hampton roads engagement pictures

Fort Monroe Fall Engagement Pictures | Marco + Lydia

Fort Monroe Fall Engagement Pictures | Marco + Lydia

If Marco and Lydia look familiar to you, it’s because they got married exactly two months ago today! These two had an incredibly unique situation, because Marco only landed in the States a couple weeks before they said their I do’s. Because of that, we decided to schedule their engagement session after the fact, since they had plenty to do in the few weeks leading up to their wedding at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens!

Summer has lasted a long time in Hampton Roads, and you won’t see me complaining a bit about that :) The weather has been warm and beautiful, and that sunset glow has lasted all the way through September. Fort Monroe is one of my favorite locations for engagement pictures - between the historical monuments, trees, and the beach, it has so many beautiful features wrapped into one.

Seeing Marco and Lydia was such a wonderful reminder of the newness and excitement that newlywed life brings. They still wanted to snuggle, kiss, and hold hands, and all the memories of their wedding day were fresh on their minds. These two have a life of service behind them, and so much to look forward to as they step into their next journey together. I hope they keep this happiness for the rest of their lives…

Neon District in Norfolk Engagement Pictures | Barak + Heather

Neon District in Norfolk Engagement Pictures | Barak + Heather

It’s not often that a couple is TOTALLY up for a 5am wake-up call just so we can capture that gorgeous morning light…but Barak and Heather were all in (or at least she was! Ha!). I would say Heather is a morning person, but I think it’s more accurate to say she’s an all-day person. All day long she is happy, joyful, and smiling, and has been since I met her years ago. And Barak? Despite the crazy morning hours and the fact that he is NOT as much of a morning person, he was just happy to be with Heather.

I couldn’t hold back my excitement as we explored all the fun murals in the Neon District of Norfolk for their engagement pictures. There are colors and patterns for every style, and we explored all around the Chrysler Museum of Art, then ended with some trendy photos around Grace Street. Bonus: Heather wore the most adorable romper (WITH POCKETS), and I am a little obsessed.

Based on how the morning went, I am just dying to fast-forward to April when these two will have their wedding at the Womans Club of Portsmouth. Until then, I’ll just look back through their sunrise engagement pictures and remember that the early morning wake-up is ALWAYS worth it!

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!