Raleigh Engagement Photos at Fred Fletcher Park | Haley & Ernesto

These two were the absolute sweetest! Back in April I got to hang out and spend a perfect spring day at Fred Fletcher Park in Raleigh, taking engagement photos for these two adorable college sweethearts! One of my favorite things about being an engagement / wedding photographer, is getting to hear how each couple got to know each other. Haley & Ernesto’s engagement story didn’t disappoint one bit! 

Their story started when Haley was required to attend a public speaking event for upperclassmen who had recently completed their internships. Ernesto just happened to be that first speaker at that event. And from Haley’s own words - “I kid you not, I actually started blushing when he stood up in front of the room. He was the most beautiful human being that I had ever seen. I wanted to get to know him so badly that when I ran into him with one of our mutual friends, I randomly decided to say I was throwing a game night in my dorm that weekend and invited him. I didn't even have any games! That weekend he showed up for my impromptu "party," and I realized he was as kind as he was beautiful. It didn't take long for me to know he was the one."

I am so excited for October this year! I'll be photographing their wedding in Charlotte! It’s going to be a day filled of so much love & laughter! 

By the way! If you are planning a spring engagement session in North Carolina, I highly recommend taking your pictures at Fred Fletcher Park in Raleigh, NC. That time of year the weather is perfect and the park was gorgeously vibrant with so many beautiful spring flowers!

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Adorable Camping Themed Engagement Photos | Umstead State Park, Raleigh NC | Daniel K. Photography

I’m so excited to be finally sharing what was one my favorite engagement shoots I’ve ever photographed!

Celeste and Blake had the best idea ever for their engagement session! Both of them of work in the parks and rec industry and they met outdoors. So to tie in their love for the outdoors they had the genius idea to do a camping themed engagement session in Raleigh’s Umstead State Park! 

They both wore their cozy matching flannels, rocked some hiking boots, pitched a tent, and built a camp fire. To make their engagement session even cuter they brought their camping buddy Yukon, who was seriously the most adorable dog ever! These two have amazing chemistry that can’t but help reveal itself in the photos! I absolutely love how their engagement session turned out!

It was such a joy to work with Celeste & Blake on their camping themed engagement shoot! If you are interested in doing a fun engagement session like this in the Raleigh-Durham area get in touch with me!  

Engagement photo captured by Raleigh Wedding Photographer Daniel K. Photography.

Engagement photo captured by Raleigh Wedding Photographer Daniel K. Photography.

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Celeste & Blake cozy up with their dog Yukon, during their camping themed engagement session at Raleigh's Umstead State Park.

Celeste & Blake cozy up with their dog Yukon, during their camping themed engagement session at Raleigh's Umstead State Park.

If you are doing an engagement session and have a cute dog, I highly recommend you bring your cute dog on your engagement shoot! If you are looking for an engagement photographer in North Carolina, consider hiring Daniel K. Photography!  

If you are doing an engagement session and have a cute dog, I highly recommend you bring your cute dog on your engagement shoot! If you are looking for an engagement photographer in North Carolina, consider hiring Daniel K. Photography!  

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Couple laughs while having photos taken for their camping themed engagement shoot. Photo taken by Daniel K. Photography, Daniel is available to photograph engagement & wedding photos in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill & all throughout North Carolina. 

Couple laughs while having photos taken for their camping themed engagement shoot. Photo taken by Daniel K. Photography, Daniel is available to photograph engagement & wedding photos in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill & all throughout North Carolina. 

Raleigh Wedding Photographer's 2016 Year In Review | Daniel K. Photography

Whew, 2016 has been fun filled!! Let’s just say that I ate lots of wedding cake again, met lots of awesome people, explored a lot of exciting places around the world and in North Carolina, and took a ton of photos! It’s been another amazing year doing what I absolutely love to do!

Thank you to all my clients! You all are seriously amazing, and I can’t thank you enough. Allowing me to capture your wedding, family photos, or even engagement photos - they are special to you, and I am so thankful I get to be the one to photograph those special moments for you. I’ve been so blessed with the most incredible clients; I hope 2016 is not the last time I get to photograph any of you! 

In 2016 I captured over 65,000 photos, I would love to share just a few of my many favorites from this incredible year! Thank you for helping me grow and making 2016 so exciting!!

