french quarter engagement photos | new orleans wedding photographer | hannah joyce photography
“I love you and that’s the beginning and end of everything.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
I enjoy all of the clients that I work with. It is so interesting to me listening to the stories of how everyone met, how long they have been together and most of all, seeing how happy they are while telling their stories. However, every once in a while, I meet couples that are so in tune with one another that it makes my job effortless.
Emily and Albaro were one of those couples.
Both from New Orleans, they had been dating since high school and were so excited to get married. Albaro proposed at the Tree of Life in Audubon Park and had both of their families there to surprise Emily. Family is extremely important to both of them.
We had a very simple shoot, beginning in Jackson Square and wandering through the French Quarter for an hour or so. I had some ideas of where I wanted to go and they had some as well which I always encourage! The photo to the left was taken on Ursuline and is one of my favorite little gems in the quarter :)
This is a perfect example of a shoot where the sky was overcast, but TOTALLY worked in our favor. I prefer shooting on overcast days because they make for less harsh shadows and the lighting is beautiful when the photos are edited to be black and white.
One thing I noticed right off the bat was how comfortable Albaro was in front of the camera. Most grooms (not all!) are very nervous during these sessions, but Albaro was all about it. Soon after we started, I said “I have to say, you are doing great so far! It takes most guys a bit to warm up during these shoots!” They both laughed and then Albaro squeezed Emily’s hand and said, “Well, I am only going to take these photos once in my life.” It was SUCH a sweet moment and one of the many reasons I love what I do. Getting to photograph two people that are truly in love is such a gift.
This was by far my favorite engagement shoot I have ever done. The weather was perfect, the couple was wonderful, and the energy radiating from both of them was almost overwhelming.
One of the best parts of the shoot was when I had Albaro and Emily dance in the middle of the street. Not only did it make for some sweet moments, it also brought on all the laughs. Here’s to a long and and happy marriage you two!
“You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” — Dr. Seuss