The Burlington waterfront is an iconic location for pre-wedding engagement photo sessions. With panoramic views across the lake to the Adirondacks, the sunsets are absolutely breathtaking.
Hannah, Tim and I met up for a few drinks before wandering down to the waterfront for the photo session. In my opinion, this is the ideal way to kick things off. Let’s be honest, 99% of you probably don’t spend your days in front of a camera. Most of the time, this pre-wedding/engagement session is the FIRST time couples have had professional photos taken. Starting off with a cocktail loosens the nerves, but it also gives us time to catch up, chat about regular day to day things and figure each other out before heading out to make photos.
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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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