I’m pretty sure Elyse and Michael are too cool for me. They play in a band (Together! Just the two of them…so cute!), they bike outdoors together, they both have long hair, they’re young and good-looking, and they can rock it in front of the camera. TOO COOL FOR ME. πŸ™‚

I was SO EXCITED when Michael contacted me last summer. He grew up down the road from me and our brothers played hockey together. It’s fun to work with people from my hometown because we have a “Connellsville connection” and it’s neat to see that my wedding photography has brought us back together. But I wasn’t just excited because I knew him…I was excited because he and Elyse are getting married at The Hayloft, which is where Brian and I got married almost seven years ago. I’ve not been back to the venue since then, so I’m very much looking forward to visiting this July for their wedding. πŸ™‚

Elyse&MichaelEngaged004

I met Elyse and Michael at the Barronvale Bridge in the mountains of southwest PA and was pleasantly surprised at all the backdrop options. The red and white covered bridge, the colorful leaves, the roads lined with trees…we had so much to work with! Not to mention Michael and Elyse’s awesomeness including old bikes, musical instruments and the ability to laugh, snuggle and be serious for the camera. πŸ˜‰ I LOVED their session!

Elyse&MichaelEngaged010

Michael and Elyse each have a dog and they asked to include them in some pictures. They certainly added a little spice to the session! πŸ™‚

Elyse&MichaelEngaged016

Elyse&MichaelEngaged022

Elyse&MichaelEngaged029

This picture…such a favorite! Probably of all time. I swapped my 35 1.4 lens for my 70-200 2.8 and WOW! Look at that bokeh…and look how Michael, Elyse and their dogs just POP from the background! So glad I started using my 70-200 lens more during my sessions last year…

Elyse&MichaelEngaged034

Elyse&MichaelEngaged038

Elyse&MichaelEngaged045

They’re cute with and without the dogs!

Elyse&MichaelEngaged058

Elyse&MichaelEngaged060

elysemichaelengaged1

These two enjoy biking together, so these two “oldies” were very appropriate! I’ve also encouraged Michael and Elyse to use them as decoration at the wedding. πŸ™‚

Elyse&MichaelEngaged067

Elyse&MichaelEngaged071

Elyse&MichaelEngaged077

Elyse&MichaelEngaged080

Elyse&MichaelEngaged081

Elyse&MichaelEngaged084

Haha Elyse! You’re fun! πŸ™‚

Elyse&MichaelEngaged096

I just love those candid, genuine smiles…

Elyse&MichaelEngaged097

elysemichaelengaged2

Michael was “so into” the session. He had ideas and was excited Β to make them happen. One of his ideas was sitting on this dilapidated bench near the bridge and it made the perfect spot for some doggy licks…

Elyse&MichaelEngaged100

elysemichaelengaged3

Elyse&MichaelEngaged104

Elyse&MichaelEngaged113

Elyse&MichaelEngaged115

Elyse&MichaelEngaged120

This next series is by far my favorite of the session! These two nailed it!!

Elyse&MichaelEngaged121

Elyse&MichaelEngaged131

elysemichaelengaged4

elysemichaelengaged5

Elyse&MichaelEngaged153

Elyse&MichaelEngaged156

elysemichaelengaged6

Elyse&MichaelEngaged181

elysemichaelengaged7

Elyse&MichaelEngaged191

Elyse&MichaelEngaged198

Elyse&MichaelEngaged209

This was Elyse’s idea and it turned out to be AWESOME! An engagement favorite from 2014 for sure!

Elyse&MichaelEngaged212

Elyse&MichaelEngaged217

This one in particular was a huge hit on Instagram. πŸ™‚

Elyse&MichaelEngaged220

Elyse&MichaelEngaged226

Some final portraits with their instruments for their band of two. πŸ™‚

Elyse&MichaelEngaged232

Elyse&MichaelEngaged239

Elyse&MichaelEngaged254

Aren’t they so cool!?! I cannot wait to see what they’ll put together for their wedding, and as you can imagine, I CANNOT WAIT to get them back in front of the camera! Michael and Elyse, thanks for being so cool…and for choosing me to take your pictures! πŸ™‚

Got Something To Say:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

Protected by WP Anti Spam

Great shots, Jess. A cute couple. I remember Michael from Hockey.

[…] first met Elyse last year during their fall engagement sessionΒ andΒ I knew Michael from our childhood days in Connellsville. He and my brother were in the same […]

Back to Top