I’m SO excited to share this engagement session because it happens to be two people who are very special to me: my brother-in-law and his fiancé! We had so much fun together the day of the session, the light was lovely and thanks to a lifetime of history (okay, half a lifetime) there were no awkward moments or miscommunications. This is completely and genuinely THEM. I can’t wait for the big day Kourt & Jer- love you guys! A special thanks to Old Goat Books http://www.oldgoatbooks.com/Welcome_to_Old_Goat_Books.html for letting us photograph in there!
It’s been a long time coming but spring seems to have finally made it’s way here and I couldn’t be more excited to be able to shoot in the gorgeous weather. Here’s a preview from an Easter weekend shoot I did of 3 very awesome people. I am looking forward to the wedding this summer! More to come on these lovely people!
Unfortunately, my job revolves around the weather more than I would like (stay tuned about my new INDOOR studio- can’t wait). A lot of time and effort goes into planning and preparing for a session but one thing we can’t control is the weather. Sometimes Mother Nature just doesn’t want to cooperate and there are really only two things we can do: reschedule or brave the storm. K & M decided to take a chance and go ahead with the session and I’m glad they did. As we were shooting K told me she was okay with the rain because no one else was going to have photos like them. Needless to say, these are the people I enjoy working with- the ones who show up rain or shine 😉
K & M I’m looking forward to your big day and hopefully we have a lot more shine than rain!
A new tradition started today; we visited the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival on it’s 50th anniversary. The weather was not at it’s best but we were all in good spirits and had a great time. Here is just a snippet of our time eating pancakes, visiting the sugar shack, sampling food trucks (my favourite was Chef Scotty Cooks https://twitter.com/chefscottycooks) and walking all over town!
If you get a chance to go next year I would highly recommend it- especially in good company 😉
I’ll tell you what I love about engagement sessions- the excitement(!)- for both myself and the clients. During the session, we talk about the upcoming wedding; the planning, the details, the guest list (lol) and you can always tell that they are brimming with excitement for the big day. And so am I! I’m looking forward to (quietly) being in the middle of the action and catching all of those details that they have worked so hard on.
An engagement session serves several purposes but here are a few that I think are most important:
1. It ‘primes’ the couple for the wedding day. It’s no secret that most people do not like having their picture taken (I know I don’t). Having a session before the wedding allows the couple to develop expectations about what their wedding day will be like and to see that it’s really not so bad.
2. It allows them to see me in action. It’s one thing to meet a couple in a coffee shop, it’s another to have me shooting, directing and getting personal with them. This goes back to number 1 but more than that, they get to learn what it’s like to work with ME. It creates a foundation for the couple and I to work from.
3. It allows me to get to know them. This is a BIG one. I do a lot of groundwork before a wedding- from creating Pinterest boards to getting the couple to fill out a survey asking them to list which photos they want, special instructions, etc. The greatest indicator of success for me is how well I know the couple. I have shot weddings before where I haven’t even met the couple in person before I was shooting some of the most important photos of their lives. Don’t get me wrong, everything turned out well but I was missing a big piece of the puzzle by not knowing who they are. By shooting an engagement session first, I am able to tell, for example, if the groom is really uncomfortable and I’m going to have to be cracking jokes to loosen him up. Or if the bride is self-conscious and I will have to show her some shots on my camera where she looks awesome so she can relax. I cannot emphasize enough how important these things are, especially because my style is very personal.
4. Photos! I love seeing your engagement photos used for guest books, up on boards and on your invitations/programs. It’s so nice to have photos to look back on from that time before you were married. Some engagements last several years and it’s nice to remember that special time when you are enjoying the engagement period.
When I restructured my pricing a while back, I changed all of my wedding packages to include an engagement session for all of the reasons listed above and more. They are so important and as I mentioned before, the EXCITEMENT creates such a good energy in these sessions. Below are pictures of V & K and they are a perfect example of what an awesome engagement session looks like- relaxed and real and happy! Add a great location and some really cool icicles and I was pretty much in heaven. If you are in need of a wedding photographer and feel I may be a good fit for you, please contact me; I would love to meet you!
There is something very special about following clients through different milestones in their lives. From engagement to wedding, maternity, newborn, family and beyond there are countless little milestones in there that are just waiting to be captured. If you have ever looked on my website under the ‘About Me’ section, you will see my tagline is “let me capture your love story” and that’s because there are love stories all around us; some, more shy and reserved than others. Whether you are looking for someone to capture your wedding day- with all of the planning and energy you have poured into it to make it special, or just to capture a day in your life- perhaps cooking in your messy kitchen with your kids while the dog begs for scraps at your feet- those moments need to be treasured. This family welcomed baby B in December and it was a pleasure to be there again for another new love story to unfold. I have photographed this family a handful of times and it is so nice to see them grow up and together. So thank you, K family, for bringing me along for the ride 😉 Here’s to many more.
Sooooo… it’s official. It’s 2014 and I am joining the blogging world. I realize that I’m a bit late to the party and that from now on, you’ll probably be expecting me to keep this new habit of mine up. Well, that’s just what I intend to do. Feel free to stop by here any time to follow my photography, as well as some personal posts. I’m so glad this is finally happening- the blog that is- it has been a long time coming and I’m finally ready to commit to it. So, for my first official post I will leave you with some photos of a family session I did this fall. The B family was so much fun to work with, and completely down to earth. Despite the crazy weather we had, we did manage to get our session in on an overcast and windy day at their family farm. Thanks for having me B family and I hope to photograph you again in the future and see how much your kids have grown.
So, today I got a new Canon 5D MKII, Canon 50mm 1.4 lens, Lightroom 4 and a Gary Fong Half-Cloud Lightsphere. It’s been a good day, a very expensive, good day. 😉