These two are perfect. We met up at the beginning of the month for an engagement session in a totally new (to me!) part of Brooklyn – and I’ll say it again – they’re just the best. They took the brisk fall weather in stride and trust me, their happy is contagious – I think I smiled the entire day afterwards (and while I edit their photos).
So far – here’s a few of my favorites – but trust me – there will be MANY more..
p.s. They’re getting married in France next fall – so really, I just don’t know how they could not be my favorites.
Ok, so full disclosure – a sneak peek of an engagement session usually consists of one, two, three MAX images. I mean, it’s kinda the definition of a sneak peek.
So you’re forewarned – I’m breaking all the imaginary rules here. And I have two VERY good reasons. Reason #1: Katie. Reason #2: Ben. (And bonus reason #3: their amazing/helpful/engagement session assistant/bridesmaid Rebecca!)
I photograph engagement sessions that go great. They’re fun and easy and we make some beautiful photos. Then — I photograph the engagement sessions that make me feel like I’m floating on a fluffy cloud made up of incredible love, the perfect light and magical moments that I’m lucky to capture on a camera. These are the sessions that I linger around at the end, waiting for an opening to hug everybody.
Obviously, what I’m saying is that I totally did a creepy linger at the end of this session, trying to sneak in hugs with Kate, Ben – and Rebecca.
More soon — but in the meantime, here’s a super extended sneak peek!
When I met up with Herson + Brayan, we started their session by chatting a little about what they were going for + some of the ‘engagement poses’ they liked. And it was when Brayan said he loved that pose of the two people just facing each other, with their foreheads together that I realized we were going to get along juuuusssstttt fine. I think I awkwardly patted his hand and smiling, silently nodded for like a solid three minutes. All while staring in his eyes, you know, to top off the creepiness.
These two are unbelievable, fantastic human beings. I’ve learned that in a lot of small business exercises, it’s helpful to visual or imagine the kind of clients you want to attract. At the top of my list, every time, is kind. Kind clients. And saying that out loud sounds as silly as my (short) list looks. And maybe I should add creative or flexible or totally loaded — but in my experience nothing impacts me or my work like kindness.
Herson and Brayan — are kind. These two are all love. I didn’t want their session to end. And this was a session that took place on a 90 degree summer day – I will do my best to not harp about the amount of sweating (SO MUCH SWEAT). Back to these boys — it was impossible not to feel their love, especially for each other. It felt solid and grounded and as real as anything could feel.
A few of my favorite images from our time together ….
Bow ties, blue pants and these two. One of my new favorites. Meet Derek + Bryan.
I am so thrilled to be working with the incredible Kate — the woman / genius behind H&H Weddings, a website and blog dedicated to providing resources and support for LGBT couples planning their wedding. They are featuring a real life (not to mention ridiculously adorable) couple, Jen + Lauren — and following them through their own wedding process. (Head over to H&H Weddings to read Jen’s amazing proposal story!) I met up with Jen + Lauren a few weeks ago in their NYC neighborhood and we walked through Prospect Park for a lovely engagement shoot.
They were utterly fantastic — super easy going plus they politely ignored my frantic heavy breathing as I raced them through a two hour session in about 35 minutes. And even better — they reminded me how much I love love — and how I feel so lucky to have the chance to document the realness of it just there, existing, between two amazing people.