Hey kids, its Amanda again. I have a little Sunday magic for you that I just had to share.
Let me start this way. If anyone ever asks me how I feel about my job, I give the same answer every time: I LOVE it. Where else could I get to see the things I see, meet the people I meet and experience the life events I get to be apart of, if I didn’t have my camera in my hands? But, like any other other job, photography requires its own form of research, leg work and time outside the actual shooting of my camera. This engagement shoot was a perfect example of just that. Before the day of our shoot, I called Kenady and made sure we were on the same page as far as location ideas, concept ideas, outfits, etc. She told me that as much as she loves pictures of couples in the mountains and pretty places like that-she would much rather have pictures of her and her and Jordan doing things they would actually do. Date-gagements as I like to call them.
About an hour before we shot, I drove to our location and started to walk around. After asking the owner of a cute gelato shop if we could shoot there, I walked into this amazing dive theater called The Tower and started to poke around till I found the manager. I asked her if it would be okay for us to shoot around inside the theater lobby and she was all for it. I even convinced her to let us shoot inside the theater itself (because their projector was down) but by the time we got back it was running again, so we were confined to the lobby. After the theater I made my way down to Chipotle to grab a quick bite and noticed they had those awesome glass Mexican coke bottles so I grabbed two, not even knowing if my couple liked coke. But hey-it was worth a shot! Once my couple got there, I knew I was going to have an amazing shoot. Not only were they beautiful, but they were so fun and full of life. We walked over to the theater, grabbed some popcorn and started to shoot. Lucky for me, they both loved Mexican coke, popcorn AND gelato. After a good walk around 9th and 9th, some good food, laughs and amazing shots, we headed to our second location.
Remember that leg work thing I mentioned earlier? Before our shoot I also came to our second location to scope out where I would be shooting them. I didn’t notice till I got there however, the big sign that said NO PHOTOGRAPHERS ON THURSDAYS. Huh. So what does a girl do when she only has a couple that day (a Thursday, of all days) and has her heart set on shooting at a place where apparently they have a thing against Thursdays? Shoot there anyway. I figure if I get asked to leave I either play stupid or the “I’m pregnant” card. (Which I’m not. But a girl can still try, can’t she?) Regardless, we shot without a hitch and left with some of the most beautiful engagements I’ve ever taken. So yes. If you ever ask me if I love my job, the answer is yes. After an afternoon of popcorn, Mexican coke, gelato and sneaking into gardens with fun, beautiful people-how could I not?