Jen and Nate are one of our amazing 2012 couples! They are getting married in June, and we can’t wait to be a part of their wedding day!! They are both such genuinely sweet people, and they’re totally adorable together. So much laughter and fun took place during this shoot!
They wanted to have their e-shoot at the Chautauqua Institution, and since neither of us had ever been there before, we were pretty psyched to have the opportunity to see and experience it! There is something so “magical” about this place…it’s in the air! I could feel it as soon as I stepped out of the car. ;) We were there in the “off-season,” so we pretty much had the place to ourselves, and it was awesome to just wander around and check out all of the gorgeous old buildings, and ask a million questions about the history of the Institution that no one knew the answers to (well, that was just me…I do that A LOT, and it drives Ben CRAZY). Good times!!LOVE. Many, many takes to get the lighting to be exactly what I wanted it to be in this one…but, so worth the effort. :) Mad props to Jen for her willingness to hold a germ infested pay phone receiver up to her face!! YOU RULE!!! I don’t know what I was thinking….well, yes I do, actually. I was thinking, “OMG!! Phone booths?! Are you serious right now???!!! I thought these went extinct!!” I love this shot!! It totally takes me back to that exact moment in time. It was such a gorgeous night, and we could already tell that the sunset was going to be amazing, so we were both happy about that. I was just sitting there in the sand shooting Jen and Nate looking out at the lake, and watching the boat drift slowly to shore. There was a black lab on the boat who had his front paws perched up on the side, as if he were ready to either jump in and swim to shore or yell, “laaaaaand hooooo!!” I remember laughing to myself about that, and thinking, “wow. I really love my job.” :) Have I mentioned how much I love people who are willing to get in trees for me? Well, I do. It was, as we expected, a phenomenally beautiful sunset. That last frame is one of my favorite shots of all time. The sky was stunning, the people are incredible, and we had a wonderful adventure that night. :)
Jen and Nate – thank you for being so much fun to work with, and for going along with whatever crazy ideas we came up with!! You guys rocked this shoot! Can’t wait for the wedding!! It’s going to be here before we know it!! Much love, J + B :)