Shooting in new places is one of my biggest joys. For Caroline and Peter’s engagement session, I got to photograph them where they live- in one of my favorite cities- San Francisco. In the same way that I love shooting with new scenery, I truly love it when nature throws us an unexpected curve- like heavy rain for the duration of a shoot. I really mean that, because when life surprises you, you may not get what you had pictured in your mind, but you get something better- images that you could have never come up with on your own.
Caroline and Peter, you two are the kindest people, and I loved spending a day with you in your city!
So it is finally here. After years of waiting for this moment the first real holiday season is here for the Wirken family. Both the boys are finally at the right age and over the moon excited for this holiday season and Pam and I could not be having anymore fun if we tried. It started a few weeks ago when they got excited to light the Hanukkah candles with Pam. They loved the story of Hanukkah and taking part in each nights festivities. Now, with Christmas just days away…it is so wonderful to relive the magic of this time of year through the eyes of our little guys.
Here are some images I shot a few weeks ago when we put up and decorated the tree:
Zach-o concentrating on his ornament.
I told Megan that she was like Grace Kelly. This whole wedding brimmed with the style and elegance of that Hollywood era. Which is fitting since Lucas is actually in film production in Los Angeles. But what is even better than the glamour of these two is the fact that from the beginning, they stressed the importance of capturing the people that they love- the authentic moments- more than anything else. It was a pleasure you guys! Best to you in your new life together in CA!
I remember thinking after my first meeting with Lauren and James that I was so excited about these two. They were fun, and nice and easy to be with. For our engagement session earlier this fall, James was pretty under the weather with a cold, but he hung in there and we had a great time. There’s one particular photo in this bunch that is one of my favorite engagement session photos of the year. Can you guess which one?
The day these two came into the studio for their first meeting I knew it would work and I knew it would be great to document their story. The reason I knew it would be great is they had no problem telling me about all of their little quirks as a couple as well as having no problem poking fun at each other. I know couples are going to fine down the road when they poke fun at each other. I know that sounds crazy but it reminds me of when Alex, our 5 year old, was born and what a nurse said to me. I was in the nursery checking him out and I said, “Is that a uni-brow?” and she said, “you are going to be a great dad”. I asked her what she meant and she said the parents that poke fun at their kids right away are going to be just fine down the road. Not sure how that relates but I love that story! Anyway, the clincher for me that Katie and Alex would make great clients was when they offhandedly mentioned coming to New York for their engagement session and they said. “how do you feel about sleeping on strangers couches”? Even though they ended up getting a great hotel room for me as they had a friend staying on their couch I would have felt totally comfortable taking them up on the offer. See these two just have a knack for making people feel comfortable. It was great being able to get a glimpse into their lives in New York on that Thursday afternoon. Thanks for a great … Read the rest