Engagement Photography

Of Love and Country, Fort Myers Florida Engagement Photography

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So, I would be lying if I said that I have been secretly jealous of all these other photographers who have had the opportunity to photograph an engagement session with one of the participants being in uniform.   A good friend of mine did a session last year and as I looked through her images, all I could think was, I want my own military session.  Well, I got it!  Engagement photography is one of my favorites and we took advantage of a few local locations in Fort Myers Florida for this one.  Including the use of a horse farm thanks to a very generous family member of mine! ( Thank You again Kelly!) Megan and Tyler have a super sweet story that I just couldn't do justice on my own of retelling, so I'll let Megan do it in her own words.

Tyler and I went to the same high school, Estero High. Tyler was one grade ahead of me. We had mutual friends and knew of each other during our time in high school but never hung out alone. His best friend, Patrick, used to give me rides to school every day and one day when Patrick’s car broke down, Tyler gave us all a ride to school. But, Tyler has no recollection of this morning.

As years passed, we both graduated and went off to college. Tyler decided to join the Marine Corps after finishing his first year of college. He came home from Pensacola on annual leave in February of 2014 before he was moved to his unit, where he would begin his real job in the Marine Corps as a flight equipment technician. My best friend, Emma, was currently and still is, in a relationship with one of Tyler’s good friends, Dylan. Emma had invited me to meet at Tyler’s house before we went out to the bar to have our girl’s night out. From the moment I saw him again in his house, I knew he was going to be mine. I had this feeling that I never felt before. Every woman in my family had told me in previous years that I would know within the first five minutes of talking to a man if I were to marry him or not.

Tyler’s leave ended very quickly and had to go back to base in Jacksonville, North Carolina. I was very upset that I only had a few days with him before he had to go back, but that’s part of being with a man in the military. We talked every single day, for almost all of the day until I saw his face again in May of 2014. When he was home, we never left each others sight. We adapted very quickly to him leaving for a few months at a time and coming home for only a short period of time. We also got used to only being able to see each other on Face Time.

Tyler came home again for Thanksgiving of 2014 and I never caught on to any of his plans. He took me shopping on Black Friday at midnight, he took me shopping the next morning, he took me to get my nails done, all which was normal. We went out to dinner to our favorite restaurant, Carabba’s, which again was normal. While we were finishing eating at Carabba’s, our server came to our table to tell us that Matt would like to buy us dessert. Well, my step-brother’s name is Matt so I got up and started looking for him but I couldn’t see him in the restaurant, so I was quite confused who Matt was until the waiter came back around to inform me that it was the manager. I sat there and thought, “What did we deserve to get a free dessert?” Next thing I know Tyler is scooting his way out of the booth and the server gave him a plate, which Tyler then passed to me. The plate had four chocolate covered strawberries (my favorite) and in red icing it read, “Will you marry me?” Tyler got down one knee and of course I said yes!

All the best to these two! It was such a pleasure to meet them both and to get to record this chapter in their love story!

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Koreshan State Park Engagement

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I love shooting in Koreshan State Park and Historic Site.  Located in Estero, FL, Koreshan offers clients a rustic style setting with multiple backdrop textures without ever hinting to the famous Florida beaches.   For some clients, toes in the sand is not the look they are going for.  For that reason, Koreshan becomes a fantastic alternate option. For Cassie and Jason, they wanted an area that would compliment their northern wedding next year, so they chose to shoot at Koreshan State Park and Historic Site.

These two!  We met up with their sweet pups for an engagement session that was relaxed and casual.  Nothing forced or strained, just the two of them and their sweet fur boys.   I had such a great time amid all the laughs with these two.  I wish them nothing but joy and happiness in their life together!  Their September wedding is going to be filled with so much love. You can see it in every glance they make toward one another.

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The Engagement Session is So Much More Than Pretty Pictures

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"But, we don't want the engagement session."

I strive to have an engagement session with every couple who pick Brooke Price Photography. The true value of an engagement session is so much more than what is on the surface.

An engagement session gives you the opportunity to become comfortable with me and in front of the camera. While you are getting used to being in front of the lens, I am learning about you, as a couple. I can begin to understand who you are together, your quirks, your personalities, etc.

