Landmark Session | Eric & Mary Beth's Favorite Philly Locations Engagement Portraits

  Couple sitting in Old City with National Constitution Center behind them in Philadelphia, PA

• Posted by Natalie •

We met up with Mary Beth & Eric last September for a monster engagement session. It was sort of like a photo bootcamp—the challenge was to fulfill an idea MaryBeth had for her wedding reception tables and create unique and fun portraits at 25 different Philadelphia landmarks. We all spent a lot of time brainstorming and planning our route, which took us from Temple University's campus to the stadiums in South Philly, then into Old City followed by Center City and ending at the Art Museum. They wanted to incorporate a mix of places that had a lot of meaning for them, like Temple University where Mary Beth went to school and IKEA, which is part of their proposal story, as well as easily recognizable landmarks, like City Hall and Boat House Row. We managed to pull it all off in about 4 hours, and we had so much fun that I think we could have kept going if the sun wasn't setting!

Matt and I like to give each other mini-challenges before every portrait session and wedding in order to keep improving and growing as photographers, so we love sessions like this where we get to collaborate with a bride and groom and bring their idea to fruition.  I can't wait until their June wedding when we get to see the finished result!

The owl Circle at Temple University and portrait in front of Indepence Hall in Philadelphia, PA

The Phillies', Flyers' and Eagles' stadiums were our biggest challenge since we wanted to make sure each stadium was easily recognizable and the general area is less than picturesque.  I'm pretty happy with the end result, though it would have been fun if we had gotten there a few hours earlier and gotten some photos with some of the crazy Phillies tailgaters!

Engagement Portrait in front of the Philadephia Eagles' stadium, South Philadelphia

The Rocky statue was definitely a must-have!

Couple mimicking South Street statue and mock knock-out in front of Rocky Statue in Philadelphia, PACouple in Sihouette kissing in pergola overlooking Boat House Row, Philadelphia, PA