The engagement photo.
It’s a necessary part of an engagement, and can serve as a warm-up for all the pictures to expect on your wedding day.
For this couple, however, it can also serve as a reminder of how not to act when getting professional photos taken.
Mikey and I are very lucky to have a professional photographer as a close friend (and fabulous bridesmaid), who graciously did our engagement session for us. In my mind, this would be perfect because even though Mikey isn’t used to getting in front of the camera, he would be comfortable with Autumn because she’s our friend.
However, things never go the way I plan them out in my head.
When we booked our session, Autumn and I talked about what kind of photos we wanted, and decided that a fall back drop would be gorgeous. Since fall is my favorite season, we booked the session for Sept. 17.
Now, it was time to figure out props, outfits and locations.
I spared Mikey from having to change outfits midway through the shoot and decided a nice pair of jeans and a sweater would work out just fine. I picked up some new sweaters and a dress and wondered if I would be too cold in the dress.
Autumn suggested we split the shoot into two locations: Scranton, since it’s our home, and Bethlehem, since that’s where we got engaged. I didn’t even think of doing this prior to her mentioning it, but I am so glad we took the time to drive down there. It made both the experience (and the photos I have so far) such a memorable one.
It was also memorable due to the number of bumps along the way.
Our chilly fall photo shoot quickly turned into a hot summer day where we needed to pretend it was fall. We switched outfits around, so Mikey didn’t have to suffer in a sweater all day.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t do much about Mikey’s suffering.
He woke up that morning with a nasty fever and just not feeling great. He decided he wanted to press on like a trooper and handled the day the best he could. This, of course, didn’t keep him from goofing off throughout most of the session, in his eyes trying to make things “natural.”
He’s not a fan of posed photos, but I told him he had to get used to it.
We laughed a lot — Mikey napped a little — and overall had an amazing experience. I can’t wait to share the rest of these photos with everyone.
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Editor’s note: Brigid Edmunds is a reporter and paginator for the Times Leader and Weekender. When she’s not working, she’s busy planning her upcoming nuptials to fiance Mikey Lawrence.
If you’re a bride-to-be, recently got married or a vendor and would like to offer advice for brides, email her at [email protected]
Her column, The Prenuptial Project, will run twice a month in Weekender.