Mahr Park Arboretum | Madisonville, KY
Jessica and Mike chose to have their engagement session at Mahr Park Arboretum in Madisonville, KY on May 12th, 2021.
They had never been there before but wanted their photoshoot to be out in nature and a friend recommended the location to them.
I’ve taken many pictures here at Mahr Park Arboretum and it is a great location with many different sub-locations to choose from.
I also just shot the first-ever wedding at the new Mahr Park Arboretum Event Barn, it was a beautiful wedding and a great venue, make sure you go see Kelly & Kyle’s sneak peek as well.
The Engagement Session
I met Jessica and Mike at the parking lot on top of the hill as you enter the park. This parking lot gives you direct access to the walking trail but more importantly, this part of the trail is surrounded by large trees that provide good shade.
Mike and Jessica were a little stiff to begin the session, most people are like this when you first meet someone new, but it’s then amplified because they are now taking pictures of you.
That is completely natural and just takes a little bit to loosen up and forget about the camera.
We then drove down to the parking lot by the kayak launch. This sub-location also gives you direct access to the walking trail and is surrounded by large trees.
Thankfully, Mahr Park had recently put in some new benches throughout the park and we took full advantage of one of them. We also walked over to one of the many wooden bridges found throughout Mahr Park and used it as well.
We then drove back towards the new Event Barn and stopped by a field of tall grass. I wanted to get the grass behind them to help separate them from the background and keep all the focus on them.
Towards the end of the session, Jessica told me about an image that she had in mind where Mike was down on one knee admiring her engagement ring. We certainly got a few of those, but as it was happening I told Jessica to act surprised, the next images I got looked as if Mike was proposing to her.
I had a great time with Jessica and Mike during their engagement session.
Towards the end of the session they had loosened up quite a bit and were more focused on each other than they were on me.
Jessica and Mike will be getting married at The Rustic Event Center in Hopkinsville, KY in July of 2021, and I can’t wait for their wedding.
Below are the sneak peek images from Mike and Jessica’s engagement session, they are low-resolution versions to help the page load faster.
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