Part Two: Spring Haven Farm + American Tobacco Campus Engagement Session

romantic portraits set in forest, farm, and downtown Durham

 
 

Part Two of Jess & Jeff’s engagement session! See Part One for sweet photos of their visit to the woodland Spring Haven Farm!

Exchanging mud-covered, straw-bedecked clothes for a fresh look, Jess and Jeff met me in Durham’s American Tobacco Campus for part two of their adventuresome engagement session. I had explored the day before, looking for compositions for a collection of classic and inventive photographs. Scouting day was misty, cloudy, wintry - and while I’ll always love a dreamy day - I was hoping for sunlight to add warmth and dancing light to these moments. A prediction of snow, cast weeks before, had me sure we would be shooting for a soft gray look, but from the moment we met up at the farm in the morning - the sun refused to be shrouded. Gentle spring like air, happy bouncing light…it was perfection!

Jess and Jeff were so much fun to walk & talk with, and brought their lovable energy to every shot we took! I love the varying sense of scale and tone in these images, and the mix of playful and romantic that (as you may have read in part one) is so winning about these two.

 
 
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These amazing, wonderfully odd doorways above street level made the perfect abstraction of a portrait. It’s rather dreamlike, no?

 
 
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