I love weddings. I really do! But I don't photograph them. It's not because I don't think I'm good enough, or that I don't have the right equipment for them. I just don't really have the stamina for them. I know that there are hundreds of photographers out there who would much rather photograph your wedding, and I think you should hire one of them.
However, when a close family friend of many years got engaged and asked me to photograph their wedding, I did consider it momentarily. But then I remembered why I am not a wedding photographer and why others are, and unfortunately had to say no.
That didn't stop me from doing what I do best: portraits!
I was so glad that Cristina and Alex allowed me to take their engagement photos. They were a bit hesitant on the idea, mainly because they wanted to avoid the cheesiness that comes with a simple Pinterest search for "engagement photos". But, boy am I glad they agreed! They brought their sweet pup, Scooter, along, and we had so much fun! We took the images by the lake Cristina grew up one, which was a perfect backdrop for such a special moment.
I hope you like my favorite images, which are below. It was so hard to narrow down!
Engagement sessions are so important because they allow you to start getting really excited about your wedding. You get to have some beautiful photos taken with your lovely little family before you officially become one. Engagement sessions let you to capture you and your future spouse while you're still in your sweetheart stage and celebrate your love. Sure, they can be cheesy sometimes. And for a single person scrolling through Facebook or Instagram, they can seem like a painful reminder of your loneliness.
However, when you're celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary, or even if you're having some tough times in your relationship, they are such a special reminder of why you're with the one you're with, and how much love you have for each other.
Thank you, Cristina and Alex, for allowing me to take these photos and sharing your time with me. Best of luck and love on your new adventure together!
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