Botanical Garden Engagement Photos on Film – Jim + Jue

It’s hard to describe the feeling when one of your best friends from high school, someone who’s known you for over a half your lifetime, asks you to take their engagement photos. At least it’s hard for me. Jim and I met on the first day of 9th grade in our English class, stayed friends throughout film school, moved out to Los Angeles within a year of each other, and at one point lived in the same apartment complex. So when Jim told me he and his lovely fiancée Jue mentioned we would both be home in Tallahassee for the holidays and that would be a perfect time for their engagement photos, I was beyond honored. We went to Maclay Gardens on an overcast day because the Spanish moss, oak trees, magnolias, and reflecting pool are such a serene natural setting, and then the sun peeked out for a few moments and made some beautiful light. I love the way these two make each other laugh and I’m so happy for them to have found each other, and many more years of hanging out with them from coast to coast!

You can see the whole set or order prints here!

Spanish moss on oak tree at engagement session of filmLos Angeles film photographer Jessica Schilling. Engagement photos.Outdoor engagement photos on film at botanical garden with oak trees and spanish mossLos Angeles film photographer Jessica Schilling. Cute ankle boots for engagement photos.

Walking at Maclay Gardens for nature inspired engagement photos on film.Romantic engagement photos in nature setting at botanical garden at sunsetLos Angeles film photographer Jessica Schilling. Engagement photos and diamond ringBlack and white engagement photos on filmNatural setting at lake and botanical gardens for engagement adventure photosMaclay Gardens reflecting pool engagement photos on medium format film.

Botanical gardens engagement photos. Spanish moss, oak trees, and magnolia flowers.

Most of these images are Kodak Portra 400 film on the Mamiya 645 AFD.

Deborah (Figgie) - What a stunning setting!!! The scenery is unreal, but I think those first couple of black and whites might be my favorite overall. :)

Len - I don’t know what kind of tree that first set was taken under (a willow), but my goodness the setting and how you’ve captured it are cussing beautiful! Such a gorgeous set!

Jen : - Beautiful! Love the reflection pool one. They look so wonderfully joyfully in love.

Paola De Paola Photography - Amazing location, beautiful photography! Thank you for your kind comment! Paola :)

Jasmine - Oh my heart. Not only do these two exude such an adorable sweetness, but the film and florida together make it feel almost otherworldy. You captured their spirit beautifully! That distant shot of them wandering through the wilds just wins.

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