I often meet people that feel a little unsure of themselves in front of the camera. Camera shy isn’t quite an accurate term—they think themselves unphotogenic and feel awkward when someone points a camera their way. But the truth is, they all-too-frequently have no idea that they give me cuteness overload. That they’re ultra photogenic. That they shine with a bright light, and a loveliness that I can’t help but feast on. They’re used to seeing photos of themselves that reflect the fact they felt awkward at the time, photographs that lack intention and overlooked the in-between moments, which is where I find the most magic. So, an opportunity for me to show them the way they dazzle me brings me a special joy.
When Dave and Kelly first approached me about cooking up some photography magic at their wedding, I was thrilled—they’re such hip, vintage charmers, I knew we’d be fast friends. But they didn’t feel much attached to the idea of an engagement session. I think a lot of couples don’t realize that their wedding day is probably not the first day they’d want to have me pointing a camera at them! It’s such an amazing opportunity to get used to being in front of the camera, to get used to how I work, to get to know each other, and become totally at ease. Not to mention have a ball. And we surely did. I’m so pleased we took this time, so pleased we got to begin building this connection early. And have an excessively fun time doing it.
Our little adventure was car-themed. Nuttily and awesomely early in their relationship, this schoolteacher and lawyer duo decided to purchase a sah-weet ’56 Plymouth. They’re still rebuilding it, but their passion for cars was evident, so I’m überpleased I was able to find a couple of swoonworthy locations to play that reflect so much about them. We got to seriously get our retro on as we indulged in all sorts of vintage vehicular surprises. YES.
Dave. Kelly. Thank you SO much for being such troopers that day. I think the results speak for themselves—we found magic. I hope you see it here in yourselves. I’m so glad we had such a damn good time together and I am utterly over the moon about your upcoming wedding in Palm Springs. We are going to cut up the rug.