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July 31, 2009  -  Engagements

diane + john

We initially planned on doing Diane + John's eshoot last month, but we were rained out (weirdly prophetic of how the *summer* would shape up) and rescheduled for yesterday evening down at Evangola State Park. We had hit up the park once before, but it was Memorial Day, and there were thousands of people there. When we showed up yesterday (a gorgeous, though overcast day), we pretty much had the place to ourselves, so that totally rocked. Diane and John brought their dog, Kimo, along for the shoot. I love that - because I consider our two dogs our girls, and prior to Murphy, they definitely would've been on any family shoot of ours.
It was a beautiful afternoon. I think I beat the point into the ground every time we do a post in a location like this, but THIS is Western New York. Like, there are beautiful beaches and tons of boats out on the water and it is a stark contrast to the life we lead in the city, but it's only 30 minutes or so down the road. By the way - alternating colors like Diane and John wore for the shoot work great for photographs...particularly if you're into outdoors-ey shots where we'll have a lot of green to pop the couple out of.
This was the first shot of yours I saw after we got back last night - I love it.
Thanks! I can't pass up a crumbly old wall :)
Or tall grass :)
Or brick walls for that matter :)
Hey - if it works, it works. I think it was right about this moment that John said something about Diane "owing him" for agreeing to the shoot. I would like to give a shout out to all our future grooms who may not be super excited about getting their picture taken, but still tackle the shoot like champs. I get it - I don't like getting my photo taken, pretty much ever. But, I, like all men in committed relationships, understand that there is a time and place to do things that our significant other wants to do. Nothing beats some nice photos of you as a couple. So, to all the guys who get dragged by us through the Alyssa tri--fecta of beat-up walls, tall grass and brick, I personally salute you for doing so with a big smile.
I personally salute you?? You make it sound like you're not also taking photos and making people stand near ridiculous things too, pal.
Love it!
They've got these boats lined up off the beach, so we played with them for a few minutes too, because, well, why not? :)
You guys look adorable, and we had a hard time narrowing down shots this morning from the next set...
And then we saw a silhouette opportunity that could not be passed up. Rather than get into a fistfight about whose shot made the blog before we shoot an all-day wedding today, we decided to include them both...
Because we'd never really wandered around Evangola much, John mentioned a pond, so we headed over toward it and saw this great little area.
And then we hit the pond that had a ton of geese pooh around it, but miraculously no geese in the water, so we had a great clear reflection going on.
I asked Diane and John to lay down on this slanty hill, and she was like, "Uh, I'm gonna trust you on this one." Thank you! That's all I ever ask - I think these came out so pretty.
No doubt!
So, we had seen this covered bridge the last time we'd driven through, and when we got back, Alyssa totally wanted to play with it. Can you spot the photographer?
:) Sometimes I gotta do a little climbing to see if my idea might work. I think this might be my favorite from the whole shoot. Thanks, again, guys for coming out last night - you guys are awesome, and I seriously cannot wait until the wedding! It's going to be so gorgeous - I'm so ridiculously excited about it!!

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