Eastman House Engagement : Joanna + Jason

Mary Dougherty

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It was on a set up, a kind of informal blind date with several friends that they met. Only the mastermind behind the pair up didn’t put them together. A tall friend of Joanna’s was thought to be a good fit for the similarly tall Jason. Apparently pairing by height has a low success rate. Joanna and Jason spent the time getting to know each other enough to make it to round two. This time they weren’t assigned to anyone other than each other, and they decided they liked it that way.

A few years later they were settled in to life together right next door to the Eastman House. It seemed like a fitting location for their engagement session, and since the grounds are gorgeous and the light was beautiful it really was the perfect spot. Joanna and Jason are one stunning couple and had fun with the shoot while looking effortless in each image. Of course it only makes me more excited to photograph their wedding day. Until then, enjoy these images + have a wonderful weekend!


Joanna rocked her asymmetric dress and made me fall in love with the style…


Joanna you are gorgeous!


If there’s one thing I know about these two it’s that they know what they want. They aren’t afraid to have a vision and go for it, and I know their wedding is going to impress.


So classic and yet so modern. That’s a look that could stop you in your tracks.


We started the shoot in the evening to take advantage of the gorgeous light and I loved seeing it change and work to our advantage. When ever you can plan for good light – in an engagement session or even wedding day – it’s worth it.


I love the necklace given by Joanna’s aunt after her engagement – what a fun gift to celebrate the occasion!


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