Engagement Session location Ideas in Southeastern PA

Welcome to my long overdue blog post about engagement session locations! If you’re reading this, I’m assuming you may need help with picking out a spot for your session! Wedding planning is full of so many twists and turns that sometimes picking out your engagement session location comes out of no where. Hopefully this post helps you out in narrowing down your choices!

Vintage/retro influence:Tara and George rented a vintage car for their engagement session! Tara found an inspiration photograph from a designer she follows and immediately fell in love with the idea. If you and your significant other adore vintage cars, why not have one in your photographs! If you have one of your own it gives you the chance to show it off and get some amazing photographs of it!

Your wedding venue:Danielle and Brody got married on a piece of their family’s property, which happened to be a landscaping nursery! These two invited me to visit the property before the wedding, where I also did a mini engagement session of the two of them! Having your engagement session at your wedding venue is a perfect way to scope out spots with your photographer before the wedding day! But, I would highly recommend making sure that doing a session there is okay, some venues may not allow it, so it’s best to contact your venue prior to the session to make sure they’re A-okay with it!

Museum:This location is definitely one of my favorites! Haley and Oliver decided to do their engagement session at their favorite art museum! This was such a fun way to showcase their interests and hobbies in their photos! We did this session in the dead of winter, and while we still did some outdoor shots, being able to walk around inside and warm up was great! A tip that we found to work in our favor, go closer to closing time. We went inside about an hour to close which meant that we had less of a hard time getting people in the background of the photos!

Local park:Okay, I know that a lot of people do their engagement sessions at parks, and it’s nothing out of the norm for me to suggest, but…Taylor and Ed suggested a park that none of us had ever been to, so we all got to adventure together and it ended up being so much fun. The day ended up being foggy and overcast with a lil bit of rain, but that didn’t stop us! I LOVE foggy days, so if your session calls for a day without sun, don’t automatically re schedule! The overcast weather will actually work in your favor! I find it makes my colors more rich in tone and I don’t have to worry about what the light is doing since it’s a perfect soft blanket of light!

Studio:This engagement session holds a special place in my heart, Hope is a fellow photographer and one of my good friends. Her and Joe did their engagement session in November and I believe the temperature was around 20-30…so we did a majority of their session indoors at my studio! We braved the cold for golden hour and then decided to use candle light for some amazing romantic shots. I LOVE playing around with different lighting sources, its a challenge but also lets me get creative!

In home:Doing an in home session is about as personal as it gets! Darrell and Jamille invited me to their home for their engagement session. The two of them renovated the entire house to make it their dream home, so photographing them in their own masterpiece was so special! I basically was just a fly on the wall while they snuggled watching tv and told me all about the renovation process!

Greenhouse:Okay, I have to say this is one of my TOP favorite locations to shoot at. Why? It’s basically everything proof…you can still shoot in a greenhouse if it’s raining, snowing, dead outside you name it! These photos were taken this winter and I don’t think you would know if I didn’t tell you! We even got a little sweaty towards the end! Any greenhouse is perfect, especially if your only option for an engagement session is in the winter and you really want those colorful blooms! Plus…who doesn’t love plant babies?!

First date/date night:Last but definitely not least, take your photographer to your first date location, or your favorite date location! Lindsey and Mike took me all around their little town where we photographed them around tons of little breweries, restaurants, markets and parks that they like to visit together! I loved getting to know more about them and their favorite places as they took me around! It totally made their photos even more meaningful since they were all taken at places they know and love!

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Autumn Adventure-Styled Shoot

FINALLY blogging this styled shoot. I feel like every blog post recently has started off with me saying that I’m “finally blogging it”…but it’s true! I’m so excited to share this post. I’m publishing it on International women’s day and I guess it’s a happy coincidence! My favorite lady, and hair and makeup artist, Molly’s Tanzillo (@mollys_chair) and I, put together this styled shoot. Sometime’s it’s hard to find vendors who are available when you are, and I just love styling sets and doing little DIY projects, so this was a fun little shoot that we put together!

