lesbian engagement session

Amber and Natalie - Fells Point Baltimore LGBTQ Engagement Session

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On the first snow of the year, it felt appropriate to blog this summer engagement session that was full of sunshine, warm weather and the cutest of couples! Amber and Natalie hired us for their lesbian Baltimore wedding next year and ya’ll let me tell you, from even just the first five minutes with them, I knew they were going to be a favorite of next year. For their engagement session, we wandered around the beautiful Fells Point neighborhood Baltimore and we found so many cute spots for photos. Amber and Natalie brought along their sweet puppy and one of their mom’s and they just were so easy going and sweet. These are the kind of sessions I live for, the ones where a couple just is themselves and laughter abounds and they just fall into poses so easily because they just genuinely love being around each other. And their photos show that!

Get excited to see these two again next year and for now, enjoy just a few of my favorites from their engagement session!

Layla and Meg - A Philly Lesbian Engagement Session

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These two are rockstars!  Their engagement session was rescheduled because of weather a few times and so when we finally met up, I was instantly so grateful they were so sweet because the weather was still not the greatest!  It was cold and SO windy but it was clear that their love for each other was keeping them warm!  That and their love for their adorable dog Mozzarella!  Cutest dog name ever, right? Layla and Meg choose one of my favorite spots for their engagement session, The Philadelphia Museum Art and Boat House Row, and we spent about an hour wandering around and talking about their wedding!  Which is why I love engagement sessions so much!  Its a chill way for us to get to know our couples and our couples to get to know us AND they get cute pics of themselves too!  A win win if you ask me!   

Layla and Meg, we cant wait for your Winter wedding and to get to hang out with ya'll again!  You are seriously the sweetest and we cant wait for you to married!!  Enjoy my favorites from your session!!

Nuriya and Jess - Philadelphia Museum of Art LGBTQ Engagement Session

Nuriya and Jess - Philadelphia Museum of Art LGBTQ Engagement Session

These two showed up for their engagement session at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Boat House Row and I was immediately jumping up and down because they are just so incredibly cute!!!  They both look at each other with such love and devotion and its really obvious how much they love each other from spending even 5 minutes with them.  And for a photographer, that kind of love is a dream to shoot!

Niki and Jen Fall Engagement Shoot at Ridley Creek State Park

Niki and Jen Fall Engagement Shoot at Ridley Creek State Park

There are some locations I will never tire of shooting at and Ridley Creek State Park is certainly one of them!  Niki and Jen choose this location for their engagement shoot and they showed up SO nervous for our session!  I get it though!  Having your photo taken is nerve wracking and a little scary especially as an LGBTQ couple but ten minutes in of showing them back of the camera previews and ooo-ing over how freakin cute they are, had these two relaxed and laughing.

Crystal and Marissa - A Center City Philadelphia Lesbian Engagement Session

It's been a while since we've blogged but that doesn't mean we've been taking time off!  The last few weeks have been full of sweet engagement sessions, weddings and some of our favorite people!  And I am so excited to be sharing one of those sessions today!  Over the weekend, we had the chance to hang out with some friends, Crystal and Marissa and since our camera was with us, we managed to get these two to let us take a few engagement photos of them.  These two ya'll, are the perfect picture of love and we can't wait for them to tie the knot this summer.  Even with all that is going on in politics and in the news, these two lesbians are just so madly in love that its easy to forget all the chaos when looking at them!  

Crystal and Marissa, thanks for giving me 5 minutes to capture some images of the two of you on the streets around your apartment, even though it was cold and the sun was setting.  Jordan and I are SO grateful for your friendship, that you waltzed into our lives and ever since things are just so much happier.  We adore ya'll and are so happy for you and can't wait for your big day come August!  Enjoy a few of my favorites!  

Ashley and Stephanie - A Rittenhouse Square Lesbian Engagement Session

Have you ever met someone and immediately felt like you were kindred spirits?  That is EXACTLY how I would describe how I felt when I met Ashley and Stephanie for their engagement session.  Ashley and I often attend the same events and parties and have a lot of friends in common but we had never actually met till I showed up the day of their session, but in just hour, I felt like I knew these two so well!  They are sweet, silly and sarcastic - things that I would say make for great friends!  We started their session out at Rittenhouse square, somewhere that has a lot of meaning to them before heading over to the new Carlos Bakery.  They got cupcakes and we talked about our mutual love of cake!  We ended things by The Art Institute where they both went to culinary school and met each other.  It was a perfect session!

