Emily and Micah knew each other as children, in Texas, but were separated at a young age; their fathers were in the military, and military life can keep you moving. But love knows no bounds and no separation of time, and years later, here they are — reconnected; in love; engaged to be married.
I enjoy engagement shoots with couples, because it gives you time to get to know each other, get comfortable with one another, and get some cool and fun pictures. Sometimes, it takes a little time to break the ice, but not with these two. I felt like old friends the minute we met, and I think the pictures reflect it. We met at Duke Gardens on a beautiful but crisp January day, with the beautiful late-afternoon winter light giving us a little bit of magic. The thing I love about Duke Gardens is that it is truly a year-round location for pictures: there is never a time when I can’t find a great place there to take pictures.
Then, we went down the road to the American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham, for a more urban look. I’ve strolled through before but have never done an engagement shoot there. I don’t know why: the place is awesome. There are so many different opportunities for photos there. I can’t wait to go back.
Emily and Micah were great, and even though they were freezing by the end (yes, the shoot was in January, but I’m just getting around to putting up the blog post; what can I say, it’s been busy!). They were troopers and put up with me as I kept suggesting just…one…more…picture. I think the pictures turned out great, and I hope you guys think the same. Thanks, guys. What a fun afternoon!
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