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July 3, 2012 - Engagements
lizzy + eric
I'd say for like 75% of our couples we shoot, their engagement/getting-to-know-you/pre-wedding-whatever photographs about a year out from their weddings. Another 10-15% of folks we shoot a few months from the wedding, and then there are the couples who either live out of town and our schedules never quite sync or they're doing things within a shorter timeframe, and we end up shooting them about a week before their wedding. When we get to shoot the last kind of couple it's pretty cool because we have FUN on our engagement shoots and it's so exciting to get to work with them again so soon. For instance, with Lizzy and Eric, we'll be shooting their wedding on Thursday. Hell yeah.
Lizzy and Eric met up with us around Bidwell Parkway in Elmwood Village on their bikes (they bike just about everywhere, and I think they may be even more hardcore than they let on judging from Eric's ironman tattoo) and we played around. Because as seriously as we take photography as our passion and art, we don't take what we "do" very seriously because we don't like overly serious or self-important photographs. I don't think anyone who hires us and trusts us to get them right is overly serious or self-important, so I like that our work meshes so well with our clients' personalities. We owe our couples everything because they really make these photographs. We just show up and get our technique on.
That's the truth - and it makes our job very easy and effective when rad couples like Lizzy + Eric show up and are just about the cutest people ever. Seriously, have you ever met someone, and you're like, this person's smile makes me smile? That's how I feel about Lizzy. When she laughs, you're like, "ah, the world is happy and good."
We were definitely stoked when they said they wanted to bring bikes to their shoot - it's really cool for us when people want to incorporate things that are important to them into their shoots. I think when you look at your wedding photos 30 years down the road and you see this awesome moment where you decided to marry the love of your life (though the people next to you might just be laughing at whatever is hilarious about the 2010s in 2040 - not that my mom didn't think her 70's completely sheer sunflower print wedding sheath/dress? and flower crown wasn't going to stand up to the test of time :) ), you can look at an engagement photo and be like, "but this is who we were in our everyday lives." Which is why I think it's so cool when our couples want to incorporate something really "them" into the shoot :)
I do understand what you're saying (we usually write these things while hanging out with our kids in the studio and we're often looking at each other saying, "do I sound incredibly dumb there?" as the other one reads over the previous section) and maybe it's because we're both averaging five net hours of sleep right now and so we're in the same headspace, but I do understand. I'm against "props" because I think that can get uber lame, uber fast, but being you in your photos trumps all. As long as there's a way to do it right and have it all make sense, I'm for it.
Lizzy and Eric, we'll see you guys the day after tomorrow at Becker Farms. Thank you so much for making this so much fun. We're expecting great things from your wedding :). See you there!