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Summer Parklands Engagement Session by Louisville, Kentucky Wedding Photographer Sarah Katherine Davis

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Just looking back through this gorgeous summer engagement session has me already missing the peak-season greenery...but if we're being completely honest I'd trade all that in for the cooler weather that is *supposed* to be coming sometime soon. These two were a joy to photograph— they make each other laugh so easily, their fashion choices are right up my alley, and their tattoos complement each other's perfectly. I had such a wonderful time showing them all my favorite paths in The Parklands.

Reminder about flower fields: flowers are delicate. If you want an image of someone sitting while surrounded by flowers, look for a rock or dirt area for them to sit on so that you don't crush the blooms. It'll give the same impression without causing harm. (I know you don't believe me, but look at all the images we got while sticking to dirt and rock! You can't tell at all - which is why I feel the need to bring it up.) A good question to ask is "if one hundred other people did the same thing what would happen?" One hundred people can walk on dirt or rock without an impact, but if 100 people wandered through the flowers then we would lose those flowers fast. The Parklands is pretty good at putting up signage on areas that are delicate or need to rest so you know where to avoid.

Another note for all the photographers out there— make sure to stay current on your permits when you're shooting at a park! The Parklands requires a permit to shoot in all five of their parks, but it is so worth it! They always have clean (and temperature-controlled!) bathrooms, beautiful flowers, and are constantly expanding with new projects! Our financial support is needed to make sure our impact is minimized— and to ensure the parks are well maintained so we always have a beautiful place to explore and to photograph.

If you’re looking for more outdoorsy goodness try this adventurous hiking session or this epic Iceland engagement. Also if you want to hear more about how Kristen and Ryan got engaged these photos were featured along with their story over on How They Asked!

Jennifer & Tyler // Iceland Adventure Engagement Session // Louisville Kentucky Wedding and Elopement Photographer

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How do you narrow down two days of photos from a road trip across the southern coast of Iceland with a gorgeous, adventurous couple? By taking lots & lots of time and being forever conflicted about your choices... at least that's how you do it if you're me. It took me six weeks to finish this blog post, but I'm so excited to finally share the magic with you all!

Jennifer explained things best: "For a good while after we started dating, Tyler was living in Germany and I was in Kentucky. This meant meeting up 'in the middle' sometimes, and one of those times was Iceland. So when we had the chance to return and take our engagement photos there we jumped at the opportunity. These past three years have been an incredible adventure and I'm excited for many more."

Iceland was one of the most magical places I have ever been. I can't wait to get back and hopefully photograph an elopement or intimate wedding in that otherworldly landscape. Now that I've spent some time exploring on my own, I've got a few lesser known places lined up for the most magical background for your adventure... just let me know if you're interested and we can make some magic happen together!

I'll soon be posting some personal travel images from our visit, so keep an eye out on the blog in the next few weeks. You can also check out past couple's sessions here as well as past travel posts here.

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Maggie + Corey // Adventurous Hiking & Bookstore Engagement Session //Louisville Kentucky Wedding and Elopement Photographer

Maggie + Corey Adventurous Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Cherokee Park Hike - Louisville Kentucky

Maggie and Corey met as English majors and are self-proclaimed book nerds. They also love hiking and exploring the outdoors, so naturally, we decided that Carmichael's and Cherokee Park would be the perfect locations to visually represent their relationship. It was so nice getting the chance to talk about favorite books and favorite hikes— both are topics I love. Maggie is a high school English teacher (note to self: have someone proofread this before posting 😂) so it made me smile that she picked up the same Rupi Kaur book of poetry I was reading before they arrived. 

When we got to Cherokee, I was pleased to see they were both wearing hiking boots. After all the recent rain there was quite a bit of mud on our path and if they had worn dress shoes we wouldn't have been able to get to many of the best spots. Maggie also brought a jean jacket so we could mix up her look a bit. For any of you that are planning your engagement session outfits—  comfortable, practical shoes and layers are your two best friends. 

Maggie's parents brought their two adorable dogs to join us after we had a chance to take photos of just the two of them exploring. I love getting the opportunity to include your pups in your photos, but it can be stressful for you to have them there the whole time— especially while we are trying to get photos of just the two of you. I always recommend that a friend or family member bring them for the last twenty minutes of our session to cut back on stress while still allowing them to be part of your engagement session. 

Another great way to include pets in your photos is to do an in-home session— just like Alex and Collin did with their very good boy Sirius for their anniversary photos

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Maggie + Corey Adventurous Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Cherokee Park Hike - Louisville Kentucky - Playing with Dogs
Maggie + Corey Adventurous Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Cherokee Park Hike - Louisville Kentucky - Playing Fetch with Dogs
Maggie + Corey Adventurous Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Cherokee Park Hike - Louisville Kentucky - Hugging by Creek
Maggie + Corey Adventurous Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Cherokee Park Hike - Louisville Kentucky - Exploring
Maggie + Corey Adventurous Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Cherokee Park Hike - Louisville Kentucky - Exploring
Maggie + Corey Adventurous Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Cherokee Park Hike - Louisville Kentucky - Exploring
Maggie + Corey Adventurous Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Cherokee Park Hike - Louisville Kentucky - Exploring
Maggie + Corey Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Carmichael's Book Store - Louisville Kentucky - Reading
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Maggie + Corey Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Carmichael's Book Store - Louisville Kentucky
Maggie + Corey Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Carmichael's Book Store - Louisville Kentucky
Maggie + Corey Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Carmichael's Book Store - Louisville Kentucky
Maggie + Corey Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Carmichael's Book Store - Louisville Kentucky
Maggie + Corey Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Carmichael's Book Store - Louisville Kentucky
Maggie + Corey Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Highlands Bardstown Road - Louisville Kentucky
Maggie + Corey Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Highlands Bardstown Road - Louisville Kentucky
Maggie + Corey Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Highlands Bardstown Road - Louisville Kentucky

Elle & Suzy // LGBTQ Engagement Session // Louisville Couple Photographer

Elle & Suzy // Cherokee Park Engagement // Louisville, KY // May 2017

Elle and Suzy weren't going to make it to Louisville until two days before their wedding, but luckily they carved out some time for us to adventure around the park together. I am always incredibly thankful to all the couples who take the time to have an engagement session with me, but when you've only got a handful of days in town and your session starts at the end of an eight-hour car ride I am especially grateful. I knew we were going to be a great fit for each other as soon as I met them, but when a Seinfeld gif was sent my way after their session I was smitten. 

If you've spent any time talking to me you know I LOVE engagement sessions— which is kind of funny since I was vehemently against having one when I was getting married. (It's always hard for me to be on the other side of the camera at first.) Honestly one of the reasons I love them so much is because I know a lot of my couples also feel awkward in front of the camera and I want to show them that they won't feel awkward with me. Engagement sessions are an amazing way to experience my style of shooting (goofy, laid-back, and dare I say fun?) and make sure couples aren't stressed at all on the actual wedding day. It also gives all of us a chance to get to know each other better (I don't think anyone wants a stranger at their wedding) and of course, couples get some really awesome images out of it too. 

Elle and Suzy were all I could hope for in a couple and more— they were down to climb, wade, and explore with me (and were really chill when we narrowly avoided some poison ivy- eek.) If you think their engagement photos are great, just wait for the wedding images. 

Looking to check out more adventurous engagement sessions? Try Angela & Jonathan or Jamie & Blake

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