Thoughts of summer come to mind as these spring days get longer and longer. I love this Long Beach engagement session with Lisa and Anthony! The most perfect sunset greeted us at the end of the day. We all agreed that we live so close to a place so beautiful and do not visit nearly enough. Can’t wait for your summer wedding Lisa and Anthony. I know it’s going to be a blast!
We have all seen plenty of Central Park engagement sessions. As stunning as the park is, there are certain locations that are just too overexposed in the world of engagement photography, (Bethesda Terrace and Fountain). I can think of so many other spots in the park that need to be explored. I wanted Chrissy and Anthony’s engagement shoot to be as fresh and exciting as they are! So when they said they wanted to have their engagement session at Central Park. I asked them how did they like the idea of having their session at The Loeb Boathouse on the lake? I loved the idea of showcasing the beauty of the lake with some vignettes of New York City. They were totally on board with the idea. The rowboats also gave my clients something else to do other than thinking about the engagement session. There were so many other secluded spots I wanted to visit in addition to the Loeb Boathouse, but we never made it. Being on the lake is where we stayed that 96 degree day in August. At one point I got out of the boat to get some shots and drinks for everyone. Getting out of the boat mid lake wasn’t as hard as trying not to roll down a side hill, get back into the boat with $6000 around my neck and two hands full of bottled water. We did not dock at a designated spot to say the least.
As a New York photographer I love shooting all around the down New York down state and upstate area. Bonnie and Scott drove in from Queens for their Long Beach engagement shoot. When we discussed the shoot we tried to come up with fun activities for them to do in front of the camera. This way the images take on a more natural and lifestyle feel. I’m not trying to turn my clients into models. So having something to do helps bring out how much you enjoy each other as a couple. It’s also a great way to showcase your personalities. We conducted the shoot about 90 minutes before sunset. This way the light was perfect for our shoot, (no squinting and fighting the summer sun). The wind at Long Beach was to be expected, but it seemed windier than usual. The kite never really took off, but that was a blessing. It just hovered over Bonnie and Scott, always staying in the camera frame. Thank you Bonnie and Scott for a wonderful way to spend a summer evening!
What is great about having an engagement session? Most people think it’s the perfect chance to get to know your photographer. While this is true, you also have the opportunity after to see all the images from the engagement session. If you are not photographed professionally often, it can be overwhelming to see so many pictures of yourself. It’s better to get over the shock before the wedding, than after. Many people only see images of themselves on their phone and on the web. It’s amusing how many clients say to me, with much surprise, “Your images are so sharp, colorful and clear.” That’s one of the reasons why you hired me. I figured they aren’t used to seeing prints or at least professional prints. In the old days, you had to at least make small prints if you wanted to see the photographs.
This is where the engagement shoot or engagement session would come into play. This might be the first time you have commissioned a photographer to create photographs of you as a couple. Below I will outline some tips and suggestions for you to make your engagement session a treasured experience.