Ashley, thank you so much for following my work and reaching out to have me photograph your engagement photos!  You and Stephanie are delightful and I am so so happy we have finally met!  I hope you loved your final gallery and I can't wait to photograph you two again!  Enjoy a few of my favs!!!

Shannon and Julie - A Philadelphia Lesbian Engagement Session

A few weeks ago another photographer I adore Ashley Gerrity mentioned this incredible location with beautiful views of center city Philadelphia in a photography group I am in and as soon as I googled it - I knew I HAD to shoot there soon!  Soon after, Julie proposed to Shannon and I was lucky enough to get to spend the afternoon with these two gorgeous ladies at the amazing Cira Green.  It was FREEZING but these two not only killed it, they have a love for each other that was so so fun to photograph.  They literally couldn't stop staring at each other and as a photographer, let me tell you, that kind of love is a dream to photograph.  Their outfits were on point, Julies hair blew perfectly in the wind and I am so excited to finally share a few of my favs from last weekend!  I can't wait to see what kind of wedding these two plan!  

Wedding Wednesday - Choosing a Location For Your Engagement Session

We are back it again today with our Wedding Wednesday series and today we are talking about something that all of my couples ask me about - where they should do their engagement session!  Very rarely does a couple come to me knowing exactly where they want to do their engagement session, so this post is for all the couples out there that don't know what to do!  To make it easy, I am going to give you a few "rules" to follow when coming up with your engagement location and share some of my all time favorite places we've done engagement shoots along the way!

Rule 1 - Consider your wedding

 Are you having an outdoor barn wedding and looking to use your engagement photos for save the dates?  Are you planning a ballroom wedding and love a classic city style?  Is your wedding in the spring but you really love the look of fall photos?  Do you want your engagement photos to "match" your wedding look and theme or are you hoping for something totally different?  Depending how you answer those questions, you can get going in a great direction for your engagement session!  If you are looking for your engagement photos to go along with the look and feel of your wedding, one great idea is to see if you can photograph your engagement photos at that location!  Want something more classic to go well with your downtown wedding?  Maybe photographing around the city would work best!  Consider how you want your wedding to impact your engagement photos (all the way, as inspiration, or not at all) and then talk to your photographer about any ideas that they might have!

These two are having a family centered wedding this winter and so for their engagement session they wanted to do their photos at their family home!  And their hunting vibe matches their wedding perfectly!  

These two are having a family centered wedding this winter and so for their engagement session they wanted to do their photos at their family home!  And their hunting vibe matches their wedding perfectly!  

These two got married at a beautiful estate that had a lake, so for their engagement photos they picked a park that looked a lot like their wedding venue and the results was perfection!  

These two got married at a beautiful estate that had a lake, so for their engagement photos they picked a park that looked a lot like their wedding venue and the results was perfection!  

Monet has planned a industrial, classic Philadelphia wedding for later this month and so her home and roof deck was the perfect location for their engagement session!  

Monet has planned a industrial, classic Philadelphia wedding for later this month and so her home and roof deck was the perfect location for their engagement session!  

Stephanie and Dan had a gorgeous fall wedding and so for their engagement session, she wanted to capture all the gorgeous fall colors in the sunset!  

Stephanie and Dan had a gorgeous fall wedding and so for their engagement session, she wanted to capture all the gorgeous fall colors in the sunset!  

Rule 2 - Think about the time of day and year

We often get asked to do center city Philadelphia engagement session and one of the things our couples often forget is that the city is busy!  There is this iconic engagement photo in front of the "Love" sign that everyone always sends me from pinterest and they always say how they love that no one is in the background!  To get that look, you've got to be willing to do your engagement session really early in the morning and for some, that's not something they would be interested in!  Time of year also plays into this as some locations will be more or less busy depending.  If you can, checking out the location around the time of day you want to photograph and seeing how busy it is, what is typically going, ect can be really helpful.  

