha!
Originally we planned on doing this session at Ogunquit Beach, ME until we found out that they don’t allowed dog on certain dates of the months :(
Therefore, we went to our beloved Fort Foster, ME for this session and this place is never disappoint us.
Gordie, their dog, is built and run like a truck! Alyssa’s mom almost tripped over the ground several times when Gordie streak the leash (should’ve take some pictures of that).
“Gordie, sit!… sit!… sit!…” said Tucker.
Beautiful hour, beautiful place with beautiful people.
They drove all the way from Boston, got lost on the way, had to walk 2 miles in total between each point, while fighting the aggression of the bugs and mosquitoes, but at the end: beautiful pictures :) (also well worth the $5 entrance fee, haha).
For this session, Ruthie had to take her day off from the Gym, while Dan also had a day off from his military duty. They travelled all the way from Vermont to Seacoast NH, and we are so glad they made the effort as it paid off with all these beautiful pictures :)
Did we mentioned that she’s wicked healthy? Just FYI, if you need tips and info related to a healthy lifestyle and workout, Ruthie has this cool website, http://sheswickedhealthy.com/ – check it out!
We had an awesome time at the Lake Winnipesaukee, NH over their private cottage. The weather was nice despite a terrible forecast all prior weeks. We also had a chance to meet their whole family members, cooking out and relaxing on the backyard. So yeah, as we go through this session, there were at least 10 pairs of eyes watching their every movement…
We really enjoying ourselves during the session, especially we were able to see a beautiful sunset sky at the end of the session (though we cannot see the sun, since it disappeared behind the forest).
Next is some of the pictures from their engagement session, enjoy!
We asked them to create a boat / ship using a paper (origami). Rachel knows exactly what she was doing, while Jake tried to copy her. Not bad for the first try, Jake :) (pic below).
For those who are little bit confuse, in Asia, most of marriage proposal (engagement) is done by both parents of the man & the woman. The man’s parents are “asking” the parents of the woman to “give” their daughter as part of their new family. With respectful & symbolic gesture, the parents of the man will also give some favors to the woman to create a new bond in their family. Mostly it’s a precious item such as jewelry. Along the way, they will also have a small worship session depends on their religious belief, lead by their spiritual leaders as well as to receive their blessing. Marriage is a start for the lifetime journey, to make two imperfect persons perfecting each other through their weakness and strength, by the grace of the Lord.
Alright, so that’s the best explanation I can come up with, sorry if there’s a little differences as every part of the countries has their own style – sometimes it’s not even just a jewelry but also a cattle & crops!
Congratulation for Michael & Annie for your engagement!