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