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January 9, 2010  -  Weddings

our favorite shots of '09 - reception!

So, I sat down to write today's blog post, and my brain is a little mush. The boy got up in the middle of the night last night, so forgive me if I sound like an idiot, but today's year-end blog post is our favorite reception shots of the year. The reception is always a good time since any stresses of the day have melted away by that point and everyone just wants to have fun. We love the little moments that happen throughout the reception and had a pretty hard time narrowing these down, but these were the ones that made our favorite's list this year. Enjoy!!

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January 8, 2010  -  Engagements

sue + dan

Winter is awesome. Seriously, I love living somewhere we get a winter. Not a "there might be snow, let's cancel the schools!!" winter, but a "drop a foot of snow on the ground and keep falling and if you think school's getting canceled, you're crazy" winter. Now, we've had to rate ourselves for the cold - we're rated down to about 25 degrees :) - because we've tried to shoot when it's been brutally cold out, and it's really not a win for anyone, but we got lucky with Sue + Dan and the weather hooked us up and hovered right around totally do-able for their shoot. Sue + Dan (who didn't wear a coat for half the shoot, eek!) probably wouldn't say it was warm, but I wore my fleece pajama pants under my jeans, and I'm just super happy anytime I can be in pajamas - especially all stealthy while shooting!! :)
See?!? No coat! He got out of his car with his coat and then took it off, and I was like, oh, this guy is rad.
C'mon, he's a Marine like me! Coats?? You're absolutely right about winter shoots, though - we met with a bride last night who also wanted to do an eventual winter engagement shoot, mostly because she thinks she might be leaving Buffalo after school, and winter just means Buffalo - I hate to reference our great national stereotype - but winter isn't just snowy here, it's awesome. This is a hell of a place to live.

Like, you said, Sue and Dan were troopers, big time - particularly when a certain photographer sent them up a hill that must have had at least three feet of snow covering it - not that I'm calling you out or anything.
Ha! At the beginning of the shoot, Sue was like, "We're tough. We'll do anything." But I really had no idea the hill had THAT much snow on it. WIthin 10 seconds of shooting, they both had snow up to their ears. But I'll tell you a secret - I'm kind of in love with how they're dusted in snow (see above). There's something about snow that is so romantic to me.
Well, that is until you take it directly to the head :)
You know they say - the couple who pelts each other with snow is a couple that lasts - I'm banking on it.
In your element...
Tee hee - so the funny thing is I had a very specific idea of what perspective I wanted to shoot from. And the snow was so deep, I just couldn't get there bent over so, finally I just said screw it and laid down. And it was kind of awesome - a la being a kid and just plopping down in the snow. Man do I like winter :)
I like this couple!
We were driving to a different spot when we saw these trees and immediately pulled over. Seriously?? I just wanted to photoshop in a horse and sleigh! Love it.
Dude, photoshop is so not a verb. And that is one rad shot :)
But really, it kind of is now. When people fight it being a verb so frequently, just accept it and move on. It is the perfect word for "manipulating this photo to add something that was absolutely not there to begin with using the one program that people use to do so." That's way too many words. I photoshopped it.

Seriously, wall of snow covered trees - I love this.
When we met up, the snow was coming down pretty severely. Sue and I were a little disappointed because it was supposed to be big, fluffy snow, but about halfway through - voila! Big, fluffy snow!
Super, super fun - and I can almost feel my toes again. Thanks, Sue and Dan - can't wait to do it again!

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