Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Engagement | MN Summer Engagement
A looming shower and low-lying clouds can add an air of sombre mystery to any engagement shoot. Traversing the winding tidily-kept trails for this MN summer engagement at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, the weather helped to create the enclosed feeling of quiet intimacy I wanted from Kelsey and Igor's engagement shoot. A happy and carefree couple, they are likewise at ease simply staring into each other's eyes or having an impromptu picnic feeding each other cupcakes. As we walked and posed and ruminated and laughed, I couldn't help but notice how well they complemented each other, how easily they shifted from carefree & joyous fooling around, to solemn and loving embrace.
This shot above was one of my faves from this shoot. Serene & simple, understated and classic, shot in a shaded area on a hill with a lovely green backdrop. Shooting in nature can propose some challenges - inclement weather, bugs, humidity - but I find the natural environment to be most conducive to engagement shoots and weddings. Typically when I'm framing a shot I will try to select natural backdrops or environments that might accentuate or complement the couple within the frame. In this case, the way that the vine subtly climbed up the opposite side of the frame as the couple helped to provide a unique enclosure to the image.
Lately I've found there to be a particular and stunning beauty in low-light images taking place either at twilight or in dense forest surroundings during golden hour. These sorts of images have a kind of intimacy that I think works in any collection - creating a more sombre mood, with a bit of mystery and the effect of quiet conversation.
I always find a picnic blanket with goodies to be a welcome addition during engagement session. When preparing for this session, we discussed various options and settled on the picnic tableau for some of the shots. This gives you a sense of purpose as a couple and something to do in front of the camera. It also creates some variation to the images in the final collection.