“The first ten minutes are the most awkward for all of us, after that we will get in a rhythm together and it will be super comfortable” This is the usual line I lead with when we start a portrait session. Afterall, we easily could have been changing diapers and giving bottles just moments before we arrive to shoot. We have to shift gears from being parents to being professional photographers and that doesn’t always happen at frame one. Unless…..UNLESS you are handed a couple like Emilie and Grayson. I knew I liked them when I met with them for coffee in Richmond last year about booking their wedding. Easy, kind, loving, thoughtful, and full of great wedding ideas. Ryan wasn’t able to join me for that meeting but when I got home I said, “You are REALLY going to like them, they are totally our speed and a great fit for Kellan!” I was right. From frame one, the ease and delight they have in each other’s presence radiated through the moment the shutter clicked. It was a metaphor if I ever saw one! The next couple hours FLEW by and we shot until it was literally dark. We then spent the next hour/half warming up our fridged bodies over some Indian food and terrific conversation. They sent us off for our ride home with the most ADORABLE goodie basket of soup, bread and dessert….who does this? Wow! We felt so loved and still do.
It was a blustery afternoon at Carter Mountain Orchard in Charlottesville, VA but it was so insanely gorgeous that none of us minded. Enjoy this beautiful fall session.
We headed over to Ashlawn Highland, James Monroe’s summer home, for a change of scenery.
Emilie and Grayson wanted to incorporate some vintage elements into their shoot. She scoured some vintage stores in Atlanta to find some of these great details to help pull off their looks. She is positively DARLING in her hat and hatbox! We literally had 10 minutes of daylight left so we tried to squeeze as much as we could in.
Can you not just eat them up with a spoon? Gah, we adore you guys! What a spectacularly easy evening of shooting we had. Gorgeous views, great conversation, and incredible company. You have spoiled us rotten for what our 2012 season is going to look like! We can’t wait to see you guys soon!