Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Engagement

One of the most scenic Minneapolis engagement locations, Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Theodore Wirth Park make you feel transported to Northern Minnesota.

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A looming shower and low-lying clouds can add an air of sombre mystery to any engagement shoot. Traversing the winding tidily-kept trails for this MN summer engagement at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, the weather helped to create an enclosed feeling of quiet intimacy.  Happy and carefree, this couple is likewise at ease walking the trails or having an impromptu picnic feeding each other cupcakes. 

This shot below was one of my faves from this shoot.  Serene & simple, it was shot in a shaded area on a hill with a lovely green backdrop.  Shooting in nature can propose some challenges - inclement weather, bugs, humidity - but I find the natural environment to be most conducive to engagement shoots and weddings.  Typically when I'm framing a shot I will try to select natural backdrops or environments that might accentuate or complement the couple within the frame.  In this case, the way that the vine subtly climbed up the opposite side of the frame with the tree branch reaching toward it helped to provide a unique enclosure to the image.

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Kelsey & Igor were immensely enjoyable to work with on this shoot. Often times it takes a little bit in order to relax and feel yourself in front of the camera.  This is another reason why I encourage clients to book an engagement session - to experience how it feels and see the result before the wedding.

We planned ahead of the shoot that Kelsey and Igor would have an impromptu mini-picnic in  the garden.   Something like this is always nice to do and adds variation to the collection.

This is a little wood walkway that winds through the marsh.  It lent itself to engagement picture taking and thankfully there was no one around so the shots were pretty intimate.

It's nice to shake up the poses a bit and try something new.  Also an impromptu piggy back ride can add a little fun to the shoot.

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SHOT ON A CONTAX 645 CAMERA WITH KODAK FILM | SCANNED & PROCESSED BY PHOTOVISION | ADDITIONAL COLOR CORRECTION & POST-PROCESSING BY MARC ANDREO

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