- Daniel 

Daniel K. Photography 

Guests celebrate as they cheer on the newlyweds entering the reception site of their wedding at The State Club in Raleigh, North Carolina. To learn more about The State Club, head to their website - http://www.thestateclub.org/

Guests celebrate as they cheer on the newlyweds entering the reception site of their wedding at The State Club in Raleigh, North Carolina. To learn more about The State Club, head to their website - http://www.thestateclub.org/

Engagement photo by Daniel K Photography

Engagement photo by Daniel K Photography

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Groom gets tossed around at a ridiculously fun Palestinian wedding in Raleigh, North Carolina. Photo taken by Daniel K. Photography

Groom gets tossed around at a ridiculously fun Palestinian wedding in Raleigh, North Carolina. Photo taken by Daniel K. Photography

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Couple celebrates with family after just getting engaged inside the 21C Hotel vault in downtown Durham. 

Couple celebrates with family after just getting engaged inside the 21C Hotel vault in downtown Durham. 

Right before walking down the aisle, Tara takes a peak at her future husband. 

Right before walking down the aisle, Tara takes a peak at her future husband. 

One of my favorite photos I've ever taken at the beautiful Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh. Going to the arboretum in the fall is the perfect time to capture some beautiful engagement photos! 

One of my favorite photos I've ever taken at the beautiful Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh. Going to the arboretum in the fall is the perfect time to capture some beautiful engagement photos! 

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Two flower girls walking with their dad, right before the wedding at the beautiful Neuse Breeze Wedding Venue in Havelock, North Carolina. 

Two flower girls walking with their dad, right before the wedding at the beautiful Neuse Breeze Wedding Venue in Havelock, North Carolina. 

Bridal party having fun holding up the NC State Wolfpack sign for a photo.

Bridal party having fun holding up the NC State Wolfpack sign for a photo.

The groomsmen from Rachel & Eric's wedding stole the bouqet from the bridesmaids and proceeded to toss them up in the air.

The groomsmen from Rachel & Eric's wedding stole the bouqet from the bridesmaids and proceeded to toss them up in the air.

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Daniel K. Photography takes photo of wedding guests making funny faces with the ring bearer at a wedding in Raleigh, North Carolina making funny faces with the ring bearer.

Daniel K. Photography takes photo of wedding guests making funny faces with the ring bearer at a wedding in Raleigh, North Carolina making funny faces with the ring bearer.

Groom poses in front of the beautiful exposed brick at the Cotton Room in Durham, North Carolina. 

Groom poses in front of the beautiful exposed brick at the Cotton Room in Durham, North Carolina. 

Bride poses in front of the beautiful exposed brick at the Cotton Room in Durham, North Carolina in a gorgeous wedding dress. 

Bride poses in front of the beautiful exposed brick at the Cotton Room in Durham, North Carolina in a gorgeous wedding dress. 

Bride watches as her daughter gets makeup before the wedding.

Bride watches as her daughter gets makeup before the wedding.

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Celeste and Blake look down at their dog Yukon, who may just be the best dog model in the world. This photo was taken at William B. Umstead State Park, in Raleigh North Carolina for a camping themed engagement session. 

Celeste and Blake look down at their dog Yukon, who may just be the best dog model in the world. This photo was taken at William B. Umstead State Park, in Raleigh North Carolina for a camping themed engagement session. 

This is one of my favorite photos of 2016. The day was slightly cold, but I got to work with an amazing couple, the lighting was absolutely perfect, and the waterfront Neuse Breeze Wedding Venue in Havelock, North was just stunning to shoot at. I'd highly recommend you taking a look at their website if you are interested in having your wedding there - http://neusebreeze.com/index.html

This is one of my favorite photos of 2016. The day was slightly cold, but I got to work with an amazing couple, the lighting was absolutely perfect, and the waterfront Neuse Breeze Wedding Venue in Havelock, North was just stunning to shoot at. I'd highly recommend you taking a look at their website if you are interested in having your wedding there - http://neusebreeze.com/index.html

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A groom and his groomsmen looking dapper in their wedding attire. 

A groom and his groomsmen looking dapper in their wedding attire. 

