Beach Engagement Session | Lake Champlain, Vermont

The most important part of a wedding day is that you and your partner are able to be your true selves.  Having the freedom to express who you really are and have a blast at this party(big or small) that you two have planned for.  I’ve found over the years that one of the largest hurdles in feeling free enough to be yourself on your wedding day is the nervousness that comes with having cameras following you around all day.  For all my couples, having time before the wedding for us to grab a drink, chat and goof around with camera in hand, allows us to break down that barrier.  Most people don’t spend 8-12 hours a day in front of a camera, so having that be the case on a day that is already filled with nerves can be stressful.  Calling this session an “engagement session” is, for the majority of the time, a false statement.  99% of the these sessions aren’t used for ‘engagement photos.’  They are mostly a way for us to meet, for me to see how the two of you relax together, and in the end make some beautiful photographs.

When the heat of summer is in full swing, jumping in the lake and going for a paddle is one of the best ways to cool off.  For Katie and Bryan, having the lake in the back yard makes this a daily summer activity.  When they mentioned living right on the lake I brought up the idea for a casual shoot out on the water. Having an underwater housing for my camera opens up a whole new world(literally) of possibilities when it comes to creating unique and fun portraits.

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