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April 22, 2009  -  Engagements

rebecca + william

Rebecca and William were our last eshoot before the start of our wedding season this weekend. Weirdly enough, they are also our first wedding of the season, so we'll have another killer post of them up this weekend! They are from out of town (flew in from London), and this was our first chance to meet in person and shoot their engagement pictures. Unfortunately, because the wedding is also this weekend, we didn't really have any room for working around the weather (it rained yesterday for exactly three hours... the three hours we were out!). Seriously, minutes before we met us, they were getting their marriage license, so really, they are going full swing until this weekend. Anyway, we started at Beaver Island and went with the rain and busted out the cute umbrella!
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William told me that Woody Allen once said he loved filming movies in London because the gray weather made the whole place look like it was covered with a giant soft box. So we can complain about the rain and the cold - but the light was pretty much perfect for it being a mid-day shoot :). Besides - if you're going to shoot a couple who lives in London - why NOT have the weather be incredibly English.
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Rich - that shot above is killer! I seriously love it.
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I'm thrilled that Rebecca and William are our first wedding of the year. I cannot wait - with that smile, she's going to be STUNNING in her wedding dress! Plus, I have to love her because she's freckled. And freckled girls just happen to be the coolest girls ever.
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So, the weather was a little dreary, so we spent a lot of the shoot looking for covered places to stay slightly dry, but it really doesn't matter where we take our pictures. We have such awesome couples, that they can be sitting in the winter storage place for picnic tables and still rock it.
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And it did rock - you know, I have a really hard time with "Spring" as envisioned in Buffalo. Like, by this point I'm so over winter that when it dips back into the low 40s, I want to move. I really don't mind Winter here (I love my snowblower), but I just want the weather to make up its mind and move on. Winter here is that crappy ex whose number you keep in your phone for no good reason.

Did I digress? My bad. I loved this couple so much - and they ARE like Spring because our first wedding is Friday and like you said, that's it...Spring is here and we can't wait to get the season going...
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I really want to make some stupid joke here about you "knot" mentioning something again in the Adam Sandler goat voice...
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What the hell are you talking about? You make absolutely no sense.

And what ex's number do you have in your phone?!?
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Oh, here we go...subject offset, go! Hey - look how awesome Rebecca's smile is!! Mega-watt.
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I think this is my favorite photo of the day that I took - no offense intended to the out-of-focus William...
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Um, you didn't answer my question. Ahem.

So, because we Skyped to chat since they were planning from London, this was the first time we'd met in person, and William and Rebecca are so seriously cool. Like, I burned my hand this week, and yesterday morning, I decided it finally looked much better and I wasn't going to wear a bandage on it. So, when she noticed my hand, all she said was, "oh dear!" Then Rich looked at what she was talking about and said, "Holy crap, Alyssa! That thing looks contagious! Did you pick up leprosy this week? That's the nastiest thing I've ever seen." I like Rebecca so much more than I like Rich.

Anyway, this was one of my favorites for the day!
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Oh yeah, I'm a keeper for sure. That photo is rad - I really enjoy watching you go to work on an idea, because a lot of times I only think I know what you're going to end up with. Seeing the photos you pull for the blog is fun...

Hey William, check this shot out - Canon AF all the way, and I know you can tell what I mean (camera nerdery - William is also a professional photographer). Luckily, I was at f/3.somethin...
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Because it got much rainier, we headed over to this parking garage to wait out the weather, and I loved it!
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You have been talking about the Canisius parking garage for a while as an oddball location - it was fun and it got us out of the worst of the rain for a while.
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Group photo time!!!
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I love this photo - seriously romantic, but in a parking garage. Out of spite, Rich, it's yummy!
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I thought these were awesome, too - I couldn't do much with those vapor lights, but you killed it...
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Meanwhile, Rebecca and William MADE the shoot work...they are going to be a really, really awesome married couple.
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...and then we went to a random loading dock across the parking lot :)
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This was my other favorite of the day.
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So, Rebecca was sitting there, with extraordinary posture, and I was trying to get her to look a little more relaxed and comfortable, and I snagged this. Killer.
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This was definitely j-random post as far as locations go - I'll give anyone a home made cookie if they can tell us where these next shots are taken...
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...the best part is that it just doesn't matter where you shoot when you're relaxed and having a good time. Thank you, guys - see you in a couple days :)
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So, promptly after taking this photo, I about launched myself into the pond. I stand on tiny poles, really, really high pillars and what almost sent me flying was stairs. I love coordination. Anyway, guys, you were great, and we really cannot wait to shoot you again this weekend. It's going to be an amazing wedding, and we're so excited to be a part of it!
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April 19, 2009  -  Engagements