I had Megan & Josiah walk across this bridge at Eno River State Park for their engagement photos. There are some amazing hiking trails at this park! If you ever wanna hike there, you can find it at 6101 Cole Mill Road Durham, NC 27705 

I had Megan & Josiah walk across this bridge at Eno River State Park for their engagement photos. There are some amazing hiking trails at this park! If you ever wanna hike there, you can find it at

6101 Cole Mill Road

DurhamNC 27705 

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A fun filled photo shoot in front of the downtown Raleigh skyline for mens clothing company Pitch & Primer.

A fun filled photo shoot in front of the downtown Raleigh skyline for mens clothing company Pitch & Primer.

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Daniel K. Photography

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Reception photo from a wedding at the NC State University Club.

Reception photo from a wedding at the NC State University Club.

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Engagement photo by Raleigh wedding photographer Daniel Keren of Daniel K. Photography

Engagement photo by Raleigh wedding photographer Daniel Keren of Daniel K. Photography

Jared Childs & Kyle Sheats, the hosts of the web series "The Interbrew" on setup. To view episodes of The Interbrew head to their website - http://www.theinterbrew.com/

Jared Childs & Kyle Sheats, the hosts of the web series "The Interbrew" on setup. To view episodes of The Interbrew head to their website - http://www.theinterbrew.com/

Behind the scenes photo of the web series "The Interbew" with special guest Arrow Hair Cuts, hosted by Jared Childs & Kyle Sheats. 

Behind the scenes photo of the web series "The Interbew" with special guest Arrow Hair Cuts, hosted by Jared Childs & Kyle Sheats. 

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Daniel K. Photography engagement photo

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A creative idea to photograph your wedding bands.

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Daniel K. Photography engagement photographer

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The State Club in Raleigh, North Carolina is an amazing place for a wedding. As soon as you walk into the venue you are greeted with a beautiful twin stair case that is absolutely amazing for your wedding photos.  

The State Club in Raleigh, North Carolina is an amazing place for a wedding. As soon as you walk into the venue you are greeted with a beautiful twin stair case that is absolutely amazing for your wedding photos.  

Raleigh engagement photos.

Raleigh engagement photos.

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Rachel & Eric stroll across the greens of the NC State University Club Golf Course after their wedding. 

Rachel & Eric stroll across the greens of the NC State University Club Golf Course after their wedding. 

Bride and groom kiss during their first dance. Their wedding reception was inside the beautiful ball room at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill. 

Bride and groom kiss during their first dance. Their wedding reception was inside the beautiful ball room at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill. 

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I can't pinpoint exactly why, but this is one of my favorite wedding photos I captured in 2016 for Daniel K. Photography. I think it might be the way those bright red roses standout. 

I can't pinpoint exactly why, but this is one of my favorite wedding photos I captured in 2016 for Daniel K. Photography. I think it might be the way those bright red roses standout. 

Engagement photo with Will Ferrell at the 21C Hotel in Durham, North Carolina.

Engagement photo with Will Ferrell at the 21C Hotel in Durham, North Carolina.

April surprises her girl friend by propsoing to her inside the 21C Hotel bank vault.

April surprises her girl friend by propsoing to her inside the 21C Hotel bank vault.

Wedding ceremony setup at The Cotton Room

Wedding ceremony setup at The Cotton Room

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Photo captured by Raleigh Wedding Photographer Daniel Keren from Daniel K. Photography

Photo captured by Raleigh Wedding Photographer Daniel Keren from Daniel K. Photography

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Fun fall engagement session at Durham's Eno State Park.

Fun fall engagement session at Durham's Eno State Park.

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Lifestyle portrait photographer Daniel K. Photography takes photos for Runologie Raleigh, a running store located in downtown Raleigh.

Lifestyle portrait photographer Daniel K. Photography takes photos for Runologie Raleigh, a running store located in downtown Raleigh.

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Brittany looks over at her future husband before their wedding ceremony. Photo taken at the Cotton Room in Durham, North Carolina. The Cotton Room is an event venue located in Durham's Historic Mill. The event space is set on hardwood rustic floors, set against an elegant exposed brick backdrop. 

Brittany looks over at her future husband before their wedding ceremony. Photo taken at the Cotton Room in Durham, North Carolina. The Cotton Room is an event venue located in Durham's Historic Mill. The event space is set on hardwood rustic floors, set against an elegant exposed brick backdrop. 

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Couple kisses on bench in Uptown Charlotte with the city skyline in the background, during their engagement session.

