29 days! Caroline and I joked that there were only 29 days left until their wedding and that she should have a giant calendar where she can rip off each day as it passes with great anticipation!

You might recognize Caroline and Chris from their first engagement photo session at Burnside Farms among all those amazing tulip fields. Well we wanted to shoot in at the vineyard where they’re getting married too, but back in the spring the vines weren’t quite in bloom yet. So we split our session into two parts, and we finally got to meet up again last week. We couldn’t have asked for a better time of year to capture the spirit of a vineyard, and the Winery at La Grange was a perfect setting for us. A quick stop at the intimate historic church where they’ll have their ceremony rounded out our evening.

Our time was quick, but I hope you enjoy highlights from their engagement photos. And I can’t wait to see them again in July for their wedding day!

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Meet the Photographer: Hey there! I’m Kelly Ewell, a Northern Virginia wedding photographer who specializes in engagement, wedding, and anniversary photography. I live in Leesburg, VA with my husband and rescue pup, Piper. When I’m not at weddings, you can find me at the local wineries or renovating our farm, 48 Fields! I’d love for you to connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

One year ago today, they said their vows and joined in marriage at their Morven Park wedding.
Happy first anniversary, Fiorella and Kyle!

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Meet the Photographer: Hey there! I’m Kelly Ewell, a Northern Virginia wedding photographer who specializes in engagement, wedding, and anniversary photography. I live in Leesburg, VA with my husband and rescue pup, Piper. When I’m not at weddings, you can find me at the local wineries or renovating our farm, 48 Fields! I’d love for you to connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

One year ago today, they said their vows and joined in marriage at their River Creek Club wedding.
Happy first anniversary, Heather and Jeremy!

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Meet the Photographer: Hey there! I’m Kelly Ewell, a Northern Virginia wedding photographer who specializes in engagement, wedding, and anniversary photography. I live in Leesburg, VA with my husband and rescue pup, Piper. When I’m not at weddings, you can find me at the local wineries or renovating our farm, 48 Fields! I’d love for you to connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Lelia and Ryan have been married for a few years, and as a photographer herself Lelia knows the value of having photos of the two of them together. But it’s pretty hard to take an entire session of selfies! I was thrilled to pop over to their house a few weeks ago, especially once I heard what they had in mind!

Both of them have been working hard to plant an extensive garden in their backyard for the last two years, and Lelia thought it would be the perfect place for an anniversary photo shoot since it was so personal and dear to them. Some of their crops include potatoes, kiwi, garlic, onions, carrots, raspberries, tomatoes, asparagus, several kinds of lettuce, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, corn, peppers, green beans, sugar snap peas, artichokes, and more! Wow, I hope I remembered all that right! They even have a bee box and six chickens that lay eggs in all colors!

Some people would be bummed that it was lightly raining the entire time we were together, but Lelia embraced and actually loved that it was part of their session. Oh, and they used these photos to announce that they are going to be having a baby! How exciting is that??!?! Congratulations to them!

This was one of my favorite sessions, so enjoy highlights from Lelia and Ryan’s backyard garden anniversary photos!

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Meet the Photographer: Hey there! I’m Kelly Ewell, a Northern Virginia wedding photographer who specializes in engagement, wedding, and anniversary photography. I live in Leesburg, VA with my husband and rescue pup, Piper. When I’m not at weddings, you can find me at the local wineries or renovating our farm, 48 Fields! I’d love for you to connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

  • Christopher Nichols - These are so much fun! Fantastic work!

  • Brooke - I love how candid and genuine these are!! Such beautiful anniversary pictures :)

  • Nastja - Wow, this session is so genuine. Great idea, I absolutely love the garden theme!

For most couples, it doesn’t take much convincing. Most couples – well, at least always the bride – are looking forward to engagement photos and are eager to schedule a time to get them taken. But a small percentage of couples might be on the fence about getting engagement photos or think they can schedule with someone else if they’re planning a wedding somewhere else. So today’s post isn’t for most people or even most couples. Instead it’s for those few couples who are still contemplating why they need to get in front of the camera before the wedding. Hopefully I can not only convey my exciting to do them (they’re one of my favorite things to shoot after all!), but also explain the logical and important reasons behind them.

So in no particular order, here are my top 5 reasons why you should do engagement portraits:

  1. It’s free! I offer all my clients a free mini engagement session. Simply because it shows how important I think they are and because of the “practice” we’ll have together before the wedding.
  2. It’s fun – really! The only work you have to do is relax, be in love, and enjoy each other’s company. That’s not hard, right? I know several couples have also planned a date to follow their engagement session since they’re already out, all dressed up, and want to continue the fun!
  3. It prepares you for the wedding. You’ll get to see first hand how we work together and you’ll learn about natural posing. It will make you a pro on your wedding day and be one less thing to stress about!
  4. It’s educational for me. I’ll see how you interact as a couple, and that’s important information that I file away in my head to know what’s going to work best for you on your wedding day.
  5. Remember this season of life. Best of all you’ll come out of our afternoon together with some amazing photos of this special time in your relationship!

I think maybe my past bride, Rebecca, said it best about her own engagement session…
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So what do you think? Did I convince you yet or make you even more excited for them? I never require a couple to schedule an engagement session, but I do hope you’ll at least think twice about why you should do engagement photos if you were uncertain before!

If you want to see more, check out some of my favorite engagement photos from over the years!

 
Meet the Photographer: Hey there! I’m Kelly Ewell, a Northern Virginia wedding photographer who specializes in engagement, wedding, and anniversary photography. I live in Leesburg, VA with my husband and rescue pup, Piper. When I’m not at weddings, you can find me at the local wineries or renovating our farm, 48 Fields! I’d love for you to connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.