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Heather and Kees! Nashville, Tennessee Downtown Engagement Session

August 16, 2016

“Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop

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Some of you know second shooter Ashley worked a few stints as a cruise ship photographer [if you didn’t know, it’s because you haven’t visited her website, which you should TOTALLY do HERE].  While she was on her first ship, she befriended Heather.  And while Heather and Kaas were in the US, and not out on ships, we were able to meet up with them in Nashville, Tennessee to photograph their engagement session!

I normally don’t have Ashley around to second shoot engagement sessions with me, so this engagement session had a lot to choose from.  But, I LOVE engagement sessions, add in another perspective, a different lens, or a different point of view, and this session was just LOVELY.

Heather and Kees met on the ship, and will be getting married in Amsterdam [close to Kees’ hometown], in March of next year [so jealous of the photographer who gets to shoot that awesome event!]  Eventually they will settle down in Nashville [where Heather’s family lives], when they’re done exploring the world and ship life.

So not only did this engagement photography session rock because Ashley shot with me, but it also rocked because we were in Nashville.  I’ve only been to Nashville, Tennessee once, and it was for a photography convention in February, and well… we really only saw the convention hall…. which was lovely… BUT, I had NO idea how cool Nashville was.  Before the session Heather e-mailed me a few different wall murals, and some cool places like the pedestrian bridge and the Nashville Parthenon.  And everything was AMAZING.

Luckily, we stayed in Nashville for the night, so when we got rained out of our evening session, we were able to catch up with an outfit change and all the cool downtown area’s early the next morning.

Speaking of being rained out.  There are two images below I ADORE.  They’re the ones were taken after being rained out, in the dark, with just the neon lights of the main Nashville drag [we didn’t have flashes with us].  Ashley and I both try to push ourselves to think outside of the box, and to try new things, so when Heather and Kees were up for some experimenting after the rain had tapered off, we played around a bit and I LOVE what we got.  They’re not really like the majority of our work, but it was so fun to try something new just for the heck of it.

So, I’ve written a bit much!  If you’ve stuck with me, thanks :).  Now you can scroll through the pretty engagement portraits!

Heather and Kees, thanks for hosting us!  We wish we could have stayed longer to explore your awesome city!  Best wishes for your upcoming wedding in Amsterdam!

~Maike [and Ashley]

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2016 12:34 pm

    Woot woot! They’re up! SO beautiful <3 thanks for the shout out as well ;)

  2. August 16, 2016 8:59 pm

    I love how you always have such a great variety of poses and locations!! These two are adorable! Beautiful images Maike!

  3. August 16, 2016 10:26 pm

    OH these two are so cute and so in love! Love all of the variety of locations you managed to get in this session, great work my friend!! XOXO

  4. August 16, 2016 10:55 pm

    The 4th one from the bottom!! Made my jaw drop!! Killer composition friend!!

  5. Julia permalink
    August 17, 2016 10:37 am

    awwwwwww these two are so happy in love! I’m with Kendra, the 4th one from the bottom OH MY!!!!!

  6. August 17, 2016 10:45 am

    these are beautiful! such a great looking couple and i love where you did them at. great work!!!

  7. Laurie permalink
    August 18, 2016 8:38 am

    Love this session so much!!! Gorgeous images packed with color + happy love! That colorful night shot – #nailedit!!

  8. Natalie permalink
    August 18, 2016 12:59 pm

    So many great images!!! That bridge shot with the architecture has to be my favorite!! And the last b&w. So good!!!

  9. Abbey permalink
    August 18, 2016 2:46 pm

    AYKM with those street and bridge shots?! Holy perfection!! Just gorgeous all around!

  10. August 19, 2016 9:36 am

    Maike! These are beautiful!!!!! Nashville is your jam! Beautiful couple, amazing photography…. BOOM!

  11. August 19, 2016 2:52 pm

    That city shot with the beam in the foreground is to die for! I love all of these!

  12. August 20, 2016 2:26 pm

    These are so beautiful!! You captured this couple perfectly!

  13. Tsone permalink
    August 22, 2016 1:50 am

    love these… especially that night street shot. Not very often we see those, wow!

  14. lauren permalink
    August 22, 2016 9:27 am

    well, these are perfection. the shot of them in the pink tree?! LOVE. and that shot of them sitting on the steps?! INCREDIBLE. and every other shot of them so in to each other and laughing and completely in love?! THE BEST.

  15. August 22, 2016 3:37 pm

    So beautiful!! You found such great locations!!

  16. Nick permalink
    August 24, 2016 5:31 am

    Such a fun looking couple and great locations!!!!

  17. August 25, 2016 7:35 am

    I love her pretty sense of style! Great locations and color :) Sweet couple~

  18. August 26, 2016 12:07 pm

    I love all of the textures and colors you used! They are so beautiful and sweet! Great work as always!

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