An Orlando Engagement Session at Lake Runnymede Preservation | LGBTQ+

April 1, 2024 | Orlando Engagement Photographer

I met Daviana and Rachel through a mutual friend here in Orlando. They were already engaged when we met, and it was clear they shared a deep connection. It had been decided that I would be their engagement photographer and they would be my first engagement session. 

To this day, I’m not sure who was more nervous – me or them!

Creating a Vintage Style Using Film Photography

The initial consultation is where I dig deeper into my couple’s preferences, style, and vision for their session. In Daviana and Rachel’s consultation, we decided to do an outdoor engagement session and discovered their love of a more classic, vintage style. 

To achieve that look, I decided to shoot their engagement session in digital and film. Film photography gets that beautiful vintage look, with the added touch of hand-developed prints. It is truly a special piece of artwork to celebrate such an exciting time in your life. I was thrilled by their choice. Film photography is one of my favorite styles, and I never turn down an opportunity to break out my 35 mm film camera!

A Sweet Engagement Session At Lake Runnymede Preservation

The day of the session went smoothly. Both Rachel and Daviana admitted they were initially very nervous. Neither had done a professional photoshoot, so they were worried about not knowing how to pose. I appreciated their honesty and reassured them to just be themselves. 

We met at Lake Runnymede Preservation early to beat the crowd. After walking to the first location, I realized they did not need to worry at all! Not long into our session, they were making each other laugh and fell into natural poses. I barely had to guide them! We ended up moving between two locations around the preserve to get a variety of backgrounds for their images.

From Engagement Photos To Wedding Reception Photos

After getting their final prints back, Daviana and Rachel were head over heels. They had already hired a wedding photographer but they loved their session so much that they hired me for their first look and reception photos. 

The two got married in the beautiful, Orlando courthouse, surrounded by their friends and family. The reception was held across the street, at the Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company. The reception was heartwarming. I was honored to be asked, and more so to be asked to photograph it. Rachel and Daviana laughed and danced the night away, before exiting into the next chapter of their relationship.

Creating A Safe Place For  LGBTQ+ Couples In Orlando

Before I wrap up the story on Rachel and Daviana, I wanted to add a quick note. It was not a coincidence that my first engagement session was with an LGBTQ+ couple. It has always been a goal of mine since I started Bent Hues Photography to create a safe space for the LGBTQ+  community in Orlando to document their stories. Whether you’re celebrating an engagement, elopement, pregnancy, or just looking to celebrate your connection with a couples session – you are always welcome in front of my lens. Your story is beautiful and deserves to be captured.

LGBTQ+ Friendly Orlando Engagement Photographer.

Feel comfortable and safe, while taking engagement photos that feel straight out of Vogue.

I started Bent Hues Photography knowing I wanted to be a safe space to share all love stories. You just got engaged – engagement photos should be the least stressful part of your wedding experience. My goal is to make you feel like you can be completely yourself. (Even if you’ve never modeled in your life!) We will design your dream engagement photoshoot in Orlando or the surrounding areas, and help you get into the

best poses that look and feel like you. Not a fan of traditional photoshoots? Not a problem. Want to go outdoors or in-studio? That’s perfect too. Bend all the rules. Be yourself. Get engagement photos that resonate with who you are — this is your love story unfolding. I serve couples in Orlando, FL; Maitland; Winter Park; Oviedo; Orlando and beyond!

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