When Meghan and I were chatting about planning their engagement session and trying to coordinate when they would be in Atlanta, I thought well you know.... we could do it in your neck of the woods! Meghan and Garrett's neck of the woods happens to be the DC area and I haven't been since before I had braces so I was PUMPED! So we booked a flight and soon it was time to pack our bags and head to Washington! The weather was a little iffy so we called an audible and switched it to sunrise Friday morning. We met at the Jefferson Memorial and explored a little around the Tidal Basin but since we switched our shoot to Friday, Meghan and Garrett had more of a time crunch as they still had to get to work! I will admit this was a total bummer because I could've photographed them around every monument and memorial all day long or just spent the whole day with them! Meghan and Garrett were so much fun and were troopers with the chilly weather! For them, exploring the National Mall was no biggie since they live in the area, but I had to apologize for being giddy as a school girl to be shooting in such an incredible place. Meghan and Garrett - thank you for showing me your home. You two are such genuine people and I had a blast with you both! Can't wait for the big day this October!!
I have known Kenzie for a long time and she is actually the third Hanson sister to get in front of my camera! However it was my first time meeting Alex at their engagement session. When I imagined the person Kenzie would choose to spend her life with, I imagined someone tall (I think it's a requirement for all Hanson sisters actually) and someone who could make her laugh. I mean open mouth, hand on stomach, eyes crinkled shut LAUGH. I'd say I nailed it. To see these two together, you can just tell there is a level of comfort and easiness with each other. Neither of them take themselves too seriously and they're obviously smitten with each other. A great recipe for success, right? Before their session, I scouted out a few locations along my walk (HOORAY for sessions walking distance from my house!) and I'm so glad I did. We had the perfect backdrops of spring blooms for their session. Since they're getting married at the Rooftop at Ponce City Market, they wanted a more natural backdrop for their engagement pictures so this area was perfect! The only thing missing was their dog Mabel... but she needs adult supervision, ha!
We have had WEEKS of rain but Leslie and Chuck must be good luck because we had a GORGEOUS evening to stroll the Beltline together for their engagement session. However, that also meant that everyone and their cousin was whizzing up and down on their scooters, bikes, and rollerblades which made it fun to try and walk backwards while photographing them walking! Thankfully Leslie and Chuck were kind enough to not let me get run over by other Beltline-strollers. Since mural-hopping on the Beltline takes a bit of time on foot (we were tempted to rent bikes or scooters), it did give us a chance to get to know each other which is a huge part of the engagement session for me! I learned that Leslie is a crazy talented illustrator and while her work requires her to illustrate less than glamorous things, she is using her talents for their wedding and I can't wait to see what she creates! I also got some restaurant tips from my new favorite foodie Chuck. They both have different interests but that's what makes them click I think, they just seem to inspire each other to enjoy life's adventures. We ended our night at Piedmont Park where they busted out their favorite team (Atlanta United of course) gear and watched the sun go down. Leslie and Chuck - thank you so much for fighting the traffic to have your engagement session! I cannot WAIT for May!
I FINALLY got to meet Morgan and Trey for their engagement session last weekend! Soon after they booked me, they moved to Texas and our calendars never quite seemed to align. We had the date set for Friday evening and it was an 80% chance of rain all day... *big surprise* I know. Thankfully they were willing to squeeze in time before their flight on Sunday because it looked like we were finally going to get some sunshine! We met up at Chastain Park and since it was such a gorgeous day, my little motley crew decided to take a stroll before the session. Our dog Molly almost got to jump in their photos... but she did manage to jump all over Morgan and Trey. Thankfully they were good sports. These two both grew up and went to high school in the Atlanta area but didn't start dating until later on, but you can tell there is a comfort and familiarity that comes from knowing each other a long time. Morgan and Trey - thanks for being so flexible with your last weekend home before the big day! I absolutely loved getting to spend the afternoon with y'all! Can't wait for April!
Last weekend was a rough one for the Doty household health wise. Food poisoning + mastitis meant I was pretty pitiful. But Ellie and Blair traveled to Atlanta for their engagement session and I was going to shoot it even if it meant they got the full Doty experience.... Morgan AND Mila joined in for their engagement at Piedmont Park! At least the stroller provided some storage for extra shoes. Ha! Blair wanted a skyline shot and Ellie wanted a natural feel. That's the best part about Piedmont! You get the best of both worlds. Although in this time of year, the cold temperature means it's much less crowded and the trees are naked! I had so much fun with these two. I completely forgot I didn't feel great because Ellie and Blair can make you laugh and smile in a heartbeat. The way they can tease each other but still look at each other adoringly truly warms your heart. Which was a good thing because it was about 40 degrees out. Ellie and Blair - thank you for coming up to Atlanta for your session and bearing the cold for these images!! Can't wait for MAY!!!