a dreary rainy day?….i bet you can still see the light


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…

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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!


December 28, 2013 - 10:58 am

Sally - Wow Paige, these are amazing! If you hadn’t told us the back-story, we would NEVER have known. What an awesome collection of images! I’ll bet the couple is ecstatic!!!

December 28, 2013 - 11:25 am

Angela - I have been waiting on these pics and this story since you gave us a teaser. They did not disappoint !! They are some of my favorites of yours!!!! Thanks for sharing. You are amazing!

December 28, 2013 - 11:36 am

Lori H - You are amazing, Paige. You bring out the best in every client, and every situation. Well done 🙂

December 28, 2013 - 11:43 am

Beverly - Paige,
I love this post and showed it to my husband, Art Costello. He immediately turned to me and said how special your gift is! He described it as, “what the heart sees, the eyes capture”. I know you were a nurse for many years but this seems to be a higher calling for you. You certainly have a great eye for photography and I believe it’s because of your heart. I can see this heart of yours holds so much love for others. Whether it is for the Lord, your family, friends, clients, the cancer children you cared for when you worked in the hospital, etc. You seem to be a giver of love to them all and I am thankful you share this with us on your blog.

December 28, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Debra @ MsMoozys Open House - Wow these pictures are awesome, you have such an awesome talent and I am glad that you are sharing that with others. Thanks so much for sharing them with us as well. Happy 2014 to you. 🙂

December 28, 2013 - 2:48 pm

Sara - So, so good! I love each shot. She IS a doll!

December 28, 2013 - 5:02 pm

Shelley - Adorable! You did an amazing job!

December 28, 2013 - 5:19 pm

Kim from 3 peanuts - I LOVE these Paige…you are SO right that they’re beautiful hearts and spirits light up the images. You did a great job capturing thru love an playfulness . you rock girl!!! And they’re adorable!!!!!

December 28, 2013 - 6:04 pm

Beth - These are amazing! I would have killed for these type of engagement shots! You can tell they are truly happy. 🙂

December 28, 2013 - 7:01 pm

Jan - Wow…first of all…what a cute couple. And second of all…you are amazing. To catch that between rains. So precious. They look like a sweet fun couple.

December 28, 2013 - 7:13 pm

Kate - Tots adorbs friend…tots tots adorbs. I hope you submit this to some photography sites…love love love!!

December 28, 2013 - 9:19 pm

ellie - love.love.love. you inspire me. in fact i want to be you when i grow up!

xoxo ellie

December 28, 2013 - 9:39 pm

Julie@jam-n-jilly - Hey paige! Love these shots! They are perfect! One day I want pix just like these taken of me and my hubby! You have a great eye and heart! xo

December 29, 2013 - 12:22 am

DNese - Love these. What fun. Such great photos in such a little time. It’s no wonder she squeaked after seeing each photo.

December 29, 2013 - 1:01 am

Destiny - Oh that last shot … it’s absolute perfection! What a fun couple; it appears that they know the secret to a happy and long lasting marriage – love and laughter!

December 29, 2013 - 1:08 am

Jane @ See Jane Learn - Oh Paige, you are SUCH a great photographer! I loved all the shots~just an adorable couple. Since I live south of Seattle, the venue looked very much like the tree farm could be here in the Northwest! I too want to wish this couple best wishes, and if my #3 gets engaged sometime in 2014 (he’s driven to Portland twice this break to visit his girlfriend) I hope you’ll pop over to take celebration pictures. Happy New Year to you and your family!

December 29, 2013 - 9:47 am

Natalie - Wow! Read Beverly’s comment and couldn’t agree more… You really have a gift of capturing the love and light from whomever is in front of your camera! Just beautiful!

December 30, 2013 - 1:03 pm

Katherine @ Grass Stains - Better than if you’d had a sunny day, I’m sure. 🙂 What beautiful spirits they have, and it’s so obvious that they’re in love! Gorgeous pictures of lovely people. Love them, all around.

December 30, 2013 - 5:00 pm

linda finley - oh paige, this brought tears to my eyes … how absolutely sweet and beautiful!!!

December 30, 2013 - 9:27 pm

Joleen - Super cool! Love these shots.

December 31, 2013 - 5:30 pm

LLH Designs - They sure DID bring the light! And so did you! These photos couldn’t be any more perfect, rain or shine! xo!

December 31, 2013 - 9:30 pm

tara - cutest couple ever.
friend…these pictures are amazing….
what a gift you have to capture these priceless moments for people.

January 6, 2014 - 12:46 am

Mimi - so stinking cute! All I see is light and you were the clay that captured it — well done! thanks for sharing.

January 7, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Fran Mattix - From the mom of the groom to be – you absolutely caught the essence of these two. Casey is definitely the light in Brandon’s life and we are so thankful God has brought the two of them together. We are even more thankful for the amazing job you did that day. I continue to get compliments on their pictures. Thanks for capturing the love and joy Brandon and Casey have together.

December 6, 2014 - 10:51 am

a few things & a christmas tree farm session » simple thoughts from Paige Knudsen Photography - […] that session ended up being one of my favorites from all of last year. these two cuties, full post here, were not going to let a rainy day mess up their shoot. these two radiated JOY. so much so that i […]

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