Engagements!! I love them!
Really, it's so true - I do love them. There's no season of life that's quite like engagement; short, exciting, full of hope and stress, committed to each other but not quite. It's very unique.
Sarah and Sam were actually my first booked wedding for 2021, so I was really excited to get to do this with them. They met at St. Francis De Sales in Mableton, GA, and have a beautiful friendship and relationship. When I initially met them at a coffee shop, I noticed that they balanced each other out very well and that they seemed so natural and comfortable together.
When we first arrived to the session, we were immediately met with a challenge - Sam had eaten something Sarah was extremely allergic to. This is a challenge I had never encountered before and I knew that I would have to be very careful with posing, and couldn't resort to one of my favorite engagement prompts, "kiss each other".
Honestly, it was a fun exercise for me to try and portray intimacy through photos without any kissing. Granted, I prefer to use that technique (as most photographers do), but now I've got plenty of ideas in my arsenal.
It's not every day that I get the opportunity to work with someone who uses a wheelchair! I was honestly surprised by how rare good engagement photos of wheelchair users are when I was browsing Pinterest. A lot of the examples look stiff or awkward. Other photos appeared to be trying to make it look like there was no wheelchair or made it the focal point of the photo.
I knew I wanted Sam and Sarah to look and feel comfortable, and for the photos to represent them. We had a great time, and I think these turned out pretty well. It was good practice for their May wedding!
All and all, these two were sweet and joyful throughout the whole thing. We laughed, climbed through the weeds, got stuck in brambles, and Sarah and Sam prayed together for their marriage during their session. Wandering around my favorite Marietta meadow with a couple in love is one of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday.