These days, the backdrop of one's wedding photos can tell your love story like never before.
"I recently shot an engagement session for a couple that isn't from Indiana, but who met at Valparaiso University and wanted to have their portraits shot there," explains Stephanie Wallace of Stephanie Wallace Photography. "We used recognizable landmarks from around the city and the university campus in their portraits. These portraits will help them share the story of how and where they met with future generations."
And for many area couples, the vast and lush landscapes of the Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan areas also offer an endless array of options. Some Indiana favorites of area photographers include Deep River County Park in Hobart and Centennial Park in Munster.
"These locations offer a wide variety of backgrounds all within a few hundred yards," explains Rick Bella of Bella Photography in Valparaiso, Indiana. "This allows us to capture many different scenes by simply walking around the park. Not many other places have such beautiful natural resources like Lake Michigan and the beachfront that is available to us here in Northwest Indiana."
Often, skylines and historic buildings not only offer a unique backdrop for wedding photography, but also a chance for the wedding couple to capture history on canvas. "It is important to highlight city landmarks for the long memory of the images," Bella says. "Wedding photography will be around for almost longer than any other type of photography and in some cases, city landmarks will offer the memory of the day and highlight the location of the wedding. Who knows, in thirty to fifty years from now, some of those landmarks may even be gone, allowing the wedding photos to archive images for the couple and the couple's family for generations to come."