I went hiking up at the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest this past weekend, and I couldn't help but think of the Lake Superior engagement session I photographed nearby a couple months prior.

The styled engagement session, hosted by Explore North Workshop, took place in the middle of the afternoon to help us (photographers) master photographing in direct sunlight. You may know from talking to me about your wedding that I avoid sunny days and the hours from 10:00AM-4:00PM at all costs, because I want to avoid squinty eyes, blown-out skin, lose of detail in clothing, and overexposed photographs. That's difficult though when a wedding timeline forces you to photograph the bridal party at 3:00PM or a thunderstorm is threatening to ruin your perfectly planned sunset portraits. 

Thankfully this photo-shoot helped me learn to use trees and natural surroundings as deflectors to the models, and I learned where to position the sun to enhance the photographs. 

TIP FOR YOUR UPCOMING ENGAGEMENT SESSION: Think about incorporating a bouquet or flowing dress to your session! These not only make your photographs appear more high-end, but it's great practice for your wedding day! You can see in the images below that her bohemian bouquet was a natural accessory to make her outfit appear more feminine and match their northwoods surroundings. It's also a great opportunity to see if your florist is a good fit for your wedding!