I AM SO EXCITED to finally share this with you! I’ve shared parts of it here and there but this is the first time I’m actually talking about this photo shoot and sharing a real collection of them. You’ll notice my sidebar portrait was from this shoot! Lukas and I love having our photo taken (which is funny to me now because I used to HATE it. All of my elementary school photos look like mug shots.). And when we travel together we usually end up with very many but so few of us together, hence, let’s schedule a shoot.
Austria was the last leg of our tour and to have something special made we started looking at photographers online about two months before we arrived in Vienna and eventually I found Christine Florea. She’s a professional wedding and family photographer and I fell in love with her portfolio. I sent a quick email and I was sure to email in English. I knew if I was going to hire a photographer in another country, they would be directing me, and I needed to understand what they were asking for in order to perform well.
This was by far our fanciest shoot – I ordered my dress (which was a bridesmaid dress from David’s Bridal I ordered online and later had shortened for my 5’1 body!) and we picked out Schönbrunn and Demel as our main locations. If you saw my recent post on Demel you now know it became one of our little comfort spots in Vienna so it was really lovely to have some photos of us together there. We knew if we were ever going to have such fancy portraits done aside from a wedding perhaps, Vienna called as the place to do it! I hope you enjoy the collection below!! I asked Lukas before sharing it and he said, “sure, but no kissy pictures!” haha. So, no kissy photos present here.
We woke up very early, left our apartment at around 7:30 am where Christine picked us up and brought us to Schönbrunn. I was actually freeeezing in my dress and had my coat on in between takes! We wanted to get there before the rest of the tourists! I believe we spent about 2 hours at Schönbrunn before going to Demel and had another hour or so shooting there and a bit outside in the city before wrapping up near lunch time.
It’s hard to pick favorites but this one above is definitely one of them!
Now at Demel, below. My dress actually ripped as I was walking up to the second floor of Demel as I stepped and tripped on it! I was pretty devastated but the show must go on! A little tuck and hide happening.
Christine was great to work with and gave us a whole load of photographs at the end (200+) and took only about two weeks or so to edit and send the files. This was a pretty personal thing for us to do but I’m so happy with them and excited to share them here. It’s a lot of work to do something so glamorous, though! And I think by the end of it Lukas and I were ready to carry on sans camera. Three hours of posing is way more exhausting than it looks!
As a long distance couple, we adopted this pretty early on. At only three months together we had our first couple photos done in Boston, a week or so before Lukas went back to Germany. It would’ve been the first time we would be trying long distance so we really wanted to have something special to hold on to and we thought getting photos done at our favorite places would do that! We create these special leather albums every year that are full of photographs/love letters from the past year and trade them off as we visit each other. I currently have two and Lukas has one so this is part of why the photo shoot thing continued on. I have a whole other post on more tips on our long distance relationship!
Do you guys have any good tips for making sure you get good photos with your loved ones or friends while traveling? It’s a bit overwhelming and it’s not practical to schedule a photo shoot everywhere we go, so tips are good!