Edenvale Garden Engagement and Hayes Mansion Engagement Session
It was an unseasonably warm Sunday morning in the middle of an especially stormy week. With Adnaan’s entire immediate family making the trek from Albany and Long Island for only the three day weekend to meet Kulsoom’s wonderful family at their engagement party, a sunny session was a huge win in terms of stress levels on a very hectic morning. As a very close childhood friend of my former bride, Ilma, unsurprisingly, Kulsoom had a calm and collected demeanor throughout the shoot and her party. Adnaan currently lives in Albany where he is a medical resident, while Kulsoom is a teacher for special needs children here in San Francisco. Their long distance relationship demands a lot of FaceTime meetings and phone calls, so it was truly special to see them interact alone, together.
The two wanted a timeless, outdoor setting in San Jose near the location of their engagement party later that afternoon. Hayes Mansion and Edenvale Garden provided a both a natural setting and plantation inspired architecture for our backdrop. Kulsoom’s pink and gold suit shimmered in the sunlight, while her lose waves gave a complimentary modern twist to the entire ensemble. Adnaan incorporated a little family sentiment by wearing his brother’s wedding shoes during our shoot. I wanted to give the couple a chance for some privacy during our session, so I relied mostly on my telephoto lens which also gives a very pleasing compression to the images. In addition, I shot film for a couple soft and glowy options. It’s hard to believe that this shoot took place in the middle of January while the rest of the country is buried in snow. I always look for cohesion between the engagement and wedding photos. With a summer wedding, this spring themed engagement session will surely blend seamlessly with the wedding portraits. Their reserved, easy-going, and adoring personalities make Kulsoom and Adnaan a dream couple to work with! I can’t wait for their wedding in August!
Photo tip: Location scouting is key to a successful session, especially when time is limited. The shoots of Kulsoom and Adnaan surrounded by the thicket of trees is actually a hidden patch off the park trail. Because I scouted ahead of time, I had a private, and well lit spot ready to go. Additionally, many municipal parks require photo permits, so it’s a good idea to check out the locations ahead of time.
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