Let me confide in you…all you humans on the internet. I still get a little bit stressed out before a shoot, whether before a wedding or even an engagement session. I get stressed. Listen to that word: “stress”. Sounds ominous, right? Just looking at it affects my blood pressure, I swear. I hear it in capitalized letters followed by an exclamation point. It’s sort of like the word “calorie”, which also seems to imply doom. But without calories, we’d die pretty quickly. Without stress, what? Births are extremely stressful, so are weddings, so is being honest at times, and owning a business. Most worthwhile things, I think. In fact, I have this weird idea that the reason anyone does anything is because of stress. I go to the fridge because my hunger is stressing me out sufficiently. I got my Master’s degree because I was stressed by my income, by my ignorance, and feelings of inferiority. Every accomplishment, I figure, is the fruit of someone’s neurosis. Maybe that’s a morbid thought, but there’s some research to support the idea. The silver lining is that I don’t see stress as the enemy now–it’s the fire that blasts the rocket upward.
I was feeling slightly more stressed than usual before this engagement shoot, mostly because Nora and John both work in film and, I could tell, were quite artistic. The voice in my head was telling me that I wouldn’t be able to create anything that would be “good enough” for them. It’s a familiar voice, and I’m getting better at saying, “thanks for your concern, but I think I can do it”. And I think I did. I think it was a successful session. In fact, I love these photos, and I think (and hope) they liked them too. It was a session that was satisfying on so many levels. Nora and John were able to look unflinchingly at the camera lens with seemingly no problem–which makes for really cool photos. Of course, they’re both attractive, which also makes for pretty photos. They also brought us into the forests of Truro (where Nora grew up) and to a waterfall. Shooting at an engagement session at a waterfall has been on our wish-list since Rae and I started shooting in Nova Scotia. It was a session that was a walk in the trees, with pauses here and there where the landscape and light made for a great photo.
Hope you enjoy.