I'll go where you take me. Like, literally. I mean, within reason ;) But I always say - the more fun and unique of a location, the more inspiration, the more fun and unique photos. :) If you don't want something that looks like everything else, you've got to be up for something different. It's not just up to the photographer to make your photos unique, it's also up to you, the location, the outfits, the "props", the things you're willing to do. So, be up for anything :) And, props don't have to be a wine case to sit on or balloons or anything cheesy, a prop can be your home, your bed, your kitchen, and the things you already own. Things you don't have to lug along to a park. If you have friends with some unique fun things, smile nice and see if you can borrow their vintage truck, muscle car, their cool retro bike, or an Airstream. If you have access to a cool location, see if you can do photos there - I've done anything from rooftops to, well, dairy farms, and I'm always looking to get inspired by surroundings, personalities, and your love most of all. :)
Listen to your personality - if your love is on the quiet, introverted side and your most favorite thing is watching shows together, or walking your dog, or reading, an at home cozy sesh with coffee and snuggling on your couch might be just what will tug on your heartstrings :) What the heck, you might even want to write a fun (or uber sweet) letter to each other, and read it at the session. Now THAT would be cool!
If you love hiking and nature and going all outdoorsy, a camp fire at a farm with roasting marshmallows OR showing me your most unique hiking spot might be up your alley. :)
It's not cheesy, it's picking the right setting to have some fun in that feels most like you so your photos are your absolute favorite!!!
Now, on to Shannon and Kyle - well, these two had some friends with a dairy farm that was super near and dear, a place they spent a lot of time at and loved, that fit their country farm / easy going / baseball-hat-wearing personalities. They brought the mood, I brought the tunes - believe Thomas Rhett station on Pandora was THE perfect setting for this fun sesh! Thanks for having me you two! Excited to see you on your wedding day!!! - with love, Ester