Ohhhh do we have the perfect way to start your week!! As soon as Natalie & Brad hired us last year for their 2015 Branford House wedding, Natalie let us know that one of the things she was most looking forward to was the engagement shoot. She said she wanted to do something editorial, iconic, and outside of the norm. Natalie is actually an incredibly successful & talented interior designer (the kind with celebrities for clients!) so she has impeccable taste! And that was like music to our ears because we LOVE when our couples think outside of the box for their engagement shoots! We love when they get really dressed up and pick an incredible location because that just gets us so fired up & INSPIRED and it's really when we get our best work! Add to that, that we tend to get our best work when there's a) great architecture, b) a couple with an iconic, classic look, and c) amazing light for black & white images.... and this session was pretty much the perfect storm of our ideal shoot!
A little known fact about Justin & I is that when we're shooting, we tend to put our cameras in "monochrome" so that we can focus more on what the light is doing than distracting elements in the background (this comes in extra handy in the city). That mode shows you the image in black & white, but it also creates the color RAW file so you have the choice later. But after seeing all of these in black & white to begin with, I found myself one by one going through the RAW files of my faves and turning them back to black & white. Until what I ended up with was an ALL black & white blog post! And I have to be honest, I'm pretty much in love with that!!
These guys emailed us over a year ago to contact us about shooting their Maine wedding. They are good friends with one of our past J&M Couples, Ali & Jon, who also got married up in Maine and they wanted to see if we'd be willing to come back. Ummm, YEA we would! :) We absolutely love shooting in Maine: the backdrops are gorgeous, the people are always so nice, and the lobster is a definite bonus! :)
So since we're going to be going up there for the wedding, these two came down to New Haven for the engagement shoot to hang out, get some fun pictures, get Pepe's Pizza, and so their lab Phoebe could meet Cooper (who were best friends right away, obviously!) The day had started off super cloudy & gray, but as soon as we started shooting some golden light started peeking through and gave us gorgeous, soft light. And these guys just brought it (it, it's just what you bring!) They have such a great chemistry together and that made it SO easy!! I could have photographed them all night...and we pretty much did!
Jenny & Mike we had the absolute best time hanging out with you guys! You are funny & sweet & so, SO good together! We can't WAIT for the big day!
And boy do we have something to send you off into the weekend right: Emily & John's sweet engagement shoot all around NYC!!
We met up with these guys & had the best time roaming around some of their favorite streets, taking pictures, and finishing up at their favorite Mexican restaurant. And along the way we got to hear their amazing story! These two first met when they were both in the tropics for family weddings when they were teenagers. They saw each other, struck up a conversation and then a friendship. And Emily joked even then that that was the boy she was going to marry.
Fast forward a few years and they bumped into each other in passing in college. Fast forward a few more years after that and John was still in Emily's heart. As she says, just like in that movie Serendipity, she just couldn't shake the feeling that she was supposed to find him one more time. And so she took a chance and sent him a message. And pretty soon that message turned into dating, into John moving from Denver to NYC to be with her, and now....a wedding next year back in the tropics!!
How AMAZING is that!!? Incredible, right!!
Emily & John, we had the BEST time hanging out & getting to know you guys and talking about big dreams. And now we are even MORE excited for the big day next year! Until then, here are a few of our favorites from our time together!
While we were out in Chicago last week, we actually got to do two engagement shoots with our J&M couples...both who are getting married later this Fall. But a love of autumn wedding dates isn't all these two couples have in common! You see, Sheila (who you will remember from our University of Chicago engagement shoot we just posted) was a former classmate of Justin's in the photo program at RIT, and Nicole is a former classmate of mine at Yale Law. She was actually a year ahead of me, and my first year she was my "Big Sis" in the Yale Law Women's group! So we dubbed this the week of alumni shoots!! :)
Nicole was also the director of the Yale Law Revue -our year end comedy show (think Saturday Night Live, but with law jokes!)- my first year & passed the director title down to me the following year. So basically what that means is that she's super funny AND super smart, not to mention beautiful! She is now off in Chicago taking the legal field by storm & that's where she met Jeff! These two share a love of their bulldog Basil, their super cute Chicago neighborhood, and sushi....all of which we got to enjoy with them while we were out there! Here are just a few favorites from our shoot & we can't wait to head back out that way at the end of September for the BIG day!