Engagement shoot: Lia + Rob

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I met Lia few weeks ago at a Lion in the Sun event I was speaking at, and she told me about this fabulous engagement shoot she had just done with the ladies of Simply Bloom Photo…it was pretty funny because just a few days earlier, the photographers had emailed me asking for some cool spots to check out when they were in town.  Now that I’ve seen the pics, they’re even better than I could have imagined, so here they are!  Lia talked a little bit about the inspiration and where that FABULOUS dress came from!

The pink dress I am wearing I actually bought at a cheap store on Broadway for $25. I saw it on a rack and it looked kind of ridiculous next to jeans and sweaters but I immediately had a vision of this dress on the bridge and saw the potential for something amazing. I
went to the fashion district and bought different shades of pink tulle and had a seamstress add it underneath the dress.

Beginning 10 days before the shoot I was checking the weather forecast for the day of the shoot religiously and watched as the chance of showers forecast at the beginning of the week turned into heavy rain and T-storms and I was more than a little concerned that my shoot in Brownstone Brooklyn, in Prospect Park and on the Brooklyn Bridge would
be rained-out. Despite my friends and family telling me I needed a plan B, I just crossed my fingers and bought large umbrellas. It turns out the rain was the best thing that could have happened for the shoot because the bridge which is typically packed with bikers, tourists and locals was practically ours alone for the day. And the grey skies just made the pink of the dress pop even more in the photos. We did get caught in some heavy rain at points but it just added to the adventure of the day and I wouldn’t change a thing!

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[images from Simply Bloom Photography]

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Engagement shoot: Dahnya + Fran

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I thought these engagement pics were such a change from the usual “pretty” pictures…why NOT get a little colorful and messy with your soon-to-be-groom?  They really show the fun nature of this couple.

The paint pictures came completely out of the blue. Francis, was adamantly opposed to the idea of taking engagement pictures. One day, in an attempt to make the idea sound more appealing I proposed the paint fight (not really thinking he’d take me seriously) but he took the idea and ran with it. The more we talked about it, the more excited we got. From there it was a matter of finding a photographer willing to expose his camera to such chaos. The instant we met Clint, we knew he was the photographer for us; easygoing and creative.

The day of the session we headed over to pick up the paint (our wedding colors) and believed ourselves completely ready to go! It wasn’t until the last drop of paint had been flung that Francis & I realized we had not thought to bring a change of clothes for after the fight. The blankets we’d brought were completely futile in protecting the interior of our car so, we hopped onto the back of Clint’s truck and headed to a nearby car wash to hose each other off. Clint was such a trooper; I fear we may have left lasting hand and foot prints in his truck bed. Instead of berating us, he kept his camera going & spurred us on.
It was a day filled with browsing a bookstore, swinging in the park, dodging paint and being blasted with water- all accompanied by my future husband. And to think, I was lucky enough that such an amazing day was documented for us to look back upon for years to come! Thank you, Clint.

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[images from Clint Shuttlesworth]

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Engagement shoot: Anjum + Mikey

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Anjum and Mikey are having an Indian wedding in July 2010.  Because their wedding will be a very traditional (and colorful!) Indian wedding, we wanted to do something fun and cross-cultural for their engagement session. We started out with a modern session outside of a really delicious local Sushi restaurant. Then the couple ordered a roll of sushi and drank some bubba tea with funky straws. Finally, we ended up in a more natural setting to take some soft and romantic images.

This engagement session is so great because it became a mix of Japanese, Indian, and American cultures and managed to be modern and fun all at the same time.

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