It’s not often that I photograph a standalone engagement session, but occasionally one works out that way. In that instance, I get to go have fun and send the couple off with their first official images of their journey to becoming married people.
Shana and Mitch were thinking about an elopement at Promise Ridge the following year, and they were so excited to get the ball rolling with this engagement session to get themselves in the wedding headspace.
The future bride and groom had been together a whopping 12 years when I photographed them. That might be a record for my longest-running couple! It’s possible there’s another pair of high school sweethearts that beat them out by a year or so, but definitely not many!
The idea of growing up with your significant other is such a wild concept, and for them, it was a testament to their long-abiding connection.
Shana and Mitch were looking to be pushed outside of their comfort zone for these engagement photos, as they counted themselves as mostly inward facing people, and really wanted to capture the relationship that they didn’t always show off in public. Challenge accepted!
We set off for Valley Forge Historic Park with all my goodies and a plan to show off these two cuties in all of their pre-wedding glory.
As we took off across hill and vale, scaling the autumn-dusted meadows, Shana and Mitch relaxed into the photos and really started to bloom. I’ll say it again and again, the more confident you are in your photos, the better they’ll be!
We finished up the day with some gorgeous rainy shots amid beautiful stonework structures, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.
Shana and Mitch, I hope your microwedding is everything you want up there in the woods of Promise Ridge! You couldn’t have picked a better spot! Have fun, kids!
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