Molly and I made the bouquet, boutonniere and flower arrangements all ourselves with flowers we found at the local markets as well as greenery from around my parent’s backyard! The ceremony set up, as well as the sweetheart table were set up at my parent’s house where most of my shoots go down! The second half of the shoot took place on a random road close to Newtown Pa. Every season this road looks different, I’ve shot in it when there was corn lining one side as well as little straw like bits growing on the other. I just love this location and it’s versatile looks that it can bring to a session!

Michaela and Andrew modeled for me and did amazing per usual. Michaela wore a vintage crocheted midi length dress that I had thrifting years ago and just finally put to good use. I thought it was a cute alternative to a floor length gown, and made this little “Elopement” style session more casual. Andrew’s outfit was something I put together from Old Navy and Target. I loved the floral pattern on the shirt as well as the rust color that came from the pants. The pants are one of my favorite colors and honestly one of the first things I purchased when I thought of doing this shoot!

My best friend, Maggie, (@maggiemmartin) obviously had to be apart of this shoot in some way. She hand wrote Mr. and Mrs. on these marble slabs with gold ink to mark the Bride and Groom’s places at the table!

Molly of course did the hair and makeup for this shoot and made Michaela look so effortless. She decided to do a half up half down look so that we could have some braid action in there while still making the hair look casual and not too formal. With the makeup, she kept it very simple and glowy. Neutral tones on the lids and a little bit of glow on the cheekbones to make Michaela’s natural beauty stand out!

If you made it this far, thanks for checking it out!! Molly and I loved doing this shoot and all of the planning really worked out for the best!!

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Hair and Makeup-Molly Tanzillo
Model’s-Michaela & Andrew

Kim & Ashley-Philadelphia Proposal

Proposals have become one of my new favorite things to capture. This proposal between Ashley & Kim was so incredibly special and thought out. Ashley contacted me a couple months ago asking if I would be able to photograph her proposing to her girlfriend, Kim! The original plan was to do the proposal somewhere in Manayunk, but Ashley ended up finding this AMAZING hotel/restaurant that would be the perfect backdrop for the proposal.

We planned for weeks and finally the day had come. February 2nd. I met Ashley earlier in the day at Wm. Mulherin’s Sons to help set up the space, go over the plan once more, and to photograph the space before anyone came in. Ashley also had a bouquet made from Belovely Designs and it was absolutely perfect! Kim had no idea this was about to happen, she thought it was just a date night in the city at a fancy restaurant in Fishtown to continue celebrating her birthday which had happened a few days before.

Ashley then surprised Kim with a hotel room, and a little present for her to open up. The present contained a drawing made by artist, Megan Olsen, also known as Cartoonaday on instagram. The drawing was a cartoon of Ashley proposing to Kim right in the very spot they were standing in the hotel room! Of course, she said yes! Kim LOVES her engagement ring. I mean LOVES it. If there isn’t at least one instagram story a day showcasing it, then there’s a problem. Lauren of L.Priori Jewelry helped Ashley custom make a pear shaped champagne diamond ring that is just out of this world!

Kim was in total shock and had no idea any of this was going to happen. Kim had been following me on instagram and told Ashley how much she loved my work, it was so amazing to be able to capture this moment for the two of them! After the initial shock of what had just happened and Ashley and Kim took a moment to soak in the moment, I photographed them all snuggled up all around the hotel. I mean, the space was too beautiful to not have a mini photoshoot in!

My time was done and the two got to have a lovely dinner where Kim had another surprise of seeing the lovely bouquet at their dinner table while they had a romantic candle lit dinner as a newly engaged couple!! Thank you so so much to both Ashley for having me capture your proposal to Kim. You two are so sweet and kind! Can’t wait to plan your engagement session!!

Hotel/Restaurant: Wm. Mulherin’s Sons
Enagement ring: L.Priori Jewelry 
Florals: Belovley Designs
Cartoon: Megan Draws

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