Maria and Richard are getting married next June at Lovers Leap Vineyards and Winery in Lawrenceburg Kentucky. When Maria told me the venue would allow them to take their engagement photos on the property we knew it would make the perfect scenery for their session. Lovers Leap is lush and green, with endless rows of vines, a lovely pond and fountain, a sweet gazebo and covered porch at the event hall.
We had to schedule the session earlier in the day when the sun was much higher in the sky, creating some harsh shadows and unflattering light. But hey, that's alright, we just had to keep that in mind and work around it.
When shooting in open harsh light, pull in close together. You will create your own shade on your faces, making for a much more flattering photo. Foreheads or noses together, go in for a kiss, look down with your eyes close and smile, all great options for those sweet snuggled up poses.
Maria and Richard were great at this and it felt very natural and unposed. The shade they gave each other combines with the light from my flash worked perfectly together to create some beautiful images of a beautiful couple.
Like I mentioned before, Lovers Leap had a great little gazebo and porch. Being mindful of the spots where you can be in full shade is must! I was so glad this venue offered these options. I had Maria and Richard stand at the edge of the porch, just covered by the shade. This created the illusion that they weren't under a roof at all, the images aren't darkened by the porch and I was able to crop the building out of my shots. It worked out great.
Here are some examples of the photos from the porch.
Lastly, the sweet little gazebo over looking the pond. There was obvious shade; but also a great place for some sitting poses where Maria and Richard could curl up together. I also really enjoy the symmetry of the gazebo and the added warmth the wood brought to the images.
If you're looking for a venue in Central Kentucky, or just a fun place to visit for the weekend to try some wine, check out Lovers Leap. Its a great spot for photos.