Matthew and Krystine's engagement photo session was a lesson in finding what's hidden in plain sight. For the first portion of the couple's engagement pictures we chose the parkways of Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis along with the adjacent neighborhoods. The couple is often active in the area as it's where Krystine first lived when she started going to school to become a chiropractor.
When the wedding plans kicked into full gear for Krystine and Matthew, however, Krystine moved closer to her home town in Faribault, MN. I like to choose a location setting that's an extension of the couple's personality, and with Matthew living in Faribault as well, the city's downtown and parks were a natural fit for the second portion of their engagement photo session — especially since the couple wanted to bring out Van Gogh, their adorable Boxer, for some pictures.
When I worked as a photojournalist I did some assignments for the Faribault Daily News so I was familiar with the area and I had a few locations already in mind for the session - mostly near the beautiful architecture of the city's downtown shops. But when Krystine and Matthew suggested we scope out the town's viaduct I was blown away.
Like I said, the viaduct was one of those seemingly forgettable areas, a utilitarian structure to get from one part of town to the other. Underneath, however, was an amazing location! I kept commenting that I had to limit our time photographing at the one spot, or we'd never leave. I honestly could have spent the entire session simply photographing at the viaduct. Fortunately, we moved on as there were plenty more great opportunities for engagement pictures in the area.
We chose the Riverbend Nature Center as the backdrop for the remainder of the couple's engagement pictures. Always active, Krystine and Matthew frequent the nature reserve for hikes with Van (on a leash, of course). The river, trails and prairie grasses are just the type of places I love to photograph in, and I think it shows in the results. What do you think? If you like what you're viewing, please use those handy little links at the foot of this post and feel free to like, comment and share. Thanks for visiting Anthologie!
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