A wonderful way get to know a couple before their wedding day is with an engagement session.
I like to choose a location that has significance for the couple.
A place where they have vacationed, spent time some favorite moments or also a place they may visit every day.
For Heather and Mark, the couple in this feature, this place was Newport, Rhode Island in the spring time.
So much of what makes a portrait successful is capturing genuine emotion … That for me, is the real art in photography.
It is very important for me to find a way to help someone relax, even though I am right there in front of them with a camera.
The time of day and lighting situation are very important with every location shoot.
Early morning sunrise as well as late afternoon to sunset are my favorite hours. The light is warm and makes everyone look radiant.
When I began my journey into photography, I fell in love with black and white images.
Spending hours in the darkroom, developing film and processing fiber based prints.
What I love most about black and white images is that they transcend any time period.
The focus is on the scene rather than getting lost in all the color.
An then there is the beauty of color … which is also fun to get lost in …
So many spots are discovered while just walking … seeing where the light is dancing, the textures of a wall …
I love this spontaneous spirit while shooting a portrait.
A few different outfits and looks can completely change the feel of a portrait.
Outfits that makes you feel beautiful and comfortable bring out the best in you.
Digital photography gives you an almost unlimited range of possibilities for the post processing.
Playing with some cool filters here … like an old Polaroid from the 70′s …
It is so important for me to have enough time with whomever I am photographing.
Just having the time to see who they are, what makes them smile …
It’s a gift that I am allowed into someone’s private world …
where intimacy and connecting with your beloved is typically not done in front of a lens.
Thank you to all my beautiful couples who have allowed me in …
It has been such a joy and an honor!
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