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May 6, 2009 - Engagements
lindsay + leo
It still blows me away when we drive over the Grand Island bridge on a clear day. The fact that you can see the mist rising off of one the wonders of the world, just a few minutes away, is simply amazing. Everybody who grew up here kindof takes it in stride, because nobody really seems to think about Niagara Falls when you're living in Buffalo. I've gotten used to the over the past few years of living here, but I wish we got up there more - as depressing as the surrounding town is, the Falls are incredible. Lindsay and Leo got engaged at the Falls (smart move, in front of a ton of people!), so they wanted to do their engagement photographs there...
Honestly, all I could think of, at first, was trying to battle tourists for some space to shoot Lindsay and Leo alone, but not only were other people not even remotely an issue, this turned out to be one of my favorite places to shoot in a while. Not just because the falls, itself, is cool, but the city, while needing a lot of love, still has some really quirky places that were great for us.
We started out walking around Goat Island, and I love how natural it still is there. We played with the very few structures there.
This is one of my favorites of the day. Lindsay's eyes are beautiful, and she's going to be perfect in her wedding dress.
We wandered to this area under one of the bridges...
and Alyssa got in the mood to shove someone in a very high spot.
Hey! I love how that photo came out!! And she didn't even blink about getting up there -- and it was filthy! Lindsay, you're awesome!!
So, I saw this + painted on the road, and I had to play with it. It was, to say the least, BLINDING for Leo and Lindsay, but I've this sequence.
(get it?? Lindsay + Leo!?)
So, we were at the upper rapids, clearly joking about one of us falling in and Lindsay and Leo agreed to this shot. The amount of space that they are standing on between the wall and the rapids is about 18 inches. Not only did they not flinch, they pulled off a great romantic shot. I held the camera against the wall and got out of the way.
...standing on some random lights...
...and a picture-postcard snap at the falls...
We decided to walk into town to find a few more spots to shoot...
Her eyes are beautiful to shoot!
This is my favorite shot of the day, by far. I love mirrors and urban decay and machinery and a couple kissing. killer.
This was my favorite too - it's funny, because Rich was like, do you want to shoot them on the construction equipment, and I initially said no. I will publicly say, Rich, that I was wrong - it was a fabulous idea.
It was really cool hanging out in Niagara Falls with you guys, Lindsay and Leo and we're really looking forward to seeing you guys again soon!