It’s finally Spring here and time to get out and make photographs. I spent some time in the last few weeks wandering orchards and hillsides making landscape images, but that’s not really my passion. I love the settings we have here, but I want people to photograph in them. So I was delighted when Brittany called me on last Monday and asked if I could fit in an engagement session late Friday afternoon.
When I first started shooting weddings, more than 20 years ago, it was without any real storefront or phone book listing (but I had just launched a website). I mostly got couples looking for a photographer at the last minute. Over the years I have learned something. Last minute wedding couples are lots of fun. I’m not sure why, maybe it’s because it’s all new and fun and then over with before it every starts to feel like work. Maybe it’s because the couples are impulsive, and impulsive people are fun. Either way, Brittany and Erick are getting married in less than two months, and just a few weeks ago Erick’s mother contacted me for the first time to set up their weekday wedding.
When I asked Brittany where she wanted to do the photos she told me she’d never even been to Traverse City, but she added, “I hear there’s a good lighthouse on Old Mission. So off we went. After a week of naked sunshine we got a perfect break in the weather, a bright day but with just enough clouds for very soft light.
Brittany and Erick have the best quality in photographic subjects, they are willing to try anything and are ready to find fun just in the activity of being photographed. I chose the boulder on the Shore, but they both went right for the swing set.
I’d been driving by these blossoms for the last two weeks thinking that I needed people in there to make the photos I’d been seeing in my mind. Being game for anything Brittany and Erick were willing to get back in cars and follow me down the Peninsula to the spot I’d scouted earlier. They didn’t hesitate for a moment when I sent them on a path down a steep hill that took them right by a buzzing bee hive.
Just as we were finishing up at the orchard it started to rain. We’d gotten the best of the light, Old Mission Peninsula in full color and Brittany and Erick enjoying the best things about getting ready for a wedding.