Engagement Session Fun at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens

We were delighted when Irene and Travis chose us to take their engagement portraits. They were hell bent on having the photo taken at the Botanical Gardens, and we were hell bent on making that happen for them.

Their first date was at the gardens. Following their visit to the gardens they ate at the restaurant on the grounds. They had to wait two hours, because they hadn't made reservations in advance. Waiting for the table just gave them the chance to get to know each other better.

You can see in these photos that spending a little extra time together paid off well for both of them.

 Irene and Travis at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens
It's always fun to see a photo of the photographer taking the photo. At least if you're a photographer, it is. Photo by Sharon McMahon.

It's always fun to see a photo of the photographer taking the photo. At least if you're a photographer, it is. Photo by Sharon McMahon.

 Irene and Travis at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens
 Irene and Travis at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens
 Irene and Travis at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens
 Irene and Travis at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens
 Irene and Travis at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens
 Irene and Travis at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens
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Cindy Brown

I'm an Atlanta wedding photographer who takes soulful, quirky and honest photos ...

I'm also an adventurous traveler and all-round nerd. I love to hike with my beagle/cattle dog Roux and best friend/spouse.

I was born in Atlanta, moved around a lot--30 cities and 5 states--and then came back.

After graduating from the Art Institute of Atlanta, I took a job at asmall newspaper in south Georgia, where I photographedhospital teas, pecan farmers, and beauty queens.

I photographed a biker funeral, death penalty protests andTed Bundy while interning with the Associated Press.

While a photographer for two dailies in Florida, I photographed Ronald Reagan, a train derailment and the dedication of a screened-in porch.

An unexpected life turn took me to Vermont where I fell in love with Bernie Sanders and on to Indiana, where I edited photos for a major daily, and nerded out getting a master’s and PhD.

After teaching photojournalism at colleges and universities in Florida, Indiana and Mississippi, I returned to Atlanta to earn myfifth degree--a Master's of Divinity.

My passion for storytelling with my camera and my interest in religious diversity led my to the field of wedding photojournalism.

I have documented weddings large and small, Unitarian and Pagan, indoors and out, Christian and Muslim, in backyards and in churches. The most exotic wedding I have photographed took place in Mexico and was officiated by aMayan shaman.

When I'm not photographing weddings, portraits or corporate events, I work on personal photo projects, visit friends in amemory-care home, and volunteer at a recovery center.