This is my favorite kind of couple’s photo session – a walk around a beautiful place, stopping here and there to take advantage of the surroundings.
In this particular case, we did it at the Sanborn County Park in Saratoga California, which thrilled me because I love the Redwoods above the oaks – went to college among them, and will forever have an affinity with that eco system!
The other thing that thrilled me was the rain – much needed last fall in California, which was many years into a severe drought. The umbrella made a perfect prop, and the rain was worthy of celebrating. Each raindrop was a symbol of hope!
Rain, snow, even wind aren’t necessarily reasons to cancel a shoot. Sometimes those weather conditions actually make it a better shoot, so consult with your photographer before you assume the session needs to be cancelled because of weather!
As with most guys, this probably would not have been something initiated by Jacob, but he was willing. As it turned out he had a pretty darn good time. That’s the thing, I work hard to allow things to develop naturally instead of running around posing couples in a stiff manner. I believe that made all the difference here. Since Jacob is my brother-in-law, I know him well enough to know he wasn’t going to be comfortable with “now tilt your head to the right and move your foot two inches left” kind of stuff.
That’s the thing, each couple has their own way of being with each other and that needs to be reflected in their photos. In order to do that, I photograph them interacting as they naturally would and that makes for the best couple photos, in my opinion!