I still don’t have any clue how they found me. I think a friend of a friend of a friend found my annual the-phone-ain’t-ringing-because-it’s-January ad on Craigslist, saw I had a connection to upstate New York, and said “hire that guy.” And so it came to pass. I shot their wedding, and it was awesome. That will follow later this week. This is the engagement session.
Actually, most of these are from the second engagement session. The first got rained out, but we met anyway at their favorite bar (Milady’s) for some drinks anyway. I should actually say we “started” at Milady’s for drinks. Four bars later I was tanked and quite happy I’d only lost my iphone and not the five grand in camera gear I was toting around.
When I do an engagement session I try to co-opt the couple as creative partners. If I can get them thinking about places that are important to them, interests they have, or aspects of each other’s personality that are particularly important to the relationship, the images always end up being more meaningful and interesting. Jason and Journey’s, eh… journey… together really started when they lived on Prince Street in Soho, and included a lot of late nights at the townie bar across the street, food from the 24-hour bodega across from it, and daily strolls down the beautiful streets that are all around. So despite them having to come all the way from Chautauqua, NY for it, we decided that for their engagement shoot we’d go back to the old ‘hood. It actually poured the second day as well, but damnit, we toughed it out and during a 30-minute break in the sheets of rain and ended up with a handful of awesome images.
Congratulations, J & J. I’m totally coming to crash your couch in Chautauqua next summer.