Let’s just get this out in the open—I am terrible at having my photo taken. You’d think that as someone who deals with photography on a daily basis I’d be OK with it, but I much prefer being the one behind the camera. Put me in front of it and I freeze and/or make goofy faces.
Luckily for us, our engagement pictures turned out with a minimum of eyes-shut-mouth-open poses on my behalf! We hired Mr. Dragon’s colleague Brent to take our engagement pictures. I know the wedding photographer usually takes them so that you can all be comfortable with one another, but the logistics of that make no sense for us and our sort of destination wedding and, besides, we hadn’t hired a wedding photog yet!
All photos by the talented Brent Wesley
Brent climbed up Sioux Mountain with us to take the pics. It’s not really a mountain, if you ask me, but it’s the highest point in town and it’s where Mr. Dragon and I went on our first date, so it’s sort of special. We climb it pretty frequently to see our legendary sunsets from the best vantage point.
Despite my utter inability to pose myself, Brent created some beautiful photos of us.
It was sort of an impromptu thing—we had discussed having him take the photos, realizing we should get them done while there were still leaves on our trees (it’s snowing now), but we didn’t decide on an official date. Mr. Dragon gave me a heads up that we’d be most likely taking the photos the day before we took them so, unlike many brides-to-be, I didn’t have the opportunity to freak out about my outfit and buy new clothes…
Honestly, my line of thinking was, find something that I can climb up a cliff wearing, and try not to freeze.
One thing I learned? We’re really reluctant to kiss on camera. Mr. Dragon snuck a few and Brent snagged the shots, but as we were leaving Mr. Dragon confessed he felt like we had been more cuddly and affectionate in the two hours of photography than we had in our entire relationship! An exaggeration, yes, but dude is not a fan of PDA. We’ll have to practice for the wedding pictures…
I think this is my favourite picture. Mr. Dragon calls it our “band photo.”
I’m also a fan of this one—he said something about a crow flying by being the opposite of an albino…an “albinyes.” It cracked me up, which made for a cute shot!
We had plans to grab some cool train-track pictures on our walk back to our vehicles—you have to walk along the tracks, including the bridge, to get to the mountain. Unfortunately, as soon as we climbed down the rocks, a massive train came through and stopped at the station, taking up all the tracks near us just long enough to make us lose the light.
I’m really excited about our engagement pictures and Brent is an awesome photographer. He emailed us a gallery of proofs literally three hours after we were done this shoot, and we had a CD of some selected edits and the rest of the raw files a week later. Super speedy!
I’m not sure how we’re going to use the photos, other than that I want to integrate them into save the dates, and I know Dad Dragon has already printed some off for himself and my grandma. We’ve never had nice photos taken of ourselves, though, so just having them is enough to make me happy.
Where did you have your engagement photos taken? Was it a significant spot?