Bethany & Olen | Culpeper Engagement


black and white photo of abandoned barn engagement session

When Bethany and Olen filled out my client questionnaire they said they didn’t think they would be able to look like the other couples on my blog, they were nervous about not being able to look natural in front of the camera.  About 20 minutes into their session I showed them a couple images and told them they were setting the bar high for future couples!  They looked amazing in front of the camera and were complete naturals!  As I was guiding them through some easy poses they would do something that looked so good and I’d yell “Wait, do that again!!!”  They didn’t need my help at all 🙂  Even their puppy Duncan was the perfect model, he was great at looking at the camera, giving me a doggy smile and then showing me his model face.  Bethany was awesome at finding two perfect locations for our session, I wish I could shoot every session in Culpeper!  Beautiful mountain ranges in the distance, abandoned barns and rolling green hills!!  It was hot the night of our session and at some points it wasn’t just the temperature steaming up my lens, Bethany and Olen were smokin!  For two people who thought they couldn’t pull off my posing they totally rocked it!  Completely gorgeous!  I literally found myself squealing out loud when I was editing their session!

I can’t wait for their wedding this August at Prince Michel Winery!!  Olen is making some beautiful wooden poles to hold up their outdoor lighting.  I can picture it already, sweet fairy lighting set among the rows of vines with Bethany and Olen having their first dance as husband and wife!  It is going to be perfect and I’m so honored they chose me to document their day!!  Bethany and Olen, you guys are amazing and I’m so excited for our portrait time on your wedding day!!  Any girl that can rock shorts and t-shirt as well as Bethany will be a stunning bride!!

Bethany looked gorgeous and her makeup was perfect thanks to Kristen from GoGoGorgeous!  This is my second bride to have her makeup done for her engagement session by Kristen and she does an amazing job.  Kristen takes beautiful girls and enhances their natural beauty so they look and feel stunning.  That really comes across in their photos!



To see more of Bethany & Olen’s Culpeper, Virginia engagement session, CLICK HERE for a slideshow! Yes there are more gorgeous photos, I had way too much fun with these two!!

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  • SusanJune 20, 2011 - 8:17 pm

    I absolutely love the emotions captured in the photos! What an exceptional group of shots!

  • JennaJune 22, 2011 - 9:02 am

    Wonderful pictures. Looking forward to the wedding and more great shots of the couple.

  • Betsy BransonJune 22, 2011 - 10:02 am

    Beautiful pictures. So natural and the emotions so real.

  • TeresaJune 22, 2011 - 10:12 am

    Congratulationos!! These were some beautiful shots. Wishing you both the best in your new lives together.

  • JessicaJune 22, 2011 - 10:41 am

    Beautiful Pictures

  • Margaret JamesJune 22, 2011 - 10:55 am

    So many beautiful photos, it was hard to vote for just one.

  • Ann GunnJune 22, 2011 - 1:54 pm

    Love the photo’s of Olen and Bethany.

  • AnnalisaJune 22, 2011 - 2:39 pm

    Sei bellissima! Complimenti per il vostro impegno! tanti baci!

  • BethJune 22, 2011 - 9:35 pm

    Olen… congratulations on your upcoming wedding!!! I wish you and your bride all the happiness in life!

  • LynnJune 22, 2011 - 11:19 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Thank you so much for sharing. It was hard to pick a favorite but I love the “family” photo with Duncan!

  • Bonnie Becker-WellsJune 23, 2011 - 11:29 am

    Awesome pics! Can’t wait until August 20th! Thanks for the invite.

  • LeAnnJune 24, 2011 - 8:38 am

    Really good pictures! Congratulations!

  • AllisonJune 24, 2011 - 10:34 am

    Such beautiful pictures and family! The location was gorgeous!

  • Adam StackhouseJune 29, 2011 - 3:19 pm

    hay hay those are some classy photographs barnthany

  • DaisyJune 29, 2011 - 3:46 pm

    Congrats on your upcoming wedding. You are a beautiful couple!

  • LanceJune 29, 2011 - 4:00 pm

    Seriously lovely photos — congratulations! (And Bethany, hello hello, after much too long! Hope to meet Olen one day soon.)

  • Aaron BellJune 29, 2011 - 6:36 pm

    Congrats guys!

  • AmandaJune 29, 2011 - 8:14 pm

    These pictures are beautiful Bethany. The dog is adorable, but the couple is EVEN cuter!

  • KelleyJune 29, 2011 - 9:07 pm

    These are beautiful pictures!

  • LaurenJune 29, 2011 - 10:07 pm

    These pictures are so great! They both look so happy and in love. Congrats!

  • kayJune 30, 2011 - 10:35 am

    wow — these are really crsisp/clear — you guys look great! nice choice for a venue, too

  • KatieJuly 4, 2011 - 7:06 pm

    Congrats! Beautiful pics.

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