anne-marie + john

We've been looking for a way to mix things up a little bit with our engagement shoots, and Alyssa looked over at me a couple days ago and said, "let's take our old chaise lounge along for our shoot this weekend!" We knew we were going to be with Anne-marie and John and we had decided to start our shoot at Tifft Nature Preserve, so we tossed the couch into my pickup truck and set out pretty early to catch the morning light. When Anne-marie and John showed up, they definitely had some WTF looks for us...but it helped break the ice of the shoot and I think it helped us get some really great engagement portraits.
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Yeah, Anne-Marie had been reading the blog and mentioned that she and John would be cool with an early shoot to catch the golden hour light. So, I was thrilled and told them to meet us at 7:30... I think it was a little earlier than she'd anticipated, but they were awesome and met us ready to go. I love this photo of yours, babe!
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Thanks, honey, I had a really good time on this shoot and things happened really easily. Every shoot has different challenges, different angles to work and decisions to make - but sometimes things just gel and you stop thinking - just shoot.
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...and this one of yours is in the early lead for my favorite you took!
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Thanks, I like that one a lot, too... So, I've mentioned before how much I love couples who really know how to make each other laugh, and Anne-Marie and John were there immediately, Seriously, they made each other laugh, they made us laugh, they laughed at and with us... we had a really good time this morning.
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We get asked, a lot, what to wear to a shoot, and the answer is really whatever you feel good in. But I can't help but throw in a plug for bright colors -- it's the color of her shirt that makes this shot.
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Yeah - that's what I usually tell people who write before their shoot. Buffalo can be a really colorful place, but if we're out and about this time of year in a field of somethign, Spring hasn't really injected a whole lot of pigment into the landscape yet. Bright red always looks great in shot like this one...
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So, since we were at Tifft, we wandered back into an area we'd never been in before (because I think the place always has somewhere I've never been - it's huge!), and it had this sweet, narrow walkway.
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I like shooting at a place like Tifft for a bunch of different, mostly obvious, reasons. It's beautiful, it's just outside downtown and it gives you a lot of visual variety so you can keep things moving. Pacing is really important when we're out with a couple, so it's nice to have a path to follow and things to find and do along the way. For instance, a bench is just a bench, but in context it can be really appealing. I dig a photo that has some symmetrical elements in a very unsymmetrical place.
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I shot the photo above then jumped up on the bench with them for one more frame...When people look up, it reminds me of what their engagement means and all the hopes and dreams that are wrapped up in the commitment. That's just me, though...
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There are some blinds or something out at Tifft now. We assumed they're for observing water fowl...anyone know?
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Yup - this might be my favorite of mine from the day... I love graphic elements in photos, and this pattern was really neat to me.
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Awwww! Anne-Marie and John are so cute together!!
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Hey - Anne-Marie and John, we love you guys - thank you for making this shoot work so well...and it obviously wouldn't be much of a NCS blog post without me taking a photo of Alyssa doing something crazy - like standing on a sinking log in a swamp,
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Well, I don't want to tempt fate here, but I haven't fallen in yet!
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I know that laying on a tree trunk couldn't have been comfortable, but Anne-Marie totally rocked it!
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Oh, this is definitely my other favorite of the day!
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You also can't go wrong with a giant, bent old tree. :)
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We headed over to Elmwood for a few shots, too (after a quick coffee break)and I finally got to take someone's picture in front of this door - I've been eye-ing it for months!
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So, that wraps up our shoot with Anne-Marie and John - we had a fantastic morning and can't wait to shoot their wedding this winter. It's going to be totally sweet! Thanks, guys, for hanging out with us!
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