My usual deal is to include an engagement shoot as part of the wedding contract. Its a win-win situation. I get a chance to start a working relationship with a couple so I’m not trying to figure out what makes them tick at their wedding.
The couple gets used to being photographed and dealing with my personality. Additionally they get a start on a “family” album. So often couples have individual photographs but few of them together.
One of my wedding couples from this past year passed along my contact information to Zhen and John. A few emails later and we agreed to meet in Gloucester to do an engagement shoot.
It was cold and windy – not cool, not chilly, but downright bone-crunching cold!
I had on my heavy winter jacket but Zhen and John were a couple of real troopers. They wore light sweaters, Zhen was wearing heels and scampering along the rocks better than I was! We shot at a few locations along the ocean, occasionally getting away from the water to hide from the relentless wind.
These are two people who are absolutely nuts about each other – heck, they did all the work – I just documented their total love for each other. At the end there were three pretty frozen but satisfied people ~ we all had had a great time on the shoot. The light was pretty flat and overcast but some post processing work added snap to the photos. I have to say that of everything we shot, my personal favorite was when Zhen jumped up on a stone, suddenly being taller that John and gave him a great big kiss in front of this beautiful stone wall of a building.
I processed it two ways – as a straight black and white and as a sepia tone.
Jump in here – what way do you like it better? Comments welcome!