engagement portraits

Amanda + Zack

Amanda and Zack’s engagement session started at a neighbor’s pond in a gentle rain.
They were unfazed by the rain, which fortunately only lasted a few minutes.
My goal in an engagement session is to convey the personality of the couple’s relationship. Amanda and Zack’s relationship is marked by genuine laughter, intimacy, and an ease in being together.

Engagement sessions usually last about two hours, and the time flies by as we travel to different locations and do wardrobe changes. Here we’re outside our Guilford studio.

The sun comes out just in time to get some of Amanda’s favorite backlit images.

One of our barns faces north and it’s our favorite place to get soft natural light portraits.

These two are wonderful together. I love the bliss in this image.
We did a series of intimate studio portraits to convey that aspect of their relationship as well as to show off their beautiful tattoos.

We ended up with over 150 selected images from our two hours together!
Congratulations you two! Leslie and I are really looking forward to photographing your wedding next week!

Hannah + Andy

Hannah and Andy are getting married this fall at the Stowe Mountain Resort, so it was perfect to do their engagement portraits around Stowe.
Hannah and Andy are getting married this fall at the Stowe Mountain Resort, so it was perfect to do their engagement portraits around Stowe.
I love black and white images because they are timeless and elegant in their beauty. I often provide both color and black and white files of the same image.
I love black and white images because they are timeless and elegant in their beauty. I often provide both color and black and white files of the same image.
Andy wasn't a big fan of the blanket and wasn't too sure about being in front of the camera. But he was a trouper, and his wonderful relationship with Hannah is evident in all the images.
Andy wasn’t a big fan of the blanket and wasn’t too sure about being in front of the camera. But he was a trouper, and his wonderful relationship with Hannah is evident in all the images.
Love the pink boots.
Love the pink boots.

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I sent 170 final images to Hannah and Andy after this shoot. It worked out to one great portrait every 30 seconds. They were so wonderful and fun together!
I sent 170 final images to Hannah and Andy after this shoot. It worked out to one great portrait every 30 seconds. They were so wonderful and fun together!

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Toe to toe.
Toe to toe.

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Andy and Hannah are avid skiers currently living in the Northwest where there is a LOT of snow this winter.
Andy and Hannah are avid skiers currently living in the Northwest where there is a LOT of snow this winter.

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I love the genuineness of these images on the Stowe covered bridge.
I love the genuineness of these images on the Stowe covered bridge.
Bliss.  Hannah and Andy, congratulations on your upcoming wedding! I am so looking forward to being with you on your special day!
Bliss.
Hannah and Andy, congratulations on your upcoming wedding! I am so looking forward to being with you on your special day!

Love Lives at Dartmouth

Elise and Sam are getting married this fall not far from Hanover, where they met while students at Dartmouth.
Elise and Sam are getting married this fall not far from Hanover, where they met while students at Dartmouth.
They wanted to do their engagement portrait session around campus, where their relationship got its start.
They wanted to do their engagement portrait session around campus, where their relationship got its start.
We managed to select one of the few snowy days so far this winter, and since it was during winter break, we pretty much had the place to ourselves.
We managed to select one of the few snowy days so far this winter, and since it was during winter break, we pretty much had the place to ourselves.
So here's the deal, Dartmouth friends: if you can tell me six of the seven spots on campus where these images were taken, I'll buy you a coffee and pastry at King Arthur Flour.
So here’s the deal, Dartmouth friends: if you can tell me five of the locations on campus where these images were taken, I’ll buy you a coffee and pastry at King Arthur Flour.
If you get all seven, that'll get you a drink at the Canoe Club, one of Elise and Sam's favorite spots.
If you can also tell me the one spot in Vermont where we were, that’ll get you a drink at the Canoe Club, one of Elise and Sam’s favorite spots.
Elise and Sam were so comfortable in their relationship that they kind of forgot I was there.
Elise and Sam were so comfortable in their relationship that they kind of forgot I was there.
I lost count of how many snow flakes I Photoshopped out of Elise and Sam's faces.
I lost count of how many snow flakes I Photoshopped out of Elise and Sam’s faces.
The center stone is surrounded by smaller diamonds, as is the band. It is a beautiful ring.
The center stone in Elise’s ring is surrounded by smaller diamonds, as is the band. It is a beautiful ring and emblematic of Sam’s love for Elise.
No hints on where this was taken, but I will say that one of the locations was in Vermont.
No hints on from where this portrait was made.

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Elise and Sam are 2010s (Sam went on to get his masters at Tuck) and I probably took their photos during commencement. I also got a great photo of them at Reunion this year—before we knew each other and before they'd asked me about wedding photography. It's a small photographic world.
Elise and Sam are 2010s (Sam went on to get his masters at The Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth) and I probably took their photos during commencement. By chance I also got a great photo of them at Reunion this year—before we knew each other and before they’d asked me about wedding photography. It’s a small photographic world.

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Winter portraits often lend themselves to black & white images. So timeless and elegant.
Winter portraits often lend themselves to black & white images. So timeless and fun.

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Congratulations Elise and Sam! I am so looking forward to being with you in October when the fall foliage is at its peak!
Congratulations Elise and Sam! I am so looking forward to being with you in October when the fall foliage is at its peak!