Ahhhh! This session was exactly what my soul needed. Nature. Laughter. A gorgeous sunset and hauling ass up the mounting trying to catch it. I think my favorite part of this shoot was that Franki was barefoot the entire time. That’s a first for one of my shoots. Aren’t most girls trying to pick the perfect heels to go with their outfit? Not this girl, folks. One of the many down-to-earth reasons she is a keeper. Rock climbing barefoot-check. Unique, personal engagement photos-check.
I love shooting in a beautiful, open field as much as the next person, but I was so excited when Adrienne said she wanted her + Cody’s engagement session to take place in downtown OKC. There is so much opportunity for creativity and interesting backdrops. And isn’t this girl gorgeous?! If you can’t tell how much fun she is by that great smile, take my word for it. She’s fun. Just love her.
When Leigh first emailed me to shoot her and Alan’s engagement session, she asked for some creative help in choosing locations for the shoot to take place. Us living in two different places, her in Dallas and me in Oklahoma, I felt a little limited in being able to come up with ideas since I couldn’t just drive around and seek the spots out. I started probing her for some details about her life, what her and her fiance do for fun, do for a living, and how they would define their styles or personalities. With every email from there on after, the ideas just kept getting better and better!
I first found out that they are getting married in Ireland. Whoa. Cool. I then found out that Leigh is a pilot. Whoa. Even cooler. I offered the idea of shooting part of the session in a pub to pay homage to their Irish wedding, with a little bit of reservation that I might offend them with such a suggestion. She loved the idea! Turns out that they are getting married in Ireland because it’s where they met, in Alan’s hometown….Uuhhhhh, can we say fairy tale! Fall in love with that guy you met on vacation only to have him move across the world to be with you only to, wait for it, propose to you in Ireland and then surprise you with your parents there to celebrate…in Ireland! Seriously! As if it couldn’t get any better, we were talking about doing part of the shoot at the airport to incorporate Leigh’s job into it. We were struggling with getting the timing of everything and then Leigh just happened to mention that her Dad had a plane that we could use instead! Pretty much a dream.
The best part of the whole shoot was how awesome of a couple Leigh and Alan were! Alan had us laughing the whole shoot. I remember telling Leigh that I didn’t think she’d ever have to worry about her marriage getting boring! And they were so obviously smitten with each other it was just adorable to be a witness too.
Morgan and Blake. So gorgeous. A total dream to work with. From the get go, I knew they’d be amazing in front of the camera. I told them where to stand and to give me a second so that I can get my settings and then I looked up and started shooting. They were talking and kissing and totally engaging.
Throughout the remainder of their session, that’s what they did. They kept asking me, “Should we be doing something?” or asking me, “How should we stand?”, but I couldn’t have posed them any better. They made it so easy to do what I aspire to do with every shoot. Document Love. They were genuine and passionate and in love and photographing that makes me feel like I’m flying. Needless to say, I’m in love with these photos and the couple.
This engagement session was a miracle of the heavens!! Tamara and Braden live in Tulsa and were planning to make the hour and half drive to see me in OKC for photos. The Friday before their session, the news was forecasting not just a rainy day, not just thunderstorms, not just lightning, but tornados! Ugh. As if the humidity and rain aren’t enough to work around, but tornados…not cool. Betcha didn’t know that tornados are afraid of Brides with an agenda to stay on top of. Yep, they are. I asked Tamara if she wanted to reschedule, but between Braden’s work schedule and getting the Save the Dates out in time, there was no other option. So Tamara looked up at the rain clouds and told them she was coming and they better stay away. And they did.
Tamara showed up at my house in the pouring rain and the cloudy grey skies. By the time we walked out to head off to our first location with fingers crossed that it would let up just a little bit by the time we get there, the sun was out and the rain had stopped. It stayed that way for the entire shoot! Two and half hours of location hopping and shooting and not a sprinkle. And forget tornados. Those guys were too afraid to show their face.
We ended our shoot in a cluster of trees burnt from a recent wildfire. The last stop of the day. I was literally telling them, “Last one, just hold that, perfect” when we felt a couple of drops and saw the lightening that told us it was time to get out of the group of really tall trees that have already caught fire once. I think the greatest lesson learned though, is to never mess with a bride. Not even if your a tornado.