We're firm, steadfast believers in the value of excellent photos.
I entirely adore photos and can't stop myself from being snap happy far too often. However, I find that I don't get enough great photos of my darling dearest and I unless we're "somewhere", like on vacation, otherwise we take zilch. Do you do the same? And when we get those photos we're posing together, never, not ever, in the moment. It was for this reason that I decided to take full and total advantage of the idea of engagement photos and ooh-ed and aww-ed as I reveled in every image captured by our brilliant photographers, Jules & Melia of Lucida Photography.
Aside from having a total blast with this utterly delightful pair we couldn't be happier with the momentos captured forever.
My goal was to have images that:
A) reflected us
B) were in the moment
C) artistic, because I knew that I didn't want to be showcasing a simply fabulous photo of us looking right at the camera smiling in our home or wherever it may end up being displayed.
|(a leaf fell from the tree above the moment we attempted to act serene)|
To reflect us I staged the shoot with elements like the Hudson's Bay blanket to reflect that we're Canadian even though we live in the US of A part time. We had a little staged picnic, primarily to distract us from smiling right at the camera (although I could never stop). We took the photos in Deep Cove, B.C. because we're both from this quaint, perfect, little nook in a big world. We also brought our puppies because they are everything and then some to us. Also, we had a dominant nautical theme going in terms of our ensembles, made complete with buoys, a rowboat, a lifesaver et cetera. Oh, and we brought a mason jar (a prevalent theme of our wedding) to tie it all together in one big ol' cohesive bundle of sumptuous images.
|Tying the knot...|
|taking the plunge...|
|The water was warm so we stayed a while...|
In terms of artistry - I begged Melia to shoot us :) She has such a beautiful eye, the sunbeams shine through the soft pastel images. I couldn't have wished for more and I will never admit how many times we watched the slideshow (set so very perfectly to Florence & the Machine's 'Dog Days are Over').
In all honesty we were literally deciding on a date based around my fiance's bonkers schedule & on a Sunday evening we decided Tuesday it was - so in those days I scrambled to make my ideas come to fruition and Melia couldn't have seen precisely what we were going for more accurately. Can you tell we're elated with the photos?
In fact, Lucida's images were featured on one of our favorite blogs for dreamy wedding images, Junebug Weddings ---> here!
I hope you like the photos :)
We wonder, what would be your most favorite props for an engagement shoot? Would you stage it? What is most important to you in photos?
Have a marvelous Wednesday,