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March 29, 2010  -  Engagements

jaclyn + matt

This couple completely owns. I just need to say that up front and get it out of the way, because it's so true. To start out this shoot, we hit up this burned out church on Niagara Street we've been thinking about shooting around for a while and well, the first thing I noticed was the used needle on the ground I narrowly avoided stepping on. Jaclyn's classic response, "Guys, if we could avoid contracting HIV on this photo shoot, that would be pretty awesome." If you start out a shoot like that, how could anything go wrong? Not a damned thing - it was freezing, but sunny; kindof ghetto location-wise, but completely fabulous :) And I'm sure most of the, um, diabetics in Buffalo dispose of their needles properly ;).
Jaclyn + Matt were interested in some more beat up spots, so it worked perfectly :) Unfortunately, it was brutally cold - I'm really, really over the fake spring thing, so that was the last cold day weather gods, okay? Good.
Rich just told the boy, "Murphy - that's not the appropriate way to lick your hands." You know, because there actually is a Rich-approved method of hand-licking. Weirdo.
I love this one... So, Jaclyn + Matt have, possibly, the best engagement story I've ever heard, but I know I won't do the story justice, so I'm gonna see if she'll write it for you guys for the wedding post, because it's absolutely awesome.
Dude - your child is getting a little OCD with the hand-cleaning thing. I was telling him not to lick his entire hand between cookies. I mean, I guess it's thorough, but it's not exactly sanitary. This shot is awesome - and yeah, epic engagement story. Let's just say that Matt is a "go big or go home" kind of guy - when it comes to the woman he loves, anyway.

Hellooooooo, sun.
Yeah, I had a lot of fun with the sun. I didn't realize how much I missed it! Definitely my favorite you shot, babe. It stopped me as I was going through them - gorgeous.
Definitely my fav...
Okay, so I just realized this - we had three e-shoots the past three days, and all of them ended up by the water. And my favorite part of the day from each came at the water. :)
You're right. We've been shooting like crazy - which is normal for this time of year. It's only going to get crazier as weddings start in a couple weeks. The water just usually works and, like we tell every couple or family we're photographing, it gets easier as the shoot develops. When we had our family photos taken in October, we pretty much hated the first five or ten minutes and then, once we got a used to it, it was completely awesome. I mean, we photograph real couples who are really in love and want some photographs of themselves together, definitely no models - and we're definitely not fashion photographers :). When we have time to let things develop naturally, I think we do a pretty good job of getting the feel of a couple "right" if that makes any sense.
Our intrepid couple braved the freezing (literally, it was 23 again, gah!) weather for a killer plaid + denim combo! Seriously, you guys look fantastic.
And you can always look back at this photo and remember how ridiculously cold Alyssa made your asses!
Ha! But they look great!
We'll end with my favorite :) Guys - thank you so much for being so awesome. Seriously, you guys are hysterical and so much fun - we cannot wait for the wedding!!

We'll be back a few more times this week with some awesome e-shoot action. Thanks, everyone who stops by our little corner of the world to say hi.

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