Sometimes it can be quite fun to step outside your comfort zone. Although it can also be pretty scary to do so. Megan, a past client, whose dogs I had photographed over the years at local dog agility trials asked me if I would consider working with her and her new fiancé, Joe, to create some beautiful engagement portraits of the two of them. She wanted to include her beloved Shelties, Bolt and Nike, in some of the portraits and felt that my experience with pets would be invaluable in creating the right kinds of images for her.
After agreeing to the session, I began researching and looking at tons of engagement images taken by other photographers. I wanted to spark my imagination and generate some new ideas from what other have done. As always happens, I had way more ideas than we had time. About 2 weeks before the session Megan, Joe, and I sat down to discuss the session, their ideas, and my ideas for it. And—most importantly—the images they hoped they would get out of it.
August here in New England is typically hot and humid. So our biggest concern was keeping Bolt and Nike cool during our time working together. We planned an early morning session to try to beat the heat and the humidity. As it turns out the day we chose was one of the cooler days that month. Can you say lucky?
Megan and Joe had selected a beautiful, quintessentially New England farm for their location. Complete with rolling hills, large stone walls, cottage gardens, a large pond, a dirt road, and deep, cool forests, it gave us many, many different options for photographic backdrops. It was an absolutely fantastic place to create some wonderful engagement photos.