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Red Top Mountain Engagement Session

This is H & J and they wanted something a little different for their engagement session – and you KNOW that I’m generally sometimes almost always usually forever interested in making some new photos. The tricky part with engagement sessions is that you want them to be YOU. I know that’s a simple sentence and it seems like DUH. But if you look around – and I’m sure you have – you’ll find a lot of people… trying a little too hard. Too hard as in what the fuck is this/that?! Who ARE THOSE PEOPLE? Oh you know what I’m talking about.

But how do you show your personalities during your engagement session and avoid being inauthentic or fake or not you guys? I don’t know. I don’t have any good advice. That’s not really why you’re here. You’re here for the photos and photos and well alright – some advice. Okay. Basically – just show what you’re interested in. Your hobbies or your favorite things your likes – basically WHAT YOU DO when you’re not being in front of everyone else. Okay maybe not that – but the things you love. Like really LOVE. Because your engagement session is a portrait session of you and your partner (I’m going to assume you love them) – and you should do what you can to incorporate other things you love. Things that you both love. Whatever that might be. Seriously – because I’m not judging.

Your engagement session documents your love right? RIGHT FUCKERS THAT’S WHAT IT DOES. Now look at some photos.

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Red Top Mountain State Park Engagement Session

Alright maybe I was a little harsh earlier. Or strangely aggressive. I mean – we’re talking about engagement sessions right? And weddings and fancy things like flowers and dresses or simply – love. Here’s the thing – your engagement session can be whatever you want it to be. You just have to be the one to make it happen. I’m not saying that your photographer can’t or won’t help you… ah nevermind – I was about to go on and on about you being you and #LiveAuthentic and #HashtagSomethingCool but whatever.

Atlanta Wedding Photographer LeahAndMark & Co.

The point is that your engagement session doesn’t have to be an ‘ENGAGEMENT SESSION!’ – it doesn’t necessarily have to be cheesy or uncool or generic or something unrelated to you and who you both are and what you both mean to each other. It’s about YOU TWO PEOPLE. So show that. Really show that. Do you like to drink? GET DRINKING. Do you like to watch TV? Incorporate that. Seriously – I once had a couple start their engagement session in their living room, in PJs, reading a newspaper and drinking coffee – like it was a regular Saturday morning because THEY LOVE DOING THAT. See how easy it is? What do the two of you love to do together – and maybe do THAT for your engagement session.

Well – um – maybe not THAT – but you know what I mean. Do you? Nevermind it’s all good.

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Atlanta Wedding Photographer LeahAndMark. Red Top Mountain State Park. Engagement Session.

22:22

 

Well, flights have been booked and plans are being finalized.  I am looking to travel 22,000 miles in 22 days this holiday season.  I love to travel, and am very excited, and also very nervous about the journey ahead of me.

Travels plans include large chunks of the United States, and culminate in a journey to my childhood home of South Africa.  I haven’t been to South Africa since I moved to the States 18 years ago.  I have always been a fan of the phrase “home is where the rump rests”, now that I am am a mom, it is where my family is, where my partner and my son are, that is home for me.  However I will be traveling to see my far flung family, and also getting to experience my birth country, as an adult.

it’s exciting to think about.

It’s scary to think about.

I will be traveling to South Africa solo, arriving in Africa before New Years Eve.  I am eaving behind my wonderful partner and our precious son, but meeting up with my sister and brother.  My sister will be traveling from South Korea to meet up with us, and I am so ecstatic to see her, it has been a year. It will also be the first time I have been away from our son.   I know it will be a wonderful trip and our son will be safe and happy.  I will miss the goober alot though, and miss having my partner to ground me and appreciate my quirks.  It will be the first time I have been a single entity, and not a “we” in over a year.

I know I will take lots and lots of photos.

Travelling is always an amazing opportunity to reconnect with the universal core of humankind and discover some more of this amazing world we live in.  I believe firmly that traveling to far away places makes you a better person.   I am looking forward to seeing many new and wonderful things, and spending time with my extended family.  I will be spending the holidays with my American family members, both my mother and my soon to be in laws.  In South Africa I will be reconciling with my father, and his new family.  Just think, brothers and sisters I have never met.  Laughs I have never heard, quirks I have never seen.

It is all exciting, and nerve wracking at the same time.

I cannot wait to come back and have a show and tell.

This week, as I pondered the trips ahead, and the many different people I will be spending time with, I wanted to take a moment and enjoy the simple things around me.  Afternoons have been spent walking with my son, picking up leaves, enjoying the last of the warm weather, and realizing that there is an adventure to be had in our very own back yard.

These pictures are about realizing the simple pleasures around us.  The beauty of changing leaves, and changing seasons.  The last of the hibiscus blooms, the decorative gourds for the season.  The luxury of simple sunny afternoons with giggles.  It’s a gift to be able to appreciate the simplest things, without ever traveling more than a few feet from home.  I hope it helps me on my journey, to see the depth and beauty in far away places with greater appreciation.  

For right now, I am enjoying the now, the simple things that are familiar, so I can appreciate the new things to come.  :)