Bella & Steven celebrated their Duke Chapel wedding this past weekend. Unfortunately, I was booked for their big day. But I was really pleased to get the chance to photograph their pre-wedding portrait session for them a few weeks back. This may seem quite a unique concept to us, but such sessions are quite popular in Bella and Steven's home country of China.

From my standpoint, I love photographing couples. So this was a great chance for us to take our time away from the hectic schedule of the wedding day to relax, get to know each other and create some beautiful images on our schedule.

We met up at Duke Gardens and did a lap of some of my favourite spots away from the crowds. Of course, we also took some of the "greatest hits" of the Meyer Bridge (aka the 'red bridge'), Roney Fountain and the flower gardens. I have shot at these places so many times, but I always try to do something different and put a new spin on things (pardon the pun - you'll see). We then headed over to Duke Chapel and shot some images in the arcades as the sun set.

Here are just a few of my faves from Bella & Steven's pre-wedding portrait session. Have a great week everyone!

Duke Chapel photograp- della & Steven’s portrait session
duke chapel photographer – bella & steven’s portrait session
Duke Chapel photograp- della & Steven’s portrait session
Duke Chapel photograp- della & Steven’s portrait session
duke chapel photographer – bella & steven’s portrait session
duke chapel photographer – bella & steven’s portrait session
duke chapel photographer – bella & steven’s portrait session
Duke Chapel photograp- della & Steven’s portrait session
duke chapel photographer – bella & steven’s portrait session
duke chapel photographer – bella & steven’s portrait session
duke chapel photographer – bella & steven’s portrait session
duke chapel photographer – bella & steven’s portrait session
duke chapel photographer – bella & steven’s portrait session
duke chapel photographer – bella & steven’s portrait session
duke chapel photographer – bella & steven’s portrait session
duke chapel photographer – bella & steven’s portrait session
duke chapel photographer – bella & steven’s portrait session
duke chapel photographer – bella & steven’s portrait session
Duke Chapel photograp- della & Steven’s portrait session
Duke Chapel photograp- della & Steven’s portrait session
Duke Chapel photograp- della & Steven’s portrait session
duke chapel photographer – bella & steven’s portrait session
Duke Chapel photograp- della & Steven’s portrait session
Duke Chapel photograp- della & Steven’s portrait session

For this shoot, I used 2 main camera bodies: the Sony a1 paired with the FE 24mm f/ 1.4 GM, FE 50mm f/1.2 GM, FE 85mm f/1.4 and 135mm f/1.8mm lenses, and the Fujifilm GFX 50R with the Mitakon 65mm f/1.4. I also shot a roll of Fuji Pro 400H film on the Contax 645 with 80mm f/2 lens and some frames of Kodak Portra 400 with the Ricoh GR 1.

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