No matter how much I tell myself I'm not going to overload myself with photographing in the spring, I always do it. Every single year. Without fail. All of the beautiful flowers are in bloom, the green grass and sunshine are coming back, and happy people are ready for some photos. Not to mention that National Proposal Day is on March 20 so there are plenty of newly engaged couples looking to shoot their engagement sessions in the spring! I love this time of year so much and I always delight in it- the couples, the love, the beauty of nature, and the weather.
I'm not only grateful for Jimmy & Bunnie because they chose me to photograph this special time in their lives, but I'm also grateful for them because they are family. I love them both so much and I was so happy when Bunnie mentioned they wanted some new photos. We laughed so much during this session (a lot of it was because my kids, their niece and nephew, were there with us and being silly/ ridiculous) and picked out some seriously gorgeous little pockets of Hermann Park in the museum district to shoot in. I was actually pretty impressed when Jimmy pointed out some of the spots where we took photos. Boy's got an eye for good light! And if you haven't heard me talk about my love for good light before, you will now; THERE IS NOTHING BETTER (in my opinion, as a film photographer) THAN GOOD LIGHT + FILM.
We ended up shooting on a Friday evening, but I typically keep engagement sessions (or any other portrait sessions) on Monday through Thursday because there are fewer people out and about, which means fewer strangers in the backgrounds of your photos. I always recommend that couples allot more time than they think they'll need to prepare for their sessions. Hair and makeup (especially if it's professionally done at an appointment), changing clothes, traffic, parking, and locating your photographer once you get to the location may take more time than you think! In my experience, 100% of couples that have taken off a day of work (specifically, a weekday M-Th) in order to take their time getting ready and enjoying the experience of their engagement or portrait session, have said it was totally worth it. Plus, you can squeeze a date night in after your session since you're both all dolled up!