Sunset Engagement Session at Maumee Bay State Park Andrea and Zach
Andrea and Zach chose the beautiful Maumee Bay State Park as the location for their Sunset Engagement Session. Zach proposed to Andrea last October on the water at sunset after 5 years of dating. Maumee Bay at sunset was the perfect tribute to that night. While waiting for the sun to set for those amazing Sunset Engagement photos, we started their sunset engagement session by taking photos near the Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center. Although we didn’t get the beautiful sunset they had that night, the rain clouds kept the sunset moody. Lake Erie was even a bit hazy as the fog was beginning to creep in before the rains came.
Andrea and Zach did a quick outfit change before we headed to the bridge to take some more photos.
After the bridge photos, Andrea did another quick change back into her white dress for the beach photos. Along the way, there was a beautiful field of wildflowers that we just couldn’t resist.
Then it was a short drive to the beach where dozens of hungry seagulls were waiting. Literally, dozens if not hundreds of these birds were all over the beach. Thank goodness most of them were closer to the resort but that didn’t stop them from checking us out. With that many around, we also had to have a few photos with them.
Next summer, I get to share my birthday with Andrea and Zach at their wedding. It’s going to be one heck of a celebration and I can’t wait!
I’ve recently been asked by a wedding planner, whom I have never worked with before, how I can get all of the details of the wedding and be able to capture all of the candid moments without a second shooter. I thought i would use this blog post to show that with all of my years of experience as a wedding photographer, it can be done!
I have been photographing weddings for over 25 years and have always worked alone. The popularity of having a second shooter is a recent trend within the last 5 years or so that was started by newer photographers coming into the wedding photography business. My years of experience, work ethic, attention to detail and ability to anticipate moments of the day and comradery with other wedding vendors that the brides and grooms have hired is the reason I have not needed a second shooter thus far. It is also the reason I am able to capture the images many of today’s trendy photographers need two people to get the job done.
For this wedding, my day started at 12:30pm at the church (the couple’s chosen time and place to begin) and ended after the reception was over at 10pm. I took over 1300 photographs and I am showcasing more of the candid moments of their day in this blog post. This is by no means all of the intimate moments of the day that I captured for them, but merely a sampling to show you what I do and how hard that I do work. Of course, every wedding is different and how I photograph it depends on the wedding timeline and how the bride and groom have things scheduled, and what they want from me. Many of the candid moments depend on the actions of the bridal party and wedding guests.
Kelly and Craig were married on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at St. John Lutheran Church in Williston, OH surrounded by their family and friends. Their reception was held at St. Michael Centre in Oregon, OH. On their wedding day, I started with the groom and the guys in the wedding party and the groom’s family while the bride and her maids were getting ready.
Then it was into the room where the bride was adding her finishing touches and then photos with her bridesmaids and the bride’s family.
Before we knew it, it was 2:30 and time for the wedding to begin.
After the wedding, the couple headed outside for the bubbles during the recessional and then we headed back inside to finish the formal portraits.
We had to be out of the church by 4pm and we made it! Then we headed to Maumee Bay State Park for some more wedding party and romantic photos that the bride and groom wanted.
When we got to the reception hall, I had enough time to get a few of the detail shots before the wedding party grand entrance at 5pm.
They went right into the Best Man and Maid of Honor speeches and the prayer before dinner. While the rest of the guests were finishing their dinners, the bride and groom were able to get in some mingling with their guests.
It was soon time for the formal dances: bride and groom’s first dance, father-daughter dance, mother-son dance and the bridal party dance.
Next up on the agenda for the evening was cutting the beautiful wedding cake from Jane’s Cakes in Perrysburg, OH.
There was a little break after the cake cutting for some mingling and dancing before the final formalities of the night.
The final formal events of the evening were the bouquet and garter toss.
On Mother’s Day, Sarah and Pat came into my Portrait Studio for their engagement photo session. We stayed there for a little while and took quite a few fun and formal shots.
Then we all headed to Maumee Bay State Park for outdoor portraits and some fun.
Sarah took time to do the Chloe Kardashian Pose!
Even though it was a bit chilly, Sarah and Pat wanted to get into the water.
But they didn’t seem to mind being wet and cold!
These are just some of the images from Sarah and Pat’s Engagement Session. It is obvious from the images that they are very much in love and enjoy being together. I can’t wait for their September Wedding! Good Luck Sarah and Pat with the rest of your wedding planning!
Engagement Photos are a great way for you to really get to know your photographer and their style of shooting before your wedding day. It is also a great way for your photographer to get to know you and how you react to having your picture taken. Most of my wedding photography packages include a complimentary engagement portrait session just for these reasons.