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Make your downtown Annapolis engagement photography session unique by spending some time inside the myriad shops instead of just posing outside of them. Start off on Main Street by embracing your artistic side at The Clay Bakers. This shop is the city’s premier paint-your-own pottery studio, so sit down and paint a joint creation for your future kitchen. Your engagement photographer can snap shots of you and your beau having fun painting together, and they can also create a series of shots that show how your piece evolved as you painted. Make sure to paint your wedding date on whatever you choose to create, that way you will have a cute keepsake for decades to come.
Walk north past the Maryland State House up to Maryland Avenue, where you will find the quaint Annapolis Bookstore. Head inside and your photographer can take pictures of you and your fiancé poring over stacks of old, rare books or sitting side by side in cushy leather chairs. Sit and read for a while, or incorporate the titles of some great literary love stories into your photos. Find Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, or one of your favorite epic love stories with as happy an ending as you have found with your true love.
To finish off your Annapolis engagement photography shoot, walk over to Dock Street and find Storm Bros. Ice Cream Factory for a cold and tasty treat. Share a sundae with two spoons while your engagement photographer captures the faint blush when you hit spoons going for the same chocolate chip. Feed each other small spoonfuls of ice cream, and feel free to “accidentally” miss your fiancé’s mouth and dab some sticky cream on his/her nose. The more fun you two have, the more chances your photographer will have to capture that natural rhythm and fun that exists between you as a couple. The best part about ending your shoot at one of Annapolis’s most adored ice cream parlors is that while you indulge your senses, your photographer will be able to get some entertaining shots for your engagement album that you will treasure forever. Win, win!
While many couples choose to involve their sporty side in their Annapolis engagement photography shoot by getting sailing or kayaking shots, you and your fiancé can spend a fun day firmly on land and still end up with some great shots with a sporty bent. First, drive to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Golf Course, which is slightly north of the city in the suburbs. Book a reservation in advance to play a round of golf out on the course’s vibrant green, perfectly manicured fairways as your photographer looks on and snaps some candid shots. The fee varies depending on the day and the time you wish to golf, so check with the club to be sure of the cost for your tee time. Your engagement photographer can follow you around on the green and capture your perfect form as you put the ball into the hole. Wear your best golf clothes so your photographer can catch you and your honey’s preppy side.
For avid bike riders, try having your Annapolis engagement photography session on the 13-mile Baltimore & Annapolis Bike Trail. The paved trail winds through more rural areas of Maryland between the two major cities, and intimates surprising views and natural backdrops that are unknown to those who haven’t rode the trail. Choose a mile stretch or so for your engagement photography session to take place, and your photographer can get some amazing pictures of you and your fiancé holding hands while biking down the path, or posing by your bikes beside a pretty wooded meadow. The joy and excitement pasted on both of your faces will be forever captured in your engagement album for you to look back on and remember why you got married in the first place!
Convinced that amusement parks are for kids? Indulge you and your fiancé’s inner children and hold your Annapolis engagement photography session at Six Flags America. Less than 30 minutes west of Annapolis, this theme park is home to thrill rides, water slides, a host of other rides to suit you and your future spouse.General admission prices will run you around $50 per person, but you can always check the website for specials deals or look for coupon discounts. Undoubtedly you will need to consider admission fees for your engagement photographer as well so that they can come in and snap shots as you run around the park. Ride a twisting wooden coaster or a top speed metal one, and then follow it up with a tame ride like the Carousel or an antique car ride. No matter what fun you two partake in, your photographer will be there to capture it all in fun, candid, journalistic-style photography.
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