The Planner: Picture This: Engagement Photos

"Funky" is how both Miminos and Derksen describe STUDIO NOUVEAU‘s images. "If you’re looking for photographers who’ll put you in unconventional settings, definitely consider them," says Miminos of Boston shutterbugs Lara Woolfson and Kate Harper. The couple explain that certain shots—like one of them kissing in front of a deer head at the Beehive bar—were fun but didn’t quite match their style, and didn’t particularly scream "engagement photo." For less-traditional duos, though, that’d be just fine. 800-797-9344,

[sidebar]Miminos welcomed the fresh attitude of Cambridge-based fashion and weddings studio SCOTT ZUEHLKE PHOTOGRAPHY. In fact, she believes Scott Zuehlke (who also took this story’s opening shot) captured them at their best, though Derksen has one quibble: While he likes how Zuehlke depicted "the architectural and industrial sides of the South End," he wishes the shooter had given the pair a little more direction. "Alexis and I didn’t always know what he wanted us to do," says the groom-to-be. 774-219-2757,

Married pair René and Melissa Tirado’s traditional approach "did a good job of capturing how we feel about each other," says Miminos, who notes how TIRADO PHOTOGRAPHY used light and shadows to create drama. The Peabody-based photogs’ complementary personalities (one’s quiet and calm; the other’s outgoing) created a comfortable shooting environment. The future bride’s parting comment? "At first, I didn’t like how specifically they told us to pose—but now that I’ve seen the pictures, I’m glad they did!" 978-536-5195,


  • Jenny

    Scott Z was my wedding photographer and I couldn’t have been happier. Not only did he make us feel comfortable when shooting us on our wedding day, but the result was outstanding! Scott always had a creative way to lead us into a brilliant shot without being stiff or unnatural. His smart eye for light and innate sense of emotion allow him to stand out among the countless wedding photographers in Boston. Grasping the personality of a couple is much more difficult that just shooting an wedding. Scott manages to do it with style.