Engagement Session at Quarry Hill in Rochester MN

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I first met Leah and Josh at a wedding fair in Rochester, MN at the Civic Center, close to the Rochester Art Center. It was my very first wedding show (and probably one of the last) and we immediately got in touch among all other vendors. A couple of days later, we met at the Steam Cafe (Downtown Rochester on Broadway), and they told me they were already engaged. They were planning to host their wedding in a special venue, the Steeplechase Event Center, and also wanted an engagement session in Rochester, MN. As a Wedding Photographer Rochester, MN, I was immediately very excited and a couple of days later, we were at Quarry Hill for their photo shoot.

Engagement Photos at Quarry Hill Rochester
Engagement Photos at Quarry Hill Rochester MN

Quarry Hill, a perfect place for your photo session in Rochester, MN

For those who don’t know, Quarry Hill is the local park with a nature center. It’s not as big as a state park, but big enough for an engagement photography session in Rochester, MN. The park offers beautiful landscapes, with lakes, meadow, wood and scenic overview on Minnesota wilderness. As you may guess from its name, there is a big hill (some would say bluff), made in Sandstone, easily accessible through a trail. All this is concentrated on 20 acres of land, with trails for hikes or walks, and a preserved wildlife environment. It’s a lot of diversity for your picture background! What’s more, it’s free admission, they don’t require photography permit for your engagement session and (usually) there aren’t many visitors! So, if you are a resident of Rochester, Minnesota, or if you come in Rochester in order to have your engagement photography done, you should consider this recreation park!

Engagement Session during a Snowy Day

If you are not afraid of low temperature, then snow could be a great asset for your photo session. It is clean and creates a romantic background, even if the sky is cloudy or the sunset is occurring. For a close-up portrait, it is more or less like a white background in a photo studio but it includes wildlife.
Leah grew up in the Rochester Backcountry and was ready to fight the snow with her tiny boots. She was more than brave!
Josh came to Minnesota State for Rochester Mayo Clinic, and it’s how he met his beloved. He was not a big fan of the cold, but dealt with it pretty well. He was pretty excited, always smiling and making jokes!

It was very easy for me to take candid photo shoots of this couple. We also did a couple of candid portraits.

A Good Idea for Your Engagement Session: Take a Blanket

It’s the kind of props you see a lot in photo sessions: a big blanket. Leah and Josh brought their own from a southern state. It kept them warm and gave to their pictures a touch of something unique.
You can also bring champagne and glasses. (For more ideas, check at my engagement session recommendation page).
We also played with smoke bombs for a couple of minutes and had the sunset for the last pictures.

To conclude, I can’t say enough how important is the engagement session. I’m deeply convinced it is the best way to know your professional photographer before your wedding day. It’s imperative that you feel at ease and relaxed with him on your big day while he is capturing all your special moments. Your wedding photograph is your heritage! In fact, at the end of the engagement session we are not strangers anymore. And for Leah and Josh wedding photography, I can’t say how much excited I was to capture their ceremony at the Steeple Chase event center. But this is another story!

Couple photographed Kissing with naturalist forest as backdrop
Couple photographed Kissing with naturalist forest as backdrop Rochester MN
sun on camera on lens
sun on camera enhanced the lovers kiss
Sun at Quarry Hills Rochester MN
Sun at Quarry Hills Rochester MN
Posing couple
Posing couple for pre wedding photograph at Rochester MN
Fiance laughting
Fiance laughing
Not sure if they will use this one for wedding save the date
Not sure if they will use this one for wedding save the date Rochester MN
After hours working hard in the snow without gloves or snowshoe
After hours working hard in the snow without gloves or snowshoe Rochester Minnesota
couple kissing using yellow red smoke bomb
couple kissing using yellow red smoke bomb Rochester Minnesota
when you play you dont need to pose
when you play you dont need to pose Rochester Minnesota
Smoke bomb during the photosoot
Smoke bomb during the photosoot Rochester Minnesota
special day at Quarry Hill
special day at Quarry Hill Rochester Minnesota
Photo ideas the Styled blancket
Photo ideas the Styled blanket Rochester Minnesota
happy fiancé
happy fiancé
Couple hold hands and harm
Couple hold hands and harm
A touch of fun in this natural world
A touch of fun in this natural world
Bride to be and groom to be hugging
Bride to be and groom to be hugging
winter oaks at quarry hills rochester
winter oaks at quarry hills rochester
engagement ring
engagement ring
simple pur diamond ring in snow
simple pur diamond ring in snow
winter sky in olmsted county
winter sky in olmsted county