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Shanel & John | A Springtime Abandoned Building Engagement In Atlanta

Engaged couple wearing blue standing in old warehouse shot through broken out window at abandoned building engagement

Shanel & John wanted something extra unique when it came to their engagement session. After talking with them, they explained they loved the contrast between dark and gritty and soft and beautiful. As it turns out, I love urban exploration and old abandoned buildings, so I thought that would be a great fit for what they were looking for!

As with most abandoned locations, there is typically some degree of trespassing and potential danger. I searched through all of my favorite abandoned locations and revisited a number of them trying to find something that would offer us the opportunity for the time we needed to shoot, a higher level of safety, especially for them, and easy to access.

Engaged couple leaning against paint peeling wall with graffiti shot through broken window at abandoned building engagement

I finally decided on an old train yard and Shanel and John both loved the location idea. We had to park about a quarter of a mile away and walk the rest, but once we arrived, we spent some time roaming the giant buildings just exploring and checking things out. While we were shooting we kept hearing lower voices coming from different directions but didn’t see anything. We laid low in a room trying to figure out who or what it was and then we finally saw a couple walking through one of the buildings with their dog checking things out. They spotted us out the corner of their eye and were extremely startled. Lol. Nothing better than scaring someone in a creepy abandoned building.  Out of focus engaged couple kissing in graffiti filled warehouse with rain pouring down at abandoned building engagement

As we made our way through more of the buildings we stumbled upon a vagrant who was taking a nap in a train car. He didn’t seem to mind us shooting photos and continued to nap. As we were finishing up it began to rain….well pour. At that point, it wasn’t too bad since we were inside, but we still had to make our quarter of a mile walk back when we left. Once we finished their engagement session, I ended up leaving Shanel and John there protected from the rain as I jogged back to the car to pick them up with an umbrella. No sense in everyone being soaked. Here are some of my favorites from the day!

Engaged couple wearing blue standing in graffiti filled room with junk at abandoned building engagement Engaged couple wearing blue standing in old brick building at abandoned building engagement Portrait of guy wearing blue sitting on pallets of cement bricks at abandoned building engagement Portrait of girl wearing blue in creepy building between cement walls at abandoned building engagement Engaged couple standing in door way of flooded room at abandoned building engagement Engaged couple walking through dark creepy hallway with sunlight hitting their faces at abandoned building engagement Engaged couple standing in dark room with sunlight hitting their faces at abandoned building engagement Engaged couple sitting in old train car filled with junk at abandoned building engagement Engaged couple dipping in warehouse shot from train car at abandoned building engagement Engaged couple leaning against graffiti wall with girl looking at camera at abandoned building engagement Engaged couple wearing blue standing near yellow crane at abandoned building engagement Engaged couple walking through large building with sunlight filtering through at abandoned building engagement Engaged coupe embracing hugging in dark building at abandoned building engagement Girl biting guys lips and kissing at abandoned building engagement Engaged couple hugging and laughing in dark building at abandoned building engagement Engaged couple wearing blue touching foreheads at abandoned building engagement Engaged couple kissing with girl holding chain showing off engagement ring at abandoned building engagement

My name is Matt Druin and I’m an Atlanta wedding photographer that specializes in unique, offbeat weddings for all awesome people! Not only do I shoot amazing Atlanta weddings, but I also travel frequently for destination weddings, and weddings all over, with no travel fees in the US for amazing wedding photography. I also shoot Atlanta engagement sessions for newly engaged couples. I’ve even been known to travel, and far, for engagement sessions too!

Contact Atlanta Wedding Photographer Matthew Druin

Email [email protected]

Phone 678-551-0115

Address 225 Parkway 575 #66 Woodstock, Georgia 30188

Portfolios www.matthewdruin.com

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  • KelseyApril 16, 2013 - 11:54 am

    I love how unique and different all of your engagement session are. They really seem to capture each couple beautifully.ReplyCancel

  • JenniferApril 17, 2013 - 2:25 pm

    I just adore these. I’m absolutely in LOVE with that location choice.ReplyCancel

  • Alex LongApril 18, 2013 - 7:55 am

    Just stunning!ReplyCancel

  • JazminApril 18, 2013 - 1:28 pm

    Le swoon!! These are awesome and original! Love them :)ReplyCancel

  • RachelApril 19, 2013 - 8:15 pm

    Such an adorable couple! Love everything about this! Amazing job. :)ReplyCancel

  • KrystaJuly 25, 2013 - 2:43 pm

    Great photo’s!!! Could you tell me where this building is located. I have dropped the ball on finding our engagment site and I have 4 days to find a spot similar to what this couple did. Any information or advice would be helpful. Thank you for your time!ReplyCancel

    • Matthew DruinJuly 26, 2013 - 11:04 am

      It’s an abandoned train yard in Atlanta. I’m not 100% sure on an address or anything though.ReplyCancel