I’m photographing Katie & Aaron’s wedding in September, so this past weekend we got things started with a great engagement photo shoot! They said they wanted to have an urban feel to their photos, so we went exploring! We had so much on playgrounds, junkyards & buildings that were barely standing– they were such great sports, and climbed on everything I asked them to. This was the kind of couple that makes my job easy– no need for me to tell them to show affection, or to make each other laugh– they had that covered! These two were so much fun, and I can’t wait to photograph their big day.
During a recent pregnancy session in our studio, where the baby is going to be named for his Dad, I came up with a cool idea for a shot– After I took it, I said to the couple with glee: “Oooh! Regardless of what other shots we take today, I know that’s going to be my favorite!” … I was right! We got tons of other great traditional and fine-art portraits, but this one was definitely my top pick! Between the positioning, perspective, and the dramatic lighting, it looks like an image of the Solar System!
I photographed my cousin’s Bar Mitzvah in a very non-traditional way… it was done in installments– the party first, and then this past weekend, about a month after the big day, we finally did his Bar Mitzvah portraits. The weather was amazing, so after we took the pictures in the synagogue, but before everyone was tired of smiling, we went outside and took some great family photos. I tell families all the time that occasions like Bar/Bat Mitzvahs are great times to get updated family portraits– everyone has fresh haircuts and is looking their best, and it’s a chance to get out-of-town’ers and the whole gang together.
Everyone seemed to let loose during the outdoor family portraits– we had so much fun! I suggested they toss their youngest brother in the air, and… they did! Sorry JoJo! They were all such great sports, and we got some great shots!