Lindsey and Alex – 10 Year Throwback Thursday

Disclaimer: This is what happens when I let my couples design their own engagement portrait session. Authenticity ahead.

Dropkick Murphys guitarist engagement portrait

Back in 2004, two of my most talented musician friends helped me expand my ideas of what Engagement Portraits were supposed to look like when they put aside their acoustic guitar and baby grand piano and stepped outside wearing black Dropkick Murphy’s shirts. This photo of Lindsey & Alex has sparked a conversation with each prospective client with whom I shared it and stirred many a portfolio reviewing professor. It’s still a favorite shot and a fond memory creating it for the newlyweds.

Then in May, 10 years ago today, they got married, and had a kid still learning what his camera’s buttons all did tell their wedding story. I was lucky enough to be that kid.

bride candid portrait while waiting

bride and flower girl photo idea

wedding ceremony Newton Center Lakeville Indiana

Unity candle and marriage license

Just married recessional

groom with the bloom

black and white wedding cake

newlyweds first dance

bride and groom first dance black and white

Congrats newlyweds! Happy 10th Anniversary!

1945 Pinup and Sailor Themed Engagement Portrait Session

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits train stop

I’m a fan of incorporating my clients’ ideas into their photo sessions. The more excited about your photos and involved in the creative process you are, the more my energy behind the camera is fueled back into your photos. One of my favorite conversations about a customized engagement session turned out to be a time warp to 1945 to spin a classy take on the famous “Kissing the War Goodbye” sailor and nurse photograph. Victory curls, polka dots, and a (modern day) US Navy dress blue uniform were all upstaged by smiles and laughs throughout these themed engagement portraits.

I put together the vintage Guest Book post and Facebook samples -both a hit- while the rest went into the album, Save the Date cards, and print samples without sneaking online since! Here are more of my favorites from this shoot in classy black and white.

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits bench

1945 Pinup Sailor Engagement Portraits stairway

 

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits passing train

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits Old Glory

 

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits dip kiss

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits lighthouse pier

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits lakeside pause

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits pier silhousette

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits beach walk

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits pinup with sailor cap

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits beach at dusk

Kiss ordinary photo shoots goodbye and drop me a line here to see your ideas turn into the images you’ve always wanted.

Lake Michigan Engagement Session – Jami and Nick

Silver Beach dunes engagement portraits

Lake Michigan lighthouse pier engagement portrait shoot

Lake Michigan Silver Beach Tiscornia lighthouse engagement portrait

Lake Michigan Silver Beach pier sunset engagement portrait

Lake Michigan Silver Beach pier lighthouse engagement portraits

Lake Michigan Silver Beach engagement portrait sunset couple

Lake Michigan Silver Beach sunset engagement portraits

BONUS: Mutual Weirdness (or outtakes)

While I’d love to gloss on and on in poetic ways about the love filling the air like seagulls fluttering with eager expectation above a parking lot full of shiny cars… bad example… Jami & Nick have a mutual weirdness I can appreciate, as well as photograph. This is a significant part of their story, and these are the images to prove it. Congrats, love birds!

Engagement Portrait outtake shock

Silver Beach engagement photos couple

engagement portrait session hair whip

engagement portrait session outtake duckface

Check out more of my favorite sessions along Lake Michigan here, and Contact Me to set up a shoot of your own! -eB

November Outdoor Engagement Session at Notre Dame Campus – Emily and Tomas

After a busy Thanksgiving week it was a great treat to spend a holiday weekend afternoon out for a very leisurely engagement session with Emily and Tomas. Between an away football game day and Thanksgiving travels, Notre Dame University campus was unusually quiet this afternoon. Even with occasional wind gusts it was an unseasonably nice late November afternoon to start telling a wedding story with an Engagement Session.

I’m looking forward to their wintry wedding in December! Congrats, Soonly-weds!

Notre Dame campus outdoor Grotto engagement portrait

Notre Dame campus outdoor engagement portrait Basilica Golden Dome

 

More photos to come! To get a notice when the Engagement Session is ready to view check out the Proof Gallery and preregister for a reminder here.

 

Autumn Engagement Portraits at Notre Dame – Anne & Marty

This weekend kicks off my favorite season in Indiana – autumn! It’s also jam packed with great photo shoots, today’s celebrating Anne & Marty’s wedding at Notre Dame University’s Basilica of the Sacred heart, fun around town and a swinging reception at the Palais Royale Ballroom downtown!

Here are some favorite photos from their October engagement portraits on Notre Dame campus last fall. Enjoy!

Coffee at LaFun before Notre Dame campus autumn engagement portraits
8am portraits after a Fighting Irish football game? Better start with coffee.

Notre Dame University autumn engagement portraits Washington Hall

Notre Dame University autumn engagement portraits near Basilica

Notre Dame University autumn engagement portraits near Basilica

Notre Dame University autumn engagement portraits Clarke Memorial Fountain

Notre Dame University autumn engagement portraits near Golden Dome

Keep an eye out here and on our Facebook page for a sneak preview of the wedding day celebration!

Congrats, newlyweds!

 

Katie & Lawrence’s Snowy December Engagement Anniversary Portraits

Perfectly fitting snow day post. (Reports of nearly 2-3 feet of drifting snow in the last 24 hours here in South Bend!)

Just before Christmas Katie and Lawrence caught up with me for a sunny and snowy winter engagement session. Turns out the date was the 1-year anniversary of their engagement! In addition to the celebration it was also a perfectly mild winter afternoon to head out to some trails for great photos and good laughs along the way.

snowy winter engagement portraits in woods

snowy winter engagement portraits icicles

December Christmas engagement portraits

snowy winter engagement portraits in woods

Congrats Soonlyweds! We’re loolking forward to your autumn celebration ahead!

See more of the session in our proof gallery, facebook, and engagements page. Enjoy!