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Creative and Romantic Fall Engagement A Painting Date

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Looking for playful, creative and romantic fall engagement ideas? You are in the right place! If you read my previous blog on TIPS FOR AUTHENTIC ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS, you probably know that I specialize in creating a unique and authentic wedding experience.

Trust me, engagement photoshoot doesn’t have to be serious. It is my priority for my couples to have fun and enjoy their engagement session. This time, we explored Seven Lakes State Park  again and designed a playful, creative and romantic fall engagement experience for Destiny and Kevin! Keep scrolling and see how their personalities were reflected perfectly in the settings. Hopefully, this gives you an inspiration for your own engagement session!

Painting Date

From Destiny and Kevin’s Get-to-Know-You Questionnaire, I noticed that they enjoy painting together. So I decided to surprise them with a painting date by a beautiful lake. And I was grateful that they were up for my crazy idea. When you have a playful couple like Kevin and Destiny, a small canvas and some paint can go a long way towards a creative photoshoot.

For a shoot like this, it is probably best to keep the project really simple. Keep in mind that the goal is to capture the candid moments of their interactions, not on the result of the arts and crafts activity. Of course, it is always important to prepare clean up supplies on hand! Also, make sure that you take advantage of the props to have some fun with things like a paint brush fight! Kevin and Destiny were enthusiastic and funny warriors who still managed to keep themselves clean (helped by the fact that we made sure to clean the brushes before the battle). They were such a joy to photograph!

Epic Lake Engagement with Fall Foliage

In truth, we were probably a week or so past the optimal time for a fall photoshoot in this part of Michigan. However, as you all know, coordinating schedules and weather is an ongoing challenge.  Fortunately, the colors of fall were still very much on display. In particular, when they are spread across landscape on the other side of the lake it provided a breathtaking view and a stage to showcase the love of the newly engaged couple.

This cute couple is getting married at Petruzzello’s Banquet and Conference Center next August.  And their wedding theme is The Emerald City. As you can see, their engagement look totally reflected the theme! I am so excited to design their wedding guest book with these epic photos. 

If you are looking for more creative engagement photo ideas, I would recommend communicating with your wedding photographer to see he/she could help create a more fun experience to celebrate your engagement!

Her Closet

Emerald Deep V-Neck Mermaid Dress // SMC Fashion

Earrings & Necklace // TJ Maxx

His Closet

Shirt // H&M

Sweater// Levi’s

Jeans // Charles Tyrwhitt

Dress Shirt/ Nordstrom Rack

Shoes // Johnston & Murphy

Pocket Square // Amazon



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Hello, and welcome to my Blog! I’m Chinling Thomas, a wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Mid-Michigan. I hope you grab some coffee (or bubble tea, in my case) and enjoy browsing my work, getting to know about me and why I love what I do.

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