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Engagement Session Photography in Philadelphia: Clare + Brian ⋆ Lindsay Docherty Photography
August 5, 2011

Engagement Session Photography in Philadelphia: Clare + Brian

Engagement

Some people dread photography sessions. They worry they’re going to be making a really dumb face or that it’s going to be an excruciating experience with a lot of “turn your head just so and hold it for the next 30 minutes” or they’re just not too keen on having a camera pointed directly at them for an evening. I don’t know Brian’s reasoning but he was one of those people; he was completely nervous. What’s funny is that this group of people doesn’t take bad pictures. In fact, I would even say that this session would be in my top 5 of all time. Yeah, seriously. We didn’t hit up every Philadelphia attraction known to man, we didn’t go in with much of a plan, and we didn’t have people who are used to being in front of the camera. But we had fun.

We met up in Queen Village and wandered, poking around alleyways, inviting ourselves into people’s gardens (thanks, Margot!), and just laughing. A lot. It was pretty awesome.

Without further ado, I give you Clare and Brian, gorgeous and hilarious.

engagement photography session in Philadelphia
engagement photography session in Philadelphia
engagement photography session in Philadelphia
engagement photography session in Philadelphia
We considered finding the Philadelphia Magic Gardens but stumbled upon our own version on a little side street.

engagement photography session in Philadelphia
I try to learn a lot about couples during these sessions. For example, I know that Brian is a dog whisperer. And if that’s not entirely true, Brian likes talking to dogs. So there’s that.

Oh, and Brian and Clare are fierce. With enough prompting we were able to get Clare in touch with her inner bear.

engagement photography session in Philadelphia
If you saw my August desktop image post, you’ll see that I was totally right on.

engagement photography session in Philadelphia
engagement photography session in Philadelphia
engagement photography session in Philadelphia
engagement photography session in Philadelphia
engagement photography session in Philadelphia
Check out this incredible engagement ring. This is a raw diamond that took about 8 months to find and create a ring around it. Completely unique and original. Brian proposed at Chanticleer. He told her to stand by her favorite flowers (turns out they were the wrong flower, but who’s counting?) and told her she looked good but she’d look better with this and presented her with the ring.

engagement photography session in Philadelphia
They’ve been together for 8 years. They met while working at the same bar and the story goes that she was wrangled into being his bodyguard and taking him to his car every night. I’ve also heard that she tried to get him fired but I’ll let them dispute that. What I know is that they’re fabulous together.

engagement photography session in Philadelphia
Clare and Brian, thanks for a great evening! I can’t wait to see what shenanigans we get into in October for the wedding at Rockwood Park.

engagement photography session in Philadelphia

We cannot really love anybody without whom we never laugh.

~Alice Reppler

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