When I first met Shannon at her bridal consultation, I noticed her warm and bubbly personality. It was so exciting to here her plans for her wedding day and see her vision boards. I love that more and more brides are opting for outdoor weddings at a location that is meaningful to them. Shannon and Joey have opted to host their wedding on their property and it sounds like it’s going to be absolutely gorgeous. When I discovered that they had a chicken coop, the first thing that I asked was “Can I take a picture with you guys and your chickens”?! Fast forward a few weeks later and when planning their engagement session she offered to bring a chicken. I was so excited! Not only did they bring their chicken, but they brought a pitchfork, a beautiful fur vest that we turned into a wrap, a gorgeous long green dress, and last but not least their beloved dog Bentley!
It was a cold winter day with a mixture of snow and freezing rain happening, but that didn’t deter them from having their outdoor engagement session. We found a secluded road in a forest and started our session off with the chicken and the pitchfork. I’m not one for using props at my sessions, but how could I pass on such an awesome opportunity! Originally I had envisioned Shannon holding the chicken and Joey holding the pitchfork, but glad we did it the other way around as the chicken started the session off with a poop while being held. Thank goodness it didn’t end up getting on any clothes, especially that beautiful green dress that Shannon brought. After a few quick shots with the chicken we put it back in the car, grabbed the beautiful fur vest and captured some great candid images!
Next it was time to thaw my hands and take a quick drive down the street for shots at another location. Shannon changed into outfit number two, Joey grabbed Bentley and we trudged through knee deep snow into the forest. This part was going to be all about Bentley! The snow was almost as deep as he was tall and he was loving it! He ran and played in the snow like there was no tomorrow. He was such a good boy while I took his picture and always looked right at the camera. When it was time for him to sit out for a few shots he gladly just played in the snow.
All in all it was a great session. It gave us a chance to get to know each other and work together before their wedding day. This is one of the main reasons why I offer a free engagement session in all of my packages. Contact me if you are engaged and looking for a photographer. Together we’ll make images as unique as you are!!