One of my new favorite hidden gems in the Bay Area is the Berkeley Botanical Garden. I have a membership to the beautiful LA Arboretum and included is a reciprocal membership to various other gardens, including the Berkeley Botanical Garden. Nestled in a bit of a valley, the Garden wakes up to a dreary fog filled morning. By noon, the fog quickly burns off and reveals a lush variety of horticulture from all over the world with different regionally segregated areas.
We started our session in the foggy area of the Columbian cloud forest. I try to begin all my couples’ session in a quiet and secluded location with really easy directions; just hug and cuddle up. Engagement sessions are all about being engaged with each other and having fun. In that sense, these sessions are more like fun, glamorous dates– with me as a third wheel!
With an overcast sky to provide soft, even lighting, we moved into the English garden with it’s vibrance textures. I used film and digitals cameras in this session for a variety of fine art images in both low and bright light. The dynamic range in the film images are so dense, my eyes always linger longer on them.
I love how Jenn and Vince wore complimentary patterns. Jenn’s black and white polka dot dress is so cute and fitting for a garden scene, while Vince’s cobalt blue patterned shirt is vibrant and classic.
Photo Tip: When paring patterns, be sure to pick different sizes and colors so that you don’t blend into each other or look too distracting. Jenn and Vince exemplify this perfectly!
As the skies cleared up, we ended our session in the desert garden. With it’s lush succulents and cacti, it was the perfect ending to our botanical engagement session!
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