Being a photographer that people know personally is a win-win thing. Family and friends often look to you to photograph and capture their special moments, and you get to do something you enjoy while gifting them at the same time. It’s like killing two birds with one stone…or three birds with two stones…or something.
Either way, one of my greatest ambitions for becoming a good photographer is blessing the people I love with good photos. When my cousin shoots the winning basket, I want to capture the shot. When my sister graduates, I want to be able to take some great senior photos for her as a gift. It’s an exciting thing, to bless those around you with your talents and gifts whatever they may be…for me, I hope to be growing in my knowledge and excellence of photography to give my family and friends some great pieces to hang on their walls or file away in family albums.
That ambition in mind, I was pretty excited when Will and Kat invited me to shoot some engagement photos for them. I’ve known Will since I transferred to Houghton Academy in 7th grade and we’ve been really good friends ever since. Will proposed to Kat over Christmas break and they are planning to get married in August 2010. He’s currently studying law at Vanderbilt University, and Kat works for Americorps in Buffalo, NY.
Since Will is living in Nashville and John and I are in Savannah, we met up in Atlanta this past weekend and had a great time touring the city as well as taking some engagement shots.
We started in the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and things were pretty steamy (literally- I had to keep wiping off my lens because it was fogging up from all the moisture).
The garden was featuring an orchid display which was beautiful and made for a great backdrop.
There were lots of unique plants and textures that allowed me to try some new things. I had fun trying out different ways to compose my pieces and frame my subjects.
They were great sports, willing to brave the snow (YES we had SNOW in Georgia this weekend!) and let me use this beautiful tree to frame them.
Atlanta was a great city to try some ‘urban-esque’ shots.
Some of you may know, this shade of mustardy yellow is one of my favorite colors and I insisted we stop and take some pictures against this wall.
Their outfits went perfectly with this location, don’t you think?
After some unclear directions and re-routing (we always get lost in Atlanta), we stumbled upon this beautiful Episcopal Church in the heart of the city. It had a quaint garden with this decaying bench, perfect for a shot with Will and Kat’s favorite black and white print- The New York Times.
I wanted to end with this shot because it clearly demonstrates how well Kat knew how to work the camera. She did an amazing job and really made it easy for me to shoot them as a couple.
It was really great to work with friends on my first shoot. They were encouraging, patient, and allowed me to try some new things which really benefitted me, and also allowed time for some really good shots.
Will and Kat—congrats.