I’ve been a little behind in my posting, but I just finished a trio of engagement shoots.
Jeanette and William don’t look tired in their pictures, though it would be understandable if they did. We shot at 7:00 in the morning on a Sunday, and they had to drive in from Pullman to do it.
Sometimes I’d make suggestions for poses, but mostly I let them be themselves: they naturally made loving gestures–a gentle touch, a graceful draping of an arm, an inclination of the head. I just had to shoot–all the affection and elegance were already there.
By the end of Laura and James’ shoot, it was getting dark and late and I wouldn’t have blamed Laura or James being impatient, but gamely went along to one last location: the gazebo. And that’s where, for me, things finally came together photographically. I am glad they were so patient with me.
My son watches me edit pictures sometimes. While editing the pictures of Amanda and Anthony, he said, “Those people aren’t real.” He says strange things sometimes. “Why aren’t they real?” I asked. “They look too good,” he answered.
Well, he was right and he was wrong: Amanda and Anthony are real, but they do look good. We did our shoot early in the morning, and while driving to the location, I passed Canon Hill Park, which I thought looked particularly peaceful. After an hour of shooting, I suggested we drop by the park for a few more poses. After 380 pictures, I got this shot. I only took three more. I didn’t think I could do any better.
The fun thing about engagement sessions is that it lets me get to know the couple better as people, which makes me even more excited about shooting their weddings.