Today is part II of my 2015 favorite photos and is showcasing my favorite engagements!! To see part I, 2015 favorite portraits click here! Engagement sessions are some of my favorite sessions. After you get engaged and you start to see your significant other more as a spouse than a boyfriend, the whole way you love them and interact with them changes. You become the best version of yourself. And I get to document that. I get to document the fresh, untainted love of a newly engaged couple that is so so precious.
As I was going through all my 2015 couples, it was so hard to decide which ones I wanted to showcase! I obviously could have easily chosen every single picture that I blogged from each session but I think 700-800 photos would be a little too much.
Just as I did yesterday, I want to share a couple stories that really stand out to me as I reminisce through some of these amazingly fun engagement photos:
The image that you see of a couple on a carnival ride has such a hilarious story behind it. If you are a current bride and have met with me, you probably have heard this story. But for those of you who haven’t, here we go. So this couple wanted to have their engagement pictures on the Anderson County Fair Grounds. I was absolutely thrilled for this because of how unique it is. We show up on the grounds during the day and there is no one around to ask if it was okay if we just get on these rides. So what do we do next? We just get on them anyway. Five minutes later, this guy pops his head out of this pop-up camper and yells “hey!”. I turn around to see him heading our way in a stained, ripped wife beater, pajama pants with hole in them, some house slippers with a couple toes hanging out of the end and absolutely no teeth. Of course I play the “dumb blonde” card and am sweetly apologizing slash asking for permission to keep going. After some back and forth he finally agrees but only if he can stand there and watch “to make sure no one gets hurt”. About 10 minutes later, he says “I have a ride at the other end of the grounds that’s celebrating its 30 years of operation this year and it would like mighty fine for some of these pictures”. (First of all, how much does that terrify you that there is a carnival ride that has been going for 30 years??) I told him that we were good on the yellow ride, he didn’t have to walk all the way down there but of course he insisted. So we get in our cars, follow him down to the opposite end of the fair grounds and the whole entire ride is covered in gray tarps. Needless to say it made horrible pictures, gray tarps just aren’t that cute, but I didn’t want to hurt his feelings so we took a couple then got out of there. It’s interesting the things that happen when you are determined to get an awesome photo… brings a few laughs along the way 🙂
Of course the other memory is evoked by all the Ireland Engagement photos that you’ll see below. Our trip to Ireland was amazing. So amazing that I wrote a blog post about things to do and not do when you’re planning your vacation to Ireland! For the second half of one day and the first half of the next day, we met up with some very dear friends to photograph their engagement session. The actual taking of the photos was so much fun. Photographing a couple in another country made me want to pursue destination photography so bad! The different terrain and weather and lighting… I could only imagine how diverse my portfolio would be. But it was what happened in between the photos that made it so much fun. We were just exploring. The town that we were staying in was called Adare. It was famous for the Adare Manor which was also a huge hotel/golf course. Anything that you searched for online would instantly bring this manor up and tell you all about it. Of course, that’s what we were looking forward to the most in this little town. But when we got there, the manor was set so far off the road you couldn’t see it and the drive to get to it was guarded by gates and men and it was completely surrounded by the Adare Manor Golf Course also protected by guards making it virtually impossible for you to see this place. At first we were super disappointed, but then… we waited for the golf course guards to go home (JUST at the break of sunset) and we ran across the golf course for probably a mile, dodging golfers while they finished up their golf game and finally got to see it. It was hilarious because every 30-40 feet we would run, we would hear “FOOOOORRREEE” in the back ground in a really aggravated tone. But none of us got hit by any golf balls, thank goodness, and we got a couple of fantastic pictures!
So that is that. I hope you have enjoyed reading some of my stories and are ready to peruse some fabulous engagement photos! At the end I will have links to all of my social media accounts so you can find where to follow me. Also, if you enjoy this, please leave me some love below in the comment section! It means so much and also helps boost some organic marketing for me on google ;-)!
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