jillian + ben

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Jillian and Ben’s e-shoot was the first one we ever did at sunrise. Can you believe that? The first one EVER. While I’m admittedly NOT a morning person, I have always wanted to drag my raggedy behind out of bed at the crack of dawn to shoot some fabulous people in that gorgeous early morning light, so I was pretty psyched.  Jill and Ben arrived all bright eyed and ready to roll, so if they’re not morning people, then they definitely had us fooled!  In spite of us not being quite fully awake when we started shooting, these are some of my favorite shots of all time.  The morning light was everything I hoped it would be, and Jill and Ben had us cracking up non-stop!  We definitely had a great time with these two.  :)

Although they are currently livin’ the fast life in NYC, Jill is a Buffalo native, and hanging out at Caz Park was a memorable part of her childhood here.  So, we decided to meet up by the casino and stroll around the park for a while.

There are so many huge old wonderful trees in this park, and a lot of great benches to sit on and be a part of nature.  I lived in South Buffalo for a while, and let me just say that this park is definitely a major highlight of the South Buff.
There’s nothing like a little early morning swinging to get the blood flowing!!  I was excited about how perfectly the light was hitting the swing set.  ;)
While I was shooting J and B on the swings, Ben was setting up the lighting for this shot.  As I’ve previously mention (in other posts), I tend to get annoyed when he wants to bring too many different colors into a shot; but, I’m learning (slowly) to keep my mouth shut and just trust him, because he usually knows what he’s doing.  I have never seen the Caz Park casino look this good.  For real.
After the casino shot, we strolled the grounds a bit more.  We stumbled upon a flock of ducks, broke out into some silliness, and then I climbed down into the creek bed to shoot up into some gorgeous yellow flowers.
Jill wanted a shot with her grandparents’ house in the background, and I seriously LOVE this one.  Honestly?  It might be my favorite shot from the whole session.  :)
After we were done shooting at Caz, we headed over to one of our favorite places to shoot – the Central Terminal.  The light in these buildings at this time of day was just incredible.  This is another one of my favorites…how cute are these two?!
Oh, these doors!!!  We’ve shot in front of them a zillion times now, but they just never get old.
To keep things fresh, we decided to explore a building that we had never been in before, and it was awesome.  Creepy as all hell, but seriously awesome.

Jillian and Ben – thanks so much for spending some time with us!! We really enjoyed getting to know you guys a little bit, and we’re super excited to be a part of your wedding day! Can’t WAIT!!! :)

  • Lauren SAYS...

    Gorgeous! Really stunning shots.

  • Linda SAYS...

    Thanks for the share…am I seeing inside the old Caz Pool Casino…filter room…hmmmm…all looks way too familiar…brilliant to have these shots done there! Congratulations and much happiness to you both.

  • Jillian SAYS...

    Jenn & Ben, we love them!! Thank you so much for the photos, and for being so much to work with :)

    Can’t wait to work with you guys again!