On April 10th of 2016, I had the pleasure of shooting a wedding engagement session on the beach in Wells, Maine. The young couple is from Maine and me, being from New Hampshire, we decided to meet in the middle on the Maine coast. It is early spring in New England so we had hopped for a sunny and warm day. Luckily, we got both. I met Sarah and Tom at Wells Harbor but with high tide, we chose to head right to the beach. The beach was nearly empty with just a few others there. I shared what we would be doing before we met, on the phone and through email prior to meeting that day. I shared some tips for makeup, hair and clothes, reminding them that being comfortable in what they are wearing and being authentically themselves is important for the energy of the shoot itself.
We started off walking down the beach and I had them walk away from me to a point then turn and come back. It made for some great wide shots of them together as they held hands and spent a few minutes together. Once they had returned, I asked them if they wanted to head up the sand dunes. They spent some time together at the top there too and shared smiles and showed affection and anticipation of their special day, which I was hoping to capture. I then asked them to stand apart on the dunes. I always like to add a few of these artsy, “together, but separate individuals” style shots to a photo shoot also. They capture the energy of two lives becoming one and their individual journey as people.
After they posed facing me with no emotion, I asked them to face each other and walk towards each other. I love the resulting photos. On the way back to the cars, we headed up to the rock jetty for a few more poses before we ended their engagement session. I am looking forward to their wedding day at the end of this summer. I truly enjoy and highly recommend engagement shoots. When a couple is comfortable with their photographer before the wedding day, it makes for a beautiful and smooth experience once their big day arrives I am grateful for this experience with this special couple and I look forward to capturing their wedding day, with their vision and expectations as my focus, in addition to my personal style and passion for what I love to do