I constantly get asked what’s my favourite locations for couples portrait sessions. I could easily say places like Kundasang Park, Fremantle, London, Istanbul but after having shot so many couples in the last (nearly!) 8 years, my favourite location is where the couple is most comfortable and at ease with each other. Sure, as a photographer I’d love to shoot at stunning, exotic locations but if I am unable to bring out the essence of my clients and make the session fun for them, then however novel that location may be, it still won’t be my favourite.
So when couples say they want to have a casual engagement shoot at within their neighbourhood, I know for a fact that whatever happens, they’ll definitely look back at the photos with tons of memories. Not only from the shoot day itself but when they show the photos to their kids in the future, they’ll be able to say “This was where we used to hang out a lot before we got married” or “This is the park where we went to for jogging”. Cos for me, at the end of the day, photos with memories would definitely always triumph over pretty photos. Plus point when you get BOTH pretty photos and memorable ones ;)
That being said, here’s some of my favourite shots from Noel and Kimbeley’s portrait session done quite some time back in TTDI. Yes, all locations were within 5 – 10 minutes drive from their home :) We incorporated some of their favourite things – food and fitness, and kept everything laidback and true to their self. Now that’s my kinda favourite location :)