Engagement Photos: Not Scary!

One of the first pieces of wisdom that Stallion and I picked up when starting to plan is to book your priority vendors first. For us, the biggest concern was photography. See, as good looking as Stallion and I may be, we don’t really photograph all that well (shocking, I know). Whenever a camera is in the near vicinity, our features mutate into something truly horrifying.

OK, I may be exaggerating a bit—but suffice it to say that neither of us loves the camera, and the feeling is mutual.

Anyway, the photographer we had in mind has a stellar reputation in the Cape May area. He works for a local weekly magazine in addition to his independent photography business, so we’d actually met and been photographed by him at various events around town in the past. His word-of-mouth reputation was stellar. His portfolio embodied exactly what we were hoping to capture at our wedding—lots of natural, relaxed photos where the personality of the subjects shone through. Nothing was too posed or too stuffy. Does any of that make sense?

In short, Stallion and I weren’t interested in looking at anyone else. Aleks was our man.

That said, we initially weren’t all that keen on engagement photos, because OMG SCARY CAMERA! But ultimately, we went for it—we don’t have many nice pictures of us together, it was included in our package, and at the end of the day, it was an opportunity for us to get to know Aleks a little better and vice versa. He was able to figure out what worked for us in terms of making us look our best on film, and we were able to learn how to relax in front of a camera. The thought of being photographed nonstop on our wedding day isn’t quite as scary anymore.

Anyway, I think the results speak for themselves—Stallion and I definitely made the right call working with Aleks. We had a great experience and look forward to working with him again in April.

(All photos courtesy of Aleksey Photography—these were taken at the Mt. Vernon Avenue beach in Cape May.)







Come on, we couldn’t do this without representing our alma mater, right?

What were your “priority vendors”? Who did you book first?


Mrs. Filly

Boston, MA
Wedding Date:
April 2014
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  1. funnelcake Member
    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:24 am

    Yeah, you look happy and totally normal in these photos! I’m glad Aleks makes you feel at ease in front of the camera. I’m sure the wedding pictures will be similarly great! :)

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:32 am

    Photography was super high priority for us as well! I especially like the photo by the beach, you guys look so happy.

  3. msfilly Member
    Mrs. Filly 85 posts, Worker bee @ 4:55 am

    @Mrs. Funnel Cake: Aww, you’re sweet – most of our pictures came out great, but there are a few where we definitely don’t look normal :) Maybe I’ll have to do an outtakes post, haha.

    @Mrs. Waterfall: Thanks! Since our venue is right on the beach, I’m hoping to get some wedding photos there too. Fingers crossed!

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    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 821 posts, Busy bee @ 4:32 pm

    Beautiful pictures!! Love the one on the beach and the fun one in the hoodies. I love hoodies…and 45 degrees. I would have been a popsicle LOL!

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    daniellekira 573 posts, Busy bee @ 1:15 pm

    Very cute photos. I love how easy breezy they were. And of course you have to rock your alma mater! We even had a bit of it in our wedding photos!

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