23 May 2007

the stars aligned...

last Tuesday, I had the most amazing engagement session ever. Everything was perfect. And I am so addicted to the internet, that I was mentally composing this post to share it with you as I was taking the photos.


Ben and Aimee are some friends from church whose wedding I will be photographing in September. They weren't super concerned with engagement photos, but I insisted. We decided to meet at a central location and go together in one car...when I saw them, I'm not going to lie-I jumped up and down a little. They looked that good. From that moment on, it just got better. Ben turned on the music, and in amazement, I asked, "is this Brave Saint Saturn?" "Yes." "SHUT UP!" He was playing one of my all-time favorite bands...that about 4 other people in the world have heard of.

It was the perfect time of day, just before twilight, so there was plenty of that muted shade, and patches where the soft, golden sunlight spilled over and illuminated their sweet kisses. We went to downtown Portsmouth, which is quite possibly my favorite place in the United States. They were up for anything and really got into it. As we walked around, Ben would say, "oh, I like these stairs...let's do some here!" and "can we do one in front of this door?"



There was never a moment where they didn't want to do something I asked because they'd feel silly...their commitment and comfort totally showed in the photos. Which I'm getting to...I promise.

It would be hard to pick a highlight from such an amazing session, but if I had to, it would be a toss-up between these two:

We were in Prescott Park (don't miss it if you're in Portsmouth!) next to some blossoming trees. There were a couple of teenage guys nearby, and in a sudden flash of inspiration, I approached them, "Hey guys, could you do me a favor?"
"yeah, sorry--we'll move!"
"No, you're not in the way...just, could you guys stand off-camera and shake the branches so that the petals will fall on them?" And those two beautiful men smiled and created a petal shower. Magic.





































A little later, we found a brimming-with-character brick alleyway with a blossoming canopy. Of course I needed the correct perspective...which required climbing a tree. I asked them, "If I die, will you take me to the hospital?"

"No. If you die we'll bury you. If you fall we'll take you to the hospital."














Thanks guys--it was a great time. I can't wait till September!

5 comments:

Marina said...

Oh my! you are really rockin' the settings!

I LOVE the big blue door shot. that is a total spash page shot.

congrats on the job! i know the couple will love 'em!

xoxo

MichelleAllen Photography said...

Looking good Gwyn!!!

rachel said...

this really is a great session. may sessions continue to bless you with beauty and spontanaiety.

btw, the green door one is the very best in my opinion :)

emilie said...

beautiful shoot!

gwynethcolleenphotography said...

thanks everyone!