i realize the evolution of a photoshoot might be of no interest to you on most days, but this one might be a little different~
the mother of the groom contacted me early in december & asked if i was available the saturday morning prior to christmas to shoot her recently engaged son & soon to be daughter in law. i responded back & explained that i was sorry but i had blocked out two weeks at the end of december to spend time with my family. i practically worked through thanksgiving and knew i needed to guard our family time so i basically turned her down. nicely of course.
i was explaining the situation to dan as a few of us were heading home from dinner. he explained that he had a ballgame he was interested in & might head out if i was shooting. madi chimes in from the back seat that she was scheduled to work that day. i figured my two social butterflies were probably planning events with their friends anyways. so. i emailed her back & told her we could do it. i contacted friends of mine who own thompson’s tree farm & asked if we could shoot there. emailed the bride & she loved the idea of a tree farm. madi didn’t need to leave for work until lunch time so she was game to come along as my assistant.
the couple would only be in atlanta for a small window. so saturday morning prior to christmas was it for our photos. as fate would have it, i woke saturday morning to a warm, rainy, ugly, soupy morning. any other day i would have contacted my clients and cancelled. but i knew this was it so i loaded up & drove over to the farm.
in the rain.
the cutie pie couple & mom of the groom pulled up & i jumped in the car. in the rain. since i didn’t know this couple i wanted to get a feel for who they were. how would they describe their personalities, etc. i explained that these pictures were to give their friends & family a flavor for who they’d be as a couple. casey & brandon explained that they were a happy fun couple “always smiling & having fun”. to which i replied with a resounding “fanflippintastic…because here’s the deal…i’m praying the rain stops, even if we can only capture a few images. your personalities are what will need to shine in these images. its a dreary ugly day. as much as i love the light, i want to get these shots for you. so YOU will be the light. mkay?” they were game. we waited & waited for the rain to stop.
now here’s the deal. as a photographer, sometimes it takes a few images for my clients to relax & enjoy the process. to feel comfortable smooching & hugging infront of a stranger. to start whispering into each others ears and just be themselves. so keep that in mind.
i stood out in the drizzling rain & explained to my friends at thompsons what my plan was as soon as the rain stopped. because surely the rain was going to stop. while i was in the car giving a pep rally to the couple, tommy & denise thompson were fervently checking the forecast for me. ( years ago we took the girls here to cut down our christmas tree and the thompsons have always been so kind!)
finally the drizzle stopped. we jumped out of the car , grabbed umbrellas & began. supposedly we only had about 15 minutes before the next rainshower would be over us. so we began our trek through the farm. like quickly began our trek. i always explain prior to a shoot that i’m sorta bossy once i get into my zone, and that with another pending shower i was going to definitely be bossy.
casey & brandon from the start were on. whatever time they needed to warm up & get comfortable was nonexistent. casey never complained about the weather. she never acted disappointed over the dreary day ahead of her while we were capturing their engagement. she never asked if her hair fell. she just giggled and kissed and laughed and snuggled with her sweetie. it was absolutely precious.
i kept telling brandon he scored. that if his bride was this relaxed and was clearly enjoying herself on a dreary day, that she’d truly enjoy her wedding & all it’s preparations. each time i showed her an image from the back of my camera she would just squeal with delight!
this is why i love what the lord has allowed me to do, even if for only a short time….i get the absolute privilege & honor of spending a rainy soupy ugly day just before christmas with cuties such as this. and honestly when i look at these images, i don’t even see the rainy soupy ugly day.
that’s the magic of it all…
casey & brandon, i wish you all the best in the months ahead as you plan your wedding! i have no doubt that it will indeed be months full of joy & happiness! congratulations you two! you definitely have a light within you!