Some people don’t like to have their picture taken. I’ve been living with Gaby for 10 years (or is it 11??) and when I point my camera in his direction, I have about a 50% chance of getting The Hand. So I get it. I really do. In fact, one of the reasons that I love being BEHIND the camera is that I happen to hate being in front of it! So when I met Lauren and Al to discuss photography for their wedding next summer and Lauren told me that Al didn’t like to have his picture taken, I could totally relate. Fortunately for me, Lauren is pretty persuasive and was able to convince Al to do an engagement shoot with me to “practice” for their wedding. She even managed to talk him into cutting his hair. OK, well, if we’re being totally honest, she bribed him with a new guitar Gotta give the girl props for her ingenuity!!
Since both Lauren and Al like to explore the outdoors, we decided to do our session at Cooper’s Marsh Conservation Area on Lake St. Francis, which is a beautiful natural marsh with long winding boardwalks and paths through the woods. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and we had to reschedule due to rain at least twice. I’m sure Al was devastated each time!! Finally, last Saturday, Mother Nature gave us a break and we had a warm, sunny day for our shoot.
We met up in the parking lot at 11 and I promised to keep the session to under two hours. As we walked towards the boardwalk for the first set of shots, Lauren and I chatted about the wedding plans while Al trailed along behind us strumming his new guitar. Every now and then, I would sureptitiously glance back, nervous that he would disappear into the wilderness, but I have to say that once he had committed to the shoot, he was really a GREAT sport about everything.
Here are a few of my favorite shots from our session:
After seeing these shots, I’m sure you’ll agree: Al has no reason to be camera shy, especially not when he’s got a beauty like Lauren in his arms! As for me, I’m looking forward to hearing what Lauren has up her sleeve to convince Al to wear a suit for the wedding next summer