“In dreams and in love, there are no impossibilities.” – Janos Arnay
A few weeks ago, we took a gorgeous ride out to Rushford Lake for Jackie and Nic’s e-shoot. It was a perfect summer evening, and we enjoyed every minute of the drive out there! As a side note, I love driving through cute little farm towns, and looking at all the old buildings, barns, houses, and vintage-y storefronts, and secretly planning our permanent escape from Suburbia-land. Someday, I will have my rustic farm house in the country, with a red barn, some hens to lay delicious brown eggs, a huge vegetable garden, one cow that I will milk by hand (to make my own butter and ice cream, of course), four dogs, and 15 cats (give or take a few)…someday. For now, though, I will just enjoy my long drives through little farm towns, and my trips home to the farm town in which I grew up. (More on that topic some other time…)
So anyway, Jackie asked if we would be willing to do their engagement shoot in her family’s cabin on Rushford Lake, and since we had never been there before (and we love seeing new places like crazy), we were all about it! As soon as we turned onto the wooded street where Jackie’s family cabin was, we were in love. I looked at the cabin, and out at the lake, and back at the cabin, and I was like, “This is magical.” It could have been the time of day, or the color of the water, or the overcast sky, but something about the whole scene was pure perfection. It was so awesome. :)We started out on the dock to get some great shots by the lake! Jackie and Nic’s little pug, Darth, came along, too…he was hilarious…seriously. I love photographing animals (and am pretty obsessed with them in general), so I always get extra excited when people bring their pets to a shoot. :)
I couldn’t get over how perfect the color of the water was…heavenly. The last one in this set is probably my favorite shot of from the whole session. Jackie – you are as cute as a button! Nothing says “relaxing photo session at a cabin by a lake” like a hammock. We had a some fun with it…and with Darth! Cute enough to squeeeeeeeeze!! Love him! There were quite a few little sheds and random buildings around the property, so we hit up a whole bunch of ’em. That shot with Jackie and Nic holding the sticks is one of my favorites. The whole magical feeling of the place had me thinking of Gandalf, so I was like, “Ooooo, ooooo, hold those big sticks and pretend you’re casting a spell!” I know, I know…I’m a bit strange, but it’s in a good way, and I take pretty good photos, so I’m hoping that will excuse me to some extent. ;) I saw this red canoe kind of hanging from two trees, and I immediately wanted to take a few shots next to it. I’m glad we did because I looooooove these, but it wasn’t until a couple of days ago when I started working on these photos that I was like, “Uh, why the crap didn’t I ask them to put the canoe in the water and row it? Duh, idiot…” Oh well, they look just as gorgeous next to a canoe on dry land as they would rowing one. The green wall was super fun. We did some whipping of the hair, and some huggin’ and a lot of laughing. ;) It started to sprinkle a little, so we walked back up to the cabin. Jackie did a quick outfit change, and we chilled on porch for a few, and waited for the rain to stop. Then, we walked down to a nice beachy area, and had a bit of fun with sand, water, and sky. LOVE. Jackie requested that we take a shot of Nic’s awesome tee shirt that she bought especially for him…pretty cute, huh? Game over, bee-otches. ;) Ben saw these wooden hearts next to the beach in a place where we had absolutely no business being, but he insisted, so I gave in. He likes to turn things different colors, and he knows that my favorite is pink so he suckers me in every time with the damned pink gel…these are pretty cool, though…I cannot tell a lie. After we left the cabin, we headed into the tiny town of Arcade, NY where this adorable little train station was just waiting to be photographed.
We had a whole bunch of fun with these trains, and some sweet off-camera lighting! And we’ll leave you with one of Ben’s multi-colored beauties! As I mentioned previously, he likes to turn things different colors, and as you can see, I was again suckered into this shot by the pink gel…damn it, I’m such a girl. ;) Love this shot, though!
Jackie and Nic – thanks a million times for having us out to your family’s cabin! We had such a wonderful time shooting you two and getting to know you a little bit as a couple! We are so psyched for your big day in just a few short weeks!! (I won’t ask you to cast any spells at the wedding…I promise.) Much love to you both!! – J + B :)