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Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

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Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

 

We had an incredible experience planning these Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos for Aryo & Ileana!!!

Aryo & Ileana were planning a short little weekend getaway to North Georgia over the Thanksgiving weekend! Little did Ileana know that Aryo reached out to us several weeks in advance to plan the perfect proposal session! Aryo’s initial plan was to propose to Ileana in front of the waterfall at Amicalola Falls.

On the day of, we arrived 15-20 minutes ahead of the couple. We parked at the Reflection Pool and then walked up the Appalachian Approach Trail to the Lower Observation deck to find & camp out in the perfect spot! The hike up the Appalachian Approach Trail was a rigorous 20 minute walk with a decent amount of elevation. Of course the perfect spot was SUPER crowded. It was ESSENTIAL that we secured the spot ahead of their arrival to ensure we could capture the proposal at THE spot!

Because Amicalola State Park is in Dawsonville (North Georgia), & the higher elevation levels, there was limited cell service. Once we were up near the falls on the Observation Decks, there was no cell service. You might be lucky if you had Verizon. Because of the lack of cell service, we were careful to pre-plan out all the details with Aryo well in advance. This included coming up with a rain backup plan in the event of inclement weather.

 

Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

 

On the day of, we lucked out and had perfect weather! It couldn’t have been more beautiful or more better suited for a small hike up the Appalachian Approach Trail.

 

Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

 

When Aryo & Ileana approached us on the Lower Observation Deck, we handed them our cell phone and asked if they could take a picture of us (myself – Jaimie Dee – and my husband Kyle). Once they snapped a quick photo of us, Aryo handed us his cell phone (in video mode!) and asked us to take a quick pic of the two of them in front of the falls. Plenty of tourist were doing this as well, so it didn’t seem out of the ordinary – it was a beautiful view!

 

Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

 

Little did Ileana know that we had professional camera gear stashed in my purse, hiding out of site! While Kyle pretended to fiddle around with Aryo’s phone, Aryo asked if we could get a quick photo of the two facing the waterfall. When they had their back turned to us, we whipped out our camera gear, Aryo got down on one knee ready to propose. Ileana eventually turned around to see what was going on & was overcome with emotion to see Aryo down on one knee!

 

Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

 

She said yes!!!!

 

Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

 

After the proposal, we started heading back down the Lower Observation Deck and began taking portraits along the way.

 

Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

 

Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

 

Aryo & Ileana, we were SO excited to share in this story with you!

 

Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

 

Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

 

Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

 

And the rest of the session was history!

The sun was relatively high in the sky at this point of the day. It was actually very close to solar noon. What you don’t see in these images is Kyle standing off to the side and blinding the couple with a huge 5 foot reflector to fill in the shadows from the sun! The end result are very crisp images with lots of color! We absolutely LOVED the way these turned out!

 

Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

 

And of course our subjects were absolutely GORGEOUS! It’s hard to take a bad photo when your couples are THIS happy!

 

Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

 

Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

 

Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

 

Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

 

Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

 

Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

 

This series of engagement photos were taken further down the path of the Lower Observation Deck.

 

Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

 

Look at that GORGEOUS ROCK!!! Aryo, kudos to you!

 

Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

 

After the Observation Deck, we started to head down the Appalachian Approach Trail. There we stopped a couple times, every time we saw a beautiful view! With the gorgeous lighting coming in between the trees the way it was, it felt like we were stopping every couple of minutes!

 

Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

Ileana & Aryo absolutely SLAYED these photos!!!!

 

Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

 

At this point in the session, we were curious to change up our lighting technique for some variety’s sake. In this next few set of images, Kyle laid off the reflector. Without adding an additional light back into the frame, the couple were only back lit by the sun coming in between the trees. The end result is a much more dreamy light and airy quality to the images. The colors are also less saturated.

 

Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

 

Definitely a different look from our signature style, but we absolutely love the variety!

 

Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

 

Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

 

Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos

 

To see more Amicalola Falls Engagement Photos from this surprise proposal session, check out the slideshow below!

 

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About the Photographers

Hi! We're Jaimie & Kyle (+Associates) with Jaimie Dee Photography. We're Atlanta photographers based in the metro area and service clients all over the globe. Jaimie Dee Photography was established in 2008. We're primarily a wedding and portrait studio. Our images are crisp, clean & colorful and strike a balance between classic and candid styled portraits. Aside from the photography, we help you craft the perfect photo experience - from the beginning planning stages to the finished artwork hanging on your walls. When you're in front of our camera, we'll also offer you gentle guidance through a combo of stationary and movement based poses. We'll help bring out your inner diva too - even if you're shy! If you're looking for a photographer in the metro Atlanta area or beyond, we'd love to meet you!

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"We had a great experience! Jaimie guided us through our engagement session with such ease. She spent time prior over the phone and via email educating us on how to not only pick our outfits but how to make our poses not ‘pose-y’. Our engagement shoot seemed to only last a few minutes, it was never awkward and I know both my fiance and I loved it. Jaimie gave us direction while still allowing our personalities to shine through! Definitely would recommend her to anyone!"

– Meredith Runge

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"Jaimie and Kyle did our engagement and wedding photos. They were phenomenal to work with and we absolutely loved how our photos turned out. They were super transparent and paid a lot of attention to detail through with the whole planning process and delivered amazing photos from both of our sessions. They were easygoing, laid back, fun to work with, and relatable, which helped us relax and enjoy the sessions even more. I would absolutely recommend if you need a photographer in the ATL area."

– Rachel Bagnik

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"We had the best experience with Jaimie taking our engagement pictures at Piedmont Park! My fiancé and I are clueless in front of the camera but Jaimie guided us the whole way through and it was much less uncomfortable than we were expecting! ... She was so well organized throughout the entire process of scheduling, preparing, and executing the engagement photos and it was very evident that she has a lot of experience... So glad we chose Jaimie for our engagement photos!"

– Tara Sarno

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