Summer is one of the magical time to be photographed. The beautiful sky and the sun with warm and magical light. What can we ever complain about? As a New Jersey Portrait Photographer, I can say that maybe California gets better light than we do but I have to work with what I receive. Maybe if I ever move to California, there I can become the best photographer but for now, I will enjoy East Coast. Many of the photos right now I am actually doing outside. The biggest minus in East Coast area is the unpredictable weather, we never know if the day will bring us sunshine or clouds or the worst, rain. For that reason, I always book two days with the customer for “just in case”. It takes too much of our time but after you look at the photos, how can you say that this wasn’t worth it?
The previous week, I was shooting an engagement portrait session at a local park in Hamilton, New Jersey. We got there around 8 a.m. for a perfect light and boy it was very humid there because a night before it rained. It was a sweaty photo session especially closer to 9 a.m. For our last pictures, the future Bride and Groom wanted to do in a picnic style but the grass was soaking wet. We were exiting the park and I saw a walkthrough that was by beautiful tree alley which was covered with nice bricks. I suggested to do it right there and instead of Champaign, the future bride brought Ginger Ale. Scrolling through the photos, you will see the finished look. I think it looks awesome and you would never say it’s in New Jersey.
If you want to do your engagement photo session, here are few things to remember. Please bring paper towels to wipe yourself for whatever reasons. You may get hot and you started to sweat or you were bitten by a bug and started bleeding. This will be my next post about that. Also please wear matching clothes a weather appropriate. If you know it will be hot, try not to wear everything tight or too warm for the season. Bring plenty of water to hydrate and snacks if you are hungry. I don’t like to photograph cranky, thirsty people, you are taking all the fun out of photo session. Always bring your smile and relax. It supposed to be fun, not torture.