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Hope + Willie | Casual, Studio Engagement Session in Greenville, SC

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Hope + Willie | Casual, Studio Engagement Session in Greenville, SC

It’s always a blast from the past when I get hired by my former coworkers. And it makes me grateful that I didn’t keep quiet about my love for photography and couples back when I was running around in steel toe boots and safety glasses.

Willie had been keeping up with my photography business after we parted ways at work, so when he reached out to let me know that he was engaged I was all over it!

His fiance Hope and I had the pleasure of meeting via FaceTime months ago so she could take a virtual tour of my studio. She fell in love with the brick facade and enormous amount of natural light, courtesy of the loft windows.

Hope and Willie’s engagement session was a prequel to what I’m sure will be a wedding for the books—music, throwbacks and new hits, laughs, reluctant smiles (cough cough Willie), and the classic two-step to Frankie Beverly and Maze “Before I Let Go”.

Enjoy this sneak peek from their engagement session at my studio in the Village of West Greenville.

Photographer: Latoya Dixon Smith of One Union Studios

Make Up Artist: Deidra Mills

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3 Ways To Feel Comfortable on Camera with Your Partner

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3 Ways To Feel Comfortable on Camera with Your Partner

A successful photo shoot with your partner includes a few things:

  1. You both become relaxed around me and with each other

  2. The two of you share a laugh.

  3. You find a moment of connection in which you completely forget I’m even there.

All of my client’s favorite photos are those that are less posed and more moments. If you haven’t worked with me before you may wonder how in the world can I get this comfortable with my significant other AND have a stranger capture it.

Well, first of all...I’m no stranger. Or at least, I won’t be by the time our session is over. I take building realationships (yes,I meant to spell it like that) with my clients very seriously. I respect the fact during a couples session you are making an investment to celebrate your relationship with photos, and in return, I invest time to get to know the two of you better. I believe that this is the first step in creating your most treasured images together.

I also know that feeling comfortable on camera takes time as well and I will be sharing 3 ways you can feel comfortable on camera with your partner.

Get Awkward

I want us to reframe how we think about awkwardness. When we experience it, it is a level of unfamiliarity. Take away the initial nerves, stress, and discomfort from a situation and you no longer experience awkwardness. In order to get the photos you really desire, overcome the feeling of awkwardness by getting awkward. You are free to just be, no matter how many unfl attering faces you make or however many times you mistakenly blink mid-shot.

Fun Fact: I’ve never received feedback from a client that said “hey, I look really silly in this photo” It’s not about how you look; it’s about how you feel during the session and the memories that come to mind when you look back at your albums.

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Talk About Each Other

Nothing brings a couple together quite like affirming one another does. Another way to get more comfortable with your partner on camera is by talking about one another. What do you love? What do they do to make you laugh? What’s a story about them that you’ll never forget? This is truly when I take a step back and let the moment unfold. Although you’re talking about your partner, you’re entering into a moment of genuine connection by acknowledging the things that make being with your significant other worth it. Talking about one another generally leads to a moment like this:

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Come Prepared To Love on Your Partner

Preparedness is key no matter what kind of photo session you invest in. You can find many resources on what to wear for your engagement shoot, places to take your engagement photos, etc. But there is a a level of mental preparedness you must also be mindful of.

Come prepared to love on your partner. Write down a few things you love most of about them.

If you’re not comfortable with getting physically close on your own, I can’t promise to magically make your photos appear as if you do. Spend some time the day before your session, or even hours before, sitting next to one another, holding hands, making some time for genuine conversation. It’s a much needed ice breaker for going into a session where you plan to celebrate your connection.

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The prerequisite for a couples session that feels free, organic, and fun is to have a solid foundation, a little prep work done, and embracing each other for who you truly are. If you’re interested in booking a session with your significant other for an engagement, anniversary, or just because, contact me here so we can begin discussing how to create a session for you and your lover that leaves you with reminders of why loving them is worth it.

 

Hey there! I'm Latoya & I'm a wedding and couples connection photographer. I understand that that being behind the camera can feel a bit uncomfortable if you only do it once or twice a year (if that many times), but I'm here to help allay those fears and provide you with photos that make you remember why being with your partner is absolutely worth it!

Hey there! I'm Latoya & I'm a wedding and couples connection photographer. I understand that that being behind the camera can feel a bit uncomfortable if you only do it once or twice a year (if that many times), but I'm here to help allay those fears and provide you with photos that make you remember why being with your partner is absolutely worth it!

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Intimate Engagement Session at Falls Park on the Reedy in Greenville, SC | Cat & Lauren

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Intimate Engagement Session at Falls Park on the Reedy in Greenville, SC | Cat & Lauren

When I contacted Cat to move forward with our consultation for hers and Lauren's wedding, she suggested that I meet her at the Tipsy Taco, a local Greenville taco joint. I knew that no matter the outcome, I would love them. Fortunately, they chose me to photograph both their engagement and their wedding.

We met up at Falls Park which is an iconic Greenville landmark. The park is one of my favorite places to shoot at (and most requested) because there are several nooks and crannies you can find that look different for each couple.

We explored the park and got some beautiful shots and later headed inside for coffee at Spill the Beans. Lauren sealed the cozy vibe by playing a song on her guitar.

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Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
Same Sex LGBTQ Wedding Photographer Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC Latoya Dixon Photography
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We ended the session by going to the Village of West Greenville. During that weekend the Great American eclipse was occurring. Cat and Lauren was prepared with their eclipse glasses.

