About a month ago I got to do a great portrait session with a friend of the family. Katie is the morning traffic person for Fox 5 Atlanta. She was getting married on Memorial Day weekend but wanted to create a special present for her Grandmother. Katie had picked out her own dress for her wedding, but her grandmother still had the dress she was married in so many years ago. In fact, Katie's Grandmother and mother were both married in the dress. Katie wanted to make some special portraits in that dress, and also wanted a few of herself in her new dress, without all the wedding day pressure and insanity.
I started scouting locations but Katie had an idea to use a wedding venue that her friend owned. We met at the Wheeler House in Ballground GA. I had seen their website so knew I was going to be able to get that classic southern look. Graciously, The Wheeler House gave us access to both inside and out for the entire shoot. A week or two out I was getting really excited, but also a little worried as I had never visited the location. It was a pretty good drive away from Johns Creek and my day to day schedule just made it impossible to scout it out.
Finally the day of the shoot arrives and it is pouring rain all day. It figures. Now I am getting really worried, but due to the wedding schedule and restrictions on Katie's time, this is the day we have to do the shoot. We scheduled for 6pm and it looked like we were going to get a 2 or 3 hour window of no rain. I figured we would do an hour outside and an hour inside. It worked out perfectly. We worked our way around the yard racing the storm clouds (with blue tarp for under the dress in tow - Thank You Cindy and Katie's mom for hiding it so well!). Just as we hit the last location that I had picked out in my walk around, the rain started coming down again in buckets. We went inside, Katie changed into the dress she was going to be married in, and we did the indoor shots. It all worked out great and we got some great images. We (Courtney and I) were unable to attend the wedding as we had all the kids and were unable to get away for the weekend, but on the wedding day I got an iPhone picture of Katie presenting the framed pictures to her Grandmother and there was not a dry eye in the house!
On a final note, some of you that read my blog know I am moving away from DSLR's and Nikon. This is the last shoot done with my Nikon gear. From here on out it is Olympus and Micro 4/3rds and the Fuji X system. No more Nikon Safety Blanket! I'm not really worried about the camera and lenses but more so trying to wrap my brain around a new lighting system. Wish me luck!