Ringling Art Museum Engagement Pictures

Lynn and Matt

January 19th, 2017

Lynn and Matt – Their Ringling Art Museum Engagement Pictures


It turns out that newly engaged couple Lynn and Matt live just down the road from us in Sarasota, Florida. It was great to connect with them for these Ringling Art Museum engagement photos and get to know some of our new neighbors and wedding clients

We sent them a questionnaire early on in our communication to find out a little about them and the kind of engagement session they were interested in doing, as well as how comfortable they were in front of the camera. While Matt outlined that he wasn’t that comfortable being photographed, Lynn was feeling particularly shy. So it was my goal during this Ringling Art Museum engagement session to make her as relaxed as possible and get some experience in front of the camera before her wedding day.

The Engagement Session:

We began the afternoon in a garden near New College, just to the north of The Ringling Art Museum. We captured warm moments between the couple as they embraced and looked lovingly into each other’s eyes, and could see that Lynn was gradually relaxing little by little. I really loved the formal look that Lynn and Matt had opted for, with her in an elegant cocktail dress and him in a plum-colored shirt that worked in perfectly with the garden setting.

We then headed over to The Ringling Art Museum itself and took some portraits within Mable’s rose garden which was dedicated to one of the estate’s former owners. There’s an ornate gazebo there that is ideal for romantic e-sessions and helps to frame couples within the portrait.

Lynn and Matt had also requested to incorporate the gorgeous banyan trees which are found within The Ringling Art Museum complex and their vertical aerial roots which create a curtain-like natural setting. I captured both light-filled portraits of them against this captivating backdrop, as well as some dramatically-illuminated shots as they were literally enveloped by the roots.

The Ringling Art Museum also has some gorgeous architecture to work with, including the Ca’ d’Zan mansion where John and Mable Ringling once lived. We staged some portraits of the couple dancing on a walkway in front of this elegant building, as well as on the Ca’ d’Zan Terrace, overlooking the ocean, during a creatively-lit nighttime portrait.

In Summary:

Despite both feeling initially quite shy in front of the camera, we felt like Lynn and Matt brought a lot of love and energy to these Ringling Art Museum engagement photos and know they will be pros when their wedding day rolls around. I want to thank them for selecting us as their Florida engagement photographers and am looking forward to reconnecting again soon.