raegan first wrote to me sometime last fall…she didn’t even have a wedding date picked out yet, “just sometime in 2009!” we bonded instantly over the first line of my response, “so..raegan, huh? how much do you love your parents for THAT one?” (no one ever spells ‘gwyn’ right. i get lots of “gwynn” and “gwen” and “gwyen” (they know it’s a y, but figure there MUST be an e in there somewhere!) we both agree the best is when someone is responding to an email we just sent them.)
anyway…strangely enough, they live about 40 minutes from where my parents live in upstate ny…which is a good 4-5 hours from where i live in nh. actually…i’m pretty sure i STILL don’t know how she found me. but we finally got together at panera and had a great chat over our sandwiches a few months ago when i was home visiting the parentals. i wrote about it here. (and i’m still really, really, really looking forward to shooting in the caymans. or, actually, just being IN the caymans…forget the fact that i’ll be working pretty much every day i’m there!)
i just went home to visit my parents again, and this time around i got to meet raegan & her fiance in downtown albany for an engagement session. they brought their two charming dogs, henry and jake…and they were also extremely gracious about choosing a new location when i explained about my stupid ankle.
first it was time to make sure the doggies were included in the fun. that handsome gentleman in the front is henry…raegan’s baby
check out that ink!
(went with a little more of a vintage look for this one…)
all of these feature smiling joe…but THIS is the face i saw through the lens for the majority of the session:
all i had to do was say, “oh! there’s his abercrombie model face again…yeah, that’s hott…hold that!”
you didn’t know there was reverse psychology involved in photography, did you? oh…i’d better shut up, or it won’t work on the next stoic groom-to-be.