Kat & Jake’s Vanderbilt Mansion & Hyde Park Engagement
Sometimes even when you are extra prepared, and everything is in place, life can come at you and put you in a spot that you weren’t prepared for. But of course, in the end, love gets you through the most challenging moments. My couple Kat and Jake had a similar experience during their engagement session with me at Hyde Park when we ran into a situation where we could have possibly been fined and our session could have been cut short. However, we managed to clear the confusion and complete our session (without being fined, of course.) Even though we faced this tiny hurdle and the session felt a bit rushed, the couple didn’t let it ruin their mood, and we still ended up getting some gorgeous photographs!
Vanderbilt Mansion & Hyde Park Engagement
Before our shoot, Kat and Jake had met me for drinks and food, and as we relaxed, we also shared some of our life experiences with each other. Kat told me about her job as an ER nurse in NYC and Jake about his life as an HBO editor working on the post-processing of documentary films. We also bonded over our family’s histories, and I loved how my couple felt at ease with me. After all, that’s the whole point of these pre-shoot sessions. I just love when couples can let me in and trust me with their memories, feelings, and sometimes even secrets!
When we reached Hyde Park, I could see how excited Kat and Jake were about their session. Being a photo enthusiast, Jake even had some ideas in mind, but our joy quickly turned into disappointment when the Park Ranger approached us and informed us that we could get fined for being there after closing. However, we were told that we could be there till sunset, and since none of us lived close by, we did check all the rules and obtained proper permissions before we drove 2-3 hours to get to the location. And since we did have permission to shoot there (even though the information given to us was wrong), he let us finish our session.
Even though all three of us were slightly shaken up after this, my awesome couple still gave me their best smiles and poses for the photos! Kat and Jake were very cute and playful together. I just couldn’t keep myself from admiring the way Jake made Kat feel so safe and secure. They were just so lost in each other, and as they continued to talk and laugh together, I got the chance to take some sweet candid photos.
Kat and Jake, you two are a power couple! It was inspiring to see you two deal with that situation so well and get right back into the spirit of the session. I love you two and thank you for choosing me to be your engagement photographer. I wish you both all the best for your wedding at the West Mountain Inn next year. Cheers!
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If you enjoyed reading about Kat and Jake’s engagement session story and liked the photos that I took, I’ve got some more dreamy light, and airy engagement and wedding images that you can check out. You can take a look at Bethany and Andrew’s Wedding at the West Mountain Inn, Casey and Kyle’s Engagement Session at Alyson’s Orchard, and Caitlin and Kyle’s Wedding at the Bedford Village Inn. If you think you or someone else you know might want a similar photography experience, you can contact me right away.