Memphis was my destination a few weeks ago for the fifth time in three months for Courtney and Will’s engagement session. The overwhelming majority of my engagements sessions are based in Little Rock so I thrive at the opportunity to hit the road for some place new. I photographed Michael and Danielle’s e-session in Memphis a few months earlier and we had a great time. For Courtney and Will’s engagement session, it proved to be just as great of a time.
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Monica and Stephanos love the Little Rock River Market. So when he suggested this as a location, I was a little skeptical. But the people…what about the people? I asked. I typically don’t like when I have other people lurking in my background, but they were OK with having lots of people around. And when he suggested we shoot early on a Saturday morning, I was perfectly OK with getting up a wee bit early — even if early was crack -o- 7 a.m. kind of early.
With cooler temps and fewer people, it worked out perfectly. Monica and Stephanos also told me there are incorporating lots of wildflowers into their floral theme, I knew of the perfect spot for photos.
I can’t wait for their July wedding.
Check out a few favorites from my March e-session with Laura and Chris. They won my free engagement session from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette bridal fair. I can’t wait to shoot their wedding in July.
Kristin and Jeremy are a fabulous couple who live just outside of Memphis. They traveled to Little Rock in early April for their engagement session. It was the first time we met. I usually have to chance to meet with my clients before we ever take any photos. Since they live out of state, this was not possible. So when they traveled to LR for the shoot, I wanted to make the most of my time with them.
We met at Copper Grill for a long and leisurely lunch. It was the perfect chance for me to get to know them. I rarely get this chance. After lunch, we spent a little more than two hours shooting. We walked around downtown LR and Scott (one of my favorite spots) and had a great time making photos. My only regret of the day was not spending more time with them.
Kristin will be heading back to LR (YAY!) in May for bridals and I am then heading to Memphis for their big day in September. And it can’t come soon enough.
Laura and Chris were the winners of my free engagement portrait session I gave away on January at this year’s 2012 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Bridal Show. Out of more than 150 people who signed up at my booth, I drew Laura’s name.
She and Chris were so happy with their photos, they booked me yesterday to shoot their wedding in July. And I couldn’t be happier.
This time, there was no dog pee involved.
If you have NO idea what I’m talking about, take a minute to read a recent blog post on my e-session with Jenn and Paul and their three pooches. Let’s just say it took my camera bag nearly six weeks to air out.
Here are a few of my favorites from my e-session with Sheri and Shannon last Thursday. Loved this dogs too!
Late February is not the best time of year for engagements — except for 2012 when it was near 70 for Audrey and Jay’s downtown Little Rock session. I’m looking forward to their big day in May. Here are some of my favorites. LOVE those shoes.
We had a great Sunday afternoon photographing Ashley and Casey in downtown Little Rock in early December. They are getting married in early February.
Yes, you read that right. Dog pee. I’ll explain later.
I’ve had many an engagement session with dogs. I love dogs. Even though I’m a cat girl by nature, I love pups. They are always welcome at my engagements sessions….and will always be welcome. Jenn and Paul’s canine trio is no different. Well… maybe a little different.
Jenn and Paul were my last engagement session of 2011. We shot on Friday, December 2nd in downtown Little Rock and the session started off as most do when involving the dogs….they run around and sniff everything. Me and my camera bag included. As I said, I have cats and no doubt they smelled Rex and Callisto prominently on my camera bag. We headed up to the roof of Jenn’s office building for a few sky line shots. Everything was going great. The dogs were running around sniffing everything. After about 15 or so, they calmed down. Pete, the yellow lab, plopped down on the ground. I guess he was bored.
After a few snaps of just Jenn and Paul, we did a family portrait of them and all three pups. It’s very hard to get three dogs (and two people) to look at you all at the same time — not without the secret weapon. The squeaky toy. The best $3.00 you can spend at Pet Smart. One or two of the *squeak squeaks* and any pup (or person) will look at you. The results worked very well. Jenn said this photo was one of Paul’s favorites.
Notice the sideways glance Pete was giving me. Well he wasn’t giving it to me — he was giving it to my squeaky toy. He wanted that thing desperately. After three or four snaps, he’d leave and head straight for the toy. Paul wrangled him back and we did that over and over and over. Finally, once I knew I had that shot, I gave Pete the squeaky toy. All I can say is I hope it was a painless death for my toy. Pete just massacred it. Honestly I found it funny. Until Pete nearly swallowed the device that gave this little guy it’s squeak. Another $3.00 at Pet Smart and he was replaced.
After our roof top shots, we headed to nearby courtyard with green space. I’ve shot there before and really liked it. The people who built this knew it was going to be used for pets because there were lots of dog poop bags for anyone to use. And we used them, lots of them.
The minute those dogs hit the grass the poop arrived….and lots of it. As a cat girl, I’m amazed at how much a dog can poop, especially three dogs…all at once. Jenn and Paul spent the better part of 15 minutes chasing the dogs around with the little green baggies. And laughing…lots of laughing.
After Pete and the others were empty (we hope) they spent the next 10 or so running around peeing on everything. It’s what dogs do. As they were peeing, I was setting up a small portable light so I wasn’t paying too much attention to what the dogs were doing. Pete made the rounds peeing…on the bricks, on the grass, on the flowers, on my camera bag, WHOA!
Yes, Pete peed on my camera bag. What made it really bad is the top was open. So drops of pee dripped down onto one of my lenses that I wasn’t using. Thankfully, the front and rear element caps were on so it was just surface pee.
It all happened so fast. Me, Jenn and Paul were all in different places, but we saw it at the same time. It was like one of those slow-motion scenes in a movie. We all yelled, “Noooooooooo” and then lunged for Pete, but by then it was too late. The deed was done — and it was all over my bag. Sorry folks, there are no photos of Pete peeing on my bag.
Poor Jenn looked mortified. Pete looked in shock. I just stood there stupefied. After a few seconds, I searched my bag for a towel or a rag or something to absorb the pee. I had forgotten for a moment about the towel I kept underneath the pee lens so I grabbed the only thing I had….a panty liner. Yes, you read that right. A used a panty liner. Hey, a girls gotta be prepared. And thankfully the liner did it’s job quite well. I then realized I had the towel and used it to clean up the rest, including my hands.
Not long afterwards, Jenn and Paul kept apologizing. I reassured them both it was OK…AND IT WAS OK. How can I be upset at this? It’s a dog. And dogs pee. It’s the risk you take when dogs are on engagement sessions. NOTE TO SELF — for the next e-session with dogs, leave the camera bag in the car
Soon the pee was forgotten and we moved on for the rest of our e-session and made some great shots.
It’s been 10 days since the pee incident, lots of soap and water and several rounds of Febreeze and my bag still smells like pee. I loved that bag. It was a Tamrac and it gave me four loyal years of service, but I think it’s time to move on. I’m thinking about a Think Tank Photo Airport Series bag. I’m traveling quite a bit this coming year and I need a nice new bag that’s TSA compliant.
Be sure to check out Jenn and Paul’s e-session below. Love you guys! The dogs too….especially peeing Pete!
I hate hate postponing photo sessions. But on the rare occasion, the weather forces me to do so. For our first scheduled session with Ashley and Adam, the weather geeks were forecasting 1-2 inches of rain and lots of wind. So we canceled. As you can imagine, we got no rain and it was a total wasted opportunity.
So we moved the session back a few weeks and oh my…the weather could not have been more perfect. We shot at one of my all-time favorite locations, Scott, Arkansas. I cannot tell you how much I love this place. It was an overcast day which is perfect weather for photos and right as the sun was starting to set, the skies cleared for a perfect sky. See for yourself.