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How to Get the Best Engagement Photos in Hampton Roads

How to Get the Best Engagement Photos in Hampton Roads

Being engaged is one of the sweetest, most important times in your life. Never again will you be in the season of almost-but-not-yet in your relationship. It’s the promise of things to come and the joy of knowing what’s already behind you - the good, the difficult, and everything in between. Your engagement photos should reflect what is unique to you as a couple. They should show how you interact during both laughter and more serious times.

Because of this, planning your engagement photos, whether in Hampton Roads or somewhere entirely different, is so important! Making plans before you ever arrive at your engagement session is one of the best ways to ensure it will go smoothly and allow you to walk away with beautiful pictures to remember this season of your life forever.

To help you plan, here are a few of my top tips about how to get the best engagement photos in Hampton Roads!

Engagement Session in Downtown Williamsburg | Derek + Victoria

Engagement Session in Downtown Williamsburg | Derek + Victoria

It was a long trip for Derek and Victoria, but they drove all the way down from northern Virginia to Williamsburg, a city incredibly sentimental to her, so we could spend time capturing what life looks like before they get married in August. If there’s anything I learned about these two while they were together, it’s that they can so easily make each other laugh. And if there’s anything I’ve learned about marriage in over 8 years, is that laughing with your spouse is the best way to work through conflict and remember again why you fell in love.

Downtown Williamsburg is beautiful, with brick buildings and hidden gardens almost everywhere. The area was full of people, so we got to explore some roads I’ve never visited and chase the golden sunset light. Victoria’s flowy dress and sweet flower comb were the perfect complement to the blooms that are taking over Williamsburg. As spring melts into summer and their wedding inches closer, Derek and Victoria are excited to be together - and even more excited to say their I do’s…

Cape Henry Lighthouse Engagement Session | Tim + Naomi

Cape Henry Lighthouse Engagement Session | Tim + Naomi

Tim and Naomi met at a wedding about three years ago, and after their first date they never looked back. They have already traveled the world together, from Dubai to Wisconsin and everywhere in between, but Virginia Beach is where their love grew, and where they realized they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. Over Thanksgiving they visited her family, he proposed, and of course she said yes.

Their excitement was so obvious from the first moment I met them. Naomi had reserved the Cape Henry Lighthouse, which is newly renovated, and we had the place all to ourselves! It was a fun challenge to shoot in a tiny space surrounded by windows, and I love that their engagement pictures are truly unique. Afterwards we caught the Spanish moss and golden light at First Landing. The weather was perfect and it was an unforgettable day…