i stopped blogging engagement sessions a while ago in an attempt to cut down the computer time my life required. and now i get a lot of enquiries into whether i even do them. my answer on paper is yes while in my head it’s yes, but…
yes. i will shoot you and your fiancé before your wedding and i do think it’s a great way to practice having your picture taken.
but… i am not going to pour all my energy into creating a pintrest-inspired styled shoot with a theme and a concept and mood boards and props and costumes. ugh, don’t get me started on costumes.
i say it again and again: i shoot for your grandkids. i am here to document memories of real moments and actual emotions so that your children and grandchildren will derive value from these images. draping you in costumery and props is not my style simply because i believe its a missed opportunity. i have a chance to show future generations the absolute love that radiated from their family tree. what does your grandmother staring straight faced into the camera bedecked in a huge flower-crown convey, exactly? grandad slugging my props around? no, thanks.
do you now how hilarious thats going to look in 20 years? 30?
so excuse me while i sneak my couple off into the forest for a stripped-down shoot where they just show their future kids how much pure adoration they had for each other at this defining moment of the family’s existence.
luckily for me, david and cherie were happy to do just that. and luckily for their future family, they gave me something real and timeless that won’t scream ‘pintrest circa 2014’