Sunrise Enagagement Photography on the Boston Harbor

I often offer to shoot at sunrise when I have clients that want to do engagement photography in the city or at the beach.  However at this time of year I forget that sunrise may be pretty early.  Like 5:12 am!  Most couples don't dare to meet me that early but Chelsea and Garth were the exception.  As I was standing at the Boston Harbor Hotel, cursing myself at 4:45am, I was seeing the start of of the beautiful orange ball rise up above the harbor in and incredible fashion, as to say "Good Morning!" I couldn't wait to meet this daring couple at 5am.  They were amazing and incredible troopers walking all around the Harbor and Downtown to make some images.  Here are a few sneak peeks from our session and some words from the couple about their story. 

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How did you two meet?

The year was 2009 and we met in high school on a class field trip to tour the University of Connecticut for honors students. We had been in the same classes the whole year and had never really noticed each other. I heard him behind me coughing and, in offering him a cough drop, we laughed about the trials of allergy season. The school was both of our top choice for colleges and we bonded over how excited we were to visit the school.

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Tell us the proposal story~

On May 24, 2018 Garth attempted to propose several times and failed miserably. Earlier in the week he surprised me with a trip to the aquarium and we had dinner at the Palms Restaurant. He was gonna propose and then changed his mind at the last moment about the location. He then made reservations on the night cruise, The Odyssey, where, to my surprise, he had planned dinner. He apparently had tried to get a table with romantic flowers and champagne, however, those had all been reserved very quickly. Side note: When we arrived on the boat, we actually sat next to the couple that had gotten one of the last special tables with the champagne and flowers. Once on the boat, we had a great time. We went to the deck and look at the water and we had a delicious dinner and desert- everything was going great. Then Garth had decided he was going to propose while the waitress took a photo of us for the night. The waitress took the photo, handed Garth the phone and he showed me the picture. He asked me what I thought of it and after a second of barely looking at it, I said, "It looks fine". He asked me to take another look at the picture and see if there is anything else that I like about it. Garth had carefully placed the ring on the table so that I could see it, but I didn't. All night, until we got off the boat and started to head home, I hadn't seen the ring in the picture or anywhere else. As we're walking to the car, Garth tells me to take out my phone and look again at the photo. I do, and he points out the obvious ring sitting on the table. He then pulled out the ring, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I immediately said "YES!" and called my mom, my sister and texted it into my family group chat. It was the best night EVER.

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What details are you most excited about for your wedding?

We are both excited about all of the possibilities that come along with planning a wedding. We're planning it for October 2019, so we have a while to plan! Garth and I are both the first children in our families to get married and this is a really exciting time for us and both our families. I am most concerned with planning aesthetics and finding the perfect location and Garth is really excited about picking the caterer and tasting cake. We really both wan to get married in a place that means something special to us and reflects who we are as a couple.

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What look were you going for in your engagement session?

For our engagement shoot, we really wanted to reflect our love for this city and we have started to build our lives here in Boston. We also love the ocean and boats, which is where Garth (almost) proposed. We wanted to have a shoot that really combined our personalities and how we plan to grow together in the future.

Do you have any tips or advice for couples getting ready for their session?

Think about places that really represent you both. It can be easy to get really caught up in the aesthetics and what other people have done, but what looks best is probably something that brings out the best in you.

How was your overall session experience?

It was great! Christian was fantastic and really knew what to suggest for all of the looks we were looking for in the pictures.