Alma and Jose met at the church in Shakopee. When she got engaged, she looked to hire a professional photographer who would be able to capture all the joy of her special day in a journalistic and unobtrusive way.
- Engagement session prior to their wedding
- A natural landscape to be relaxed
- A Relaxed Photo Session in Eden Prairie
- Second Parts of Their Engagement Photography at a Famous Park on the Twin Cities
I meet all my coupe on the Twin Cities, prior to their wedding. Also I meet Alma and Jose in a coffee in Edina, and showed them my wedding albums. I explained how I work and that all my wedding photography packages include an pre wedding session. That’s indeed the best way to get to know couples, so they feel at ease on their big day. Her celebration would be at the Saint Paul Town and Country Club and for sure, a memorable one!
But let’s go back on this spring morning and their photo shoot at the Frederick Miller Spring close to Edina, MN.
Alma had already posed for portraits in front of a camera for her senior pictures. But Jose, who was, by the way, pretty handsome-looking too (like all charming prince), didn’t have any background with a photographer. Also he was uncomfortable in front my lens! For most couples, it’s usually the groom the less relaxed one and the more afraid to pose. That’s totally normal and that’s why, as a man and as a professional wedding photographer, I like to win my groom’s trust and boost their confidence. Posing is weird and not easy, but I enjoy making it fun and simple by a friendly relationships.
Also, the place they chose was a great location because it was intimate with very few local Minnesotan people walking by.
The Frederick Miller Spring is an area known only by the residents of the southwest of Minneapolis metro (Edina, Eden Prairie). It’s basically a simple hill with a spring, and it’s located close to Grass Lake. The tiny Frederic Miller spring flows under some bridges and drains into the Minnesota River (and later into the Mississippi River).
The bottom of the hill is covered by lush woodland and its wildlife. The top is meadows and pines, offering a view on Minneapolis, Saint Paul, the ValleyFair and a scenic view on the Minnesota State. What a great view in the middle of an urban area! (It’s the perfect place for a starparty.)
It is a great place for a romantic photo session. So, if you need a photo location around Edina, MN and some photo ideas here, I invite you to have a look at this page.
I started by asking Jose to cuddle his fiancé. He was so in love with her that it was easy to capture beautiful images.
Then we hiked out of the forest in order to find more blue sky and natural light. The high grass was a perfect backdrop for their engagement photos. I guided them and asked them to walk toward me and exchanging about things like their special day. I also asked them to run, to jump, to kiss; in other words to play and avoid posing. Jose finally started to relax, and provided me with a bunch of candid engagement pictures! I already knew I will put some in my portfolio. Jose looked at Alma with such a genuine love that I just needed to press the shutter to capture stunning candid portraits and timeless emotions.
At one point we even received the visit of a special guest, a nice dog! Pets are always welcome and help to create amazing photos.
Then, the bride-to-be wanted some more styled portraits with her prince so we travelled to the Como Conservatory Park, Minneapolis MN. They changed their outfit and we used this stunning venue for more portraits
On a Sunday morning, it was pretty crowded, and by consequence more difficult to do capture photojournalistic pictures avoiding visitors in my cliché’s background. In such situations, I guide my couple and I do more lifestyle photography. Lifestyle it’s more about pretending than really living authentic genuine moments. But it worked pretty great.
Furthermore, I staged some more artistic and creative pictures using the spectacular vegetation, like the tulips!
When I left them, I was really looking forward to capture every moment of their special day at the Town and Country Club!