Engagement Shoot: Gretchen & Brian on 4.12.2014

April 15, 2014  •  3 Comments

My first official blog post and it's extra special because I was given the honor of shooting my best friend's engagement photos! I also have designed their "Save The Dates" which was my first foray into the design world in an official capacity. Now without delay here is Gretchen & Brian's engagement shoot blog post...

As I've learned from the wonderfully talented JP Elario at Elario Photography, always plan a backup date for your shoots. It was a good tip because this shoot was on the back up date! We lucked out with gorgeous weather, mid to high 60s and light winds. Most of you know that the weekend before, which was our original date, was ridiculously windy with gusts upwards of 30mph! Yikes! Well, considering my nerves going into this shoot, the weather cooperating on April 12, 2014 was certainly a calming factor.

Gretchen & Brian met at Rutgers University in NJ six years ago, and for this shoot they wanted to return there to a place of emotional significance and I was happy to oblige. Cook and Douglass campuses offer a great deal of open space and nature, compared to the hustle and bustle of College Ave campus for instance. Once we had parked, we found this small little brick building and immediately I loved the texture of the brick. Now, admittedly it did take a few shots to get into a groove but once initial nerves wore off the real fun began...

Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014 I absolutely love the colors in this one with the contrasting brick!

Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014

Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014 That blue against the brown of the brick just popped so nicely!

Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014 Perhaps one of my favorite shots of the shoot, which was taken on a bench near the Douglass path. Oh, those balloons? 4 balloons to celebrate the month they met as well as the recurrence of 4 in their life.

Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014 Ahh loving it!

Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014 There's that bling!

Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014 Love the colors in this one too! Especially that green and purple!

Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014 These were taken near the field Gretchen graduated on as part of Douglass College, amazing green open area. We had to dodge a few sunbathers but found a nice shady patch under this enormous tree.

Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014 The great thing about Cook/Douglass campuses is the casual benches and shade provided by trees which made snapping this on a shade covered bench a breeze!

Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014 Gretchen holds the balloons while I plan my next shot.

Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014 Bubbles time! These two were so patient with me as I attempted to get the perfect shot...

Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014 Bingo! The bubbles didn't last very long because someone was having too much fun. *cough* Brian :)

Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014 At the end, I asked them to let go of the balloons and due to the wind they ended up flying towards me instead of straight up. Whoops!

Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014 I really like the soft greens in this, the token ring shot.

Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014Gretchen & Brian's Engagement Shoot on 4.12.2014

That's a wrap! Rarely am I in front of the camera, but of course for my bestie and her fiancé I wanted to remember this moment. So excited for both of you and thank you so much for trusting me with this! I also want to thank the wonderful people at Elario Photography (JP, Joe, Jamie, and Jenny) for their guidance and support; I know much of my foundation would not exist if it wasn't for them! (My goofy faces aren't nearly as nice looking as JP's so I'll be avoiding that).

Till next time! Cheers, Hanisha.

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Tita Gi(non-registered)
Love, Love and more Love....awww....that's all I see and I liked it. Great Photos. Good job Hanisha!
Kunal Vanmali(non-registered)
Wow amazing shots!
Ninang Bebs(non-registered)
This exude love and happiness between the couple and the bestie. You are all so lucky to have each other. Keep doing what you are doing Hanisha, you sure have a gift beyond your academic excellence. Lovely beyond words. Look forward to seeing more.
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