Couple kisses on bench in Uptown Charlotte with the city skyline in the background, during their engagement session.

Engaged couple poses in front of the beautiful fall colors displayed at Raleigh's Raulston Arboretum.

Engaged couple poses in front of the beautiful fall colors displayed at Raleigh's Raulston Arboretum.

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If you are looking for a unique wedding venue in North Carolina, check out Circle M City in Sanford North Carolina! Circle M City adds a perfect mix of rustic & country to your wedding.

If you are looking for a unique wedding venue in North Carolina, check out Circle M City in Sanford North Carolina! Circle M City adds a perfect mix of rustic & country to your wedding.

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Rapper/hiphop artist Silent T poses for a photo for his new album "Life You've Been There Before"

Rapper/hiphop artist Silent T poses for a photo for his new album "Life You've Been There Before"

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This crazy painted exposed brick at Belt Line Station Wedding Venue made for a perfect backdrop for bride & groom portraits.

This crazy painted exposed brick at Belt Line Station Wedding Venue made for a perfect backdrop for bride & groom portraits.

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Tara & Matt get lavender tossed at them as they exit their wedding ceremony after they said "I do" at Circle M City in Sanford, North Carolina.

Tara & Matt get lavender tossed at them as they exit their wedding ceremony after they said "I do" at Circle M City in Sanford, North Carolina.

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Fun wedding reception at The Cotton Room in Durham, North Carolina.

Fun wedding reception at The Cotton Room in Durham, North Carolina.

If you want to see my favorite photos from the year before click here -> 2015 Year In Review

Downtown Charlotte Engagement Photos | Alaina & David | Daniel K. Photography

I always feel lucky to have this job as a photographer. I'm constantly getting to work with amazing people, and has quickly become my favorite part of the job is getting to meet these amazing couples. Alaina & David fall under the category as "amazing people", even though they had me drive all the way out to Charlotte from Raleigh haha. I had an incredibly fun time exploring Uptown Charlotte and Noda with them! I felt like I was photographing some friends rather than working a job during their e-session!! Thanks for the fun adventure and I hope your wedding in Wisconsin is absolutely incredible!! 

While on Alaina & David's engagement session we were exploring NoDa, which is the popular art district that is located right outside of downtown Charlotte. While on our exploration we discovered this awesome shiny backdrop. 

While on Alaina & David's engagement session we were exploring NoDa, which is the popular art district that is located right outside of downtown Charlotte. While on our exploration we discovered this awesome shiny backdrop. 

I love working with perspective. Finding interesting angles is something I always strive for during my photo shoots. 

I love working with perspective. Finding interesting angles is something I always strive for during my photo shoots. 

Finding this old warehouse near Noda, the art district in Charlotte might of been the score of the day for Alaina & David's engagement session. Love how these abandoned warehouses create some of the most beautiful photos. 

Finding this old warehouse near Noda, the art district in Charlotte might of been the score of the day for Alaina & David's engagement session. Love how these abandoned warehouses create some of the most beautiful photos. 

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One of the best parts of being a wedding photographer is getting to hear the engagement stories from each couple. Alaina & David had quite the story. You could say David put on quite a show for his proposal. To prepare for his proposal he had to light over 100 candles that he was going to surprise Alaina with. Alaina walked into the apartment and was greeted with a blaring fire alarm and David, friends, and family trying to fan out all the smoke from all those candles. Through it all David still got down on one knee to ask Alaina to marry him, and she said yes!

One of the best parts of being a wedding photographer is getting to hear the engagement stories from each couple. Alaina & David had quite the story. You could say David put on quite a show for his proposal. To prepare for his proposal he had to light over 100 candles that he was going to surprise Alaina with. Alaina walked into the apartment and was greeted with a blaring fire alarm and David, friends, and family trying to fan out all the smoke from all those candles. Through it all David still got down on one knee to ask Alaina to marry him, and she said yes!

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Alaina & David met each otehr at the University of Wisconsin, so they couldn't resist to take a few photos in their Badgers gear.

Alaina & David met each otehr at the University of Wisconsin, so they couldn't resist to take a few photos in their Badgers gear.

This epic skyline engagement photo was captured in downtown Charlotte's beautiful Romare Bearden Park. 

This epic skyline engagement photo was captured in downtown Charlotte's beautiful Romare Bearden Park.