When Jessica and Jeremy contacted me this fall and asked me to shoot couple portraits of them to celebrate their 3rd wedding anniversary, I came up with the grand plan of using one of their favorite spots as the setting… the old rides at Lakeside Amusement Park. However, when I hatched this scheme I didn’t realize how insanely difficult it would be to execute. For those of you who don’t know, the owner of Lakeside apparently despises her theme park being used as a backdrop for photos – and pesky photographers. For after having taken only a handful of photos of my clients, we were quickly dispatched by the park’s security personnel.
With my master plan promptly disposed of by meddling rent-a-cops, I immediately improvised a Plan B and began setting up my portable strobes outside an old theater marquis in the Highland neighborhood. This clever approach was also thwarted, although not by security, but by the weather. Wind and heavy rain swept through our location, forcing us to take cover in a nearby coffee house. And as we downed some warm mochas to boost our dampened spirits – and as I was about to give up all hope on getting the shoot done on the day of their anniversary – the silver lining to our gloomy day appeared. Literally…
I saw the clouds begin to break, and the sun shining brilliantly down on the still damp streets outside. With the setting sun just starting to approach the golden hour, I quickly grabbed my clients and headed out to find an impromptu location to shoot. We ducked into a nearby alley, and while dodging cars and dancing in rain puddles, I snapped some incredible candids of my client couple interacting naturally… as if I hadn’t even been there at all.
While I had been stressed with the pitfalls of our prior attempts at shooting, this quick window of time gave me just what I needed to capture them in their element. A small selection of photos from this shoot can be seen below. I hope it’s the anniversary gift to themselves that they were hoping for…