Walker Sculpture Garden Engagement | Minneapolis Engagement Locations
An engagement session can sometimes be like a first date. At time, fun and exhilarating and in other moments, slightly awkward. As a photographer, I always try to put my couples at ease when shooting the engagement session. I want my clients to feel their best, their most confident and by way of that their most beautiful and handsome. I recently had a photographer friend tell me that she approaches engagement sessions by asking the couple to pretend they were going out on a date, with the photographer as a third wheel. I thought that was a novel way to look at it! For J.W. and Leslie's engagement, I wanted to have that intimate date vibe, while also playing around with framing & the symmetry of the sculptures and natural features in the area. From a list of Minneapolis engagement locations, this couple chose the Walker Sculpture Garden for their engagement session.
Throughout the shoot I worked on finding structures that would naturally frame the couple, while also imparting a little sleek elegance to the frame. This worked especially well in the shot above, where J.W. and Leslie are waltzing by themselves. The Walker Sculpture Garden, planned and designed by artists, has many beautiful natural frames to situate couples within. This technique works best when both sides of the frame are identical, as you can see in the shot above with the hedges and trees matching each other.
I always try to have couples doing something, performing a series of actions in the engagement session. It's a strategy & slowly but surely I'm getting better at it! I try to imagine myself in their position - so much about engagement photography can feel awkward or stale. I want it to feel exciting and alive for them! So the key is to make it feel like a date. For future engagements I actually might ask that the couple and I go to an ice cream shop or cafe, as well - just to get that feeling of doing something together. Nevertheless for this shoot we were taking a stroll through the park. Above you'll see J.W. whispering something into Leslie's ear, which made her burst into laughter.
This shot above was my favorite shot from the shoot. I am working on slowing down (hence, my use of film) and really visualizing my shots. I've started keeping a scrapbook, filled with shot diagrams and locations, filing away mental notes of how poses and compositions I'd like to execute on a given shoot. I knew of this location in Loring Park beforehand, and it always seemed to provide such good framing and the perfect contrast between old and new, fresh and distressed. The antique elegance you see here is something I find very compelling, and I felt it suited the couple, dressed formally, quite well.