Back in July, I worked with Joe and Meg for their engagement session, which for me, was a new kind of challenge. The couple has an amazing love story, beginning on the west coast with a mutual love of basketball. Each of them were coaches for college D1 teams and not long after they met, they began a relationship. Shortly after they moved to the east coast, Joe asked Meg to be his wife by having a friend come to their home and light it with candles along the barely moved-in hallways. Rose petals covered the floor, leading Meg to her destination, where a small chalkboard asked the simple question, “will you marry me?” With two checkboxes, one marked “yes” and the other marked “no.” Meg, of course, checked “yes” and so began their wedding planning. The couple met me while perusing the Philadelphia Bridal show last January and after learning our close proximities, we agreed to meet and go over photo options. The couple told me their love story over coffee and chatted with me about their ideal engagement shoot. They wanted multiple outfits changes, both comfortable and dressy, and go to three separate locations. The first was a small basketball court, where I could get creative and photograph this couple enjoying themselves while participating in one of their greatest mutual loves, basketball. We then journeyed to a park where we visited Valley Green Inn and a covered bridge before hopping back in the car and driving to center city, where we photographed in front of the PMoA and City Hall. The sun was nearly set by the time we got to City Hall, but we found the perfect spot for them to stand while being backlit by oncoming traffic. It was an amazing afternoon and was made even better when the couple invited me to dine with them at one of their favorite restaurants. Next May is going to be so great and I simply cannot wait to work with his couple again!! For another neat downtown shoot from this Philadelphia Couples Photographer, click here! To see the layflat that I created for the couple, scroll to the very bottom or simply click here.