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Tori + John’s Engagement Session in Midtown Atlanta

There’s an old saying that opposites attract. You know it, right? A bit overused, but it hangs around because there is truth in it. These two aren’t exactly opposites. They’re careful with their words. They’re intentional in their actions. How they spend their personal time. How they help others.

Yet there is this balance. A gentleness and kindness that goes with their respect for each other. And a level of amusement as they work to engage and surprise the other into bursts of laughter. One laughs more easily than the other. The other gives wry smiles.

We started in the Atlanta Botanical Gardens with an open arms welcome to roam wherever and even stay past normal hours before moving onto Piedmont Park. We started on their restaurant rooftop with an excited bird raising his wings in the background.

Engaged couple laughing in front of Atlanta Botanical Garden phoenix with raised wings
Smiling and laughing couple in middle of Atlanta Botanical Garden crepe myrtles walkway
Engaged African American couple dancing in the middle of Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Engaged couple hugging and whispering into each other's ears in front of the Atlanta Botanical Garden Earth Goddess
Laughing couple holding hands while walking over the Atlanta Botanical Gardens canopy walkway
Couple holding hands walking into Piedmont Park from Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Engaged couple holding hands in Piedmont Park and being photobombed by girls on scooters

Walking through Piedmont Park, of course we had to make the obligatory skyline photographs.

Engaged couple standing in Atlanta skyline inside Piedmont Park

For as warm + humid as it was, Tori’s makeup was on point throughout. Ashley Gray did a fabulous job and is adept at natural AND dramatic looks. Highly recommend her talent before portrait sessions if you want your makeup to look perfect and not melt away (I’ve seen that happen to others. It’s not a good look). Check out Ashley’s Makeup by Gray website.

Happy engaged African American couple sitting on Piedmont Park steps holding each other.
Engaged couple in fancy dress on Atlantic Station 18th floor balcony with Atlanta skyline in background
Power shot of engaged couple in Atlanta skyline from 18th floor balcony in midtown.

The sunsets in Atlanta can be fickle and fleeting. Unless there’s a good dust storm blowing across the Atlantic from another continent or we’ve got good storm clouds, it seems the skies can be stingy with their colors. We were hoping for a phenomenal sunset while on the 18th floor balcony in the images above and it never quite happened. We moved on to Millenium Gate a block away from Atlantic Station to end their engagement session and a smidge of pink shot across the sky for all of a minute and a half. And then it was gone.

Engaged couple standing in front of Millenium Gate in midtown Atlanta at sunset.

Tori + John. You’re alright with me. I enjoy your carefulness. With each other. With words. I wish I encountered more people like you in this world. I can’t wait to photograph the start of your marriage in 2020!

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