Whew! With everything that has been going on lately, I haven’t had the chance to gush about the fun I had working with Meaghan and Steven for their engagement session last month. I think a little lightheartedness is in order, don’t you?
Every couple is unique, which makes their engagement session unique to match them – Meaghan and Steven are no different! I was contacted by Meaghan’s sister, Caitlin, in late June regarding booking- she was going to purchase the session as a gift to her sister. (How sweet is that, right??) Caitlin, Meaghan and I group-chatted about the shoot, arranging a date and how Meaghan and Steven wanted to present their relationship.
That’s where we changed the game a bit. Instead of a “standard” session at a park, or in my studio- woods were opted for. And once we narrowed down a few more things- Ramapo State was the winner for locations! Meaghan and Steven happen to be hikers and have a few favorite trails, including one in Ramapo- the Castle Point Trail- that leads up to the ruins of a ‘castle’, otherwise known as Van Slyke Castle. This is where we opted to do the most of the session.
And what a perfect day it was! Aside from me getting a bit lost on the meeting point (the downsides of not being up north Jersey more often anymore, I don’t know all the entrance points!), the weather was absolutely fantastic and the trail wasn’t overly crowded. (Bonus: Basically NO bugs, either.) We had a lovely hike up the trail, chatting and getting to know one another a bit better. As is normal with me, I snagged pictures along the walk of them being sweet with one another. Seriously- these two are way too adorable with one another, and you can just tell how much they love one another.
Then we got to the ruins. I had only seen a picture or two from the internet research – seeing it in real life is a completely different experience. (I can already say that it’s a place I will be returning to and has sparked so many future photo ideas.)
As you can tell from some of the preceding pictures, we played quite a bit in the ruins. Once Meaghan and Steven got used to me just hanging around and snapping images, you could really see how they interacted with one another. It was as if I wasn’t even there – which is exactly how I want it! Don’t let the clicking of my camera distract you. I love when couples are so involved in one another that they forget they’re doing a photo shoot- minimal posing is required and, more importantly, the images come out so much more genuine. Even when it did come to some of the more posed shots, they were so tuned to each other it made it easy to just direct and let them find where they felt the balance was.
Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever had a session that I was unhappy with – but working with Meaghan and Steven definitely jumped to being one of my favorites of 2017. From being able to work with such a relaxed, fun couple to spending the session hiking in the woods- I am honored they chose to go with me for their engagement photos and I wish them nothing but the best in the future!