- 7 years ago
- Wedding: January 2013
Well, there were piles of snow and a cancelled flight and then a ripped dress and mercilessly uncooperative hair, and so our e-pics turned out dramatically different than we’d planned. We were selected for a free e-shoot with a married couple flying into NYC for a few days from southern California. We planned for the 12th, but then their flight was cancelled! Cue frantic attempts at rearranging schedules and we aim for the 13th. That morning, Fiance wakes up with one of his devastating migraines. Needs to sleep all day. We call and attempt to reschedule again. The 14th it is.
The day finally arrives. We’d intended to shoot in formal wear at The Cloisters in northwestern Manhattan; me in a floor-length blue silk dress with faux sable stole and Fiance in his espresso suit with a complementary tie and fancy-dancy gold cufflinks. Everything but his suit had been purchased expressly for this dang shoot. But, well, we realized that the day after heavy snowfall would be an inappropriate time to try to shoot in Fort Tryon Park/the periphery of the Cloisters, so we called our photographers and told them that would be a negative for the location, but how ’bout some indoor places? Cause when we woke up this morning it was two degrees. That’s not the real feel. That’s the actual temp. Me going in a short-sleeved dress, Fiance in just his suit jacket, outside? So not gonna happen. They agree and we rack our brains for places that are open and will let us shoot at 8 AM on a Friday morning. Not an easy task, but eventually we decide on Grand Central and then maybe some outdoor shots in Bryant Park…if they want.
Then my dress rips, noticeably, in such a way that I sure as heck can’t fix it in time for the shoot. Then to make matters worse, my hair is all like, “Eff you, I’m not going to agree to do anything but sit in a plain ponytail.” I break down into tears; Fiance manages to soothe me. Soon we’re all like, whatever, we’re running out of time. So we zip out of the house in semi-formalwear and hope for the best.
And then we meet up with the photographers in Grand Central Station, and they are so friendly, understanding, and kind. Our frantic frustration is instantly eased. We start the shoot in a relatively unpopulated concourse and Fiance is uncomfortable in front of the camera at first but quickly begins to loosen up thanks to their direction. We take a bunch of shots in of Grand Central, and then they suggest we head to Bryant Park. And this is where the real shooting began. Our e-shoot was done almost in its entirety outdoors, in sub-zero real feel temperatures, shot by some photographers used to living in warm, temperate southern California.
Sounds like a recipe for disaster, right? Well color me stunned, because the photographers were such pros, and real troopers!, throughout the whole shoot and the results we saw today are a testament to their skill. I’m amazed out how well these photos turned out. I thought there’d be red, runny noses; dry cracked hands; bags under our cold, tired eyes. I mean seriously, we had to go into a cafe and thaw out for about forty-five minutes after the shoot. But apparently, not only are Deb and Stephen friendly, awesome, and great at getting everything just right for the perfect shot, they are photoshop magicians. Looking at these, you would never guess how motherf***ing cold it was outside! MAGICIANS. We are just tickled with these, and it turns out that it’s not even because our expectations were remarkably low as we left the house that morning, given the circumstances. That’s always a good thing!
So see for yourself. http://deborah-stephen.com/?p=2014 But warning: results may vary if you choose to follow our insane-o path and shoot outside and arctic conditions. Your photographers may not be as awesome as Deb and Stephen. So if you’re looking for some absolutely wonderful photographers in the southwest, you should seriously consider this pair! They are legit talented and we are so grateful that we had the opportunity to do this shoot with them. The post-shoot thaw was so worth the end product. Me and the Fiance are really psyched to see the whole gallery! Yay!
TL;DR: Despite it being inhumanly cold in New York City and a lot of snafus occuring along the way, Deb and Stephen, from freaking SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, create epic photographs and you totes can’t tell that we all were beginning to develop frostbite. http://deborah-stephen.com/?p=2014