BBQ Turned Impromptu A&L E-Session

On a breezy and chilly Saturday afternoon in May, a group of friends gathered together for a delicious potluck/BBQ.

The girls in purple wore tights and the girls in pink wore jeans, we didn’t plan it but were totally on the same wardrobe wavelength.

Bunny even decided to come out and eat as well, don’t worry, she didn’t eat meat, she had cereal!

But as the afternoon went on, these two newly engaged lovebirds just could not stay away from one another…

So an impromptu engagement session commenced on the deck…

Then moved down to the backyard…

And they were soo happy they had to jump for joy!

Then they frolicked along until they were tired…

And posed for me as I played around with sun flare! πŸ˜‰  Yes, I know it needs some work, anybody got any tips??

Congrats to Ankur and Lilian on your engagement!!

Sweet Shot Day

I’ve linked up my favorite photo from this session to Sweet Shot Tuesdays!  I’ve been doing that for a few weeks now and I think you should too!!  To bring you some regularity in my blog, I think Tuesdays will be “Picture This” posts from now on.  πŸ™‚


  1. May 25, 2010 / 8:12 am

    Congrats for them!


  2. May 25, 2010 / 8:12 am

    Hey! I know L! What a small world!

  3. May 25, 2010 / 8:54 am

    I think you did a great job with the flare. Sometimes the best photos are from spontaneous moments. They’re lucky to have you capture this for them.

  4. ζ₯ζ₯Lai
    May 25, 2010 / 9:08 am

    wow nice job Sandy! Our clothes all match with the nice green in my backyard. We should take more photo before the leaves get too dark and dry. Oh, take more pictures for my bunny too! Last of course the engagement photos for Lilian and Ankur are so professional!

  5. May 25, 2010 / 9:25 am

    Wonderful photos! How cute are they, so in love! And really any party with a sweet little bunny had to be a great time.

  6. May 25, 2010 / 9:58 am

    that bunny with the white cotton tail is adorable! congrats to the engaged couple! you took some great shots. what is that noodle dish? looks sooo good!!

  7. May 25, 2010 / 10:02 am

    These are great photos! It looks so fun and casual. I really like the first sun flare photo, that looks awesome!

  8. May 25, 2010 / 10:07 am

    Hey Sandy! Great photos! Your food photography is pretty dang amazing!

    Here are my thoughts on the engagement photos…

    Since the focus should be on the couple, you need to make sure there aren’t any distracting elements in the background, which draw the focus away from them. You can do this by using a longer focal length, which reduces the angle of view (cutting out clutter from the sides), and using a faster aperture to reduce the depth of field, and blurring out the background. (I’m sure since this was all impromptu, you didn’t have your portrait lens with ya). Or if you don’t have have a fast aperture lens with you, have them sit further away from items in the background would help too.

    Only other thing is that you were taking pictures when the lighting was pretty harsh, i think some fill flash would have helped!

    Yeah, some of this stuff I have trouble with too, but it’s all about learning! Your composition is great though, and you really captured the moment!

    That’s all the critique I can give you for now!

    Otherwise, your composition is good,

  9. May 25, 2010 / 11:16 am

    LOVE the ones of the engaged couple on the steps – the sunshine is just perfect!! πŸ™‚

  10. May 25, 2010 / 11:38 am

    Great pictures Sandy!!! What a cute happily engaged couple πŸ™‚ The BBQ looked so fun too! I wish I had friends like yours ! <333

  11. May 25, 2010 / 11:57 am

    Wow, great photos Sandy – you definitely have talent!! I love the one of them jumping….adorable :)!!

  12. May 25, 2010 / 12:15 pm

    Awww so sweet. I love weddings and engagement photos.

  13. Lilian
    May 25, 2010 / 2:59 pm

    Yayyy! Thanks for posting these and for the impromptu photos! You’re so talented!

    Let’s do it again in August or sometime afterward when I get back in town. I’ll actually be wearing make up then. LOL.

    And yes, small world. Hi Shang!!!

  14. May 25, 2010 / 3:27 pm

    So lovely, the wardrobe brain-wave is hilarious!

    I just arrived home from a weekend away… πŸ™‚

  15. May 25, 2010 / 4:16 pm

    great job Sandy! That must have been fun!

  16. May 25, 2010 / 9:13 pm

    aww, what sweet pictures! i love the shadow/heart/deck shot! the bbq looks so tasty! it’s too cute how the girls matched!

  17. May 25, 2010 / 10:49 pm

    Oh my gosh, how exciting! Congrats to them!

  18. May 26, 2010 / 8:32 am

    Super great job Sandy. And the food photos made me drool.

  19. May 26, 2010 / 8:47 am

    The couple is adorable…but I love you girls and your matching clothes. Now that is best friends!

  20. May 26, 2010 / 8:53 am

    congrats to the happy couple! and i love your bunny! she reminds me of a bunny i once had named chloe πŸ™‚

  21. May 26, 2010 / 11:33 am

    Awwwww, they’re just adorable!

  22. May 26, 2010 / 9:34 pm

    beeeeaaautiful Sandy!!!
    Love the post and pictures!

  23. May 26, 2010 / 10:05 pm

    Ugh…I ALWAYS forget to take out my camera when I cook or have dinner parties. πŸ™ What kind of bunny is that? it looks SO soft! I really like the sun flare pic! I’ve tried to take pics like that w/ no success. boo.

  24. May 27, 2010 / 1:53 pm

    What a beautiful blog you have, I’m delighted to have clicked on it! This is a lovely post, your photos are fantastic (I especially love the second one of bunny!) and it looked like a fun session for your newly engaged friends (congratulations to them!). Also your barbequed food looks pretty darn tasty!! lol

  25. May 27, 2010 / 3:37 pm

    great pics! you did great with the sun flare. It’s one of my favorite things to incorporate into pictures. bunny is so cute!

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