For Tony & Maeghan’s e-session, they has talked about going back to a very cool place (one of my favorite places when I was growing up) to start of the session. Lassiter Mill park is hidden in Midtown Raleigh and is the remnants of an older grist mill. Sadly, all of my memories of the location are after the grist mill burned down, but it’s still a very cool place nonetheless. They had seen a prior e-session and loved the location but also wanted some downtown Raleigh photos to complement, and contrast, the look and feel of Lassiter park. If you know anything about me at all, you know I love changing things up so this, honestly, was music to my ears!
It was bright & sunny when we got to Lassiter Mill which made for a beautiful setting as we started the session. Now, if you’ve never had an engagement session, or even a portrait session, it generally takes a little while to get warmed up. Well, that was just not the case. Maeghan kicked off her shoes, we climbed all over the rocks and ledges and got some really great shots of both Tony & Maeghan. The structure, scenery and light combined with a great couple really had the time flying by and, before we knew it, we needed to head into downtown Raleigh to continue their e-session.
Once in downtown, the sun was fading behind the buildings which is one of my favorite times of day. We, as per my usual method, just took a walk about the area and found places with good light – either natural or my own. By this point, both Tony & Maeghan had changed clothes to feel more “urban” and I was definitely feeling the need to go more dramatic and slightly sexy with the photography. As we were wrapping up the session, someone started shooting fireworks off of a parking deck. As hard as we tried, we could not get any in frame because, well, they were being slightly covert about it. Regardless, it was a really fitting end to a really great engagement session.
I hope you enjoy the photos!