Kristen first contacted me in the middle of May, soon after Jon and I got married. She had seen engagement photos I had taken for Shannon who she and Austin grew up with! She told me their wedding would be on the East Coast [which made me excited because I hadn’t shot there before] on November 8th!
We continued talking over e-mail’s and texts for a few months and scheduled the engagement session for the last weekend in August. Kristen really wanted some “field-type” pictures so I went on a hunt to find a place in Largo that looks similar. If you live near Largo…you know it’s practically non existent. To my surprise, a few days before their session, Jon and I were driving and we spotted an abandoned lot with a huge tree in the middle and overgrown grass all around!! I was ECSTATIC! I couldn’t wait for the session.
When the day came, it looked like rain…pretty much all day, but we went through with it and still met, umbrellas in hand, hoping for the rain to hold off. We first met at our second location since they both were so close but I didn’t have the address of the field-like lot. So they jumped in my car and we headed off to find it. I was almost sure I knew how to get there..buuut not quite sure enough. I ended up getting us lost for a good 5 minutes. Typical me [If you know me, I’m pretty bad with directions]. But it turned out great because they got to fill me in how Austin proposed! He popped the question on a FERRIS WHEEL in Chicago at Navy Pier, right after she graduated PA school! How romantic! 🙂 You did a great job Austin!
We found the lot and it was sprinkling just a little, but we started taking pictures anyway and it quickly stopped sprinkling. At one point during the shoot, all three of us were standing in high grass and the wind blew and I heard what sounded to be a rattle-snake! I immediately darted towards them screaming and turned around where the noise came from. My keys and lens cap had blew across the ground with the umbrella. I looked back at them and they were laughing their heads off! I said, “Okay guys, false alarm!” As both of them proceeded to do an impression of my reaction while still laughing. It was really great. 🙂 Luckily I can laugh at myself and say blonde moment!
After the lot, we went back over to the park and shot the second half of the shoot, which at one point it started to sprinkle again but they just ran towards me with the blanket over their heads! At the end, the sky was turning black on one side and clearing up on the other when a beautiful rainbow spread across the sky. We HAD to take pictures under it due to the forecast saying it’s going to downpour when it turned out to be perfect for the session! Once we got in our cars and pulled out of the park, the sky turned even darker and it started to POUR and lightning! Talk about perfect timing.
This is been one of my all time favorite engagement sessions and it’s full of blankets in field-like lots, dancing, joyful smiles, an amazing sky and genuine love! I can’t wait to shoot their wedding in just a few weeks! Thanks again Kristen and Austin!
These two are so stinkin’ adorable!
I really like these ones of them running through the “field”!!
Kristen, you’re so pretty!!
I love the bokeh!!
I thought this idea was super cute!!
You can kind of see the rain in this one if you look closely!
In the picture below..does anyone else see the heart her dress is making?!
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