I love sharing my love of photography and teaching people how to create their own beautiful images. There is something about creating an image and being proud of it that definitely marks that moment in time for the photographer. For me, this is one of those images.
It was an incredibly bright and sunny day, meaning that I had to utilize whatever cover I could to provide soft even light. I always look for geometry and shapes to pose a person or a couple with, to help guide the viewer’s eye to the subject. This walkway was perfect. I positioned the bride’s head in between the back archway and was careful to not have it go any higher or else it would compromise the framing. Turning her hips and shoulder slightly away form the camera suggests the viewer to look through the bride, balancing the framing of the background. Holding her bouquet down a bit allows us to better see the neckline of her beautiful wedding dress and gives her arms a slight bend, elongating them. Shot at wide aperture, the background blurs out leaving us to focus solely on the bride.
With Jenna working on her Ph.D. and Matt being a RN, it was hard finding some time that worked for all of us to get together to photograph their engagement session. One thing became obvious though as we began shooting, time is all they need. The sheer presence of each other brought peace and contempt between Jenna and Matt. As we walked through Nichols Arboretum on the University of Michigan’s campus in Ann Arbor looking for a location to shoot, I frequently found Jenna in Matt’s arms, quietly waiting. Perfect. These were the authentic moments and emotions captured.
It isn’t often that one gets to photograph at the Henry Ford Estate, let alone have the entire grounds closed off just for your engagement shoot. Lucky for me, Kelly pulled a few strings and made it happen. With a plethora of locations to choose from, we ran out of sunlight before we ran out of love to capture.
The longer I am a photographer, the more I learn about life, love, and people. Call it divine intervention, serendipity, or randomness, but I feel like every person who enters into my life plays a role, teaches me a lesson, and leaves a little bit of them with me. Lucky for me, Maria continues to play the role of my friend. This past weekend, I was able to hang out with her and her fiancé, Rob, as we explored an abandoned school that, ironically, I attended in pre-school and she used to teach at. Since then, she has moved buildings and started a very popular online blog – KinderCraze – to help other elementary school teachers with lesson plans and ideas. She definitely met her match; Rob is also involved in education, so it only seemed fitting to photograph their engagement session at a school. When the camera came out, so too did the giggles – for being self-proclaimed non-PDA people, they did a good job of hiding it.
A beautiful day. A beautiful couple.