Engagement Portraits

     Today, engagement photography has became a staple in the wedding planning process. Some people will call it a trend, when i say trend it usual means something negative, but with engagement portraits it is taking your wedding photos to a new level. As with most of my work, I like being creative when ever possible. While wedding photographs can have a formal feel to them, engagement portraits have more freedom and creativity.  You can choose your wardrobe and location. you can be casual or formal. These are  one-on-one portriats without all your guests and wedding party present. I tell my couples to choose a location that is significance to their relationship and then be yourselves. I use the engagement session as a learning experience for couples. First to help couples who have problems posing and second to help get over the camera or photography jitters. It is a mini glimpse into how the wedding day will be for you and your fiancé. Another perk from the engagement portrait session is that you have images to use for your save the date’s, wedding sign in book, or to display at the reception.

Some of my favorite engagement portrait spots:

JC Raulston Arboretum

The American Tobacco Campus

The NC State Fair

Any Where in Downtown Raleigh


Wilmington River District

Kure Beach

Couple hugging and staring at the lights of the NC State fair for their engagement portraits
Couple kissing in front of the tall grass at the Whale Head Club in the OBX
couple posing for night portrait in downtown raleigh
couple kissing in front of the waterfall at night at the NC State Fair
couple kissing in the woods at night with vintage christmas lights around their body
couple standing in tall straw while smiling at each other
Couple locking arms and leaning against a graffiti wall in downtown raleigh
Couple laughing to gather in a garden
couple posing against barn doors while the man holds a chicken
couple kissing on dock while woman flower crown flies off
woman getting kissed on the check under fire works at the NC State Fair
woman smiling as her fiancé kisses her at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham
couple sitting at the beach on green rocks leaning into each other
Couple sitting on docked sail boat at sunset in wrightsville nc
overhead shot of couple laying in grass
woman trying to dodge a kiss from her fiancé in front of green wall in dirham
overhead shot of couple laying on blanket while the man is giving the woman a kiss
couple snuggling against a barn wall
Couple getting caught in the rain while taking pictures
Couple being silly in front of Christopher Walker and Tommy Lee Jones portraits at 21C Durham