For those who may be camera shy, you can become awkward around cameras. This discomfort can cause you to make the same false smile every time the shutter snaps. During the engagement session, I work to build your trust.  I look for ways to make you relax and settle in so we can capture more natural, honest expressions.

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Even if I am not the photographer for you, heed this advice. Have an engagement session with the same photographer who will be covering your wedding. The idea of the engagement session isn't just for Save the Dates and a Reception Book, it is to build trust with your photographer. That trust will make your wedding day run smoother and with less stress.

Knowing and liking your photographer, is key in the success of your wedding. It will help keep you focused on the real reason you are having a wedding in the first place, each other.

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Rustic Engagment discussing a Zombie Apocoplypse

2 minutes.  2 minutes was all it took during the very first phone call I answered from Rene to know we were kindred spirits.  That first call lasted nearly  two hours.  The last 10 minutes was discussing wedding details.   So, from a Hi how are you to zombies, to rustic charm and feel good atmosphere, I KNEW I really, really wanted to work with her and the awesome guy who stole her heart! In the couple of months from booking to setting up engagement pictures, Rene and I have become full on social media stalkers  friends.   We're FB friends, and Pinterest buddies, oh, and Walking Dead Fanatics.    Zombies, people.  We are seriously talking about zombies!  Oh yes, it will be epic!

My heart goes out to Brian, Rene's other half. Rene and I joke that we feed off one another's flavor of crazy. He was a trooper for the engagement pics, even if he confessed, he was there for her to make her happy.   I have never laughed so much with one couple.  These two.  *sigh*     They compliment each other perfectly.  Her boisterous laugh,  his quiet strength.   For all the differences one common thread that ties them all together,  their own brand of quirky love and how smitten they truly are with one another.

So, on the Saturday after Valentine's Day, these lovebirds flew the coop to tromp around Koreshan State Park with me, and I'm so very glad they did!    I can not wait for the wedding in October!!!

Just Us Two : Naples Beach Engagement

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Kicking off the 2014 Studio Calendar is this super sweet couple.  Maria + Ashton are planning on having the wedding of their dreams this summer, and this session was just the start of some new moments for them.  Maria really wanted to have some fun and for the session to be casual.  She opted to have the session at one of our gorgeous local beaches, the Naples Beach.  We started the session at the Naples Pier and then traveled a bit north for some more images in the downtown area. The light was gorgeous! This couple was so much fun and I look forward to their wedding in August!

 

Sun filled Engagement in Naples Florida

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Rikki Lee + Ross rounded out the end of the Brooke Price Photography 2013 session calendar with their sun filled engagement session in Naples Florida.   Their engagement session began at the Naples City Dock where we were joined by their fur baby, Tober.   I don't get to work with a lot of animals for sessions, but I have to say, Tober was exceptionally behaved!

The weather for the session was BEAUTIFUL!  Perfectly clear with gorgeous light all around.  By only giving some gentle direction during the session, I was able to capture moments unique to Rikki Lee + Ross.  Their true emotions and love for one another.   After spending some time at the docks with Tober, it was time for just the couple and I to continue to our next location.

We rejoined at the Naples Pier, however, in December especially around the holidays it becomes a very crowded location.  We opted to drive to a near by public access that ended up being a diamond in the rough as we were able to take advantage of a local residences gorgeous curb appeal!!

Engagement sessions are so rewarding because they offer up a less stressful schedule than the wedding day. Also, they give me a chance to work with a couple and get to know them more before the big day.  It makes getting those "cozy" shots on the wedding day even easier as we have already worked together once and are more comfortable with one another.

An added bonus to an engagement session is the images mark the start of YOU.  They are perfect to adorn the walls of your new home together, as well, you can create great keepsakes for your wedding too like Thank You cards and Reception Albums!  When looking to invite guests and announce your upcoming wedding, these sweet moments make gorgeous Save The Dates!

Why not take a look at Rikki Lee + Ross'  Save the Date Video created for the couples Destination Wedding Website by BPP!

Please enjoy some of my favorite images as well!  Congratulations again Rikki Lee + Ross!

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