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Hayley + Braden: A Capitol Building Engagement

Does everyone remember Hayley + Bradens epic, snowy proposal evening at the Provo City Center temple?? If you don’t, you’re going to want to start there!! I was privileged to capture their proposal because Braden and I have a mutual friend, the wonderful Rebecca from Rebecca M. Creative. She helped Braden pull off his romantic proposal and surprise Hayley. Now that they are engaged, of course we had to take ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS!

In true Utah fashion, we had to reschedule their session because – yep, you guessed it. Snow. And even after we rescheduled, guess what it did on their alternative date…..yep, snowed. But we made it happen anyway! So now we have snowy proposal photos and snowy engagement photos. We joked that hopefully this was not an omen for snow on their wedding day – but it will be May in Denver, so it’s actually quite possible!!

Because of the snow, we decided to just go ahead with their session and move photos to an indoor location! This was my first time shooting at the Utah Capitol building and it was so stunning. I LOVED doing something different and working with incredible architecture and marble backdrops instead of the usual outdoor backdrop. It was challenging at times, because there were people and some of the lighting was less than ideal and offered unflattering shadows and color casts. But I appreciated the challenge and used it to my advantage to create angles I might not have otherwise thought of! The whole scene was such a fun vibe, and I will definitely be going back to shoot there again! (I also super appreciated how relaxed they were at the Capitol….in Maryland we had to show our ID’s, go through a security check, and probably wouldn’t have been allowed to photograph couples in there. So thanks, Utah!!)

Engagement sessions are always the perfect chance for me to teach my couples simple poses, how I interact with them, and to also get a feeling for how they interact with each other and what poses/embraces come most naturally for them. I loved seeing the way Braden made Hayley laugh. There were times I could tell she was trying to keep her laughter in, but it always came bubbling out and those ended up being my favorite shots. I am crossing my fingers for a sunny, warm spring day for their Denver wedding in May, but if it DOES end up snowing….well, I’m not worried at all. I already know they will rock it anyway 😉

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Meghan Rose

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