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August 26, 2009  -  Engagements

meredith + josh

Meredith and Josh wanted to do their photos at the Falls, which I love. Honestly, between the Falls themselves, the nature around them and the city, there are so many nooks and crannies to play in. So, I was shooting a wide shot of them in this grove of trees, and I thought I heard Rich say something, and then suddenly they started leaping, I was like, what are they doing?? I told them to just hold hands and stand there! Rich, being a dork, was behind me encouraging them to do ridiculous things, and they were like, oh, the photographer said to do that, we'd better! And started leaping. But once we found out they would do absolutely anything, we did make them jump again, but this time at dusk with my camera on a different white balance setting to get this crazy, crazy blue sky.
But back to the beginning... Meredith and Josh started their e-shoot by announcing they were nervous. They told us, "we have a collection of terrible photos of us!" Seriously, I've heard people tell me they were not photogenic a million times, and they always end up dominating their photoshoot. Seriously, these two killed it, and I think they definitely need to start a collection of photos they are stunning in, because they have a ton. No more claiming you guys aren't photogenic, because you two so definitely are!!!
I like that you typed that whole spiel and the top two photos are a silhouette and a super wide shot :) Both are awesome, though - last night you were tearing it up, despite me screwing around (I mean, what else is new?). Let's get a little closer, shall we?
We started off by the Goat Island bridge (obviously) and then we wanted to wander into town and see what we could find. Niagara Falls on the US side is pretty heinous in spots, but it wasn't always that way and, much like Buffalo, the beautiful architecture of another time will really surprise you on the one hand and make you really depressed on the other. There's nothing quite like a city yoked with the greatness of its former self as its relevance fades. You can take some pretty pictures here with the right couple...
Almost instantaneously, what I noticed about the two of them is the fantastic ability they have to make each other laugh. We'd have them looking at each other and you'd see one face start to crack, and then they would burst out in laughter. Seriously, I had a hard time finding images for the blog that weren't just laughing!
I was trying something different here - well, not SO different as it involves looking directly into the sun...definitely agree on the laughing, we were all pretty much rolling the entire shoot...
...and this is a photograph that came out exactly the way I hoped it would. Meredith and Josh - I LOVE shooting you guys.
So, I see these squares and know immediately that they need to be standing in them...
And Rich headed in for some closer shots...
ARM'S LENGTH GROUP PHOTO!!!
And I almost put a series of photos here - guys, I might animate a set up for you of the "drinking bird" shots...we'll just keep it the most inside joke ever for now...:) Thanks, again.
We saw these old vending carts, and I clapped a little, and Meredith and Josh walked over, and I could tell they were like, oh, this is hokey! Josh jumped behind it and pretended to be selling pop corn. And I get it - it sounds like a totally corny idea, but I loved how it came out!
Corny? Get it? Did you just say that?? It can take some suspension of normal brain function to take in our suggestions and believe that they might result in good photos. Oh well - it's part of our "thing."
Once the sun got a little less severe, we headed back over to the rapids to do some lit shots. I loved this one.
I am an excellent light stand. Just call me Manfrotto and get lit.
I cannot put my finger on in, but I swear Meredith looks like a famous actress here... anyone know who it is she's so ridiculously reminding me of?? I LOVE this shot.
I love your angryface when I get in your way :)
Hah - I totally forgot to post-process this one :) Oh well, maybe I'll switch it later...
I think it looks fantastic as it is. I wouldn't touch it!
And to end this post, my absolute favorite feet shot ever! Seriously, you guys were so much fun to shoot, I cannot wait until the wedding. Thanks, again, for putting up with our dorkiness! You guys are awesome!

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