UNIQUE E-SESSION LOVE | sara + dustin | Photos: Blue Dandelion Photography

Today’s fabulous e-session is a triple threat: we’re dealing with one incredibly talented photography team, a reDONKulously rad couple, and a particularly useful lesson in keepin’ it real, e-session-style.  Ya heard?  Ok, put on your raincoats.

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You know what today’s couple has?  The right idea, that’s what.  When Doug and Courtney – the husband and wife team of Blue Dandelion Photography – sent me the e-session of Sara and Dustin, my excitement dial went from zero to eeelevuhn within seconds.  It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for balloon action.  But make ‘em all different colors and then you’re just spoiling me.  As if that wasn’t enough, what really got me going was the unique approach the couple took to their shoot.  It made me think to myself, “self, this couple knows what it’s all about…”

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As you’re about to see, this shoot is dripping with playfulness that screams of a couple comfortable in love. Ok, here it comes…

(… Uh-oh…)

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Before the big reveal, check out what Doug and Courtney had to say about the couple and the plan:

For Sara and Dustin, they approached us in spring after their friends signed on with Blue Dandelion.  They are instantly excitable (in the good sort of way), and Sara has this ability to glean laughter from the most subtle points.  When we discussed their engagement shoot, they really wanted to take it in a different direction.  She said, “Dustin and I, while totally in love, are not the overly romantic type.  We were hoping our pictures could highlight our ‘goofy’ side.”  What could be more fitting than balloons, be it filled with air – or water!  We simply had a blast doing the shoot, including dodging cars (unsuccessfully) early on, crawling around storm drains and down railroad tracks, and concluding with our waterworks.

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Ok, here’s the money shot!


WHAM!  Excellent shot, girlfriend!

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I love how keeping it real for these two has very little to do with romantic poses and everything to do with having massive amounts of silly fun with one another.

Now, SERIOUSLY, how many girls do you know who are willing to get soaked during their ENGAGEMENT SHOOTS?  Some of you may be thinking, “I’d so be game for that,” but really think about it.  … Would you?  I’d like to think I’d be down, but I honestly don’t know.  And that’s why I love Sara.

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I don’t know these two personally, but I have a feeling we’d make fast friends. Any girl who doesn’t mind getting her hair a little wet while getting her picture taken is a girl I admire.

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Moral of the story: stay true to you and what you want/who you are as a couple, and everything will work out just as it should.  Also, water balloons make for AMAZING E-SESSION PICTURES.  I mean, how much do you envy these photos?  I now officially need to experience a shoot like this; I don’t think I have a single photo of myself completely soaked and I have an inexplicable longing to change that now.

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So, what do you guys think of this shoot?  Are you digging the “let’s just have a load of fun today” approach this couple chose to take?  Would you water balloon it up for your shoot?  I’m dying to hear your take on this, whatever it may be!!!

xoxo!  -Alison

Label(s): {Engagement}

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16 comments

  1. Kim @BrideGoggles on June 10, 2010

    I. LOVE. THIS. Especially the balloon that reads “Happily Ever After.” So fun – and beautiful as well :)

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  2. Amy on June 10, 2010

    fun. fun. fun!

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  3. postcards and pretties on June 10, 2010

    i would most certainly have a balloon fight esession…i have horrible aim so i'll probably be drenched by the end of it

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  4. goodlifeevents on June 10, 2010

    Yes! We would totally be down to do this!! How fun!

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  5. Alicia and Kyle on June 10, 2010

    I love it! Especially the last pic which wraps it all up!

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  6. Amanda G. on June 10, 2010

    i LOVE this!!! Great idea, I would totally do it!

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  7. forget.me.knot.weddings on June 10, 2010

    I am loving this with the water balloon fight..such a great love shoot!

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  8. Melissa @ The Loveliest Day on June 10, 2010

    I love that she dumped the whole bucket of water on his head! Haha.

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  9. Elizabeth @ Dapper Paper on June 10, 2010

    how FUN is that?! love it.

    -Elizabeth

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  10. Blue Dandelion Photography on June 10, 2010

    Thanks for posting this- it was such a fun shoot! I wish more couples would think outside the box for their e-sessions!

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  11. S@sanebride on June 10, 2010

    I love this! Seriously, I just posted tips on engagement photos and having fun was one of them. You can totally tell this couple just loves being together.

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  12. brancoprata on June 11, 2010

    My kind of session!! Love it, looks so much fun!!

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  13. Wedding Websites on June 15, 2010

    I LOVE this idea! Any excuse for a water balloon fight is fine by me. Too cute!

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  14. Mrs. La La on July 12, 2010

    Although the shots were filled with fun and lots of love, I am not sure I could do it! Like Alison, I would like to think I have the ovaries to go through with it but I am such a girlie girl and I HATE BEING WET WITH MY CLOTHES ON! Call me weird but it is not the most comfortable feeling :) Anyway, kudos to the couple for being original!

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  15. Anonymous on July 15, 2010

    Super fun!!

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  16. goodlifeevents on July 15, 2010

    Super fun!!

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