The Hudson Valley winked at me the entire time of this lovely engagement with Kate + Igor. This session is from this past fall — i.e. the peak of crispness — and I’m finally, a couple seasons later, getting around to blog about it.
I have a few goals when I head into an engagement session. Top of my list – always – highest, highest priority – is that I don’t fall down. Right below – like picture me holding my hand in a straight horizontal line pretty high above my head and then I move it down barely – like I didn’t really move it, but I moved it – right there, is my next goal – which is really capturing your personalities and characters and the relationship you share.
For these two – I hope that I conveyed their kindness + the relaxed, easy love that I felt between the two of them. I was so lucky to spend a couple of hours with them – and find one of my new favorite parks! – they were so comfortable to be around, which I feel always says so much about someone.
And jesus – I love the Hudson Valley! Consider yourself lucky that didn’t come through in all caps because I’m sorta all capital letters about my love for where I live.
Enough ramblings – here’s more Kate + Igor.
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.