Welcome to Pino & Bethanne’s engagements session. Bethanne grew up in this vacation home on Quacumquasit Lake in Sturbridge. She spent the summers of her youth in this wonderful location and now spends quality time with the man of her dreams in this same location. They enjoy kayaking, swimming and canoeing on South pond and love getting up in the morning to this view and their morning coffee on the deck. A totally relaxing way to start off your day if I do say so myself!
There is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one’s self, the very meaning of one’s soul. ~Edith Wharton
I had the privileged of photographing Stephanie & Drew’s engagement session this past weekend while they were home on a short break from Indiana. Both born and raised in Wilbraham, MA they went to Minnechaug Regional High School together as well as The University of Mass in Amherst. I asked them how long they had been dating and was so nicely surprised to be told, ” since seventh grade”. What a marvelous friendship they have woven for themselves which is why I felt the need to have a quote to start this blog. It surely describes the relationship they share as a couple. Nothing mushy or overbearing but a profound sense of friendship and connection. The wedding is sure to be a truly wonderful unity of friendship and love.
I met Cassandra and Nathan recently in a coffee shop in Connecticut, It’s a Grind, to discuss their wedding photography. The contact came through a wedding referral site online called Thumbtack. I was so thrilled to be chosen as their photographer after that meeting. I always find it amazing how I can feel an instant connection with some clients. It was definitely one of those moments. We scheduled our engagement session at Forest Park in Springfield. I wasn’t sure if the weather would cooperate but living in new England and being used to unpredictable weather issues we gave it a shot. We beat the rain and had a fabulous shoot. I wanted to find some more remote areas in Forest Park and I believe we did just that. I might also add I just absolutely adore working with engaged couples. I love to see the interactions that I capture on film and the love and friendship that is always so evident. Who said “fairy tales don’t exist”? Not me, I live and breathe it everyday in a career I absolutely love!
I finally had the pleasure of shooting in a location I had passed by several years ago on the way to a wedding in Connecticut. The location was so beautiful and it so happened I passed by the first time around sunset. It was absolutely stunning. There was a beautiful building jutting into the water which I thought, wow, I would love to photograph there. When I entered the location I was traveling to Saturday evening into my GPS, I was surprised that I was heading towards Bradley Airport. I just assumed I was going past Hartford. I kept my fingers crossed hoping it was where I thought I might be going. I was so excited as I recognized buildings I had driven by to that particular wedding. Maybe, just maybe I was going to that body of beautiful water. As I got closer I knew for sure this was where I was heading. I was so thrilled. What could be better than a beautiful location with a beautiful couple. We hadsuch a ball. Thank you to my groom for helping carry my equipment. You were a trooper!
Last week I spent a whole day watching Jim Garner, a very talented wedding and portrait photographer on Creative Live. Creative Live is a site for professionals to learn new techniques to apply to their businesses. There is always a live broadcast running and a variety of learning is available. I am interested in how other professionals perform so I truly enjoyed this particular broadcast. It was so interesting to see such a different style of photographing weddings. Jim uses a story telling style to photograph his weddings and always sells an album of this to his clients. It was also enlightening, no pun intended, to see how he used light to photograph his subjects. Today’s photography has gotten away from using on camera flash. I have been doing a lot of experimenting with natural light, off camera flash, reflectors and video lights int the past year to get different looks from lighting. I LOVE all effects but truly love when the response is “Wow”..that just means I have captured the light in the right way. I should add there is no right or wrong way to light a subject. As long as you achieve the look that pleases both you and your client you have used the correct light. Jim also taught about energy in story telling. Maybe not those exact words but those are the words I will use to showcase the images in this blog. When telling a story to me its about capturing the energy and personality of a particular client or couple. I often hear,” please tell me what to do”, as a response when we are shooting. I learned from this broadcast to “let the client play” . Play relaxes people and allows them to show more of who they are as a couple or individual. Sure, you still have to offer instructional posing at times but it appears to me there is far more energy in images that are light hearted and fun. I guess you should be the judge. The following is a mock engagement session.
Katie & Drew set up their engagement session for April 27th assuming it would be bright , colorful and warm. Isn’t it warm in almost May in New England? Our date was a little on the cool side with minimal color due to the late spring this year. We chose a location that color wouldn’t make a huge difference. Kate and Drew picked Old Sturbridge Village which is a personal favorite of mine. I was so excited to photograph in a place I loved with a wonderful couple. We spent a couple hours walking around the village and stopping to play and create when the mood struck us. Katie and Drew danced in the field, chopped wood and even recreated a famous country classic image. They ended in a favorite building of Drew’s with wonderful window light. A truly romantic spot to end our day! Drew’s grandmother worked in the village so this location was a perfect choice to tell their love story. They were an amazing couple to photograph with such spunk and vitality and obviously very much in love. It was pure pleasure working with them. I can’t wait for the wedding.
Thank you to Fountain Park for being such a lovely back drop for this beautiful couples engagement pictures. It was actually a nice warm spring day for change so we were able to make the best of a local venue. We had a nice new red barn and also the old pheasant houses so we worked with the new and the old. Both creating a nice feel for Chris and Lindsay’s session.