engagement session

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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Stephanie + Brandon // Michler's Greenhouse Engagement Session // Lexington Kentucky Wedding and Elopement Photographer

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Last year Micaha & Austin introduced me to one of my favorite places in the world: Michler's. Their engagement sessions is still one of my favorites, and Michler's now holds a special place in my heart. I've been *literally* every single time I've been to Lexington since... I just love it that much. So when Stephanie & Brandon suggested doing their couple's session in the greenhouses I was over the moon. 

Not only did we get to use all their gorgeous plants as a backdrop, but Native Cafe was open so we got to talk Harry Potter & Star Trek over beers as well. My favorite engagement sessions are the ones where I get to basically be a (welcome and fun!) third wheel on a date. Stephanie & Brandon plan to elope on their anniversary this year in Pennsylvania— it seems like the perfect fit for them.

If you are wanting more greenhouse goodness try Micaha & Austin's engagement session or Chris & Cassie's anniversary session in Chicago's Lincoln Park Conservatory.

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