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Duke Gardens Engagement Session Photography (Shan + Sam)

Before Shan and Sam celebrate their wedding in Duke Garden’s next May they booked me for an engagement session there. It was a perfect opportunity to get to know them as well discuss ideas for their wedding location. They are going to exchange their vows in the stone and brick ceremony location next to the pond. I’m excited for them because the lush green plant life not only looks amazing in photographs but also smells great, puts everyone in a great mood and subsequently makes my job a breeze! :)

As you will see from these engagement photos they look adorable together. I’m excited to meet the rest of their friends and family in less than a year. I think it will go by quicker than any of us wants to believe it will. See you soon!








The couple looks as if they’re in a miniature Duke Gardens in this tilt-shift inspired photograph.




READY… SET…

GO! A special animated photograph of the engaged couple rolling down the grassy hill… FUN! FUN! FUN!

Thanks Shan for your sense of adventure!



Check out the BABY DUCKS… True engagement photo crashers! :) And I didn’t plan it this way but I guess the “sun does shine” on certain areas after all… It was the only one with the ducks in it though as they had scampered off in the next shot.



I love how Shan is floating in this one!



I like this photo with the various depth of field on each bamboo shoot.






I think this is my favorite portrait of Shan… Simply gorgeous!



I thought Sam looked pretty handsome here too!


I utilized some creative toning on this photo… Not something I do to often but I thought it worked well here.



We placed the engagement ring on this beautiful orange flower.

Duke Gardens has a beautiful gazebo in the middle. The purple flowers that are usually there were gone but we managed to set up some different types of photos.


Shan’s pink heels look great in this photo.




Engagement portraits are great at Duke Gardens due to the variety of natural and man made backdrops.





… and here’s the engagement ring sitting on a lillypad. Thanks for trusting me to do this! :)


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