This past Monday, I had the pleasure of photographing an engagement session inside Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme parks in Orlando, Florida. LeAnna, the bride-to-be, is a huge Harry Potter fan (probably a bigger fan than I am), and she’s gotten her fiancé, Azrael, into the series through the Jim Dale audiobooks.

When I met with them, they told me they were torn between doing a Harry Potter-themed engagement session, and a 1940’s-themed one. My suggestion: “Why not both?” Universal Orlando offers some New York City backdrops, perfect for photos set in the 40’s, and of course Hogsmeade and the newly-opened Diagon Alley for the Harry Potter photos. Done!

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We decided to wait a couple months for the crowds to die down a bit, and the weather to get a little more bearable. The day we went, it was nicely overcast in the morning, which allowed me to capture these long-exposure shots down busy Diagon Alley.

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We also took a turn down the infamous Knockturn Alley, which was so dark that I had no choice but to break out the flash. A little creative placement and colored gel, and I think we’ve captured the sinister mood of the place.

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And we did board the train to head to Hogsmeade, so we could get that famous castle in the backdrop. Unfortunately, the sun had come out fully, and it was hot for this lovely couple all dressed in black. So we made it a short visit. 109

 

We hopped back on the Hogwarts Express and made our way once more to Universal Studios, and walked over towards the New York City sets, where we found a secluded alley sheltered from the hot sun, and perfect for some gritty 1940’s shots.

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Would you believe it was close to lunch time when we took these?

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Finally, we found an excellent prop to round out our 1940’s segment of the engagement shoot. We waited for the clouds to cover the sun, and grabbed a few quick shots with this sweet ride.

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Thanks to LeAnna and Azrael for braving the Florida weather for this most magical of engagement sessions! You guys ROCKED it!

Know anybody who just got engaged? Need engagement photos yourself? Contact me to reserve your session. You know how much I love the geeky ones!

And hey…thanks!

 

This past Friday, I got the chance to photograph something new for me! I was asked a couple months ago by a friend to capture him proposing to his girlfriend. He decided to set it up at EPCOT in front of France, because Kelly loves Paris. A marriage proposal at Disney World? How could I resist?

Things didn’t go quite as planned, as Kelly spotted some of the friends Darin had invited to surprise her. But the moment was nice, nonetheless. DSC_4981 We decided to recreate the moment at the bridge connecting Canada to France, with the Eiffel Tower visible in the background, and without the crowd of people. DSC_5025 We also took the opportunity to get some nice shots all around the world, one for every country. DSC_5000 DSC_5006 DSC_5007 DSC_5013 DSC_5017 DSC_5019 DSC_5022 DSC_5035 DSC_5045 DSC_5053 And what EPCOT photo session would be complete without Spaceship Earth? DSC_5050-Edit DSC_5052