After Megan joined our team this fall, we decided to offer a model call for an engagement session. We wanted the chance to work together and try some new things (i.e. we got some new gear! woot!) before we were going to be paid to shoot a session 🙂 We had a few applicants for this complimentary session and Caitlyn and Christian were one of these couples.
Part of the application process (there are a few steps involved) is answering a questionnaire with questions like: when’s your wedding date, what are some unique characteristics about each of you (i.e. do you have freckles?) and what’s one word to describe your engagement so far (Caitlyn’s answer: magical!!). However, what really caught my attention with these two (and was the main reason I choose them for the session) was her answer to the question: Tell me your proposal story. Here’s her answer:
Christian proposed to me as we were going for a walk during sunset in one of my favorite spots. See, a year ago my grandfather whom was my most prominent father figure had passed. Christian took me to the spot my grandfather and I shared many many magical moments. Christian decided to propose at that spot so my grandfather could be with us in spirit. It was so loving and thoughtful, I couldn’t have asked for anything
How sweet is that?! Naturally, our suggestion for their engagement session was the same place where Christian not only proposed, but that her grandfather and she also spent many hours: Buffamville Dam. For variety, and because it was a full length session (3 hours) and we therefore had enough time, we also traveled a few minutes down the road and enjoyed Purgatory Chasm.
If you’re wondering how to choose a location for your own engagement session, I’m convinced there really is no perfect location! However, here are some suggestions to help get the ideas flowing 🙂
- The place where he proposed to you is obviously a location that is meaningful (even if it wasn’t before that moment!) and if it’s local, it is a wonderful option.
- A favorite date location is also a great idea: a coffee shop, a park, a theater, etc. (note that some of these may require a fee and/or permission to capture a session there)
- At home: his, hers, theirs . . . if you live together or apart, cozy at home is a great spot too.
- A local park or outdoor space. We can make any space work – all we need is good light (and we can provide our own if there’s none available!), but if the space you choose also happens to be beautiful, that’s a bonus!
As you ponder where you want your own session, have fun looking through theirs!