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Will & Nate // Distillery Engagement Session // Louisville Kentucky LGBTQ Wedding and Elopement Photographer //

When I work with my couples to plan their engagement sessions, I always start out by having them fill out a questionnaire. I swear it's more fun than it sounds — typically the questions are things we've likely already talked about over coffee or beer. I'm a dork so it's unbelievably fun for me to read about how they met, their typical weekday vs. weekend activities, the favorite date they've ever been on, what their proposal was like, etc. I take all of that information and come up with a few different ideas for shoots and see what direction they want to go in. 

For Will and Nate, they mentioned they enjoy distillery tours and that they would love for their session to be something unique to Louisville or Kentucky with casual & cozy vibes. Naturally, Buffalo Trace came to mind and I was so excited when they were on the same page! It's my goal to make couple's sessions feel as much like a date as possible, so we started things out by going on one of the hourly tours. I've had the chance to photograph here several times, but this was the first time I've actually gotten to go on a tour and I really enjoyed it.

During the session, they made each other laugh so easily. I cannot tell you how much I'm looking forward to their wedding this June!! It was incredibly difficult narrowing down the images for the blog post, but I'm really happy with where I've landed. 

If you're hoping for some more cozy & urban vibes then Marcos & Aica's Brooklyn in-home session is always a good choice. 

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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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