February 14, 2013

Kellie + Collier | Engaged

When I talk to couples about their engagement session, I always focus on making that session about them. It is easy to default to the same locations with the same ol’ poses — creating a final gallery that looks a lot like everyone else’s.  I would much rather push the envelope, to make sure the final gallery truly reflects their collective personality. No pushing was required here.  She’s probably a little more type-A that she’d like to admit, while he is relaxed and easy going. To our first meeting, she brought a list with important details that just soo happened to include things they like and qualities that describe them. Included on that list was the fact that they are self-proclaimed nerds. I later learned that Collier was reading a dictionary (I mean really, who does that?!) just for fun. Given this little tidbit of information, I knew a bookstore would be a great setting for a portion of their shoot.  So, we headed on over to Jim Reed Books, which is as quirky and eclectic as them.

We met over lattes to plan the engagement session and the three of us ended up talking for nearly two hours. When I asked them what they normally do together, Collier said that they spend a lot of time talking… genuine quality time together. So, some “hanging out” shots were a must. We wandered down 2nd Avenue, stopping by Urban Standard and What’s on 2nd.  They are the type of couple every photographer dreams about. The kind that you can send in a general direction and before you’ve even had a chance to guide them into a pose, they have naturally fallen into a moment better than one you could help create.
Kellie, you are going to be SUCH a gorgeous bride!!

The thing that sticks out most to me about our planning meeting, was Kellie and Collier’s interest in me — both as a person and as their photographer. He asked whether I ever just shoot for fun. I admitted that this time of the year, after the holiday rush and before the weather warms back up, is supposed to be the time I reconnect with my art, but that I usually just end up busier than expected and without the opportunity to shoot just for me. “Well, what is on your bucket list?” he asked. Seriously. It doesn’t get much better than that. And with that question, plus their fun and adventurous personalities, we came up with this… 

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  1. Anna Wight

    February 14th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    BEAUTIFUL WORK! Gorgeous couple! Just perfect for Valentines Day:)

  2. Gemini Fly

    February 14th, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    I love them!

  3. Emma Nathews

    February 14th, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Elle, you NAILED this session! I’m squealing over every single image…SO. GOOD! So happy I got to be a witness. Kelly and Collier, y’all are amazing!

  4. Rai De Lain

    February 14th, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I SOOOO LOVE IT!!!! ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!

  5. Jaime Patterson

    February 14th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Friggin looove

  6. Melanie Yow Lamberson

    February 14th, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Holy crap. I love everything about this. Everything. Amazing.

  7. Leslie Wright

    February 14th, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    These are fantastic and so original! Beautiful couple!

  8. Jestina R. Howard

    February 14th, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    LOVE the photos! So creative and fun! Love this cute couple 🙂

  9. Beyondai Hall

    February 14th, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    OMG! Your engagement photos are beautiful! Congrats hun! Wishing you and your soulmate a lifetime of happiness!

  10. Suzanne Stigler Martin

    February 14th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    These capture your spirits…together and separate. Thanks for being real.

  11. Saadia Me'Chel

    February 14th, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Wonderful session! They look like such a great couple; a photographer’s dream! Love the paint shots at the end.

  12. Alisha G. Thompson-Congress

    February 14th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    This is FABULOUS!

  13. Alicia Halterman Jones

    February 14th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Awesome!!!

  14. Dri Burroughs

    February 14th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I love this. Absolutely love it. Especially the end.

  15. Wendy Jones

    February 14th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    This is the sweetest engagement photo album I have ever seen hands down! <3 Thank you for sharing these gorgeous photos of such a sweet couple!

  16. Florence Marie Holland

    February 14th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Absolutely wonderful Kellie. You all look so happy and genuinely enjoying each other’s company. Happy for you and wish you nothing but the best!

  17. Oliver B. Adams

    February 14th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Awesome!! You guys look great and so happy!! Congrats

  18. LaQuontay Daniel

    February 14th, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    I love it!! Absolutely beautiful!!!

