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Larz Anderson Engagement Portraits

boston prewedding photoshoot brookline park

Sharing a few of my favorite image from a recent engagement portrait session, aka a Boston prewedding photoshoot, at Brookline's Larz Anderson Park.  We had a beautiful afternoon on the grounds of the former Larz Anderson estate.

Larz Anderson was one of the places that we went to as kids - specially to the outdoor skating rink at the very top. Huge expanses of lawns, fields and a sweeping views of Boston's skyline - though even from Brookline the city seems small.

What's the difference between an engagement shoot and a prewedding photoshoot?  The clothes.  At an engagement portrait session,  the couple wears everyday clothes - or really maybe better than everyday but not formal.   For a prewedding photoshoot, they wear their full formal wedding attire - wedding dress, suit or tux and have hair and make up professionally done and usually have flowers too.

Engagement or pre wedding photos? Which one is best for you?   While most of our couples prefer a more casual look and feel, some couples prefer prewedding photoshoots in their wedding wardrobes so they can spend more timing getting portraits without the constraint of the wedding day.   This is also a good option to consider if you feel that location (as I do!) is important to telling your love story.

It's not about looking like the perfect couple, it's about being who you are both as individuals and as yourselves.

Case in point, this couple wanted to dress as they would on their wedding day and chose to do a prewedding shoot here in Boston.  Though the ceremony will be held overseas with their families, they wanted to get portraits made in the city where they met.

We were able to capture a mix of traditional, casual and candid at our Larz Anderson prewedding photoshoot.  Congratulations to these two who have big things on their newly shared horizon!

I really love both engagement photoshoots and prewedding photoshoots.  In the time between deciding to get married and actually getting married, it's lovely to take some time to think about who you two are together right now.  Of course it's a chance to get comfortable in front of the camera and with your photographer  - but it's also a chance to learn about each other (check our our Visual Voice sessions!) to spend time together and to create a visual record of your lives outside of the ritual of the wedding day itself.

boston prewedding photoshoot brookline park

boston prewedding photoshoot brookline park

boston prewedding photoshoot brookline park

boston prewedding photoshoot brookline park

boston prewedding photoshoot brookline park

boston prewedding photoshoot brookline park

boston prewedding photoshoot brookline park

boston prewedding photoshoot brookline park

boston prewedding photoshoot brookline park

boston prewedding photoshoot brookline park

boston prewedding photoshoot brookline park


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What to Wear | Winter Engagement Photos

What to Wear | Winter Engagement Photos

I finally got around to using Polyvore!  I do love a mood board - and this is a way to create a visual collages that is very easy and fun.  II'm sure you have seen these collages on Pinterest. I've been meaning to play around with this for ages. And it is as fun and as deep a rabbit hole as you might imagine.  You can pick your items and see how they all look together without emptying your closet and laying everything out of your bed (which is pretty much my pre-vacation packing scene).  As a visual person, laying things out like this makes planning wardrobe was easier.  Especially if you are coordinating a color palette between two people.  You should be able to get to the sets (and others as I build them) on my Polyvore page here.

Dressing For Engagement Portraits

Below are three mood boards I whipped up for winter engagement sessions.  We tend to go inside for a decent time during winter engagement sessions, which means LAYERS! And that coats and scarves are part of the whole look.

 

winter engagement photos outfits

winter engagement photos outfits

 

winter engagement photos outfits

As we approach Valentine's Day and another round of proposals are in the works, I wanted to share some idea here of what you might wear to your winter engagement.  I find we do a fair amount of walking with our clients, hitting a few different places (either in the city or on a walk in the woods).  This is why I opted for more "sensible" shoes.

5 Things to Help Plan Engagement Session Outfits

  • Embrace Color!  As my friend Monica says, most people don't look great in black.
  • Dress for location.  Let's not let those cute heels slow us down on our photo adventure.  Wear something that is weather appropriate and comfortable to walk in.  Layers are great for New England afternoons - bring a tote bag to keep the extra pieces in if we go inside or things warm up.
  • Coordinating. But not matching.  Coordinate to complement.  Choose a color palette that works well with both your complexions.
  • Options! If you aren't totally sure about a hat or a shirt but you think you may want to try it - bring it along.  We can duck in somewhere to do a quick wardrobe change if needed.
  • Be yourselves.  You will love the images where you look and feel like your authentic selves.  And the level of coordination that involves varies, of course, person to person.  

 


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Indoor Engagement Photos Boston

Boston Indoor Engagement Session

New England winter.  Outdoor shoots. Yikes.  While you could throw caution to the wind and shoot outdoor, there are many months that you, and I, would rather cozy up inside.   A and N wanted to do an indoor engagement shoot in Boston even before we knew it would be a chilly Sunday afternoon.  After scouting out a few places, I fell in love with the light and atmosphere at Fort Point's Oak + Rowan.  We once lived across the street from this space when it was Twelve Chairs.  Now a brick and beam lofty industrial space that makes the most of its window light - the space is both comfortable and modern. (and the dessert menu . . . . trust me.)

If you want to rock your Boston engagement portraits like these two without fretting about plan B for weather,  start thinking about doing portraits in beautiful spaces like this!

Of course, you don't have to go to a bar or restaurant.  Other Indoor Locations in Boston to Shoot Your Engagement Photos - your place, one of the many universities we have in Boston or across the river (perhaps you once attended one of them), the Butterfly Place is one of my favorites!

 

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Loved this session!  These love birds were amazing.  A late afternoon.  A Rent-the-Runway dress. A welcoming staff at Oak + Rowan.  Perfection.

indoor engagement photography boston restaurant

indoor engagement photos boston restaurant

indoor engagement photographer boston restaurant

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indoor engagement photos boston restaurant

indoor engagement photos boston restaurant

indoor engagement photos boston restaurant

indoor winter engagement photos boston restaurant


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Davis Square Engagement Photos

Sharing a few gems from a beautiful early fall evening in Davis Square with these love birds.  We hit the Square right after their work day and the light couldn't have been more beautiful.  A little time on the bike path and then finished up with some ice cream at JP Licks.

More to come, but I wanted to share these right away!

 

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Engagement Portraits at Settler's Crossing

Engagement Photography at Settler's Crossing

Many a love story begins in Boston. There are so many colleges and graduate programs here that are the setting for lifelong friendships and also for romance. This love story one began in Syracuse, in an Art History class.

Kara and Tim first met attending Ithaca College.  They briefly dated and stayed friends throughout the rest of college and into the immediate post-college years. When Kara moved to Boston for grad school, their strong friendship evolved into a serious relationship. So serious that they are planning to tie the knot this fall in an outdoor ceremony at Settlers Crossing in Lunenberg, Massachusetts.

As they currently live in California, we met for the first time to do an mini engagement shoot and a venue walk through.  They had mentioned how much they loved physical activity (biking, hiking, camping and exploring new places) so finding spots in the golf course setting seemed appropriate for these adventurers.  We were handed a gorgeous day and while he were a bit early for magic hour, the light was lovely and the grounds were ideal.

Kara has an online and pop-up thrift store and Tim is her photographer.  They were looking forward to their engagement shoot so they would get comfortable being both in front of the camera.  They were amazing - easily showing how much they care for each other.

We may have inadvertently stepped into a patch of poison ivy.  I was so busy shooting that I didn't look down.  Tim and Kara took charge and I was sent home with decontaminated feet and an extra pair of Kara's shoes. She is, as Tim described her, kind and thoughtful.

I'm looking forward to their wedding at Settlers Crossing in Lunenberg in the fall.