May 9, 2011 / Engagement
Elizabeth & Greg's Engagement Session | Smith Plantation + Roswell Mill | Atlanta Wedding Photographer
First of all, loyal readers, are you enjoying the new blog design? For anyone who is reading this for the first time you may not know that the theme of the blog was recently changed from a darker theme to this new lighter one. I kind of like the new design a lot, not just because it’s new but the back-end of WordPress is a lot better with this theme as well. Ok, on to this backlog of blog posts from recent weddings and engagement sessions!!
Elizabeth and Greg are an amazing couple that I met up in Roswell for their engagement session on Friday evening. They chose to start things off at the Archibald Smith Plantation Home which was a new location to me. Located in the same area as the historic Roswell Mill, this is a cool Southern mansion steeped in Civil War history.
We started on the steps to the house for the above shot while Elizabeth and Greg recounted how they first met and then moved on to the porch of the house itself which had some really amazing columns.
Elizabeth is actually a professional dancer who has spent a little bit of time in front of the camera, so she warmed up immediately. We ventured over to the side of the house where we found a small garden and I just had to get some solo portraits of Elizabeth and her hats. Being that the Royal Wedding happened earlier that day she just had to bring a few hats to celebrate!
I’m really digging Black & White lately, not that I didn’t love the lush greens and her purple dress.
We continued circling the house and found some more great evening light as the sun was starting to set. I was trying for the sun flare look but I think I should have changed the angle ever so slightly for this shot:
Their was this cute little house with vines so I had to quickly move the bench from the sidewalk over to the grass – sorry Smith Plantation! The shot was totally worth it though!
We all packed up and headed to the actual historic Roswell Mill to take some shots on the covered bridge and the waterfall.
Before we headed over there Elizabeth had one more hat to try so I totally indulged her and the sun was making these super-cool shadows through the brim of her hat.
I know the Roswell Mill is another one of Atlanta’s “overshot” places for engagement photos but their is a good reason behind it! The location is scenic, the light if perfect with the shade, and Roswell is a nice central location to anyone living North of the city. Posting just two from Elizabeth and Greg’s time under the bridge before we moved on because the light was indeed perfect today:
For those of you that have never walked to the waterfalls at the Roswell Mill they are indeed a bit of a hike, not like a long hike, but a short 10-15 minute walk. Down the path to the waterfall their was a perfect green background and plenty of space, so Elizabeth and Greg just start playing around in this gorgeous space and beautiful shade.
And then… their true colors really came out in the photos. With shots like these how can you not love these two? They are completely in love and the perfect match for each other. I think Greg plays it cool to offset Elizabeth’s upbeat personality but he was quick to jump right into these adorable poses with her! Love these two!!
We made it to the waterfall and got some more iconic shots of the beautiful Roswell Mill area.
Sorry Greg, I had to steal Elizabeth for some quick portraits. Even though she has a fear of heights we moved up to the top of the waterfall for some more fun portraits.
The opposite view from where she was in the above photos:
Ok, you two lovebirds are allowed to kiss now!
As we started wrapping things up we walked along the water itself and took a few more gorgeous scenic nature shots along the creek. Is this a creek or is it a river? The water is coming from a waterfall so… Hmmmm…
Heading back up to solid ground and that amazing Georgia sunset light…
We’re sitting around the tables just as the sun was setting and Elizabeth tells me she brought bubbles with her… OK! I’m in! The shot I envisioned in my head was one where she was blowing bubbles at the camera and I captured her reflection inside the bubble… MUCH HARDER to execute that I expected with the slight breeze we had, but I still got some more of my favorite shots of the evening as her and I goofed around some more.
Thank you guys so much! I know your wedding is not until January but I’m already checking my calendar and counting the days! We had a ton of fun goofing off and capturing the love between two people. I cannot wait to tell the story of your big day! Congratulations Elizabeth and Greg, see you in January!!