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Congress Park Engagement Session In Saratoga Springs, NY

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By Jeffrey House Photography

 

One aspect I truly love about being a professional wedding photographer, is the opportunity it provides to give back.

Let's be honest.  Life can be expensive, difficult, and frustrating.  A lot of couples out there would love professional engagement photos, but for one reason or another, hiring a professional photographer isn't in the cards.  This is why, a couple of years ago, I began offering a yearly "engagement session giveaway!"  

I must admit, it's a double-edged sword for me.  As much as I love to tell someone they won it, I despise telling everyone else they didn't.  I wish I was independently wealthy and could give everyone a complimentary engagement session, but unfortunately I can't. 

In January of this year, as the snow was falling, I was thinking about warm weather, green grass, and beautiful flowers in full bloom.  Naturally, I offered an an engagement session giveaway and began accepting applications.  The turnout was amazing and I want to thank everyone that took the time to share their stories and express their interest.  For those that didn't win this time, keep your eyes open because you never know when the next giveaway is going to happen!

There were so many great submissions during this past giveaway that I couldn't help, but to choose 2 lucky couples!  I'm happy to say, I just photographed the first couple - Emily and Francis!  Every couple has a different "comfort level" being in front of the camera.  It's my job to quickly assess their comfort level, determine the level of direction they need, and and manage their session successfully.  Emily and Francis took the camera very quickly!  With very minimal direction, we created beautiful photos together.  I would throw out a little direction and they ran with it!  

In this article, I want to share some of my favorite shots from Emily and Francis' Congress Park engagement session in Saratoga Springs, NY!  I hope you enjoy!

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This first photo was captured on the front steps of the Canfield Casino located inside of Congress Park.  This was our very first shot of the session and I absolutely love the confidence they brought to the camera!

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For the next shot, we got a little tighter and I loved the look they shared.

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The beautiful doors to the casino make for a great background to capture a few individual photos.

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Next, I saw these trees on the side of the Canfield Casino and knew I waned them as our backdrop for the next set of photos.  This first photo - with the bushes blurred out in the foreground gives us the feeling that we are "spying" (not in a creepy way :)) on them as they share a loving moment.

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I love this next image as they exchange a sweet look with one another and I love how the gorgeous white trees surround them.  

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This little bridge towards the back of Congress Park makes for some pretty photos.  You wouldn't know it because I removed it in post-processing, but there was a "photo-bomber" in this image.  A little chipmunk was on the front right side of the bridge standing on his back legs looking at Emily and Francis.  

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Even though Congress Park is a small park, it's provides for a lot of variety when it comes to photographs.  The next set of images were captured around the front pond and I really love the lighting and backgrounds.

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There you have it.  A great engagement session in the beautiful Congress Park located in Saratoga Springs, NY.  This is one of my favorite locations for engagement photos.  We didn't even explore the entire park during this session, but we could have used at least 4 or 5 more areas.  

Congratulations again to Emily and Francis!

 

have you visited congress park?  what do you think about the park?

 

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