Sara & Keith were one of those rare couples where I knew almost instantly that we were the right fit for another. Sara described the wedding they were planning and I instantly fell in love, particularly when she used the phrase “Anthropologie-like” to describe her taste in decor. After all, I don’t even try to hide that I have an obsession with all things Anthropologie, so it shouldn’t be shocking that she had me at hello.
And, their engagement session was no exception. They followed all my typical suggestions for portraits when it came to the session… particularly when it comes to including things that are meaningful to you and/or your relationship in some way. Actually, so many things that I felt inspired by their ideas. Oh dear clients, take it from Sara & Keith and let’s break it down for you.
We started off on the steps of the new house they just bought together, then explored the inside a bit.
Eventually, we made our way to the dining room, where we took some shots with the table that Keith and his dad had just finished constructing by hand. (!?!@*#&!!) That’s my best internet demonstration of my actual reaction when I found this out. This table is flawless. Like, flawless as in I’d pay a lot of money for something like this.
P.S. Can I just make an aside right here and say how much I love Sara’s plain shirt in these couple images? I think us females tend to fret so much about what we’re going to wear, and Sara’s shirt here is perfect: simple, brings out her eyes, and has an undeniable I-look-this-cute-all-the-time feel to it. It’s the perfect demonstration of “less is more,” in my opinion.
We then moved outside to get a couple shots with their bikes in their neighborhood – since it’s their favorite pastime together.
From there, Sara did a quick change into a dress that Keith had spontaneously bought for her one day (seriously, Keith, good job on that one… I’m still impressed) and we headed off to Monk’s. Or, well, the outside of Monk’s at least… as that’s where they shared their first kiss.
Finally, we moved on to Rittenhouse Square right nearby since that’s where Keith proposed.
Check out that expression (below). Hahah, Sara, you crack me up!
Now are you impressed at all the ways they incorporated meaning into their shoot? I mean, let’s see: the house, the table, the bikes, the neighborhood, the dress, the first kiss spot, the proposal spot. What does that put us at? SEVEN ITEMS OF MEANING. Seriously, seven. And you know what’s cool about that? Some day, Sara and Keith are going to be able to look back on these images (I hope) and share these important things and places with people they love and have shots of them at this moment in time – enjoying the things most important to them. How cool is that?
Sara and Keith, thanks for all the fun at your session (even if it was eons ago). I cannot wait for your wedding this November. And, if it’s half as well thought through as your engagement then I have no doubt it’s going to be amazing.