Mosquitos, Dog Treats, and Keith

The Story

I had the really fun privilege of photographing the engagement of my good friend Natalie & her fiance, Keith this past August. I don’t know if you guys remember, but August in Western Mass was WET. It rained so much that the road to our engagement session location was entirely washed out, and we didn’t make it all the way to the Knightsville Dam as planned. Instead, we walked down a dirt path along the way to the Dam to a grassy opening with gentle rolling hills in the background. And if that isn’t quintessential, beautiful Western Massachusetts for you, I don’t know what is.

I contemplated calling this post “Bug Spray: A Cautionary Tale” because we got eaten alive during this shoot. I don’t think I’ve ever had to edit out so many bug bites before, but there is a first for everything. Takeaway message here kids- bring bugspray when you want to play outside in the late summer mugginess.

You’ll notice in the photos that we had two special guests- Moose and Basil- Natalie & Keith’s adorable fur babies. Moose and Basil did SUCH a great job modelling (thanks to Natalie’s top notch dog training skills) and were rewarded with the most delicious looking doughnut dog treats I’ve ever seen. (PS for you overachievers, you can make these treats at home with this recipe).

I also made the bouquet for Natalie in this shoot, and I’m not going to lie, I am pretty proud of myself. This was the very first one I’ve ever made for a session, and I am HOOKED. I combined store-bought roses and baby’s breath with hand picked wildflowers and grasses I found in fields near where I live.

The Details

Doughnut Dog Treats: Dave’s Soda & Pet Food City

Teal Dress: Charlotte Russe

Engagement Ring: Verragio 

Florals: Me

Keith: Keith

The Gallery