When Nicole and Brian got in touch with me about getting engagement photography with their English Bulldog Cue on Belle Isle in Richmond Virginia, I was so excited! We love it when our couples include their dogs in their engagement session (I’m the proud parent of two crazy mutts)! Prismatic operates out of the Baltimore/DC region, so Richmond was a bit of a hike, but we are always willing to go the distance for our clients. And cute dogs.
Brian and Nicole met on their first day of community college, and they’re basically made for each other. Nicole was actually the first person Brian talked to that day — he was asking for directions. So cute! They’ve been living in Richmond for the better part of 10 years now, and they call it home. They already loved taking their English bulldog Cue on walks on Belle Isle, so when they started talking about getting engagement photography, they immediately thought of it as a potential location. Speaking of Cue, she was the life of the shoot. Nicole, at one point, told me that Cue is their child. In many ways, trying to photograph pets can be like photographing kids; you have to be willing to roll with the punches and improvise. It always adds an element of fun and spontaneity to the shoot. We love doing engagement photography with dogs, and their “parents”!
The island itself has a fascinating history. Used as a prison camp for Union soldiers during the American Civil War, the landscape is covered in the rusting and crumbling remains of that bloody conflict. In 1904 a hydroelectric power plant was built on the island (the first of its kind in the nation) to supply power to Richmond’s new trolley system. The island is now a park, and visitors can see all the ruins up close, which includes the abandoned power plant — It’s so cool!
We had a wonderful time hiking all over the island, stopping to capture photos wherever inspiration struck. Their love for each other is so evident, and it was such an honor to get to capture these photos that we know they are going to treasure for many years to come.