Pump House Engagement Photography
This is a post that I’ve been meaning to make for a while now. Noelle and Bryan’s Pump House Engagement photography is the perfect example of the benefits of an doing a portrait session before your wedding. Plus, they’re smoking hot!
Noelle and Bryan wanted a historic setting for their engagement portrait session that would showcase the steel-making heritage of Pittsburgh. So we visited the Pump House at the Waterfront in Homestead. We really lucked out with beautiful sunshine and a warm, summer evening.
Romantic and Fun
Noelle and Bryan had great chemistry. It didn’t take many of my terrible jokes to get them laughing.
There’s so much more to a great portrait then smiling at the camera. Once you get comfortable and in the groove you’ll find that you kind of forget about the photography and the moments that show how you feel about each other will reveal themselves.
Leave Some Room For The Magic
Direction is important. You’ve got to combine that with space for serendipity. I wanted them to be as close as possible but once I had the composition and pose set it was time to just let the mood take over and see what the moment brings. Everyone expresses their affection differently and this was real and beautiful. That’s the Carrie Furnaces historic site in the background.
This one was in the same general area just a few minutes from the previous photo. The light and the mood are very different. We were working pretty quickly so that we caught all of the beautiful light that we could.
It’s important to work a variety of angles. Get high, get low, get close, and step back are all part of the process of delivering a rich collection of images that the couple will value and enjoy.
In some ways engagement portraits like the ones from this Pump House engagement photography session become your first family photos. Instead of wearing a suit or tux and a white dress you’re in clothing that reflects your sense of style and comfort.
Speaking of comfort, one of the goals of these sessions is to build that trust and experience that make portrait time on your wedding day smooth and enjoyable. Check out the photos from Bryan and Noelle’s Lingrow Farm wedding and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Their wedding day included a few curveballs which meant that our portrait time was very abbreviated. You’d never know it because the comfort, trust, and communication were already built because of the engagement portrait session.