Not very often I get a couple that does two engagement sessions. Usually it happens when your couple love fashion and enjoy dressing up. I've worked with Olu and Dupe before in Nigeria covering their Nigerian Traditional Wedding in Lagos. Having had that experience with them really added a new dimension to their engagement session. You might be wondering, aren't they married already? Why do an engagement session in that case. Most Nigerian couples have two wedding ceremonies (Nigerian traditional wedding and a blessing). It's very common to do an engagement session between the two events.
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Ken and Antionette have already been featured on this blog as a very beautiful engagement session at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan NY. Being based in New York State I always look forward to covering weddings that reflect the personality of what my photography has become. I truly believe that every location has it's own culture that has an influence on how the weddings are presented and therefore the photography.
This was a fun couple to work with who put a lot of planning into their wedding. They fused both their different cultures of Ghanaian and American in their dancing, food and attire. In fact there was a lovely dance performance by Ken and Antoinette during their reception entrance of Fuse's Antenna.
I always enjoy shooting engagement sessions in New York City. It's actually of the reasons I moved here. The environment has so much to offer from plain simple backdrops to complex designed murals. Sometimes the ceilings of a popular bar will offer so much in terms of inspiration which is what we had in this engagement session.
Asim and Ashley a couple who have already gotten married now (check out the featured sneak peek to their wedding posted few weeks ago) chose a very lovely set of locations. I remember Ashley in particular requesting a shot next to Eduardo Kobra's vintage mural in Chelsea as it's one that really depicts hers and Asim's personality. Vibrant and romantic. So much chemistry here between them that they danced throughout most of the session in front of the beautiful art piece. We then shot their second and elegant look at a very beautiful hotel in Wall street. I must admit I would never have thought to shoot downtown before this engagement session.