On the Sweet Side Of Life: An Engagement Session

Friday, December 02, 2011

Today is a sweet post of a different kind: some pictures of a recent engagement session I photographed for my friend Laura and her fiance, Alex. I know I have mentioned Laura a couple of times before. She's generous. A talented photographer. A pastry instructor. My partner in crime in the kitchen this Thanksgiving. And in May she will be a Mrs. A Madame. A newlywed.

Laura & Alex_ Engagement

Planning this session, I fell in love with Laura's idea, given her profession, to do a chocolate chip cookies baking session as one of the set ups. A few sheet pans and many dozens of cookies later, we headed downtown Charleston for more formal pictures.

I love photographing friends. I just observe their story unfold. Their body language is relaxed. I might move a shoulder or lower a hand but that's it. That dance with the garden arch in the background? They started it on their own. I just moved myself to a better angle. I imagined them 50 years from now, still dancing together. Just as they are today.

Hope you guys enjoy this little weekend posting diversion...

Laura & Alex_ Engagement


Laura & Alex_ Engagement


Laura & Alex_ Engagement


Laura & Alex_ Engagement


Laura & Alex_ Engagement


Laura & Alex_ Engagement


Laura&Alex _ Engagement


Laura & Alex_ Engagement


Laura & Alex_ Engagement


Laura & Alex_ Engagement


Laura & Alex_ Engagement


Laura&Alex _ Engagement

44 comments:

Y said...

What a sweet way to celebrate an engagement! Love the pictures! :)

Amy said...

So beautiful. I especially love the first one with the ring and whisk. :) The one with the flowers as close up is lovely too.

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga said...

I love these pics..they are fabulous!

Love the PINK dress and that ring...whoa...gorgeous!

The contrast of the icy blues with the pink dress and the kitchen idea...fab!

Beautiful, Helene.

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said...

A very beautiful moment, awesomely bottled for the rest of their lives. Gorgeous :)

london bakes said...

I love these pictures, what a beautiful couple!

crypticrow said...

fantastic shots!
dreamy, yet so real all the best to the couple! :) :)

Magda said...

Your sensitivities show even more when you photograph people Helene. :)
Such beautiful photographs. Here's to the happy couple!

chinmayie @ love food eat said...

Love the first photo... Such sweet pictures :)

mycustardpie.com said...

Ah - you've really captured their love for each other. My favourite is the flowers pic - infers romance so well.

sami said...

Sigh

Nicola said...

oh man these pictures are amazing! i love how much personality and relationship is portrayed. my fave: the one where she is touching his chin holding the spatula bc you can see they have SO MUCH love and compassion for one another (i am also a sucker for a well snapped pseudo candid, kinda creeper ish lol)

Sally said...

Sweetly romantic (sigh), very apt for a pastry chef! What a lovely job you did on the photos.

Dena said...

Beautiful, happy photos. I especially love the photo of the ring in the whisk! Great idea. May Laura and Alex have a long and happy life together.

thebutteryfig said...

I love the setting of baking together in the kitchen - a wonderful metaphor! You have such a gift for capturing the essence of your subjects - thank you for sharing!

Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten-free said...

These are wonderful! I love when couples pick a theme that is very personal. We also had a cooking themed engagement shoot since my husband is finishing culinary school and I blog. So gorgeous!

Tracy Grant said...

Love them! Congratulations to the sweet couple :)

Ann said...

Awwwwwww - lovely photos for their future family album.

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

GORGEOUS! Love her ring.

Lindsay said...

So sweet! :) Congrats, Laura!!

Karine said...

Superbes photos !

la domestique said...

Love this idea! I hardly ever see engagement photos of the couple doing a hobby they enjoy together- very romantic!

Valérie (France) said...

Vous êtes bien beaux tous les deux !!
Félicitations
Je te souhaite uune excellente soirée

Valérie

the starving student said...

Beautiful pictures, I love the cookie idea!

megcjones said...

i absolutely love this! makes me wish i'd thought of it for my engagement photos...maybe a 5-year anniversary instead? :)

Caroline @ chocolate and carrots said...

Beautiful! There's no better place to take photos than in Charleston. :-D Congrats to the couple!

Anu Menon said...

The couple look great... i love the one with just the ring :)

Rhonda said...

Gorgeous, I love the ring/whisk photo, very cleaver. I adore the polka dot straws!

carlyklock said...

such great work, helene! have a great weekend!

Opasna said...

Delightful! I enjoyed very much looking the pictures. Love could be felt from each picture.

steve said...

How sweet ! I like this serie of pictures :)

Kristen said...

Oh my goodness...they will treasure these for life. Gorgeous work!

Return to Sunday Supper℠ said...

I think that it's lovely to see this young couple photographed through your beautiful lense. Wishing them a wonderful future.

FOODalogue said...

What a beautiful and unique capture. I'm sure they'll cherish it for years.

Karine Keldany said...

Beautiful pictures. You captured their love and happiness so well. Very nice post.

Winnie said...

I love this Helene. Special photos of an adorable couple :)

Lauren said...

What a sweet (har har, get it?) idea! I just love that you captured this couple participating in a significant part of their lives and the photos are stunning. You really could feel the fun and love they have together.

mountain mama cooks said...

Helene, that first photo of the ring in the whisk attachment is absolutely stunning. Beautiful photos!

elann said...

LOVE the baking shots - so sweet ;o)

Gwendolyn said...

Beautiful. And makes me nostalgic. I was married at 2nd Presbyterian in downtown Charleston while living there a few years ago...such beauty in that dear old city and some very fond memories

d.liff said...

How clever! I've always thought that engagement photos could be awkward - I love how natural the baking photos are. Great job!

Autumn said...

Awe, these are so sweet. How awesome you were able to do this for your friends. I, too, love to photograph my friends. After each session I always feel so much closer to them.

Dmarie said...

fabulous captures...well done!

Laura said...

Wow, such a beautiful collection of photos. I love her idea of photographing them making cookies together.

Crispy said...

What a beautiful couple! You can just see how much they love one another. :) Great job on the pictures! I wish the happy couple all the best!

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