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Embre & Alexis' Surprise Proposal | Columbia SC Wedding Photographer

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Embre & Alexis' Surprise Proposal | Columbia SC Wedding Photographer

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Embre & Alexis got engaged on August 27, 2016.  This was a very special day for a couple of reasons: first, it was mine and my husband's 7th year anniversary since we began dating and secondly, because my college classmate was ready to declare his love for his then, girlfriend, and ask her to marry him in front of their family and friends.

The Set-Up

That night, Alexis thought she was attending the Jill Scott concert that was in town in Columbia, SC.  She did not know that her boyfriend, parents, sister, best friend, and a host of other relatives and friends (including me) were planning to surprise her alongside Embre.  

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Venue - Vista Room at Blue Marlin

We all met up at the Vista Room at the Blue Marlin in Columbia's Vista.  There, all the guests waited patiently for Alexis and her sister, Amy to walk up to the sidewalk and past the sliding green door, where she would find Embre as he got down on one knee.

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The Proposal

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Time to Celebrate!

The surprise proposal was a success! Alexis said "YES" and with family and friend surrounding them, Embre & Alexis began the next phase of their lives. For as long as I've known Embre, he's been a hard worker, a loyal friend, and very kind-hearted. I can only imagine how happy he has and will continue to make Alexis happy as her future husband. Please join me in congratulating the two of them!

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Engagement Gift Basket created by Alexis' sister & best friend

Engagement Gift Basket created by Alexis' sister & best friend

Read more about this basket here: The Perfect Engagement Gift Basket

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The Perfect Engagement Gift Basket | Greenville SC Wedding Photographer

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The Perfect Engagement Gift Basket | Greenville SC Wedding Photographer

How do you know if one of your friends has a guaranteed spot in your bridal party? One way is to see who's been paying attention to your Pinterest boards and subtle hints.

On August 27, one of college classmates, Embre, proposed to his girlfriend, Alexis.  Several months before, Embre reached out to me to share that it was "time" and asked if I'd be available to shoot the surprise proposal. Umm...YEAH! It was mine and my husband's dating anniversary, but both of us attended to celebrate with our friends, the married couple to be.

Alexis' sister, Amy, and best friend, Shadell, had a huge hand in the plans that unfolded. Amy was with Alexis when they arrived to the venue and Shadell had been keeping things under wraps, despite Alexis' suspicion. But the two really came through for Alexis with the perfect engagement gift basket.

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Amy: I included the planner to guide her along the process.

Kate Spade "Yes" Necklace

via katespade.com

via katespade.com

Shadell: I wanted to get a piece of jewelry that she could wear and remember the day she said "yes" (other than her engagement ring lol)

"I'm Changing My Last Name" tee

via ShopEllaLouBoutique on Etsy

via ShopEllaLouBoutique on Etsy

Amy: "Alexis wanted the Pop the champagne I'm changing my last name t-shirt. So I included two wine glasses and a bottle of champagne to go along with the t-shirt theme".

"Wifey" Mug

via Francescas.com

via Francescas.com

Shadell: "She LOVES coffee! What better way to drink coffee while showing off the ring while holding it!"

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Both Amy & Shadell did a wonderful job on assembling the basket for their best girl! Stay tuned for the next post to see images from the proposal!

Ladies, feel free to drop the hint to your guys. Let them know to follow Latoya Dixon Photography on Facebook and kindly remind them that you too would like your proposal captured professionally!

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Mary Margaret & Sam's Fly Fishing Engagement Shoot | Columbia Wedding Photographer

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Mary Margaret & Sam's Fly Fishing Engagement Shoot | Columbia Wedding Photographer

Mary Margaret & Sam are a couple that appreciates the fine outdoors, particularly when it involves hanging out on the river. Sam, an avid fly fisherman, and Mary Margaret met through mutual family friends. They both grew up in Columbia, SC (also my hometown) and attended the same high school, but were a few years apart.

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How He Asked

"Sam and I had decided that we were ready to move in together. We looked for a few months and couldn't find the perfect house. One Sunday, we were going to visit Sam's grandparents and drove past a great house that was for rent! We met with the owner and told him we were interested. We got approved planned to sign the lease. After signing the lease, Sam said, "Lets go by the house." So we drove over to the new house and had no keys, but started measuring the porch. Sam said he had a gift for me and pulled out a little box from his pocket. Sam is a fly fisherman and he had tied 12 different flies for our new house. He opened one of the boxes and got on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him!! It took me by surprise and of course I said YES!!!"

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Engagement Shoot

Mary Margaret & Sam, in the spirit of their love for each other and fly fishing, opted for a fly fishing themed engagement shoot. This past summer, we headed to the Saluda River, for a peaceful evening on the water.  Sam and Mary Margaret versed me on some fly fishing techniques as well as the different types of species that were present in the area to catch.  I am excited to capture their wedding this coming February. Enjoy these images from their shoot:

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Best Greenville Wedding Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
Best Greenville Wedding Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
Best Greenville Wedding Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
Best Greenville Wedding Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
Best Greenville Wedding Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
Best Greenville Wedding Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
Best Greenville Wedding Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
Best Greenville Wedding Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
Best Greenville Wedding Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
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Best Greenville Wedding Photographer Latoya Dixon Photography
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Save the Date Video

I tried something new with this engagement session & did a short video to highlight Mary Margaret & Sam's engagement shoot. To my surprise, it was a HIT! The video below has reached nearly 6,000 views. If you like these images and video, be sure to comment to first wish Sam & Mary Margaret well on their engagement and also let me know how you like the video. Your support may mean a new offering for LDP engaged couples!

Newly Engaged?

Contact me at info@latoyadixon.com & let me hear your story!

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