Monday, May 24, 2010

Engagement Photos with Erwin Wijanto

Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and ready to tackle this week. I had one of the most fun days this Saturday working with our wedding photographer, Erwin Wijanto on our much anticipated engagement pictures. Chris and I were super nervous while we waited for Erwin to join us at our first location. We were just hoping that our apparent stiffness and nervousness does not translate into the photos. When Erwin showed up with his assistant, Stefano, they immediately calmed us down. Erwin joked around and said he was SO nervous without even knowing we were feeling the same exact way. Of course he was joking, but it calmed us down quite a bit.

As I’ve mentioned before on this blog that our first location was in the old Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle. As you can see from the pictures below how beautiful the buildings are around this area.  It truly has an old east coast feel which I just love. 

Chewy was taken aback by the huge lense of the camera when we took this picture.  Good thing cause he looked straight into the camera and looks super cute!

Our second location was the South of Downtown (SODO) district of Seattle.  We were going for its industrial feel, including the roughness of the train tracks and the colorful graffiti art.  And I just have to say that the Beda dress did its job!  I loved this outfit in this area.  I got a little stain on it while sitting on one of the tracks, but I'm sure that'll come out.  :)
Erwin asked me to do a Marilyn Monroe pose which I was shy about doing, but decided to just joke around and do a quick one.  Of course, being so talented, he caught me!  You can't get passed him! :)

This is probably one of my favorites.  I loved the curvature of the train and of course, the graffiti on it. 

I think one of the hardest things for me was when Erwin asked me to do silly shots.  I couldn't come up with anything but ugly faces!  His direction helped though and I'm glad he was able to catch these. 

Yes, that's my "What the hell is Chris doing???" face!

I can't say how much I love love love this shot!  While we were posing for this, I totally did not think this shot would turn out so wonderful.  I really didn't remember the thick blanket of clouds above us, but I think Erwin might have layered separate photos together.  I just love the colors and doesn't Chris look so GQ? =)

There's my GQ man!

The tires shot was an example of how an artist like Erwin sees inspiration and the end result is amazing.  We were actually done with our shoot and walking back to our car when he saw these two old tires leaning against the wall.  He asked us if we could take one last shot.  I'm thinking..."SURE!"  The tire was dirty as it could be but he was able to make it work.  This actually turned out to be one of my favorites as well.

Every engagement session, Erwin asks to take a photo with the couple.  I think it's a great idea! 

Well, there you go everyone!  I can't ramble enough about how great this session was and about what a great photographer Erwin is to work with.  Our session was originally supposed to be 2 hours, but we actually took about 4 hours to take all the shots we needed.  And I've never heard of a photographer providing photos the very next day after taking them.  Erwin was able to provide me with these before he had to fly off to New York (for another engagement session) because he didn't want us to wait.  Check out his blog here for other wonderful engagements, weddings, and events.  Our wedding is in 3 months and I can not wait to work with him again.  I'm sure he'll be able to capture all the beautiful moments and his pictures will be worth a hundred thousand memories and words! 

Thank you, Erwin and Stefano for such a great weekend!


  1. OMG!! The locations, the outfits, your dog, the love!! These photos are soooo amazing. I love every single picture. Your photographer did a great job capturing the moments, not to mention the love between you two. Swoon. I absolutely love them!! Even the "silly" ones :)

  2. Thanks, Cat! Don't you think the one with us on the railroad tracks facing away from one another can pass for a Korean soap opera poster? :) "He's from the wrong side of the tracks. She's the daughter of a diplomat. They long to be together, but circumstances pull them apart. Watch what happens!" Haha silly I know.
    Thanks for reading!

  3. Cindi - These picture are all so awesome!! I can't even pick a favorite! I love the feel of them all. I so wish we had had engagement pictures done - you'll be glad you did! :)

  4. Those photos are amazing! Did you guys pick the location for the shoot, or this photographer just do magic on anything?

  5. Ohh! I LOVE these photos! They are fantastic! And you look gorgeous! I'm new to your blog, so I wanna wish my congratulations to you on your engagement!!! =)

  6. @Erin - I'm so sorry you didn't get a chance to do your engagement. You know you can still do them. :) I have heard of couples that do special pictures like this for their anniversaries and such. It's never too late to take pics with your love!

    @Inkmark - Thank you! We did pick the location and that's about it! Everything else was Erwin's doing. We had no idea what poses we wanted or anything. He was great at showing us what poses he wanted out of us.

    @Kathryn - Hello, welcome and THANK YOU! I love you and Carol's blog and have made it a routine of mine during lunch hour to read it everyday. BTW, I got the Circle the Globe skirt and thanks to your review, tried on the 6 and the 4, and ended up with the 4. =)

  7. Those are seriously, some of the best photos EVER! You and your fiancee look wonderful. Each photo is a treasure. How beautiful!

  8. I had to come back and look at these again. They soooo amazing!'re so spot on with your Korean soap comment. You have me rolling over here. So true!!

  9. You're too funny, Cat! Erwin lives in Seattle but he spends most of his time traveling as a destination photographer, just fyi. :)

    Now, throw in a billionaire guy that my parents wants me to marry and me with an incurable disease, you've got a winning soap! :)

  10. Thank you, Pamela! I fell in love with Erwin's photos right away as well, after I saw his portfolio of work. I'm so glad you enjoyed them!

  11. Hi Cindi,

    Congratulations on your engagement. Love your photos very much, hopefully i can get mine as beautiful as yours :)


  12. Oh, these are wonderful, Cindi! They turned out so great! You and Chris are adorable! =) Congrats, again!

  13. Jane, your photos will turn out great, I'm sure! It might feel weird to stare off into space when the pics are being taken, but just trust that they'll turn out great!

    Carol, thank you! I just can't wait to post the wedding ones up!!!

  14. what cute photos! i'm wearing the horizon line dress for my engagement photos as well :)

  15. @tres tippy: Congratulations on your engagement first of all! I am excited to check them out. And the horizon dress will be the perfect outfit. I just love it!

  16. These pictures are unique and gorgeous - you must be so happy to have them! I almost passed on do the whole engagement photo session, and in the end, am so glad I have some nice non-wedding but non-beer/wineglass in hand photos!!