Rachael & Brandon | Family Engagement Photography at Merritt's Pasture in Chapel Hill

Session: 16 March 2020 | Posted: 3 June 2020

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It's no secret that I believe a lot in vibes. Some people are just your people, and when you meet them, you instantly vibe together—that's exactly how I felt meeting Rachael late last year. We had a soul-satisfying coffee date that felt a lot more like talking to a friend than meeting a prospective client. She is 100% my people. A slightly nerdy intellectual, a writer and a scientist (creative and pragmatic), body positive, hopeful, holding onto her own self while still being a mom. Yeeeeeah. That's my people. I didn't meet Brandon until the day of our session—which was immediately before COVID lockdowns started, so while we were all a little on edge, the reprieve was so nice—but because he is Rachael's person, he is obviously my people, too.

Having Rachael's daughter, Lena, and their dog, Rigby, along for the ride added a bit of a different feel to the session and, while I usually struggle being around kids, it turns out that 11-year-old girls who love books and smart sass are my people, too. And dogs are always my people—they're everyone's people, in equal measure, and how can we not love them for that.

So: session. Merritt's Pasture is an easy walk through the woods from the end of their neighborhood, and it made perfect sense in both we-come-here-all-the-time and social-distancing senses. Also it's super beautiful, and we had a slightly overcast but gorgeous day to roam around and take family album cover shots in and among the rest of our more usual engagement session bits.

I adore how these photos came out, I loved spending time with Rachael, Brandon, Lena, & Rigby, and I can't wait for their low-key wedding in November. Until then, enjoy a few favorites from their session and congratulate them in the comments below!

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Love the intimate, personal, family vibe of Rachael & Brandon's engagement session? Want to take some photos at a place that's special to you and your love? Something completely different up your sleeve? We'd love to hear what you have in mind! Use the Contact Us link above or send Kate an email directly to start the conversation—we can't wait to hear from you!

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