Often times, the first time I meet a couple is at their engagement session. Fortunately, this would be the second time I got to meet Jill. Just one week prior to their engagement session, Jill and her Mother attended a bridal cocktail hour hosted by Natirar and Peony Events. I was fortunate enough to meet them both, along with so many other brides I would be photographing in 2019!
Central Park is one of my favorite places. More specifically, upper west side, along the Strawberry Fields trail that leads you directly to Bethesda Terrace. In case you’re wondering, this entrance is on 72nd Street and Central Park West. While Central Park was designed to get you “lost,” this is just about the only path I can actually navigate. Other paths in this urban surrounded wilderness do in fact, get me lost.
So, naturally, I had Jill and Rob meet me at this exact spot early one July morning to take their engagement pictures. Now, Jill and Rob, like many successful New York couples have a pretty full calendar, so we scheduled this session just two months before their wedding! Of course they weren’t going to use these images for their Save-the-Dates! Why even bother?
Let me tell you! I actually, secretly, love this question! The engagement session is one of the most important sessions through the entire “wedding photography process.” Why? Because it’s your trial run! What better way to feel confident in front of the camera than to have already had the experience? And let me tell you! Jill and Rob are pros! PROS I tell you!
This all came in so handy when, on their wedding day, we had six minutes….GUYS! SIX MINUTES…to photograph them at sunset just before they were introduced into reception. These were some of my favorite pictures from their wedding, and they were taken in such a short amount of time!
Having the confidence to be in front of the camera, and look great, doesn’t just happen, it takes practice! And it was so worth it! You can see images from Jill and Rob’s wedding day here!