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A few weeks ago we had our engagement photos taken. I took to the web looking for ideas about what to wear. Most photos I had seen the girls were wearing dresses and the boys were wearing button down shirts. It looks very nice, it just wasn't us! I told Nick to wear whatever he felt comfortable in. I told him what I was wearing and said he should try and pick something complimentary. I decided on a few different tops paired with jeans that I knew I would be comfortable in.

We were pretty excited for our photo shoot even though neither one of us really likes having our picture taken. When we booked our photographer, that was a big splurge for us, but knew it was worth it and we were ready to have some proof. We booked Raye from Gillette Portrait Arts and we couldn't be happier. I was lucky enough to meet Raye at my best friend's wedding because she also booked Raye. I saw Raye's site online shortly after Nick and I got engaged and I was ready to book then, but kind of knew she was out of our price range. She was willing to work with us and customize a package for us for $2000. We looked at not having an e-session, but it was only about 10% of the total cost and we knew that it was an important piece of us getting to know our photographer and our photographer getting to know us.

We set out on an overcast afternoon, we started in Mt. Vernon in Baltimore because even though we are getting married at the ocean where I'm originally from, we live in the city now and we wanted to have that side of us represented. We had a few photos taken in front of the Washington Monument in Mt. Vernon, one of Nick's favorite landmarks in our city. This first one is on the steps of the LaFayette statue just in front of the monument.

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After that we headed to the Patterson Park Pagoda which is where Nick proposed to me. Since our dog was there for the proposal, we opted to include her in a couple of our engagement photos. We are glad we did because she is an important part of our little family and we love her! Raye is a dog-lover, so she was more than happy to include Penny in a few shots!

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We did an outfit change of our shirts at the Pagoda and changed into some sports shirts. I wore a Baltimore Orioles shirt and Nick wore a Baltimore Ravens shirt. We are both sports fans, Nick even more so than me. He even writes a sports blog and loves all things sports and sports history related. You can see our Baltimore pride in the photo on the right below.

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After a few shots at the Pagoda and dropping Penny back off at home we headed down to the Canton waterfront. Nick and I often run down here and love the views, boats and this beautiful hidden gem of Baltimore City. Here are a few more of the sneak peek shots that Raye released on her blog. I am so very happy with our photos and can't wait to frame a few of them when Nick moves in.

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This is one of my favorites, but I love them all!! Raye is so talented and we are so lucky to be able to work with her. Please visit Raye's blog to see a few more photos from the shoot. If you are a bride in the Maryland area, check out her work!

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Did you have engagement photos taken? Did you think it was helpful to get to know your photographer? If you didn't have an e-session, why not? I'm guessing most budget savvy brides out there might pass on this option.


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About Erin

I'm Erin, a 29 year old teacher living in Baltimore, MD. I am marrying Nick who is obviously the love of my life, after 8 years together, Nick proposed on December 29, 2011 and we're getting married on October 27, 2012 in Ocean City, MD.

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  • Your photos are fantastic! So glad you went with what you are comfortable in, they are beautiful shots. We just had our Engagement Shoot on the weekend and I have to confess I didn’t really appreciate the value of it beforehand. It was included in our package and our photographer insisted it was a good idea. We also aren’t very comfortable in front of the camera but it was a great opportunity to get to know our wedding photographer – who is amazing – before the big day and to understand how he likes to work and how to link that with what we felt was authentic and natural!

    Hope your big day is beyond incredible xx

    • Thanks, Cara! I’m also really glad we didn’t pass on the photos. Not only do I love the shots, but it will make the wedding photos that much easier since she knows how to direct us and we know how to interpret!

  • Cute! LOVE the black and white! And the doggie…

    • Thanks, Jillian! Our pup was not very good at first about posing, but she got better after a few photos!

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