Along with that, think about the time of day too!  If I am shooting your engagement session, chances are you love the glowy light that you see in almost all of my engagement sessions!  In order to achieve this look, we have to shoot around 2 hours before sunset!  We photographers call that golden hour and it is how you achieve that glowy, golden look!  If you are looking to shoot earlier in the day, shade is something we will definitely be looking for!  So wide open fields, beaches, and the like aren't great locations for that time of day.  

For Angela and Rita's engagement session we shot at Villanova University and avoided crowds by shooting on a Sunday evening and a cloudy day!

For Angela and Rita's engagement session we shot at Villanova University and avoided crowds by shooting on a Sunday evening and a cloudy day!

For Mary and Arielle's engagement session, we walked around some of their favorite parts of center city, but we avoided the crowds by finding little side streets!  

For Mary and Arielle's engagement session, we walked around some of their favorite parts of center city, but we avoided the crowds by finding little side streets!  

These two lucked out and got all the glow and sunset prettiness at their engagement session!  

These two lucked out and got all the glow and sunset prettiness at their engagement session!  

We got both glow and less people by shooting at Eastern University during the summer in the evening for this engagement session!  

We got both glow and less people by shooting at Eastern University during the summer in the evening for this engagement session!  

Rule 3 - Think about places that are special to the two of you

Have a favorite park?  The place he proposed?  Where she always takes you when your having a bad day?  Those sentimental locations make for GREAT engagement session locations because they mean something to you!  Some couples will even plan a date and have their photographer follow them around capture their engagement photos in a more lifestlye manner at places they love!  

This park on the river was really special to these two so it was an easy choice to do their engagement session there!!

This park on the river was really special to these two so it was an easy choice to do their engagement session there!!

Peddler's Village was one of their favorite date night spots and so when we did their engagement session, Stephanie asked if we could do their session there and of course - we said yes!  

Peddler's Village was one of their favorite date night spots and so when we did their engagement session, Stephanie asked if we could do their session there and of course - we said yes!  

Cindy and Scott choose to do not only their engagement session but their wedding at one of their favorite places - Mercer Museum!

Cindy and Scott choose to do not only their engagement session but their wedding at one of their favorite places - Mercer Museum!

Rule 4 - If stuck, ask the professional

One of the worst things you can do is just pick a place at random and tell your photographer you want to shoot there!  Often couples will feel stressed that they don't have any idea where they want to do their engagement photos so they will pick somewhere someone else did theirs or a random place that looked pretty online.  And that can equal disaster.  Instead, if you haven't been able to come up with a location, ask your photographer if they have any favorite places.  For me, I have 2 places in Center City I love, 2 locations near me, a park in Jersey and vineyard in Bucks County I love.  If a couple is stuck, I will recommend one of those places based off of where they live and what I think would match who they are.  Those places are ones I know, love shooting in and can show past work from, so clients feel confident going into their session!  So if you find yourself stuck...ASK FOR HELP!  Its what we are here to do!  

Ebony and Creig had no idea where to do their engagement session but they knew they wanted bright, winter photos!  I suggested Tyler Park and they LOVED the results!  

Ebony and Creig had no idea where to do their engagement session but they knew they wanted bright, winter photos!  I suggested Tyler Park and they LOVED the results!  

Heather and Simon had no idea where they wanted to do their engagement session and this sweet park I suggest was the perfect background for their style!  

Heather and Simon had no idea where they wanted to do their engagement session and this sweet park I suggest was the perfect background for their style!  

Brooke loved the look of fields, flowers and nature but didn't know where would work best for their engagement session!  I suggested my favorite park and it was exactly what they were looking for!  

Brooke loved the look of fields, flowers and nature but didn't know where would work best for their engagement session!  I suggested my favorite park and it was exactly what they were looking for!  

I hope that helps!  While those rules aren't the end all of how to choose an engagement session location, they definitely will get you going in the right direction!  Do you have a wedding question you want answered?  Drop us a line in our contact form and we will be sure to answer it an upcoming #weddingwednesday post!