I had the rare pleasure this last weekend of not being the one in charge. Ryan Brenizer invited me to join him at Yelena and Wassim’s fabulous wedding this weekend, and I had a blast! I had just enough time today to fancify some of my favorites:
By the end of the day, I knew for sure that this would be the longest post of engagement photos I’ve done so far. I will, unfortunately, not have the pleasure of photographing the union of these two, but I was really excited to have the opportunity to photograph them, together, in amazing sunlight. Their passion for each other was so rich in the way they touched each other and looked at each other, and made fun of each other, that my job was very, very easy. Of the many reasons why I totally fell in love with this couple, they brought their dog, Butter, who I also fell in love with.
We hadn’t been shooting long, when a request was made to finish off the session perhaps at some scandalous store front of a purveyor of explicit props, I suggested the East Village. So we packed in the car, (I got to sit in the back with Butter – we were best friends by that time), and suddenly there was talk of tattoos. And it was decided! Lauren and Desaray would have their names tattooed on each other, and would I mind so much sticking around a bit longer??
FREAKING OF COURSE!#!$!!
And so, it was off to the empty tattoo parlor on St. Marks. Among the galleries of glass “tobacco” pipes and rolling papers, a commitment was sealed. It was like watching a marriage and a birth at the same time. Hunched over the chair in pain, a grazing hand over backs and shoulders for a soothing effect, this was more than wedding rings. It was a stamp. I’m yours, your mine, and no amount of soap or time will wash that away. It was beautiful and moving and so intimate to watch. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing amazing love with me!
It was hard to take my camera off these two. And it wasn’t only because they were done up real nice in pretty colors, that they were absolutely gorgeous, but because of Rupal’s amazing laugh and the way they looked at each other. This is such a special day, she kept saying. I know Indian weddings have the general propensity to be rather large in their attendance… but what a sense of family… the sense of joining two families together. And 300 or so people had mostly to say about these two about what great hearts they have. It was an honor and a pleasure to take part in it, and to do my part in capturing it. Pretty…
I thought August was going to be slow. But, to my pleasant surprise, that seems to not be the case. I had the fortune of hanging out with a different couple almost every day of last week – so now it’s time for the onrush of photos!
Donna and David and I just barely missed the storm. They introduced me to awesome Corn concoctions, and we just chatted and had a great time shooting into the early darkness of the evening. I love doing these sessions, because it just makes me that much more excited for the wedding day!! Enjoy!