Choose a Familiar & Meaningful Location
With Samm Blake
"I always like photographing couples in their normal everyday environment, as it instantly makes them more relaxed being in the safety of their own space. For many of my shoots, I meet the couples at their homes, shoot there for a bit and then head out and photograph around their neighborhood. I also like that the environment we are shooting in tells the story of who these two individuals are. I always love shooting couples in places that mean something to them. It adds more depth to the photographs if they have lovely memories already associated with the place. I love photographs with movement in them, so the shots taken walking from one location to the next always end up being my favorite.
Aileen and Brandon’s shoot (below) is one of my absolute favorites as we spent the afternoon walking around New York going to all places that meant something to them. The bars they went to on their first dates, where the proposal happened, the street they lived on. They told me all the stories along the way and to me, it's what engagement photography should be about."