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April 24, 2010  -  Portraits

esther

We're on our way out the door for a wedding this morning, but we had to get the gorgeous Ms. Esther's photos up before we did! We've been shooting this amazing family's journey since pregnancy, and we adore them. Esther is really developing a personality, and she is such a ridiculously happy baby. We had a great time with her, guys! Thanks for having us with you!!

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April 19, 2010  -  Engagements

laura + pete

I just can't even begin to say how much I adore our couples. Seriously, you guys all rock. What we do would be so lame if we didn't get to shoot the best people in the world.

We met up with Laura + Pete bright and early Sunday. Which was a beautiful day, except during the bright and early part in which it was drizzly and miserable, but Laura + Pete absolutely killed this shoot. Seriously, these two absolutely have a blast together, and we had an amazing time shooting them! Rich just looked over my shoulder and said, "huh, you picked that for the blog? It always surprises me the ones you pick." To which I responded, "You twit (totally not what I called him, but I'm PGing it for the blog!). It's gorgeous. Of course it's going on the blog!" In fact, it's leading the post off, because it's totally my favorite of yours, babe! Love this. Seriously, I want this of us.
Hey - what can I say? It's a photographer thing - a lot of times I think my own work is utter crap. I once heard this old head speak, and he talked about how he only takes about one or two photos a year he REALLY likes. That may be a bit extreme, but when you're hard on yourself you don't ever relax, and you keep trying to make that ideal set of frames for your subject.

Anyway, pseudo self-deprecation aside, this was a rad shoot for me, too. Laura and Pete met while working for ArtVoice here in Buffalo and lived right next to Kleinhan's so we were able to incorporate the symphony hall in a big way to start the shoot off - and then we kicked it for a while in and around Allentown before pausing for some coffee (an absolute necessity for an early morning shoot).
Gah, these two and their awesome smiles kill me - they really have so much fun together, and I love that.
Three words, L+P: Hoot. En. Nanny.
We should shoot here more than once every four years - okay, hon?
Also - this shot beats my first shot's ass with a stick - just sayin...I love it.
Thanks! Pete has this thing for skipping - I'm in photo-love with this shot :)
These two just don't laugh nearly enough, do they? :)
And then, as promised, we took a photo-break for some joe. I've found that if there's at the least the promise of coffee at the start of an early-morning shoot everyone involved can make it work like a clock. Advertisement for Spot, anyone? We do charge for product placement, folks.
The corner of the first kiss :)
I know - I LOVE that we got to incorporate that. I'm not that big on locations being all that important. Really, I just think what's going on with the couple and the light is way more important than what you stand in front of or where that happens to be - but when you get the location and the couple working - it's gravy. I guess I shouldn't imply a location isn't important, actually, it's just not something we like to over-think.

Best part about their first kiss? It was three years in the making. True story. I like that a lot. What was our first kiss, baby? A six-pack in the making :P ??

(side note: I would honestly like to know who painted flames on the Old Pink - I owe them a case of beer or some other form of payment in kind for getting to use this as a backdrop. Bless that old, nasty dive bar. )
Yeah, awesome. We met, got drunk and made out. The relationship of legends. Thanks for sharing that with the world.

I know, right? Murphy was helping me select shots for the blog, and he was wishy-washy on all the other ones, but he insisted the flames shot made the blog.
This one is also Murphy's choice :)
Outstanding - gotta love when Murphy lap-surfs our shoots and blog-selecting, etc!
Way to own it guys. We don't go into any shoot with preconceived notions about what we're going to do or what we think we HAVE to do - it's always better to let a couple bring their story to you then try to project what you feel onto them - that would be so counterproductive to what we want to accomplish. Anyway - I'm the rambling guy on the blog today, and we have to run off and photograph a six month old. Thanks again, guys and we are love with you and your story and just how damned good you look in photos!!! Have a good one :)

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