With Alyssa and Nick's wedding just five months away, it was time to formally get these two in front of the camera away from the various planning stops (dress shopping, cake tasting, etc) for an engagement session and more specifically, a portrait for their save-the-date card.
We decided on Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth to incorporate the area's most iconic landmark, Portland Head Light (rumored to be the most photographed lighthouse in the US). Not long before their session dark storm clouds moved in and rumblings were heard overhead in this popular park, usually all aglow with rich warm afternoon light. Megan and Steve joined me for an engagement session show & tell, which we quickly realized wouldn't be as much of a teaching opportunity as we had hoped given the deteriorating weather.
No matter, Alyssa and Nick were great sports during what can sometimes feel like an awkward experience being the center of attention. We worked quickly to practice what it is like receiving tips on how to pose, where to look, and the ultimate goal (which can be tricky especially in a contrived situation when people are watching!): natural emotion.
The deadline for their save-the-date portrait is today. Our pick is one from a series of silhouettes we took with the lighthouse in the background and some pretty puffy clouds across the bay. Unlike all of the other steps in this process, however, no one will be voting on what image they use so we'll be excited to see their select, too!
We are looking forward when we can see these two again soon for a more relaxing follow-up session, possibly at Colby College where they met or in Cambridge where they live. To be continued...
The raindrops start falling...
And then the skies started to open up and we took cover in our cars.
Other posts from the 2012 Real Maine Weddings magazine giveaway:
Contest winners announcement and press conference
Invitations, wedding rings and honeymoon
Wedding dress shopping and cake tasting
Bridesmaid dress and groomsmen tux shopping