Today, your wedding photographer will come back on this engagement session took place in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
It is actually the first part of the engagement photo session that we have split into two. The second part of this photo shoot will guide us on the paved road of the Saint Paul State Capitol. Then, the newly engaged couple will wait a couple of months to see me again when they will get married at the Saint Paul Athletic club.
So, I am quite sure you have never heard about the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary in Saint Paul, me neither. Yet, it is where the pictures have been captured.
When the bride and groom first proposed me this place for their engagement session, I went to scout it on Google. Let’s be honest, my excitement was not very obvious. That’s said, they are Saint Paul’s residents living close by the park. Therefore, I let them guide me to this recreation area with its trails located under the highway.
Today I confess that it’s one the best parks I have seen in Saint Paul and here is why:
- it’s pretty unknown from tourists
- it’s accessible and just a mile from Downtown on E. Kellogg Boulevard
- it offers a variety of landscapes in the same place such as: a huge highway bridge to take pictures under, access to the train railroads, a scenic Vue on the city Skyline, a nature reserve with wildlife prairies and meadows, some woods, several hike trails surrounded by wildflowers and access to the Mississippi River
- it doesn’t require any permit to take engagement photos
At the entrance of the park, visitors can discover the history behind this exquisite place. Indeed, next time you go to picnic or for a hike, I invite you to read the Ramsey County panels. It was a Native American singular location for the Dakota tribe, who used to use the lands before they were destroyed by the European shelters. The National Park Service website explains that some caves in the sandstone bluff have been discovered. So today, the department of natural resources, the Minnesota State and the Minnesota history center are pushing an initiative for restoration and conservation of the park and the national wildlife refuge. Acres of Minnesotan history heritage it’s now used by the Twin Cities resident for biking, camping, skating and taking engagement session.
This Park turns to be an ideal playground for an romantic photo session. Indeed, when I first met the bride and the groom to be, they told me they weren’t the kind of couple wanting to do cheesy pictures in front of my camera. I reassure them and told them that my way of working was to guide my couples, to make them do funny actions, so they can have fun. In other words, it’s not posed.
You don’t like to pose? Well, as an engagement photographer in Saint Paul, I can testify that most of people don’t feel comfortable posing. And I’m fine with that because I prefer to catch spontaneous and candid shots, and these two lovebirds had a lot of them. What I like the most is the complicity between them. They trust each other and manage to be natural in front the camera. Besides the couple shots, I like to have some creative ones. They managed to be part of the game when I asked them to make silly faces.
A great engagement session in a nice park in St Paul, MN
To conclude for the first part of the pre wedding photos, I would say that I was as happy to discover my couple was getting at ease (promising a good result with their wedding pictures at Saint Paul, MN), as I was to discover this park Park. The second part of this engagement session will drive us northwest to the capitol! And couple of month later I will be in one of the most historic venue of St Paul, MN that I will capture their wedding!