Urban Engagement Session

Silhouetter urban engagement session

We had the pleasure of shooting an engagement session right in the heart of Minneapolis. The Stone Arch Bridge Area is a must-see and now we know as a must shoot for any urban engagement session that wants to feature Minneapolis. The bridge, the falls, the parks on either side and some great restaurants. Let’s talk about everything we learned on this gorgeous shoot.

Urabn engagement session on Stone Arch Bridge
Look at that dip. The first time they had done that.

The bridge area

The bridge itself is often populated with people. We were unsure how the crowds would be, but we had seen a lot of people taking pictures on the bridge before and most crowds would let people be. We were lucky enough to have a rainy day that subsided right before we started taking the pictures. The overcast skies acted like a soft box and made for some perfect lighting.

The cement and rails created some great lines that created solid horizons and visuals pointing straight to the couple. The falls allowed for variation in the background from the cement and urban environment. The walk through the bridge was nothing to sneeze at, either. We got a good workout during this session.

Mill City Museum, Guthrie, and Gold Medal Park

Silhouetter urban engagement session
Even their silhouettes showcase their love

The Mill City Museum is inside of some ruins of an old mill that burnt some time ago. The partially destroyed building creates a unique look on the Minneapolis skyline and perfect for this urban engagement session. We took some of our favorite photos outside of the building. The stone walls looked both castle-like and urban, allowing for us to create an amazing backdrop for the couple as they joked around and got more into the session.

The park beside the museum also allowed us to give some nature to this urban landscape. We took some of the artwork and made it the focal point of the pictures. The couple loved taking the photos and had some fun coming up with some new poses as we went. Backdrop of The Guthrie allowed us to take these stunning silhouette photos that are sure to set the couples pictures apart from the ones we’ve all seen on social media.

Lesson learned: Poses

Album pose urban engagement session
This couple loved to have some fun. That’s for sure.

Getting the couple to pose over and over again can sometimes feel a little repetitive and almost demanding. We had to find poses that not only showcased who they were, but showed the love they had for one another. We got this fun “album shot” that showcased their sense of humor. Not traditional, but definitely one of our favorites.

Overall: Urban Engagement Session

Having fun at the urban engagment session
This shoot was so much fun

We had a blast, learned a lot, and came up with some absolutely beautiful photos. We also were able to create a trailer for the couple. A “In a world” type trailer that will serve as an announcement of their upcoming wedding on Facebook, YouTube, and social media. Look for that in the coming weeks. Check out our options or book us.

DIY Wedding Photography and Videography

DIY wedding photography and videography lighting

We love doing wedding photos and videos. It’s an honor to be chosen to tell your story, but sometimes you just need to tell it for yourself. Let us tell you just what goes into telling your story on your big day. Here is DIY wedding photography and videography.

DIY Photography

The things you need:
1. A camera, even the one on your phone.
2. That’s it!
It truly is that simple. You need to get that camera, and now it’s time to think of the shots you are going to be taking.

Lighting

Depending on whether you are doing outdoor or indoor photography, you’ll need to ensure you have the right lighting. The flash on the phone can create red eye and some weird shadows, so make sure that you get some extra lighting set up on the side. Even covering the flash on the iPhone with a semi-opaque screen can assist in making the flash less jarring.

DIY wedding photography and videography lighting

Planning

Plan all the shots ahead of time. That way you can ensure you aren’t going to miss any of the important shots. You only have a certain amount of time, so, make sure you schedule your day out accordingly. The grandparents need a shot. The cousins. The dog of the groom. Some best friends. You need to get all of it.

Editing

Finally, once you’ve taken every last shot, you need to go back and edit them so they look nice. Most will be good if you paid attention to the lighting, but you may need to buff some up or darken some depending on what happened. You can get some editing software online for relatively cheap or even free.

Next Up, DIY Videography

All you need is an uncle and a camcorder

A camcorder and an uncle is all they say that you need and they aren’t necessarily wrong. Your uncle can set up his camcorder in the back of the venue and ensure that he has the microphone on. You’ll just get a wide shot of the venue, but that can be more than enough for some people.

Sound

If your uncle also has a microphone or recording device, be sure to talk with the DJ ahead of time and see if he can plug it in to ensure that none of the vows are missed. He can even place it on the lapel of the officiant if he has absolutely no other place to put it. You’ll have to ensure the sound is good, do some claps while it is recording.

Camera Movement

If you do want those close up shots, those cinematic moments, then it’s time to break that camera off the tripod and to let it be free. By doing this, your uncle can make sure to get every moment up and close and may not even need the microphone. He’ll just have to make sure that he doesn’t get in the way of any of the festivities. Nothing is worse than a camera in the way of cutting the cake.

Editing Again

A lot of the footage will likely be fine, but he will need to get to editing a little bit of the mess of footage that he has. He doesn’t want the shot where a cousin smack talked another cousin right by the microphone during a dance. Nor does he want the shots of the sweaty backed usher that was trying his hardest.

Seem like a lot?

DIY wedding photography and videography can seem like a lot and it definitely is a lot. 2211 can relieve the whole burden for you. We tell your story and we deal with everything above and more. Take comfort in knowing that your special day will not be forgot when you book with us. Send us a contact below! Follow the link if you want more information here.

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Hello, it’s really nice to meet you. We are Davis and Hannah. Davis is a videographer and Hannah is a photographer, but we are both so much more than that. We have both loved to tell stories for quite some time and we both have recently found that we love telling other people’s stories just as much as we love telling ones that we live. Stories like yours. We would love to tell your story. Whether is be a Minneapolis wedding story, or something far different. Everything has a story.

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Wedding days can be some of the most beautiful and memorable days in a couple’s life. They can also be stressful, full of drama, and busy. We loosen that load for you. Not only by taking care of the video and photos, but we work with you, get to know you, and assist you in what is going to be one of your most talked about days for the rest of your lives. We take all the stress away from remembering it, so you can just live in the moment. Enjoy your day to the best of your degree. Dance a few more dances, eat another piece of cake, and invite everyone on your guest list, let us do the remembering.


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We love to have fun and laugh. Even sometimes, we will shed a good tear. Good stories are what we live for. We know just how to tell one, as well. So, press the button below and send us your information, because we want to make your story a reality for years to come. You Minneapolis wedding story could be just a click away. Along with any other story you wish to have be told.

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