A Ballpark Engagement

We were blessed with a beautiful evening for Andrew & Tiffany’s engagement session. There were only a few clouds in the sky, the sun was closing in on the horizon, and the temperature was just perfect. It was time to have some fun!

Tiffany and Andrew engagement session at Principal Park by James A. Stepp Photography

The couple chose Principal Park mainly for their love of baseball, but also because Andrew is an employee there. Andrew and Tiffany were wonderful to work with and we came out of the session with a ton of great shots. But the key to success that day was our communication.

Principal Park Engagement Session by James A Stepp Photography

When we booked the shoot, I asked the couple to provide me with a folder of photo ideas they liked from photo blogs, Pinterest, and other online sources. Their concepts helped communicate the style and types of shots they were looking for. Then I was able to take those ideas and tweak them to reflect the personality of the couple.

Principal Park engagement session by James A Stepp Photography

I do this with a lot of couples, but I like to stray from the list, too. When I’m on a shoot I’m constantly taking in the surroundings, thinking of other possibilities. With Andrew and Tiffany, I suggested taking some photos outside of the ballpark. The photos we got there looked like an entirely different location. I also brought them down by the Raccoon River, which runs right past the stadium, and that gave as another new “look.”

Burning Money - We had fun with the concept that weddings are expensive by creating this light-hearted image.

Burning Money – We had fun with the concept that weddings are expensive by creating this light-hearted image.

But our day didn’t end there. We had one more shot to compose. The couple dressed up in their best Hawkeye fan garb and posed in their living room. Andrew tossed his money out to Tiffany, while she surrounded herself with bridal magazines, planning how to spend it. The shot was really fun to produce, and something I’ve never had a couple do before. It was the perfect way to close out our day.

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