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Lynn and Chris, Engaged! | Arnold Arboretum Engagement Session

And as quickly as I left, I fly back to Boston today to shoot a wedding on the most popular wedding date of the year – 9/10/11! I’m crossing my fingers, hands, and arms that it will be beautiful weather. Oh if only the kind of light we saw in Lynn and Chris’s engagement session could happen every day! As fall approaches I look at my last remaining summer shoots with so much fondness – summer (in Boston) really is my favorite! The warm temperature, the light, the colors, everything. One of the things I really like about this session is its natural sense of style – soft pastel clothing, pops of color, cute little details like pockets in Lynn’s dress. It definitely reflects two people who are very comfortable being together (they are, after all, high school sweethearts)

Lynn and Chris were visibly nervous at the start of our session, they’re not used to having the spotlight be on them, being the super laid-back couple that they are. My best tip for those first-time professional photo jitters? Talk to me! I will talk a mile a minute and I hope you do the same, it helps take the attention off of the fact that you are being photographed

I LOVED the props that Lynn and Chris brought. First, sunflowers that they picked from Waltham Fields Community Farm. They are part of the CSA there

Many of my 2012 couples are lovers of good food. Yum!

I believe in photographs that show motion and emotion

And sometimes we add more traditional portraits too, because hey, you don’t get professionally photographed often! Lynn’s makeup was done by one of my favorites, Danielle Ross of Advanced On-Site Artistry, and her hair was styled by her hairdresser Laurel at Creative Expressions – I just love the flower clips in her hair. Unless you are quite the expert at hair and makeup, all my brides should invest in professional hair and makeup for their day of

Lynn and Chris are complimentary in their personalities. I giggled at the following facts they revealed to me: Lynn hates carrying the laundry up, Chris hates carrying it down. Lynn likes loading, and Chris likes unloading the dishwasher.

I really, really have a soft spot for nerdy things. Like these super-cute  buttons from etsy that are all about science. Lynn works at a microbiology lab and Chris is pursuing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy

Sun flaaaaare!

Usually, your best photos from your session happen towards the end, by that time you’re so relaxed and forget about me, these photos just come naturally

We’re making a canvas out of this one!

Thank you two so much for your time – and isn’t the weather we got awesome! I will see you guys next year!

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Shang Chen Photography has rebranded to Saavedra Photography
she takes photographs of celebrations of love and life
Based in NYC | Open for select photography commissions on Sundays only

September 8, 2011 - 9:36 pm

Jason Fan that’s some sparkly kiss, luv that flare!! great work Shang.

September 10, 2011 - 9:46 am

Lynn What a great day we had! Fingers crossed that the weather will be just as fantastic next May!

September 11, 2011 - 7:29 pm

Faith Johnson The photographs are beautiful, and truly reflect how much these two people love being together. Faith/Mom

October 19, 2011 - 2:44 pm

Dylan Cookbooks and science, not your average props and they made them work so well, they look very kind and natural in every picture, great job.

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