There’s something magical about dawn. Maybe it’s how the sky isn’t so bright yet with the sun just starting to peek from the horizon. Perhaps it’s the cool breeze that gently brushes past your face. Or it could be just the peace and quiet of it all. Whatever it is, Ali Hormann, the photographer of this shoot, captured it beautifully. Browse through the gallery to see how the couple, Patrick and Lindsey, looked absolutely perfect and at ease with each other while on their early morning picnic at the docks. A cup of coffee, a dramatic view, and the love of your life — looking at these pictures make me wonder if this lovely couple checked if they were really awake or if they were still dreaming.
Read about Ali’s experience with the couple on this shoot.
What was the theme behind this album?
We wanted to capture waking up in our beautiful city. Seattle is such a comfortable place to be yourself and feel just as beautiful in jeans and sweaters as you would in couture. The city lights dimming in the morning light, coffee brewing, breakfast waiting and the juxtaposition of old boats in the technology hub of the Northwest is simply lovely.
What are the most difficult and easy parts of putting this styled shoot together?
The most difficult thing was trying to find a clear morning. Despite the weatherman’s prediction of a clear dawn it was foggy and misty on South Lake Union. But Patrick and Lindsey made it easy. Their laid back attitudes and warm smiles made the morning flow. They didn’t even give fussy coffee orders, they simply asked for black coffee with a few Splenda packets. The only one disappointed the whole morning was a seagull who desperately wanted to eat the apple turnovers and berries we had set up.
Can you elaborate how you ended up with all the decors and details?
The decor was mainly courtesy of weeks of thrift store shopping for the kinds of jars and plates to bring as well as a few friends with some excellent coffee mugs! Late summer and early fall in the Pacific Northwest brings such an abundance of produce that delicious ripe berries and tasty turnovers were easy to come by.
If you were a bride/groom-to-be, why would you choose this certain style?
There is something to be said for an engagement session that feels like home. I mean, the person you are marrying is going to be with you in sweatpants and t shirts as well as ball gowns and tuxes so I think a casual but beautiful session speaks volumes to the value of being yourselves for your marriage.
What do you think is the personality or preferences of the couple who would adopt this theme?
This kind of engagement session is epitomized by couples who can go with the flow and not let things like weather or angry seagulls dampen the mood. The clouds didn’t part the way we wanted them to but they were not hindered by things not being exactly the way we all hoped. But if you want to show off your style of #pnwisbest then this is definitely for you.
Photographer: Ali Hormann Photography