Inman Park Engagement Session // Sarah + Jake

 

Atlanta, GA

When Sarah and I started chatting about the location for their engagement session, she mentioned the idea of doing their session in their neighborhood, at all of their favorite spots. I JUMPED at this idea because I would rather take photos that are meaningful to my couples 100 times over shooting in epic places. I love photographing on beautiful mountaintops just as much as the next person, but what I love even more is photographing people in locations that matter to them. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Pretty backdrops are great, but they mean nothing if I’m not capturing my couples for who they really are. Needless to say, I was SO excited for this session because of how personal it was to Sarah + Jake. These two have traveled all around the world and have pictures in the most beautiful, adventurous locations, but the photos from this session represent Sarah and Jake in their natural day-to-day life. And I love that so much.

We started their session at Victory Sandwich Bar, a frequent stop for Sarah and Jake. They ordered whiskey slushies and pimento cheese to fuel up for the day ;). After Victory, we drove over to our next stop: their very first apartment complex. They do not live here anymore, so we of course couldn’t go inside. Instead, we took photos on the apartment stoop, where they used to sit and and dream together. How beautifully special to photograph them sitting in the same spot together years later!

From there, we took a stroll around some beautiful neighborhoods in the Inman Park area. Sarah had previously mentioned the idea of ending the day at their loft for some photos of them at home. By this time, we were all pretty tired and ready to call it a day, but something in me felt like we should still go to their loft. So, I reminded Sarah about the idea and asked if they wanted to do that. After thinking it through, we figured, why not?! We drove over to their loft for a few last minute photos and I am SO happy we did!

This part of the shoot only lasted about 10 minutes, but it was my favorite part of the day. They changed into comfortable clothes and snuggled up on the couch with their pup, Honey. I photographed them in their natural environment: snuggling with their pup and dancing around their kitchen (these two love to cook together!). We weren’t on a mountaintop, we didn’t have any dreamy golden sunlight…we were just sitting on a couch, hanging out. But we were sitting on THEIR couch, where THEY hang out. They were relaxed, at ease, and I felt like I was I able to capture the essence of their relationship. I remember at one point Sarah saying “this feels like us.” and THAT is what it’s all about.