The majority of the time that I schedule a photoshoot for outdoors, the weather is just delightful—until the day of the shoot. Cue the rain. Well, when I was coordinating with Erin to schedule her and Tim's engagement photoshoot, the forecast followed this predictable pattern. Instead of cancelling or moving indoors, though, Erin expressed that they were game for braving the weather. In fact, she said that it had rained on many important days in their relationship. So in way, it seemed natural and even right to embrace a little rainy day shoot.
My photographer friend, a.k.a. Dual Vizion, accompanied me on this shoot, and we met beforehand to scout some shoot locations in Bethesda. We found a very fun, bright playground and also a quiet, serene path with lots of trees around. Not one to subject anyone to my playful tendencies and preferences, I mentioned the playground as an option to Erin and Tim when we met, and, much to my delight, they were into the idea. Walking over, we passed a wall with a huge mural, tucked away near a (full) parking lot. Other than waiting for several cars to turn around since the “lot full” sign was off the main road, it ended up being a great spot.
At the playground, we waited patiently for the children to clear out from the fire truck. And then the slides. Erin and Tim were fantastic and fun, even pilot testing the zipline of sorts (veto!). I was loving the bright red and yellow caged set up, but that was cut short by polite yet assertive children saying, “Excuse me. Can we please get through.”
Our last location was that path I mentioned for some walking shots, which turned into dancing shots.
One of my favorite things in photography is capturing moments that showcase people’s personality. Erin and Tim were such a joy to work with, and I consider myself blessed to have photographed another amazing couple for their engagement.