Love + Space = Engagement Session… you now have the proper equation for success. ;0)
Hannah and Sham came down from Vancouver, BC and I traveled up from Portland… we met in Seattle to spend a few hours playing with the camera. These two were such a treat! The very best portrait sessions are the ones where the subjects and the photographer are willing to wander and roll with the spaces offered. We were handed a cold, damp day and that was fine for most of it… what made it work was the love, the energy between the two of them.
People as subject matter is probably some of the hardest and most rewarding work… the shiny prize is catching a mood the subjects recognize as their own.
Fairytales may not happen to everyone you meet but you know it when you see it. Elena and Leigh have been in love since grade school… they knew early on they were a true fit for each other. When I first met them a few years ago, I had no idea how special this bond was. We started with an engagement session and I realized that it was going to be a deep and important relationship for me, as well. The wedding was perfect and personal and we have since done belly pictures and baby pictures and family sessions. In all of that, I feel like we are related… like we can talk about anything.
I am inspired by these two every time I get to spend a little time with them.
Find the one who truly loves you and love them with everything you’ve got… the world will be a better place for everyone. ;0)
Destination weddings can be a lot of work for everyone involved if the planning isn’t up to snuff. When someone has taken the pains to bring me and my gear clear across the country to cover their wedding, I make sure that we do a lot of talking about the timing. It’s a good idea to bring your photographers in a couple of days ahead for a few reasons. The most obvious one being that it’s a way to get past the aggravations of weather and delayed flights. It is a also good way to ensure that your photographers are rested and ready to give you the best coverage possible, and, if any gear gets messed up in transit, your photographer has a chance to get it replaced in time for your wedding. All of that seems like a no brainer to me.
What I offer my clients in a destination situation is a chance to spend a couple of hours outside of the wedding day… most often it’s a rehearsal dinner sort of coverage. It helps all of us to get comfortable before the big day. Jen and Chris had a tea for their families at the hotel the day before the wedding. I took some time with the tea service but when they were done, they asked if I would go with them to get the rings cleaned. You bet! Old Town Alexandria has a free trolly that runs up and down King Street… all we had to do was hop on and go a couple of stops to the jewelry designer. Basically, we got to treat it as an engagement session… it gave us lots of opportunities to do sweet pictures of just the two of them in various places before we took our frozen noses back to the hotel.
I love my job!
Engagement Sessions are a great way to see how the whole dynamic might work for your wedding day. There are 4 parts of the puzzle… there are the two of you and then you add a photographer and a camera. When those 4 pieces work well, you get wonderful results.
Tiffany and Jon came to town to wrap up some details and to have an engagement session with me. We started in the Pearl District and wandered over to Union Station for a low profile stab at getting them over the jitters… cameras have a way of making lots of people uncomfortable. If you add that to PDAs, the dreaded public displays of affection, it can take a while to relax. By the time we had gotten up to the Pittock Mansion, the light and the comfort level had both improved. Even though this portrait on the stairs is wonderfully quiet, we spent a lot of time laughing… these two are a great fit and I am looking forward to their August wedding!
On a side note, I always discuss clothing with my clients ahead of any engagement session… a blended or complimentary color palette is a good start. I am not interested in having people match so much as I don’t want their colors to clash or to take away from the faces. Polka dots and awning stripes will never be a good combo. I did get to tease Jon a little about his white shoes… notice how they really pop in the portrait on the right? I’d have asked him for a darker shoe or sandal if I had known. ;0)
Getting married? Let’s take the camera out for a spin and see how much fun it can be!
Mixed metal wedding rings have been working their way into the mainstream for a couple of years and I am very happy to see it. For so long, rings and cakes were pretty predictable… to see them take off in many design directions makes this photographer happy. The Knot has an article about choosing your wedding rings and then I found this article about mixed metal jewelry… both are worth the read if you are about to start your shopping.
When I got to Hannah’s mother’s condo for the getting ready pictures, I started with the ring shots that she had requested… I did a few in a beautiful ceramic bowl but then I turned around and saw a great metal sculpture on the wall. No contest! Oddly enough, mixed metals were laced all through our Seattle engagement session last April. All of our locations had fabulous metal sculptures and walls to use as context for their portraits.
On a separate note, this was taken with a mix of camera bits… I recently bought the newest Panasonic mirrorless camera. With an adaptor, I am able to use my older Nikon macro… it was a treat to play at a different level last Saturday and I believe it is part of what keeps me fresh. ;0)
I sure would like to talk to you if you are planning a wedding… there is a lot to consider.
Two days ago, Emily and James and good-dog Davey motored to the quiet beach at Gearhart to spend a little time in front of my camera. Since they are getting married in a few weeks at Gray Gables, we went for something a little more organic for an engagement session. It seems like the summer has flown by since we met… we didn’t expect it to follow us to the beach but it did… what a glorious day! Davey agreed with a resounding High Five before he went off to check out the poodles near the surf line.
Is this a great job or what? ;0)
Mary Beth and Patrick are getting married next spring… it seems like a long time from now but it will probably fly by like it does for most couples. We went on walkabout for an engagement session on a chilly day in October and it was really great to see how well they mesh.I also know how much I can depend on Patrick to make her laugh… that bodes well for a long relationship! I think we are going to have a fine wedding. ;0)