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A Stunning "Save The Date" Photo Session Photographed... In A Parking Lot

Updated: May 9, 2019

NJ Engagement Photography
NJ engagement photo session

Sometimes... you just have to do, what you've got to do! I was approached by a friend and asked if I would shoot her Save The Date photos for her upcoming wedding. Of course! I asked her what she had in mind. She had been doing some planning, and so Gina sent me a few photos of what she wanted. My next question was, "When are you planning to do this?"

"Well, A.S.A.P. We have to get these NOW! I'll let you know."

Hmm...nothing like not having a lot of time to plan. She needed to get the photos done, and get the shots off to the printers for the Save The Date announcements to get printed and mailed. She contacted me a few days later and, as a hard working couple, they only had a Sunday available, which was just in a day or so.

I really wasn't free that day, but it seemed there wasn't an alternative, so we needed to come up with a last minute plan.

The sample photos she liked were cute shots of a couple out in the winter snow in the forest mountains. ...Well, we needed winter, we needed forests, we needed snowy mountains.

We don't really have mountains in central New Jersey, and we didn't happen to have snow, even though it was a frigid February. One thing we did have was plenty of cold. Hmm... what to do? Time to get creative and improvise!

We were able to meet and do the photos in a parking lot (Shhhhh! don't tell anyone! It's our secret!) There were a couple trees I could pose them against. I could drop in some "fake" snow... Hmmm. For a last minute plan it may work!

Our humble engagement session setting

Session day was a cold New Jersey winter day and not the best time to be outdoors. I knew the session needed to be to shot quickly. People who are freezing aren't exactly a cute look in engagement photos. This entire session was literally shot in maybe 10-15 minutes on a very cold 20 degree February day.

All we really needed was one cute shot for the announcement, and we wound up with about 40! Not bad for a last minute plan. Take a look at the results and enjoy.

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