Duke Gardens engagement: Cassie and Sam


Beautiful engagement photos at Duke Gardens in Durham, N.C.

Beautiful setting and wonderful couple


I really enjoy engagement sessions, because it gives me a chance to get to know couples and for us to get comfortable with each other. However, from the very first time I met Cassie and Sam, I felt like we were old friends. We all just clicked, and I think you can see in the photos how relaxed and comfortable they were during the shoot.


Neither of them are from this area, so they wanted some suggestions on pretty settings for outdoor photos. One of my favorite places to shoot is Duke Gardens in Durham. It offers so many different settings for photos, and any time of the year you can make beautiful photos there. It’s been pretty hot recently, so we met early to try beat the heat, but the humidity still got us. Still, their great personalities made the photos exceptional. I can’t wait to shoot their wedding at The Stone Chapel in Wake Forest this Fall!



Duke Gardens azaleas make for beautiful engagement photos

The colors at Duke Gardens make every photo beautiful


A Japanese pagoda at Duke Gardens in Durham provides a wonderful backdrop for photos

Duke Gardens has a beautiful pagoda and reflecting pond which make for stunning engagement photos


Duke Gardens' beautiful setting brings out the romantic in Sam

Cassie doesn't mind being showered with love during their Duke Gardens engagement shoot


Even at Duke Gardens, you can feels like you're in a different world

I love to step back to show the couple as part of their entire surroundings


Duke Gardens has many bridges which provide wonderful settings for photos

A stone bridge, a shallow depth of field and a loving couple = an excellent photo


The beautiful surroundings at Duke Gardens brings people's best for photos

Scaling a stone bridge at Duke Gardens was worth it for the great backdrop it provided


Cassie and Sam really loved the surroundings at Duke Gardens for their engagement photos

I really love the contrast and tonality of this image


The gardenias at Duke Gardens added to the beauty of the engagement photos

Cassie and Sam were really relaxed and excited for the shoot -- and it shows


Duke Gardens can be romantic and enchanting and makes a great setting for engagement photos

I just love this moment.


A gazebo at Duke Gardens provided for wonderful light and wonderful moment

This photo shows the wonderful chemistry between Cassie and Sam


Cassie and Sam's great personalities made for wonderful photos during their Duke Gardens engagement shoot

I think this photo shows their wonderful affection for each other


A loving couple with some great photos from their Duke Gardens engagement shoot

An easy, relaxed couple with some wonderful photos

  • Amanda Inscore Whittamore

    very nice!