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Capturing Love on Campus | Engagement Photo Shoot at Cornell University

There’s nothing quite like returning to the place where you met, where your love as a couple first bloomed in your college years, and getting to experience all those places, and revisit all those memories as you celebrate your engagement or an anniversary. Perhaps it’s Reunion Weekend, perhaps it’s just a gorgeous day in the fall so you can take in the colors and the sights once again. A photo session stopping by all those spots around Cornell University that were the background to your love story can be a truly magical experience. (Or, maybe you just live somewhere local in the Finger Lakes and need a breathtaking view? Yep, this one is for you too!) Read on for an engagement session taking it from Uris library all the way to Cascadilla Gorge and everything in between.

My tips for your photo session when visiting the Cornell campus:

  • Plan in advance! A lot of folks end up in town around specific dates like Reunion weekend, and everyone is trying to fit similar activities within a short amount of time. You want to give yourself enough time to be able to book an awesome dinner at your fave place, and similarly, you want to make sure you’ll be able to snag a spot on the photography schedule.
  • Plan for the weather! Perhaps you now live in sunny California and have long forgotten the long, dreary winters Ithaca is known for. It’s always a good idea to double check before you set your dates and get a reminder of how the seasons flow in Upstate New York – winters will be longer than you remember, so spring might not be as early as you expect it. Similarly, fall weather has a different schedule and if you want to catch the colors, it’s always a great idea to check the fall foliage report.
  • Plan for your memories! While the Cornell campus has a myriad of gorgeous, picturesque locations, it’s also pretty big! Some spots will have a much bigger impact on your memories because of the personals connections you’ve built. Think about what makes sense for you, rather than what makes a perfect Cornell postcard.


Have any questions? Ready to jump in and make gorgeous images together? Get in touch with me!