I remember the first time I photographed a couple for their engagement announcement. In fact, I vividly recall the first meeting with these two lovebirds – if not how I felt about the coffee at that Clifton Park shop.
They met at SUNY Cobleskill, and the wedding would be at a wedding barn venue nearby. Their vision for the engagement photos, however, was right on campus. We spent the session in and out of greenhouses, up at the old section of campus, slogging through snow and elsewhere.
They had put the thought and time in to know where they wanted to go and to make sure we had access.
It was fun. We got to know each another a bit before the big day. That makes everyone more at ease at the wedding, with natural smiles and comfortable selves coming out for the photos.
Sometimes couples look to me to help select the venue and I enjoy sharing location options in and the around these mountains that I love.
These days I suppose wedding websites are a little more popular in some circles than actual printed cards sent through the mail – but then custom thank you cards, often featuring a photo from the wedding, seem to be making a comeback if not holding their own.
I enjoy a little professional pride when I open an envelope and see an image I captured featured within.
Engagement sessions aren’t necessarily glamour shoots, though it’s not unusual to bring along a different outfit or two to try out.
Of course, it’s been my experience with so many actual engagements taking place during the colder months, that often the photos take on a wintry theme.
There was, of course, that July wedding a decade back when we met in the spring for engagement photos and some locations were so thickly draped in fog the camera could barely find my subjects.
Thankfully, at least one shot from that afternoon was worthy of including in the wedding announcement which appeared in The New York Times credited to my company Ment Media Group
Not every couple who’s proposal or engagement I’ve photographed has gone on to be a wedding client – though often, happily, both are part of one contract.
Another couple that comes to mind is one where the groom found me as the top rated photographer in Hunter New York and hired me to capture his proposal there. Their wedding, I believe, was going to be a small affair out west and I suspect they hired a local photographer in that part of the country.
Whatever your needs, whether someone to capture the moment that the question is asked and, of course, the answer is yes(!), a photographer to create the pictures that help you share the news with family and friends, an easy-going yet remarkably thorough photographer to preserve your wedding, or all of the above. Let’s talk.
Whether it’s a weekend-long event that pulls out all the stops or a micro-wedding for just the closest of friends and family… or only the couple, your pictures are important.
Reaching for an album on your anniversary, a year, five years or a decade following your wedding is something you can always look forward to.
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