My goal for engagement sessions are threefold: 1) to give my clients some time in front of the camera before their wedding day, 2) to represent who they are at this moment in time including their rituals, where they got engaged, pets and other "bookmarks" that describe their relationship and 3) to give me time to learn about them so I can tell their unique story. The three of us started planning this shoot before the contracts were even signed! I learned that they were both musicians, they both live in and are fond of West Seattle and were engaged at Salty's on Alki. These things describe their bond and current relationship. In several years, most likely, they will have evolved into a new couple so these moments are important to document.
Christine and Marvell, along with their puppy, met up with me at the wonderful and expansive Discovery Park. The grassy fields allow for plenty of roaming space and have great views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. We moved on to Alki as the sun was setting to get great shots of the Seattle city skyline along a small stretch of beach only accessible during low tide.
Locations / Discovery Park + Alki Beach
It was great to see Sara again after our initial meeting at a family shoot many years ago. Her mother is a great friend to my wife and me. When Sara and Kevin made wedding plans, they hired us to be their photographers (see wedding here) and we recently got together for engagement portraits at the University of Washington and Alki Beach. The university has been a popular place as of late largely due to the amazing cherry trees and interesting architecture. By this time of the year, however, the cherry blossoms are fading but we managed to find a few remaining colorful trees. We also explored the North side of campus including a few nice, new buildings I've never seen before. Last stop on campus was the spiral staircase on Campus Parkway then we drove to West Seattle for a view of the Puget Sound and city.
I've shot a few engagement sessions at Alki and was recommending the beach area to the north for Sara and Kevin. When the tide is low there is a bit of sand below the rock wall, but we arrived to a high tide. Still, we managed to find an area with sand and a great view of Seattle. Because we were in shade, I broke out my 12" beauty dish with 30 degree spot attachment to add some fill. Champaign ended the session in style.
Here's what my clients thought of their session...
One of my favorite parts of the shoot was when Sean asked us if we were comfortable kissing in front of the camera. We both quickly answered in the affirmative, although it’s not like we had really ever done it before! After testing it out, I think we kissed and giggled the entire way through the shoot. I swear, it felt like my smile was getting bigger and bigger as we went along, it’s no wonder we couldn’t get serious!
Honestly, I know the photos and the experience are things we will cherish for a lifetime! I am sure everyone says that but Sean truly did capture the love and affection we have for each other, and the partnership that we value so dearly. It was fun, relaxed, but we also accomplished so much in our session! That’s a testament to Sean's fantastic professional skill and artistic eye!
Having never done a shoot, I was a little nervous and unsure about what to do once the bulb started flashing. However, Sean made it so easy, and as soon as we got going it was better than I imagined – even when we had an audience of curious passer-bys in the background! Sean had some great locations at U of W already in mind and we bounded around campus seamlessly, chatting and stopping anytime an inspirational backdrop caught his eye. When we got to Alki things got a little loose; before we knew it we were popping champagne on the beach, I was leaping over Seattle and we were gallivanting around in the freezing Puget Sound – enjoying every minute of it!
I can't ask for better clients! Looking forward to their Seattle Maritime Event Center wedding down on the waterfront! Become a 'fan' of Affinity Photography on Facebook to see these and more photos from our fun weddings.