Monday, November 29, 2010

jeannie & brian's engagement session

For months I was looking forward to Jeannie & Brian's engagement session. They'd sent me a few links to some inspiration images and I knew right away what we were going to do and the perfect time to do it. The planets aligned and provided us with perfect weather and light. Plus the two of them are so sweet and loving toward each other, it was easy to just step back and shoot them as they are.

I must say, I really love when my couples do some research when it comes to discovering what it is they're looking for from their photography. There are so many mixed messages on wedding planning websites about telling your photographer what you want - show your photographer photos you like, don't show them other photographer's images, etc, etc. The thing is, if you find photos you love, I can't duplicate them for you - the people in the images aren't you, the location isn't the same, nor can we guarantee the weather, lighting, etc. What I can do, is identify the aesthetic elements of the images that speak to you and I can't tell you how helpful that is!

So please - peruse the wedding inspiration websites, tear out pages from magazines, tell me what you love and (often even more helpful) what you don't like. Don't be shy! :)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

meredith + joe's engagement session

I try to encourage couples to be silly and play while being photographed...and Meredith & Joe did not disappoint!

For their engagement session, we met inside Grandview Mercantile, the antique store where they found her ring. No shortage of props there...silliness abounded. Then a romp around the neighborhood ending with one of their favorite treats - real ginger ale. It was a great time with them and I'm really looking forward to their wedding next summer!