Duke Gardens Engagement Session | Melvin + Dawn

As an artist, there is nothing like that feeling you have when you’re executing on the top of your game. Week after week, it  feels like it just keeps getting better. Such is the case with Melvin + Dawn’s Duke Gardens Engagement Session. As one of my upcoming 2012 wedding clients, Dawn informed me that they’d be in town for a weekend in late September and I was determined to take advantage of their time. Like so many of my clients, Melvin + Dawn aren’t local to the Raleigh area, and although I would’ve loved to photograph their engagement session in Virginia, Dawn’s interest in a Duke Gardens and my busy exhausted schedule proved the wiser.

This was my first time meeting with Melvin + Dawn in person.  We’ve talked about their wedding day, the ceremony location, and the like, but there’s nothing quite like interacting with one another to build rapport.  Now, I just have to hope that their impression of me was half a good as my impression of them.  I thoroughly enjoyed their engagement session.  I loved the interaction between the two.  They displayed love, laughter, and a willingness to try image ideas from yours truly.  In fact, they came up with several ideas of their own which is always a plus!  They are without a doubt a camera ready couple.

Without further delay, I present to you Melvin + Dawn’s engagement photos at Duke Gardens.  You’ll want to grab yourself some popcorn for this one!

Duke Gardens Engagement Session

For those who want to see the preview version of the above slide, I’ve included a small collage of their engagement session. I’ve recently learned that the mobile version of my website shrinks my collages so my only recourse limit the length of them. How many of you are viewing this from your smartphones anyway?

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If you’ve come this far, but haven’t sat through the slideshow, you’ve missed quite a bit!  Either way, if you enjoyed what you’ve seen, let Melvin + Dawn know by leaving a comment below. And if you’d like to meet with me for your very own Duke Gardens engagement session, or any other location for that matter, contact our studio by clicking here.  You’ll be glad you did!

Award winning Raleigh wedding photographer and lead photographer with In His Image Photography. Our studio is located just outside of Raleigh in Apex, NC. If you like what you’ve seen, let us know. Feel free to leave a comment below. You can also send us a note by clicking here to contact our studio online. Or you can do it the old fashion way and give us a call at the studio: (919) 404 – 9707.

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  • Elysia Sanders - November 22, 2011 - 8:14 PM

    These photos are absolutely gorgeous! You two look amazing together! And the photographer really captured the love & excitement beaming out of you two! Plus, black love is so beautiful. Lol. Love, your cousin Elysia.ReplyCancel

  • Verna Bazemore - November 22, 2011 - 10:42 PM


  • Kim Walker - November 22, 2011 - 11:43 PM

    Great pictures Dawn N. Baker & Melvin.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Register - November 23, 2011 - 1:40 AM

    Love the pictures! Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Tammara Izzard - November 23, 2011 - 3:14 AM

    nice picturesReplyCancel

  • Bobbi Bo Jo Shead-Johnson - November 23, 2011 - 8:16 AM

    Beautiful pictures. I can see the <3 in your eyes. My God bless your union!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey Majors - November 23, 2011 - 10:08 PM

    These pictures look absolutely beautiful, gorgeous couple! Welcome to the family Melly Mel. The photographer did a awesome job.ReplyCancel

  • Recardo 'Reco' Tucker - November 28, 2011 - 9:08 PM

    The pictures of Dawn & Melvin are BEAUTIFUL! Great workReplyCancel

  • Selena Robinson - November 28, 2011 - 9:37 PM

    Soror, congratulations…the pictures are beautiful and you two look awesome. My favorite picture is the one in which you two are kissing near the water…romantic and sweet.ReplyCancel

  • Jaleesa Nicole Johnson - November 28, 2011 - 11:06 PM

    These are amazing…and you are beautiful Dawn!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Evans - December 2, 2011 - 5:27 PM

    You all make a beautiful couple. I’m looking forward to the BIG day <3.ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine Majors - December 3, 2011 - 3:15 PM

    AAWWW look at this :-) these are really beautiful pictures, the photographer is amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Taylor - March 23, 2012 - 1:03 AM

    I like your boots and the picture of Melvin kissing your hand on the bridge! Not nice to threaten your fiance during a photo shoot though miss! ;) Also watch out for ducks.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Rottner Light - March 23, 2012 - 1:28 AM

    love love love these pictures! :) ReplyCancel

  • Penny Cortez - March 24, 2012 - 12:58 AM

    The pictures are beautiful Dawn. Congratulations againReplyCancel

  • Taylor Bethea - March 24, 2012 - 4:27 AM

    Congrats and the pictures look awesome! Such a beautiful couple!ReplyCancel

  • Monet Joi Baker - March 25, 2012 - 5:26 AM

    Dawn & Melvin… These Are Greeaaat! Beautiful Scenery, And Beautiful People Take Amaazing Pictures (:ReplyCancel

  • Chriscynthia Jones - March 26, 2012 - 2:18 PM

    OMG… Such a beautiful couple! Melvin is a looker, but I just could not take my eyes off of Dawn… so pretty! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • SunShyne Rodgers - March 27, 2012 - 10:39 AM

    To my dear Nephew and Niece-in-law, these pictures are Pricless, brought tears to my eyes I feel the love through your smile and Melvins eyes. You guys look happy. I’m loving the pictures. Dawn I’m glad to have u aboard Aunt Jo loves you and Melvin my love I love you unconditionally. You two make eachother happy I’m for you two all the way. I cant wait for the big day. Congrats to you two! Love Aunt Jo.ReplyCancel

  • Mariah Jazmin Kushin - March 28, 2012 - 1:43 AM

    these pictures are lovelyyy, and the photographer did a great job! can’t wait for the wedding<3.ReplyCancel

  • Judy Flickinger - March 28, 2012 - 1:53 AM

    Dawn and Melvin- I just cannot decide which photo is my favorite, they are all great! You had a terrific photographer! Best wishes for your and Melvin’s future together!ReplyCancel

  • Teri Carothers - March 28, 2012 - 2:23 AM

    OMG! Those are some gorgeous pictures right there! I think I have 4 favorites, but I love them all, and the backgrounds are beautiful as well. Excellent photographer, I absolutely love them as well as you! Wishing you a life of love n happiness forever! Love u!ReplyCancel

  • Allison Walker-Bolden - March 28, 2012 - 4:28 AM

    Beautiful pictures of beautiful people! Very nice.ReplyCancel

  • Myisha Thompson - April 1, 2012 - 1:05 AM

    Love every single picture. You both looked wonderful! Congrats. ReplyCancel

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  • Jennifer Brown - November 23, 2011 - 1:57 PM

    Beautiful setting, beautiful people :) ReplyCancel

  • Philip Kushin - March 28, 2012 - 2:04 AM

    Wow, those are fabulous!ReplyCancel

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