I always tell my couples that it's awkward to be photographed together, and that this is one of the biggest benefits of having an engagement session. The practice that you'll get in front of my camera prepares all three of us for the wedding day photos, and then it won't be completely unfamiliar territory when the portraits really matter.
Of course, I often also invite my couples to join me for a beer, wine, cocktail, or something else that will ease their nerves before the session. I love spending this bit of time with my brides and grooms before I whip out the camera and start giving directions! Lydia and Nick invited me to their home for this little get-together, and oh my did we have a ball. 🙂 Since we kicked off in one of their favorite places- their kitchen- they even whipped up a delicious little appetizer for all of us to enjoy. They LOVE cooking together, and I can see why. That was some delicious bruschetta! And so began a SUPER fun evening... Take a peek!Lydia's dad built the adorable shed behind them for her & her sister to play in. How beautiful that they get to enjoy her childhood home as they grow their own family! After our delicious snack at the homestead, we headed to the UW Arboretum for a quick little jaunt through the beautiful early fall colors. I just adored hanging around with these two; so much laughter and love!! Oh, did I mention that they bought a brand new car that afternoon?? We got to use our session as an excuse for a fun first drive! Mmmm. New car smell. 🙂 I love dusk at the Captiol building. We ended our session at the Monona Terrace with such a lovely evening sky. Lots of my couples, including Lydia and Nick, get nervous about photos. But really, all you need is what you already have: tremendous love for one another. I think that always shines through and makes for the most amazing photos. Don't you agree? Lydia and Nick, I am SO EXCITED to be your wedding photographer! I can't tell you how much fun I had with you guys. Thanks for the yummy snacks, the wine, and the extra conversation even after I had put the camera away. It was a blast!!