Black Creek Pioneer Village

Black Creek Pioneer Village has always been one of my favorite shooting sites for a wedding, especially in the fall season. This would be the first time I’m using it for an engagement shoot. Yup. Still fabulous. And they didn’t even have to dress up super fancy. They normal casual look worked perfectly with this venue’s grounds. I don’t normally get couples willing to invest in photo permits for engagement shoots in locations like Black Creek Pioneer Village. However these two have a personal history with the venue. It was originally supposed to be the location for their wedding day. However they swapped out for Glenerin Inn as they wanted room accommodations for their guests right on site.

How to Prepare

What to wear?

This is the biggest question I get from couples planning their engagement shoot. What to wear? There is no real rhyme or reason. Wear clothes that make you feel like you. You’ll look like a bride and groom on your wedding day. So, for the engagement shoot, go for comfort and something that flatters your body type. If you book extra time, include an outfit change to show off a casual and semi-formal look.

You don’t need to match but coordination does help. However, choose colors that go with the season you’re working with. Fall/Winter is better with jewel tones. Spring/summer works better with pastels. That doesn’t mean you have to make your man wear pink. But rather pick something that works for both of you. Play around with accessories. For guys, this could be a tie, pocket square, or a nice watch. For girls, it could be jewelry, shoes, or a nice purse. Opt for classic looks over fashion trends. You’ll look back on these photos for years so the idea is timeless.

Pinterest

Use Pinterest to your advantage. It’s a great inspiration source when selecting outfits and figuring out your style preference with photos. Copying another photographer’s editing style isn’t proper etiquette. However, if there is a pose or concept you’d like to try, this is the time to experiment. It’s a great way to learn about your photographer, and how they shoot. For us, it’s how we learn about your dynamic and what makes you laugh. We learn what angles are flattering and work around your insecurities. If you are self-conscious about your nose and avoid profile shots, tell us.

I normally recommend my couples to time their engagement photos around the same time of day they plan on doing their wedding portraits. While most want sunset photos, the reality is you’ll be doing your wedding portraits earlier in the day. The signature sunset photos are more of a quick escape during cocktail hour.

Aside from their wedding and engagement shoot, I also photographed their Christmas family photos when their baby girl arrived.

 

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Engagement photos at Black Creek Pioneer Village
Engagement photos at Black Creek Pioneer Village
Engagement photos at Black Creek Pioneer Village
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Engagement photos at Black Creek Pioneer Village
Engagement photos at Black Creek Pioneer Village
Engagement photos at Black Creek Pioneer Village
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Engagement shoot at Black Creek Pioneer Village
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Engagement shoot at Black Creek Pioneer Village
Engagement shoot at Black Creek Pioneer Village
Engagement shoot at Black Creek Pioneer Village
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