Rachel and Sean planned their Tunnel Springs engagements during June, my favorite time of year to shoot here. Every early summer the green grass and occasional white wildflowers cover the rolling hills. Since this amazing spot overlooks the greater Salt Lake area, it has become popular. However, the park is huge so I have never felt like we are fighting for good spots.
This location really shines in the spring, summer, and fall. In August, the grasses start to turn more of a golden wheat color before the brown of winter. We caught it in its prime for this calm and airy engagement session.
The outfits that Rachel and Sean choose are probably my favorite level of dressiness for couples photos. Rachel in a dress, with a minimal silhouette that fits her personality. But Sean’s outfit kept the photos from feeling too formal for the setting. With his casual but classy buttoned sweater, their outfits elevated the shoot without losing comfort.
Also, the neutral tones left room for Rachel to change into a patterned version of the same dress halfway through the shoot. She was conscious of picking a small pattern that photographed fine. The happy blue gingham print you’ll see below made this shoot feel like an elevated, mature, and minimal summer picnic.
I have photographed formal, semi-formal, and casual couples photos and everything in-between. This combo of the wife in a dress and husband slightly more casual is one of my favorite balances. But what is most important is that you feel as comfortable as possible having your photo taken! That may be because you are dressed up and feel like a million bucks, or because you are wearing your favorite tried and true t-shirt.
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