Happy Fri-YAY, y’all! Can we get a hallelujah for the weekend?!

So, let me introduce you to Holly and Paul! I love this couple sooooooooo much!! They are going ALL out for their wedding next month with a truly Memphis-themed wedding at the Guesthouse at Graceland!

Oh, you haven’t been there yet? It’s only the swankiest Elvis inspired hotel….(I’m just going to say it) in the WORLD! Boom! Every room in the hotel has an Elvis something going on. There’s a million different kinds of wallpapers that have crazy colors and different kinds of textures, just like Graceland does. Elvis music is playing in the background, and who doesn’t love that?!

It will be my first wedding there, and I can’t wait! I love photographing new venues. You get to walk in with fresh eyes! Sometimes, when you’ve shot at the same place over and over again, you kinda get stuck doing the same things. Shooting at a new place, you feel extra creative and see everything differently.

For Paul and Holly’s engagement photography session, we decided to stay in downtown Memphis. I shoot a lot downtown, so it’s good to mix it up every now and then! I’ve shot at this garden area before, but never really at the bridge. So that was pretty exciting! Also, the second part of their session was mostly all new walls and river shots, which was a lot of fun!

Clothes-wise. Can I also just say how much I loved their outfits?? They opted for a pretty formal first outfit and then a super cute and casual Grizzlies-themed second outfit. I think the formal garden area was a perfect match, and then we went for a more city look for the Grizz themed part. I like it when couples have two completely separate looks! And if you’re going to go formal, I always recommend starting with that since you will be fresh and not hot/sweaty!

Whenever I do an engagement session downtown, I *try* to shoot at least a little part at the river. For us Memphians, and ESPECIALLY for the couples living downtown (like Paul and Holly) sunsets on the Mississippi are a part of everyday life. (Part of the reason why I love living downtown, myself!) So, when choosing the location for the engagement sessions, I always try to keep this in mind. How I shoot my engagements is mainly starting at one spot and then exploring all over that area! I’m a big believer in doing a lot of walking and finding the cool little nooks with nice light. It just seems more organic to me.

Anyways! I hope y’all enjoy their session! I included a lot more “series” pics. Which is something I like to call “working a scene!” I think it’s fun to see how a series of actions unfolds to make some really cute and loving photos. We might work a scene for five or so minutes and then move on. For their session, my favorite was the bridge, and I talk a little more about it later on!

So, here we go! Paul and Holly’s Downtown Memphis engagement photography session!

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This feels like it’s not Memphis at all, but somewhere at an awesome park in New York. Their classy outfits add to that feel as well! 🙂

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The bridge…..! The sun was in the most perfect spot. The lighting was soft and kinda fall-like, which went well with their outfit colors too. Off topic of the bridge, but those shoes. OMG! <3 <3

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And we ended at the River! Love love love it!

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You better believe how much I cannot wait to shoot their wedding! Luckily I won’t have to wait long, since it’s in October! Ahhhhhhhh! Paul and Holly, y’all rocked your session!!

Till next time, y’all!

maddie

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