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Mont Saint-Michel Engagement Session | Destination Proposal | Heidi Morgan Photography

Medicine — specifically an emergency room near Atlanta, Georgia — brought Amy and Stephen together. He is a physician, she is a nurse. Their love of family kept them grounded during the early years of their courtship, while their love of travel landed them here — at Mont Saint-Michel, an island commune in Normandy, France. Stephen had planned an uber-romantic engagement away from home and invited Heidi Morgan Photography to shoot this destination love story.

Stephen hand selected this and a number of other destinations after spending much of his youth traveling with family and living abroad. Of the destinations, Mont Saint-Michel held a special magic — as remembered by a boy of twelve. After laying my own eyes on this castle-on-a-hill, the magic resonated even with me.

Enter Le Mere Poulard, a rainy day and umbrellas galore. You know what they say about rainy day love stories — a clearing of the slate, start of a new chapter. Amy and Stephen allowed us to capture their discovery of Mont Saint-Michel. This “castle on a hill” took about four hours of [Audi] driving from Paris. We passed beautiful fields and stunning skies, with what we thought were miles of nothingness ahead of us. We were wrong — so wrong!

Mont Saint-Michel itself cannot be driven into. There are busses available — or you can use your walking legs like we did. The details were stunning — including a body of what looks like water but is actually “mud” that you can walk on!

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Just after Amy emerged with her perfectly straight hair, the showers began. She and Stephen were troopers — all smiles — and accepted our suggestions to tuck in and out of the many alcoves available to us.

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Ever feel like you are alone with your love despite a sea of people around you? Welcome to Amy and Stephen’s day; they didn’t mind the audience!

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We were impressed with Amy’s ability to walk in a pair of her beloved heels. Up, up, up we went. And then, we were met with the most stunning view…

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2014-05-18_0212014-05-18_0222014-05-18_023The dance led to their moment of realization. They are engaged. Stephen had done it — privately — the day prior at the chapel at Mont Saint-Michel. Her ring is stunning, and perfect; similarly, their hands fit perfectly into one another’s.

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At last, and in the end, it was back to La Mere Poulard, where we witnessed their specialty omelette making. Their wooden spoons beat — literally so — like synchronized music. Their wine — oh so smooth.

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As nature intended it, the skies cleared and the promise of new beginnings emerged. Congratulations to Amy and Stephen. I can’t wait to shoot your Atlanta wedding!

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Last but not least, thank you so much to my partner in crime, translater, and travel agent Claire Morgan for shooting by my side. Love you!

 

Rainy Day Couples Shoot in Brussels, Belgium | Brussels Couples and Engagement Photographer | Heidi Morgan Photography

Meet Maria and Adrian. I would like to show off their multi-lingual abilities, but realize this might be a sensation for us Americans alone. After all, most Europeans that I have encountered are at least trilingual. Nevertheless, Maria and Adrian are worldly. Setting even this aside, these parents of three have a trusting partnership that enabled Maria to pull off the surprise couple’s shoot with ease. We set the scene in rainy Brussels — at the Galerie du Roi — and she eagerly awaited his timely arrival for a “mystery day”.

Granted, Adrian thought he would be driving Ferraris and other exotic sports cars — not so, dear Adrian! He handled the surprise graciously and the two quickly relished in the session that they’d been hoping for.

Belgian chocolate at the infamous Mary store? Need I say more?

Each couple that I work with finds their own comfort and forgets about my presence within minutes. See how the rest of our Brussels afternoon and evening progressed. It was a wonderful way to see the “inside” of Maria and Adrian’s life.

Thanks again to Claire Morgan for another amazing European adventure. Finally, please check out Maria Lind Photography on Facebook, as Maria is doing some amazing photojournalistic work with children and families in Belgium!

 

Paris Wedding and Engagement Photographer | Juliana and Philippe | Heidi Morgan Photography

Welcome to a very special weekend of photos for newlyweds Juliana and Philippe. Because of their roots and family/friends around the world, this special couple had not one, not two, but three weddings last year. As for this weekend in Paris, Claire Morgan and I sought to depict their love against the beautiful Parisian backdrop. We worked with the local venues and the weather to share their love story. Although the language they speak changes by the moment, their eyes share the unspoken truth — they are madly in love. It was undeniable when they first met, and remains so today.

We began with a wonderful venue that Philippe is a longtime patron of — and introduced Juliana to once she made the move to Paris. It was quaint and both the champagne and the legendary macarons they sampled were a lovely prelude to the dinner that we all enjoyed that evening.

Philippe is a charismatic and doting husband and his entreprenurial spirit pervades his life and relationship. Juliana has a history in marketing and business and is a budding Parisian consultant. Claire and I couldn’t help but notice how passionate she is about life — and about Philippe. Are you able to feel these qualities in this ultra-romantic sequence of images?

Because the eve was young and we had big plans, Juliana and Philippe suggested a walkabout. They broke all the rules (straws in espresso cups and champers glasses? oh my!) and braved the emerging rain — stopping to browse for even more beautiful macarons!

I won’t lie to you; it was soooo hard to select from the images of this multi-faceted shoot. I would like to share, however, that many couples ask me about lighting and about weather. My style of shooting brings light where needed and works with the elements. See what you think as we played with light and weather — natural light and flash, raindrops become “starlight”. Love!!!

Au revoir, Paris!

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  • Aida - July 6, 2013 - 7:47 pm

    A beautifully captured story. Romantic, sweet, and oh so French. Lovely work my dear Heidi. xoxoReplyCancel

Us Magazine | OC Housewives Tamra Barney and Eddie Judge | Heidi Morgan Photography

 

It is always an honor to shoot a wedding. I take great care in finding my “right couple” for Heidi Morgan Photography so that the rest just — well, flows. There is another kind of honor that is often bestowed on me, and that is of hand-selected second shooter. There are weddings that principal photographers choose not to handle alone. Sometimes these are high profile or celebrity weddings; other times, there are hundreds of guests, details or angles that must be shot simultaneously.

Recently, Christine Bentley had one such wedding. In this case, OC Housewives’ Tamra Barney and her fiance Eddie Judge were set to wed at the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Laguna Beach, California. Kaitlin and I (of Heidi Morgan Photography) were asked to shoot by Christine’s side at this top secret two-day event. We were stoked to see the production that goes into a televised event and appreciated the Bravo photographers allowing us to essentially connect ourselves to their hips.

Thank you so much team Christine Bentley for the honor of shooting with you. I love the photos that Us Magazine featured from the event, and know that there are many, many more that will help Tamra and Eddie remember the abundant details at this lavish and star-studded affair.

And so it is,

Heidi Morgan

 

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