When I talk to couples about their engagement session, I always focus on making that session about them. It is easy to default to the same locations with the same ol’ poses — creating a final gallery that looks a lot like everyone else’s. I would much rather push the envelope, to make sure the final gallery truly reflects their collective personality. No pushing was required here. She’s probably a little more type-A that she’d like to admit, while he is relaxed and easy going. To our first meeting, she brought a list with important details that just soo happened to include things they like and qualities that describe them. Included on that list was the fact that they are self-proclaimed nerds. I later learned that Collier was reading a dictionary (I mean really, who does that?!) just for fun. Given this little tidbit of information, I knew a bookstore would be a great setting for a portion of their shoot. So, we headed on over to Jim Reed Books, which is as quirky and eclectic as them.
We met over lattes to plan the engagement session and the three of us ended up talking for nearly two hours. When I asked them what they normally do together, Collier said that they spend a lot of time talking… genuine quality time together. So, some “hanging out” shots were a must. We wandered down 2nd Avenue, stopping by Urban Standard and What’s on 2nd. They are the type of couple every photographer dreams about. The kind that you can send in a general direction and before you’ve even had a chance to guide them into a pose, they have naturally fallen into a moment better than one you could help create.
Kellie, you are going to be SUCH a gorgeous bride!!
The thing that sticks out most to me about our planning meeting, was Kellie and Collier’s interest in me — both as a person and as their photographer. He asked whether I ever just shoot for fun. I admitted that this time of the year, after the holiday rush and before the weather warms back up, is supposed to be the time I reconnect with my art, but that I usually just end up busier than expected and without the opportunity to shoot just for me. “Well, what is on your bucket list?” he asked. Seriously. It doesn’t get much better than that. And with that question, plus their fun and adventurous personalities, we came up with this…