A little over a week ago, a friend of my husbands and I contacted me via Hangouts. This was a little strange because we had never talked outside of a group chat. I knew instantly something was going on. I figured he was going to ask me to go ring shopping with him for his long time girlfriend, another close friend. Well turns out he already had the ring! She had seen it at a local antique shop and feel in love. He went out the next day an bought the beautiful orange sapphire pictured below. He wanted me to photograph the event, a request I happily replied yes to. We then started making a plan!
Last weekend, while meeting up with a group for Baltimore’s Hon Fest, at which the soon to be bride was in attendance, I floated the idea that I needed models to practice photography. I had already set the stage by posting the message on Facebook I described in my last post. I told her specifically that I was looking for couples and I thought they would be perfect for it. The soon to be groom had picked a local arboretum as the possible venue. Stupidly, when I was telling her my plan I said conservatory. Her eyes lit up! She was super excited about visiting Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of Baltimore and stated that she had been wanting to go for so long. My misstep ending up working out in our favor! The arboretum didn’t live up to expectations but the conservatory far exceeded them.
We arrived at 10 am on Saturday morning. The soon to be groom and I had already worked out a signal. We used the symbol for “Ok” used by scuba divers. After getting some lovely photos inside the conservatory, we stopped under a pretty archway, surrounded with greenery. I was using my portrait lens so the archway isn’t pictured but the couple loved it. A nice gentleman, a tourist from North Carolina, offered to hold the door for us and waited for his family who were in another room. Just as his family came in, our friend got down on one knee. Her reactions were absolutely priceless. With tears of joy she said yes! The tourists also got a great story to take home.
I had the foresight to instruct him to bring her makeup to touch up so we could continue our session. We managed to capture some gorgeous shots near the coy pond. The fish were nearly identical to her Citrine colored Sapphire. We captured a few more shots and led the couple outside. Her best friend, and the couples friend and roommate were waiting outside to congratulate them. She rushed to her friend with open arms, and they had a beautiful moment together.
We captured some photos outside, most of which didn’t pan out because I had my camera set on manual rather than automatic and didn’t know enough about it to understand why my images were blurry. Luckily, lesson learned. It wasn’t a total loss, my husband figured out the issue and we still managed to capture a few of my favorite shots of the day. Our other friend even got some aerial footage with his camera equipped drone! Afterwards we went to lunch at Hampden’s Rocket to Venus. The soon to be bride was in shock, the groom was hyped because everything went perfectly!
I learned that I need to get to know my camera better. I had to foresight to bring an extra battery, but my camera could have easily died mid-shoot had I not. This was my first time shooting in raw and it seemed to drain much faster. I also learned that props don’t matter is you have a great environment to shoot in. I wish all the love and happiness in the world to the new couple.