Friday, March 14, 2014

April + Derrick's Sneak Peek {Engagement Session}

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of taking April and Derrick's engagement photos. All I can say is that these two were an absolute dream to work with! They contacted me with plenty of time to arrange their session, knew exactly where they wanted their photos, responded to every communication immediately, and even picked out awesome outfits!  Not to mention that they are one of the sweetest couples I've ever worked with.  Everything about their session was utter perfection....

Right up to the moment we stepped out of the car and were greeted with an insane gust of wind that kept us company for almost their entire session!

The weather isn't something that I've had to worry much about since moving to Arizona, so I wasn't really prepared for the shock of having to work around the insane bursts of wind.  We had to get a little creative with their photos and try to grab shots in between the wind covering April's face with her hair and getting crazy with her dress.  As a result, their photos have a fun, playful, carefree feeling to them that I just adore.

So, please allow me to introduce you to April and Derrick and share some of their photos with you!

The couple got engaged back in December at Estrella Star Tower and wanted to have their engagement photos taken at the same location.  How awesome is that? If you've never been there, the tower is right in the middle of a large area of open desert, and these first few photos were taken just off the path heading to the tower...




By now we all know how I feel about hand photos, right?  So of course I had to grab one during their session...


This is an absolute favorite!  I just love April's expression...


A few from the top of the tower...


Perfection!...




Is anyone surprised to find a shoe photo in here, too?  I didn't think so.  And this is one of my all time favorites!...



Is this not adorable!  (And a huge testament to just how insanely windy it really was!)...


I love how relaxed and comfortable they look with each other here.  You can tell that they have been a couple for years and are at ease with one another...


April said she picked blue because it brought out Derrick's eyes.  She wasn't kidding!  Look at those gorgeous baby blues...


I had to sneak in another hand shot!...


After their session, April and Derrick were kind enough to allow me to practice some off camera flash techniques on them with some new equipment I recently purchased.  We were hoping to grab some sunset shots, but mother nature just didn't have it in the cards for us.  I think the wind blew all the clouds away so the sunset was rather unimpressive.  Instead we decided to take some photos of them in front of the lit tower, and I wanted to share a handful of these as well!



So sweet!...



Love. Love. Love!...



This one is my favorite!  The wind was actually working in our favor with April's dress and spread it out just perfectly behind her...


April and Derrick, Thank you so much for allowing me to take your engagement photos and for posing for extra photos at the end while I experimented with my new equipment.  It was wonderful spending my evening with you both and getting to know you better.  Congratulations on your engagement and up coming wedding.  I am so happy and excited for you two!

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