In my 24 years as a professional photographer, I have photographed thousands of couples, but for many reasons this particular shoot stood out. Deb and Rick are married and both are professional photographers - they came to me looking for a “lifestyle shoot”. When I asked them what that meant to them, they said, “we trust you, just do what you do”. Oh Boy, no pressure there. hmmmm . . . lifestyle shoot, lifestyle shoot. OK - I’ve got this. Natural. Hanging out together. Being themselves. It never hurts to have the cutest little dog ever. Unscripted. Poses can be stylized, but also some non-posed - just having fun together. Joy. Tell the story of their relationship, but keep in mind, they’re not 25 years old and newly married - the relationship is quieter, less showy, deeper, relaxed - easy.
I was having my portrait done as well - by Deb and Rick of course. We chose the ruins up in back of the Methuen Town Hall as our location. I did some research on this location because, well, I’ve photographed there many times, but never really knew the history. There's more info. on Greycourt Park at the end.
It was the most perfect summer night - that stunning early evening light that we, as photographers, covet. Deb and I fussed over our clothing choices and hair and makeup. Talk about knowing how your clients feel right before a shoot. After a short time of beating ourselves up, we put our jitters aside and went to work. Another funny thing about being photographers - we're not shy - when it's time to change outfits - just give us a car door to stand behind and off come the clothes and on goes the next outfit.
I think these photos speak for themselves. Deb and Rick were a joy to photograph. Being photographers, they very easily fell into poses and that is always a gift.
I learned so much from this shoot. I realized how important it is for couples to celebrate their relationship with a photoshoot. After we get married, when do we ever take the time to have photographs done? At our 50th. wedding anniversary when we’re 75 year’s old? That just seems crazy. Why do we think that when we are 40 or 50 or 60 years old, that we don’t deserve to be photographed because we just don’t look the way we looked in our 20’s and 30’s. Equally crazy. Many times we are far more beautiful and sure of ourselves because of our life’s experiences - we feel deeper joy and deeper sorrow and we appreciate life, family, friends and our partners far more. We could be on a second or third marriage even, and we place more trust, more value, and deeper love in our relationships. We may have lost our own parents, or are watching them experience the later year’s of their lives … and even though we realize how few photographs we might have of them, we still don’t think about having our portraits done. I walked away with a great life lesson and it is my wish that everyone could have the experience that Deb and Rick and I had on this beautiful evening and walk away with something that we and our loved ones will cherish for many years - I know, I know - it sounds really cliche - but what I wouldn't do to have photos like this of my parents.
Here are some snippets about Greycourt Park from Wikepdia.