Today we're going to kick your week off right with the absolutely adorable Sara & Mike! We got to meet up with these guys for a mentoring session while we were out at United. And since they never really had wedding pictures, they decided to use their mini-headshots for a couples shoot instead. From the second we started, I just fell in love with their love. I adore how comfortable they are with one another. How she makes him laugh and he brings her calm. From this line of work that we're in, we've gotten really good at knowing really great love when we see it. And I can tell you that these two have it! One of my absolute favorite parts of the whole shoot was when I asked Mike (who is a pastor) to pray for Sara. The instant change in the depth of their connection was palpable. And you could feel it in the air. It made me realize even further that this thing that we do is not about walking every couple through the same 27 poses in pursuit of pretty. But to look for the real connection between two people that only they have, and that's what makes it beautiful!
Last week Tsone came down from Canada to attend our Walk Through a Wedding workshop (it STILL blows my mind how far people have traveled in for these workshops! At this last one, we had folks from Canada, California, Atlanta, Chicago, Michigan, Maryland, Pittsburgh, and of course CT!!). And since he was coming all this way, he decided to go ahead & make a whole trip out of it with his amazing girlfriend Christy, including hiring us to do a couple's shoot of them all around Yale!
Now let me tell you, on the day of our shoot it was COLD! Coooooold! It was like Antartica wrapped in an igloo wrapped in an ice cream sundae. Cold! Like the kind of cold where you can't feel your fingers to push the shutter anymore cold. But these guys & they're amazing hearts just smiled right through it. And when it got too cold to cuddle, they would bust out some killer dance moves to warm back up! So I mean c'mon, how are you NOT going to shoot your heart out for two people like that?!
Christy & Tsone, it was truly an honor meeting you both. This thing that we do for a living has trained us to observe very quickly when a couple just fits, when everything about them works, when they will be one of the truly great couples of our time that inspires everyone around them. The way you help one another, the way you love one another, the way you take care of one another. That's what you guys are. I see it in you. And if/when the day comes that you two decide to get married....I am totally calling DIBS on the wedding!! :) :)
A few faves from a recent fashion & beauty shoot we did!! There is nothing quite like the gray backdrop & Liane is a stunning model! We've been shooting a lot with the XL white umbrella from Profoto and we're LOVING it. It has all the soft pretty light & approximate size of a 5ft octabank, but it pops up in seconds as the umbrella so it's super portable. If you're thinking about starting to play with larger light sources, this is definitely the way to go! Enjoy!!
And ohhhhh is today a GOOD day because today is the day I get to finally show you guys the maternity shoot we did of the absolutely beautiful Sharon & Chase (and of course, coming soon, baby Ava!!) We got together with these guys last month when we were down in Charlottesville, Va for our anniversary. We met up with them to shoot all around an apple orchard (on a day when all of VIRGINIA decided to go apple picking!), grab dinner with them, and feel if baby Ava had perfected the ninja kicks that her mom is now so famous for (for any of you who have met Sharon, you know she spontaneously starts doing ninja kicks whenever she gets really excited about something! :) So with only a couple of weeks until Ava makes her BIG appearance, you can be that Sharon is doing ninja kicks all around their house right now!
S&C we hope these pictures always remind you of what this moment right here feels like, waiting on Ava to arrive. Your love is SO beautiful, and I know that little girl is going to be the luckiest girl on the planet having you guys as her mom & dad!! We LOVE you both! To the moon & back.
We met up with each of these guys around the workshops we were traveling for this month: Sarah & Dave in Annapolis when we were down in Baltimore and Jeanine in Dallas. This guys live pretty far from us, Jeanine especially, so I was SO happy we could make it work and get to meet these new friends.
What I love about the mentoring sessions is that it really gives us a chance to focus in on one person (or in Sarah & Dave's case, two! :) and what they most need to work on. We can give really custom advice & come up with a next action plan based on that person's specific circumstances and goals. And I also love that each one is so different. Because the mentoring sessions can be about anything our mentees want to work on, no two are exactly alike. Where Sarah & Dave preferred to get some really hands on, one-on-one instruction for all things lighting and tough spots using a flash, Jeanine opted instead to hone in on branding and workflow. Which was awesome! I think we were actually able to shave about 5 hours off of her workflow for each job! And I can't wait to see the amazing things she does with all of that life she just got back!
For each of our mentoring sessions, they include the 2 hour session on anything our mentees want and then they also get a mini-headshot session with it. Since Sarah & Dave are starting to shoot together more & more, they decided to do their session together as a mini headshot/anniversary shoot. I just adore how sweet these two are together! I know you will too!
For Jeanine's shoot, we decided to head out to Las Colinas and play along the riverfront with all of its super cool windows, doorways and staircases. I LOVED this spot! And Jeanine really brought it, from her super cute teal dress to her amazing collection of vintage cameras (which Justin couldn't stop playing with!) Jeanine, seriously you just light up a room. Or in this case, a waterfront! You are beautiful from the inside out! I hope you know that!
We only have FOUR more mentoring session spots left this year! Two in October & two in November! They are $750 for the 2 hour session & the mini-headshot shoot including a PASS gallery of the high res files. They can be done either at our place in CT or in conjunction with our travels for weddings & workshops. Over the next two months we will be in: Georgia, Virginia, Philadelphia, Oregon & Miami. So if you're in one of those areas let us know & we can try to make it work! The price for mentoring sessions will be going up in January for the 2014 season, so if you've been thinking about doing a session now is the time! Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you all set up!