Gabe & Lauren’s Philippe Park engagement session in Clearwater, FL by Jake & Katie Photography.
Ybor City Engagement Session
Travis & Christina wanted to include the beauty of Historic Ybor City during their engagement shoot. These two were magic in front of our cameras and we can’t wait for their wedding next year!
We shot this session on both digital, edited with Mastin Labs Portra Pushed, and Portra 400 film with a Pentax 645n.
AT HOME FILM SESSION
We got to spend an afternoon with these two (I say that like it's a rarity, these two are some of the best friends we'll ever have and we get to spend time with them alllllll the time....) But this was different!! We wanted to capture them in their home and we wanted to shoot the entire session on film. So that's what we did!!
We started things off by having them write each other short poems and read them. To say that their poems were a true expression of their love would be an understatement. They include such beautiful lines as "Your muscles are great" and "You have red hair." Have you ever read such beautiful words of love?! Haha!!
Ok enough joking around. Here's the Hensels at home!!
Photographed on Portra 400 & 800 with Pentax 645n. Scanned and developed by The FIND Lab.
Armature Works Engagement Photos
How We Met:
Kyle will tell you that the first time he saw me and had a crush on me was Halloween 2009.. We were at a party and he used his signature college move, "Do you want to be my beer pong partner?" Well, my answer was no…(whoops! lol) but needless to say 2 years later in 2011 at the same apartment for another Halloween party I would tell him yes and give him my number so we could meet up to watch an Eagles Cowboys game the next couple weeks.
A couple weeks later we had our first real date which consisted of hitting golf balls at the driving range, playing basketball in the USF athletics gym, eating hush puppies from Long John Silvers, and the best meal I could cook at the time, Velveeta mac and cheese.
That first day was a perfect glimpse of what was to come.. We were only supposed to hang out for a little bit but once we were together we never wanted to be apart. I can honestly say that over 6+ years later I still want to spend all my time with him no matter what we are doing.
In the last 6 years I've learned to cook a lot more than just mac and cheese, we sat next to each other as we graduated USF with our bachelors degrees, got our puppy baby Finnley, have moved into 2 new apartments together, traveled to Disney hundreds of times, and to see our favorite teams at Eagles and Cowboys games all over the country. I am so excited for all the future adventures that life as husband and wife will hold.
How He Asked:
Vick always told me that she wanted to be around her family for a proposal when we had first met so I thought what better time than Super Bowl Sunday in her home town. I had figured out that I wanted to propose somewhere in downtown Philadelphia but not really sure how it would work or where would be a good spot for pictures. Lucky for me Vick’s sister in law Brandy basically took the reins and planned the whole thing (she even sent a full blown itinerary of what the day would look like). Thanks Brandy!!!
It was Super Bowl Sunday in Philadelphia, and as a HUGE, die hard Eagles fan it was already an electric day to be in the city with my whole family. We had plans to head into the city and grab brunch at Nineteen. I was so excited to start the day celebrating my team being in the Super Bowl. My sister in law was the master planner with my fiancé and they told me our reservation was at 9:45 and when we parked at 9:40 I knew we had to hustle over to the restaurant! As we were walking my mom had made it clear she wanted a family picture since all of us were together. We stopped on an median right in front of City Hall and “a stranger” was there to take a family picture. After a family picture Kyle looked at me and said do you want a picture of just us two? He knows I never turn down a good photo op. As we are taking a picture I look to my right and see that he is down on one knee in front of my whole family asking me to marry him. It was such a dream I couldn’t believe it. Only to make it better, my team went on to win the Super Bowl a couple hours later! BEST. DAY. EVER.
Kyle explained by Vick:
Kyle truly is my best friend. So cliché, but so true. He is sweet and loving and he knows how to celebrate with me at my best times and handle me at my worst. He is also the best baby daddy to our puppy Finnley, I love how sweet and caring he is to our pup and I know he is going to be the best Dad ever to a whole bunch of kiddos in the future! I could not picture my life with anyone else. We have the so many of the same dreams and goals for our future. He pushes himself so hard in everything that he does, and is always inspiring me to work harder and be the best version of myself. I love that Kyle always calls me his princess and is always up for an adventure. He is passionate and thoughtful and I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with him!
Vick explained by Kyle:
Vick can walk in to a room full of strangers and make best friends with everyone in the room. She has an infectious personality that people just want to be around. I love that she can make friends with a group of guys talking about sports, or have a fun night out with the girls talking about Real Housewives. I love her ambition, you will never see her settle for second best and she is always striving for more. I love how kind and caring she is, especially with children. After more than 6 years I still find myself loving her more and more each day. Being around Vick brings out the best in me and I am so excited that I get to spend the rest of my life with her taking on new adventures.