  19. Tiki Merritt Curry

    February 14th, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Well, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph…hold my mule! If this wasn’t the most amazing, eclectic, beautiful, creative fun-filled shoot I’ve ever seen, then I’d just shoot myself in my pinkie toe! See…that’s what I’m talking about. I love a photographer who loves capturing the essence of her clients and not just a great shot. You have a great ear, a magnificent eye, and extraordinary skill as a photographer. So glad that you found your purpose. So glad that so many of us found you! Keep doing what you’re doing. Love this couple and yes, Ms. Kellie is going to be one GORGEOUS bride!

  20. Crystal Goodson Wilkerson

    February 14th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    beautiful! What is that paint stuff? crazy cool!

  21. Sonya Mitchell

    February 15th, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Kellie and Collier, you two are such an Amazingly, Beautiful couple! I am so very Blessed to have you for a niece, Kellie! All the BEST to you both and I love you with all of my heart! Elle Danielle, I have Never seen any photos as amazing as these!

  22. Morgan Trinker

    February 15th, 2013 at 1:39 am

    ELLE…. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? So freaking gorgeous! Love every single shot! It’s so clear how much fun you had with this shoot… love love love. <3

  23. Christina Sunshine Jensen

    February 15th, 2013 at 7:15 am

    I love these sooooo much!

  24. Mandy Taylor Keel

    February 15th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Such an adorable session! What a cute couple!

  25. Nia C. Jackson

    February 15th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Amazing! What a beautiful couple! By far my favorite e-session you shot (besides mine of course). Can’t wait to see their wedding pictures.

  26. Dana Bible

    February 15th, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!

  27. Kimberly Murray

    February 15th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    O.k. That was THE.MOST.AMAZING engagement shoot! Their best decision (besides choosing each other, or course!) was selecting you to be their wedding photographer. All of the photos are superb. My favorites? The ring shot in between the old book and the photo of Kellie sitting in the chair and looking out the window of What’s on 2nd. The lighting is so good. Awesome, awesome job!

  28. Geneva Cegelis

    February 15th, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    looks like Holi. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holi

  29. Trice Sutton

    February 15th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Loving these pictures! Full of love and life!!!!!!

  30. Shellian Hennes

    February 15th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous…!

  31. Angelia Mitchell

    February 16th, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Love this. So awesome and captures the spirit of who they are as a couple. Now the end was awesome. I don’t know if I could have been able to have the paint but it seems to show they had fun with it. So many great ideas. I love your portfolios.

  32. Katrina Scales Thomas

    February 16th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Simply beautiful! Looks like they had tons of fun! I LOVE ‘What’s on 2nd’. It has lots of cool collectibles.

  33. Angalise Jahney

    February 17th, 2013 at 12:14 am

    This was simply amazing..I like how you make it about the couple so they can look and say THAT’S SO US!!

  34. Kimberly Meadows

    February 17th, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Omg! These are great!

  35. Jai Kyle

    February 18th, 2013 at 4:34 am

    Love love love!!!!!

  36. Connie Murray

    February 18th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    This almost brought tears to my eyes! Simply beautiful

  37. Deontée Gordon

    February 18th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    One of the most unique and creative sets I’ve seen. You constantly amaze me. And congrats to the couple. Kellie looks amazing as always.

  38. Sashaographer Holloway

    February 20th, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Very beautiful session. So full of life. Just amazing.

  39. Shira Crew

    February 21st, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Omg this shoot was so completely perfect! You’re very talented.

  40. Kelly Cummings

    March 8th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Love these! My favorites: the solo one of her looking out the window at what’s on 2nd and all the closeups with her in the polka dots! Love!

  41. Wendy Mitchell

    April 16th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Beautiful job on these! I love all of the genuine smiles – can’t even pick a favorite!

  42. Juliette Fradin-Borrut

    April 25th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    This Holi session is amazing (and so is the rest!). Can you tell me the recipe you used for the cornstarch or where you bought the powder? Thanks for sharing!

  43. Chantel Reedus

    September 26th, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    You are amazing! This is one of my favorites! Congrats to this beautiful couple.

  44. Kayshia Raquel Featherstone

    December 17th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    So beautifully done and creative! Love love loveee

  45. Kellie + Collier | Married » elle Danielle

    December 17th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

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  46. FancyLady Louis

    June 30th, 2015 at 3:16 am

    This one goes in the books for most creativity! Phenomenal work! Phenomenal women! Great job Elle and Nikesha!

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