Katie and Andrew met up with me on a gorgeous August day in Newport Harbor for an engagement session on the water. This session was the perfect photography storm—people in love doing something they love. All we had to do was add stand up paddles (also known as SUP), and they were right at home!
Katie’s family lives in Newport, and Andrew grew up in Australia, so it only made sense when they approached me about the engagement session that we had to incorporate the element of water. They wanted to shoot out on paddleboards, since that is one of their favorite things to do together, and I was totally up for the challenge!
We met up at Newport Harbor by King Park to launch the boards and shoot, since the water is much calmer there, and there are plenty of piers and docks for me to get some cool vantage points. The weather was perfect—not too windy—and the harbor gave us a gorgeous backdrop, complete with spectacular views of the Newport Pell bridge, downtown waterfront, Ida Lewis Yacht Club, NYYAC, and Fort Adams! Not to mention the glassy water speckled with all kinds of yachts and other vessels—what more could three water babies ask for?
We had a blast trying to maneuver the boards into different positions, and I loved that they were so patient with all my requests for “drive bys” while I tried to find my angles. I even asked them to hold hands and make out, which is not an easy task while balancing on their SUPs! But they made it look easy and effortless, and we ended up with some amazing “Sunday fun-day” photos.
Katie & Andrew, thank you for being so willing to have so much fun with me! Since I’m raising two water babies of my own, you have inspired me to get my own paddleboard, and I’ll be taking my daughter and Frenchie out cruising around on our SUP!