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February 22, 2009  -  Engagements

lindsay + nicholas

We don't shoot a lot of engagement shoots in the winter. It's cold, noses run, and most people don't feel their most romantic. Well, we had two spectacular couples who went for the outdoor, winter engagement session this weekend, and they both rocked so hard. We started with Lindsay and Nicholas -- a really cute couple who love the outdoors. And I'm going to lead off their session with my absolutely favorite shot of Rich's, maybe ever.
holy crap I rule... I'm just kiddin' - find a puddle, shoot a reflection - and voila. We're always looking for new ways to show off our couples and well, there are a ton of puddles out there right now (although now they're all frozen - thanks never-ending winter). I mean, we didn't really know what to expect going to shoot at Chestnut Ridge, but it's actually a really, really cool place for a couple who into a more outdoorsy kind of scene. It was PERFECT for Nicholas and Lindsay...who take some really incredible shots together :)
Rich lies -- we did sort of have an idea of what to expect -- we'd been to Chestnut Ridge park before. We've shot there with the cityscape in the background and done some sledding, but we'd never wandered in as far as we did this weekend, and it really was spectacular. We started off at the old toboggan runs -- which I'll probably date myself by saying I remember going down as a kid, and while I'm sure many broken bones happened there before they closed it down, it would be pretty amazing if they repaired them and brought them back to life.
The toboggan run kindof looked like maybe it would fall over and kill us beneath a twisted pile of rusted iron girders...so we decided to play it a bit more safe and wander back along the main trail into the woods for a while.
Okay, so I saw this cool old building and dragged Lindsay, Nicholas and Rich over to it, and I have to publicly appologize for laughing at Rich when he wiped out on the way there. Because it really wasn't funny. At all. Not one bit. But we got a really cool shot, so I'm sure his ego is over it :)
That shit wasn't funny. I'm laying there on my back, 70-200 lens on the pavement, and Alyssa is laughing like I'm Bozo the damned clown. I could have been John Locke crippled, and do I get any love - nope. Four years of marraige and running a business together folks...it's a good thing she's the best business/shooting partner ever. Oh, and I love her, too...when she stops laughing. Okay, so all kidding aside - check out Alyssa getting wild with a really cool sky and some off-camera strobe action here. It's a good thing I recovered enough from my fall to act as her light stand. Just a killer shot, babe.
Okay, John Locke was pushed out of a seven-story building, and Rich fell all of three feet. I see the similarities here. But the crazy thing is, four years in, and I'm laughing at Rich's injuries. Nine years together, Lindsay and Nicholas look like they've just fallen in love. (Rich told me not to be so cheesey, but seriously, they are so cute together.)
I also LOOOOVE this shot of Rich's -- rock on, babe!
I was emailing back and forth with Lindsay before our shoot and since we were going to Chestnut Ridge, I asked her if she thought she could dig up an old sled or two...and she and Nicholas came through big with a no crap Flexible Flyer. Rad.
Guys, we had a blast walking around the woods with you! The final shots we took were L+N sitting on the tailgate of Nicholas' truck. The final shot I had to MAN up a little with some grit and texture. What I mean is I think at least a piece of every guy wants to look like that - sitting on his truck's tailgate, gorgeous girl on his arm, staring off into the sunset like a total bad-ass...

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