Casey and Cassie’s North Shore Engagement Photos
It’s time to share some of Casey and Cassie’s North Shore engagement photos with you! Casey and Cassie joined us on day one, which was by far the wettest day of the weekend. But despite the soggy weather, their North Shore engagement photographs turned out to be very pretty. With some post-production magic, many of the raindrops have “magically” disappeared (at least some of the ones on their faces).
Where Did August Go?
The month of August flew by. Like most Augusts, we’ve been swamped with wedding photography, senior portraits, engagement photos, and this year, quite a few one-of-a-kind light painted photographs too. The later, while the most creative and fun for me, are by far the most time-consuming type of portraits that we create. But those images turn out so amazing, that it’s totally worth the time investment!
Engagement Portraits at the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge
We met Casey and Cassie by the famous Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge. As we often do to save travel time on our North Shore Weekend, they were joined by twin brothers, Micah and Caleb, who were there to have their senior portraits created too.
When we arrived at the bridge, we had just a raindrop here and there. But a short time later, it had become a steady light rain. We made several images of Casey and Cassie, as well as the boys, near the bridge and then walked over to the warehouse area nearby.
In the light rain, we created some of their Lake Superior engagement photos using the brick walls and doorways in that area. We alternated photos of Casey and Cassie and then solo images of Micah and Caleb in each location we stopped at.
When started to rain on the heavy side, we departed downtown Duluth and headed towards Lester Park on our way to our final destination, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.
North Shore Engagement Photographs at Lester Park
Casey and Cassie’s Lester Park engagement portraits (and the boy’s senior portraits there) were a very soggy adventure. Lester Park is a favorite photo stop of mine and I would have loved to create a lot more photographs there. But because of the very wet conditions, and at times raining kind of hard, it was just too slippery to get close to the river.
But even with all of the rain, the images that we created in the forest at Lester Park turned out very nice. I’m very thankful that we had several umbrellas along!
North Shore Engagement Portraits in Two Harbors
Joannie and I were the lead car of a three-car-caravan up the North Shore as we all headed towards Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. As we approached Two Harbors, MN, it had stopped raining! So I detoured to a location that’s great for creating both engagement photos, and senior portraits. It’s right there in downtown Two Harbors, MN about 200 feet from where the 3M Company was born.
By now it was pretty obvious that we were going to be working in the rain pretty much the whole day, so I brought out our giant 80″ Westcott White Translucent Umbrella. At 80 inches, it’s the largest “golf” umbrella you’ll ever see! We used this as “protective cover” for the rest of the day. While it’s really designed for blocking out the sun, and not rain, it worked really well for the latter.
Engagement Portraits at Iona’s Beach
Before we left Two Harbors, MN we made a refreshment stop at the Dairy Queen and then headed to Iona’s Beach. Iona’s Beach, also known as “Pink Beach”, is a fantastic location on Lake Superior for any type of portrait. It’s never crowded, there’s lots of free parking, it’s tranquil and pretty. It also has a wonderful strand of tall pine trees. To top it all off, it also has a small cliff (by Lake Superior standards) on the waterfront. I’d like to take a bride and groom’s photographs there someday.
Once again, it was raining pretty steadily, so we photographed at Iona’s Beach as best we could by using both real umbrellas, and our monster umbrella, to at least try and keep people and our equipment dry. Once we finished up there, we were off to our final photo stop at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.
North Shore Engagement Photos at Split Rock Lighthouse
We arrived at Split Rock to discover that the lighthouse was enveloped in moderate to sometimes heavy Fog. Isn’t that the reason they built lighthouses? At times you could not even see the famous lighthouse! Even though it was still raining, these were the prettiest photographs of the day. The fog just made everything look cool!
I’ve put together a fun little music video with some of my favorites from Casey and Cassie’s North Shore engagement photos. I think you’ll enjoy seeing the work of two very soggy photographers while they worked their magic on the Lake Superior’s “North Shore”.
Casey and Cassie will be getting married next June at Beautiful Savior Lutheran in Plymouth, MN followed by a wedding reception at the Solar Arts Building in Minneapolis, MN. Of course, we’ll be sharing their wedding day photos with you next summer. – M&J