As any Tampa wedding photographer would, I always welcome an opportunity to shoot outside my “home territory”. New places inspire me, give a chance to travel and also to expand my portfolio. Since I didn’t get a chance to post any engagement sessions in my Galleries section yet, today I would like to blog about one. Please meet Nicky and Wayne! Fun couple with passion for photography, tons of ideas and lots of energy!
We started our session at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota just a couple of hours before the sunset. This was Nicky’s idea and the moment she mentioned it – I knew we absolutely had to do it. Many Sarasota wedding photographers are quite familiar with this place – Cà d’Zan Mansion is probably one of the most recognizable architectural wonders in the area and a very popular venue for wedding ceremonies or receptions. And even though we didn’t get a chance to shoot around the mansion itself, (due to a wedding photo shoot taking place there), we managed to capture quite a few very nice photos in the museum’s gardens.
From there we headed to another popular among Sarasota wedding photographers spots – Siesta Key beach. This place was very special to both of them – it was here, about a year ago, Wayne actually proposed Nicky and she said “Yes!”. We hoped for a clean sunset but the sky was a bit cloudy that evening so we ended up shooting tons of awesome portraits with the help of this incredibly soft light coming from above. Here are some of my favorites from that day:
Photographer’s secret: we love shooting engagement sessions and here is why – it allows us to establish personal connection with the couple way before the wedding day. I think it’s essential for the couple to trust their photographer, to be confident in his/her ability to produce photos of great quality. Couples learn to get a lot more comfortable in front of the camera, get familiarized with our shooting style (the angles we take, the prompts we give, the poses we show, etc) and we, wedding photographers, get a chance to learn more about what works for this particular couple better – whether it’s posed shots, motion posing, candid approach, etc. There are lots of other benefits engagement session (or pre-wedding photoshoots) have, and I’ll talk about them in my future posts.
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