We haven’t photographed a couple’s portrait sessions since January. That’s almost last year! We’ve missed doing these!
This photography session didn’t quite start out with such great spirits, though. Since it had been so long since our last couple’s session, I was entertaining myself with all sorts of dreadful and irrational fears. I thought, “god…what if I’ve forgotten how to do couple’s sessions?”, “what if my creativity disappeared since January?”, and so on. I also worried that I’d forgotten which camera buttons do what. This is self-talk not at its finest.
Ever see that Simpson’s episode where Homer is like, “shut up brain, or I’ll stab you with a Q-tip?” Very relevant.
When K & N showed up though, my worries went away. Rae and I shifted into our “photography mode”, a mode in which we’re both quite familiar. It’s a distinct shift. We become hyper aware of where the sun is, how diffuse the light is, and how things within the environment can be used compositionally or ‘framed out’. When we’re shooting frequently (during wedding season), ‘photography mode’ is fairly constant. Whether I’m standing in line at the grocery store or just walking down the street, I find myself closing one eye and bobbing my head around like a pigeon, framing up scenes and “taking a photograph” with a deliberate blink. By the end of wedding season, I’m doing this sort of thing in my dreams. I was happy this way of being came online so quickly effortlessly.
K & N were quiet, very kind-hearted, and probably a bit introverted. Which was absolutely wonderful. Rae and I are somewhat on the introverted side as well, and the session was relaxed, playful, without snags at all. It seemed to just roll out, and it was a pleasure getting to know these two. Their dog, Lester, seemed to know exactly what to do, for the best possible photos.
We had fun at a beach. We had fun at farm. We had fun in jumpers. We even jumped in jumpers. That was fun too.
I want more evenings like this one before Rae and I walk away from this amazing career path we’ve shared, and head to Montreal, in September. I anticipate that it’ll be a weird thing that we’ll have many fond memories of our time together, contained in photographs of other people.
We hope you enjoy some of our faves from this engagement session.