It is on a sunny afternoon of May that I covered the photo session of these two lovebirds at the Lyndale Park. I met them a couple of weeks before, uptown at the 514 event center (the wedding venue where there wedding will take place). I don’t know if it was my pictures, or maybe my French accent (I won’t be on that), but I obviously managed to convince them. They explained me their project, and I was happy to see them again at the entrance of the Park.
- Candid photo shot for a relaxed engagement session at the Rose Garden
- Searching for a quiet area in the Park
- The Seasonal Flower Gives Colorful Pictures
- Sunset Light
- Good to Know About the Rose Garden
- For a simple photo session
- To Celebrate Wedding Ceremonies
The bride and groom told me before their session that they usually don’t feel at ease in front of a camera.
I believe that like most of the couples, it was their first photo session and they just needed to have fun. Namely, they relied on their photographer to make them smile and catch natural pictures instead of cheesy ones.
So, that’s what I tried to do! I asked my bride and groom-to-be to make some simple actions, such as hugging, snuggling, and mostly walking and kissing.
Indeed, I believe that when you are concentrated doing something (i.e. one of the actions above), your brain is not focused on the camera anymore and you relax.
Even if the Rose garden and the Japanese garden was quite full with visitors in this blooming afternoon, we tried to go on the lawn of these gardens, and find some more intimate places to have relaxed photo shots.
We walked all through the acres of the Park!
During our trip, I was amazed by the luxury house that surrounds the park. Natalie, who works with children in the same area, told me that she makes the kids believe she lives in one of those pavilions. To make it real we used some of those mansions as a backdrop.
The Park is really a good location for photo during the spring. When all flowers bloom, it offers a myriad of colors in the background. For instance, I used the tulip to stage the diamond ring pictures.
Maybe also the smell of all the floral fragrances will make you fill giddy: D
I really enjoyed playing with the sunset light. Not only does it make the landscape looks better, but also makes the couple be in contrast with the background, especially with Natalie’s stunning red hair.
Finally, we left the botanic area and went close to the Lake Harriet in order to catch the last sun rays.
When we left, I had only one wish, to be in September to catch their wedding day!
Either you are planing an pre wedding photo shot or a wedding, this is what you need to know.
The recreation park is big and famous, so in a sunny day, you may need to stroll a bit on the trails if you don’t want too many tourists on your pictures. The admission is free and no photography permit is required.
If you are planning an intimate wedding in the Twin Cities, the Rose Garden offers you to celebrate the wedding around the fountains. I believe that surrounded by roses, lilies and other plants is a pretty good landscape to celebrate an outdoor ceremony. Check with the park board for more information.