Friends. It’s about to get weird.
When a client books me, especially a local one, I stress how meaningful it is to do an engagement session. Sometimes people are hesitant – sometimes they just don’t get why a person would have their pictures taken just because. Let’s set aside for a moment that they might be engaged (isn’t that reason enough?), and let me tell you why I insist on doing it. This is a moment in your lives, where you and your love for each other is vibrant, the future date of a wedding shelters over you like the promise that it is. I’ve been married now for almost 8 years. And now more than ever am I not the person I once was. But somehow, through all the changes, in life, in mind, in spirit, I have a handsome and strapping man who continues to love me despite the fact that I may not now be who he expected. I like to think that I’m better. But those few and rare photos of us in the spring of our love churn an understanding in me. A spark that now is often fighting for purchase around the bags under my tired mommy eyes.
I like to say, these photographs are the record of this moment in your relationship. For instance, it is rumored that Adam made Angela create an elaborate costume for a theme party he was having (and coincidentally, hired my good husband’s band to play music). The theme? Future. I have heard to it referred to as The Future Party. And so, Angela, created something of a space suit. But Adam had an entirely different kind of future in mind. And there in front of all their loved ones, not dressed in space suits, he proposed in song.
And so when I asked them to offer me a day of their lives to commemorate in photos, I happily arrived to a very prop heavy, theme rich afternoon – with of course, a story and through line. Adam is a screenwriter, after all. And hands down, this was the most I ever laughed, and the most fun I’ve ever had on an engagement shoot. I am so grateful for Adam and Angela, and for being allowed to document them in their full Adam and Angela-iness.
And duh, we still did the Punam Bean-y stuff too.