First Things First

Posted by strawberry on Jan 17, 2013

Girl meets guy. Girl falls in love. Girl gets engaged. What’s next? Well, for me it was setting up an engagement session. You may be wondering why that was first for me. I had been wanting Strawberry Dude and I to have professional photographs taken for a while, but there is no better excuse than an engagement shoot! So, I asked around the small town I live in and looked online for the perfect photographer that had the perfect balance of the style we were looking for and to fit into my budget. I found a lady, who was just starting up her business and had taken mostly pictures of families and babies. However, she had one gallery of a couple that I just fell in love with, and I decided to contact her. We hit it off. She was so attentive to my wants and needs and was so accommodating to me for the month before the shoot. On the day of our shoot, it was cloudy and windy and cold! I had not planned for this, and our clothes really didn’t go well with chilly weather. As it was too late to change anything, I decided to just go with the outfits I had decided on and freeze! When we met up with the photographer the very first thing out of her mouth was hello of course and then she said,”If I do not get the shots I want today because of the weather then we will schedule another time.” She made me feel so at ease that I knew the pressure was off and we could really enjoy this experience.

The first location of our shoot was where SD proposed. At a farm on the campus of Mississippi State University. We got some great shots there, but it was really windy and cold, and we were both uncomfortable. But as you can see the images turned out really great!

Next, we moved on to the next location, which the photographer picked out. We drove about ten miles out of town with four of those miles down a dirt road might I add to the place. It was an old cabin sitting on a small lake. She informed us that this cabin and property survived the Civil War so we thought that was a really cool addition to the already beautiful location. This place was surrounded by trees, which made it about ten degrees warmer. We were happy to get started. These photos turned out amazing, and I could not have been happier!

SD and I had a not so fun engagement shoot with the weather. Near the end of the shoot when we were standing on that dock it started pouring rain, and we had to run back to the cabin to seek shelter. I thought we would have to redo the entire shoot, but I am so happy with the results. This reminded me that everything may not be perfect, but the end result can still be wonderful!

If I could give any advice about finding a good engagement session photographer, it would be to ask around. I asked several women with children in my office along with ladies I knew in town and on a forum online. Next, look at a ton of their work. If you like it then you’ll probably like the pictures they take of you! And lastly, if you’re in Mississippi then look up Monica Allen Photography, and you will not be disappointed!