I’ve been so excited to blog about this engagement session for the past couple weeks, but now that it’s finally time to do so, I lack the words to adequately describe how great it was.
I’ll start with some basics—these two are getting married in Iowa (partly because it’s a state that supports same sex marriage and that was important to them--mega bonus points for coolness right there), Sam proposed to Brady (because she’s a total rock star as is he), they live in Washington DC and travel probably more than the President does for their jobs, Sam is also obsessed with Beverly Hills 90210, Brady has one of the best sense of humor I’ve encountered in recent history.
So, right from the get go, it was basically a match made in heaven.
Seriously—we had had blast. They were in town for Thanksgiving and we set up our engagement session around a variety of flight schedules and holiday dinners. From the get go, I was a bit curious about how this session would go, primarily because Brady had told me months earlier that he wanted to shoot in an indoor pool. Ok, that’s new. But we’ll go with it. Then we went back and forth for weeks leading up, trying to nail down some more specific locations, and then, like a gift from the Heavens, Sam and Brady sent the following email: “FYI, Emily, our primary goal is to get to know you and have an opportunity to hang out. We’re really excited about the shoot, but neither Sam nor I feel attached to the idea of having formal engagement photos…we’re more interested in learning about each other and then ending up with some great and unusual pictures!”
If you’re a wedding photographer and you’re reading this, you know exactly how I felt—LORD IN HEAVEN I AM SO GLAD I AM YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER, LET’S BE FRIENDS AND OMG I LOVE YOU.
For real, they just wanted to get to know me? And hang out? And maybe laugh at some jokes (I read between the lines, I knew this is what Brady was suggesting)—ahhhhh, fabulous.
So, off we went—first to the SHIFT exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center which was unreal and allowed me to geek out over the light. Then it was onto the Intercontinental Hotel pool. Most hotel pools sort of cause me to think “Ewww, what’s going on in there?” but this one was beautiful….and it was nearly empty….and it was in the middle of downtown Chicago and yet it felt like we were in the tropics of Greece.
Overall, it was the best day ever. I hope Sam and Brady felt the same way. I came back to my friend’s apartment afterwards and he asked how it had gone and I replied, “It was the best ever.” And he smiled like, “Oh, that’s nice,” but he had no idea…because it was….the BEST ever. Thanks so much, Sam and Brady. You two totally rocked my socks.