Lydia and Resean’s Engagement Session at USC Columbia Horseshoe

Last weekend was a beautiful, early spring weekend, and it was perfect for Lydia and Resean’s USC engagement! We wanted to make sure and have their session in Columbia, and the Horseshoe at the University of South Carolina was the perfect way to mix in a woodsy, natural look with some unique architectural features as well. As always, I tried to plan the engagement session to take place during the last hours of daylight, known as “golden hour”, and I’m so glad that we were able to shoot during this time of day!

african american engagement session in columbia, sc
Though it was still bright outside, and a bit chilly, Lydia was a real trooper when I asked them to pose in this shady spot on the Horseshoe!

african american engagement session in columbia, sc
Speaking of architecture, I love using stairs to help pose couples. These two warmed up immediately and I love the contrast of their dark outfits with the light stone!

Macro engagement ring shot on magnolia branch
Lydia shares a love for Magnolia trees and blossoms, like most of us Southern girls do, so this Magnolia branch was the perfect spot for a ring shot!

african american engagement session in columbia, sc at USC horseshoe with old oak trees
The huge old oaks are one of my favorite features for a USC engagement session, as you can see from the collection of photos below. We were so lucky that some local students moved their makeshift hammocks so that we could use this perfect row of trees to frame Lydia and Resean.

african american couple with gray blazer and purple dress under old oaks at USC horseshoe
It is so apparent in the way they look at each other that these two are madly in love.

purple dress and gray blazer with jeans, engaged couple posing for photos in columbia, sc
Lydia and Resean were awesome, and totally worked with me when I prompted them to add some silliness to their session. When a couple can be silly for a second and loosen up, it leads to amazing photos during the remainder of the engagement portrait session.

african american engaged couple posing for engagement session in columbia, sc under large oak trees at usc horseshoe
Seriously, I can’t get enough of these oaks.

Close up usc engagement portraits of african american couple in purple dress and grey blazer
These close up images here are some of my favorites from the entire session.

black couple walking hand in hand down brick sidewalk in columbia, sc engagement session

engaged black couple pose next to wrought iron fence on USC campus in Columbia, SC
How cute are they?! This pose speaks volumes. After all of the fun we had at their USC engagement session, I CANNOT WAIT for their Columbia, SC wedding in May!

black engagement portrait on the lawn at USC Horseshoe in Columbia, SC
Thanks again, Resean and Lydia, for being such a fun and gorgeous couple to work with! I look forward to seeing you both again in just 2 short months!



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  1. Wow! These are photos are gorgeous- love the soft rose and lichen tones of the lighting and background. Just beautiful!

  2. This is one of my favorite shoots that you’ve done! They really know how to pose and look good, and you framed them up so nicely underneath the trees! They make a beautiful couple!


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