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Adventure sessions can be more than just an engagement session. Photo sessions like these can be used for anniversaries, making memories, or simply getting great photos that capture your love! Basically, the possibilities are endless! See how this couples’ spring engagement photos turned into a memory-making adventure!
Adventure sessions allow us to go to multiple locations both outdoors and in an urban setting. You can really take your time with a half-day or even a full-day session. Consider this a date with just the two of you and pretend that I’m not there! We can make it work no matter the time of day or the season. You can even bring your pups along (see inspiration below)! Check out how one couple decided to include their pup and their cat too!
If you have time like these two did for their adventure session, you can explore your options when it comes to locations. Vanessa and Wei Wei joined me for a half-day adventure session on Assateague Island which falls along the Maryland coast (its neighboring island, Chincoteague Island, is on the Virginia side). It has a variety of locations to offer that work great for elopements, small weddings, family portraits, anniversary shoots, or adventurous engagements like this one.
For this couple’s spring engagement photos they wanted to experience the famous wild horses of Assateague Island. Even though you can’t get too close or pet them, we were still able to capture some gorgeous moments with the horses nearby!
Other options that this island has to offer includes the beaches, a marsh with a deck overlook, and a forest with magical foliage. This couple walked hand in hand along trails leading up to the marsh with textured plants surrounded by tall lean trees. There’s much to explore on foot and it is just a short drive between all of these lovely spots!
Lastly, we drove up to the beach because the couple wanted to include a picnic as part of their spring engagement photos! When a location offers as much variety as Assateague Island does, it’s easy to enjoy the day to the max! Vanessa and Wei Wei brought a cute wicker basket and blanket so they could enjoy a picnic with charcuterie and wine. Following the picnic there was time to play in the water even though it was so cold!
Activities like walks, taking in the scenery, and meeting up with your pets allows for the most natural posing in your session. We use poses and movement that you naturally fall into that often don’t even require my guidance! Pretend I’m not there and enjoy an entire day of our taking photos together without interruptions. Adventure sessions completely remove that constant feeling of being rushed.
My goal for this couple’s session was to really capture their experience of Assateague Island together for the first time. The island had been on Vanessa and Wei Wei’s bucket list for a while so they took this opportunity to knock it off the list!
I would highly recommend trying out the idea of visiting a place you have never been to before. I loved being able to document your first experiences together. There’s so much to explore as a couple that makes for the most authentic photos!
The day came to an end during golden hour when Vanessa and Wei Wei were joined by their pups! As the sun set into blue hour they got some engagement photos with their two dogs who were wearing the cutest bandanas that said, “I loved her first” and “My humans are getting married!”
Following some kisses and snuggles with their furry friends, the couple concluded their adventure by dropping off their pups at the hotel and heading to dinner. They decided to turn their spring engagement photos into a weekend away with the entire family!
Trying to figure out where to have your own adventure? I would love to help you plan an adventure session of any kind!