Category archives: Engagements

Venessa & Eric | EngagementDelnor-Wiggins State Park | Naples, FL

It’s awesome when we get a great couple who takes us to the perfect location for their engagement session. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park has a little bit of everything from a boardwalk with an overlook to beautiful beach. There was even a small opening where some people were having a BBQ party which seemed almost dreamy, in the sand tucked back in some sea grape trees.

We started off on the overlook, where we could see above all the trees over the entire park, and then followed the boardwalk back through to the beach and ended the session just as the sun was setting. We can’t wait to photograph their wedding later this year in Naples.

Yohana & Paul | EngagementBurroughs Home | Fort Myers, FL

The Burroughs Home has special meaning to me. Years back, I shot one of my first weddings here. It was of two of my closest friends, marrying each other. I was nervous, and looking back, unprepared. Since then, I’ve shot nearly 100 more weddings. Everything is old hat now, but it never gets old coming back.

When Yohana and Paul asked us to photograph their engagement at the Burroughs Home, where they were also shooting their wedding, it was exciting for me. This would be my first return since that early wedding, and it was with a couple Sadie and I absolutely adored. Everything about these two exuded love, friendship and unity. They were such a great couple, entirely comfortable around each other. They always (we’ve done other sessions since then) have such fun having together, making shooting photos of them so much fun. Their wedding, which will be posted later, was filled with all the same emotions.

Kathleen & Dan | EngagementNaples, FL

We are a little late to the game when it comes to colored chalk engagement sessions, but I think holding out for the right couple proved worthwhile. When we were asked whether or not we’d like to have a little fun with Kathleen and Daniel’s engagement session, the first thought that went through my mind was “of course”, when they said colored chalk a little girl inside me squealed. I’ve seen them before and always wanted to shoot an adventurous couple who wanted to try something a little different.

My archaeology/history sense began tingling when Kathleen mentioned the Koreshan State Historic Site as a potential location for the session. As many know, I love local history and I’d never been to this park before, so getting to check it out while on a shoot was pretty awesome. It turns out it’s a pretty popular photography location as we saw at least two other sessions happening at that time. The park ranger even informed us that they even love seeing the photos made at their park. They were really photographer friendly, which was a refreshing change of pace.

As per our usual session, we started out more traditional. We like to walk and talk with the couple for a few minutes to break the ice and get everyone comfortable. Most couples haven’t really been in front of a camera together outside the occasional party or theme park trip. It’s daunting to have not one, but two massive cameras in your face and being told to preform various tasks. DANCE MONKEY! However, we get that… Kathleen and Daniel were less interested in these types of photos than they were something fun, so I think in the back of our minds the entire time, we were ready for the fun.

Kathleen had made the chalk herself out of corn starch and food coloring, and had it all divided by color. They both grabbed a fistful, and Sadie and I just tried to stay out of the line of fire. Despite our best efforts, we were cleaning colored powder off our gear for several days after. It was fun to finish the rest of the engagement session covered in the colored powder.

We’re thankful to have gotten to try something a little different. While portrait sessions are usually pretty fun, it’s always a welcome departure to try something new. Hopefully we will have many more new experiences in our future soon!

Meghan & Darren | EngagementLabelle, FL

This year has been incredible for us, we’ve met couples who were perfect for us and our style and this couple was perhaps the pinnacle of the year. When they contacted us and asked to do their engagement session at this small, off the road park, we obviously agreed. Sadie and I love exploring and looking around. I usually check out the land and fantasize about how the native people used the local resources and what resources are natural and what ones are man-made while Sadie wanders around looking for cool-looking insects or interesting fossils or plants. We were excited to explore this little, seemingly empty, park with the couple.

Once we met up, though, we were pleasantly surprised to hear the park was founded by the groom’s family. As it turns out, he was a native to the area, as was his family and they were deeply involved with local community. They host an annual cane grinding festival and helped to build and maintain the park. It was a little less of an engagement session and more of a guided tour. He took us around the park, showing us where his family used to go hog hunting and where he had grown up. He knew that land like the back of his hand, it was the land of his ancestors. It was fascinating for me to listen to his stories and the history of the area.

These are our favorite kind of engagement sessions, when a couple really picks a location that’s important to them on a personal level. It’s so great when they can take us around and show us their favorite locations and we can incorporate it into their photos. I truly believe they will cherish those photos because they represent who they are in a profoundly personal way. This is exactly why we try to tell our couples to consider a meaningful location for their engagement photos.