Mary and Gerald, artists who live in Los Angeles, wanted the old New Orleans aesthetic of the Marigny as the backdrop for their engagement session. We all decided to take advantage of that special, quickly-changing light that appears during sunrise. During the time I lived in my yellow house in the Marigny, I never grew unfazed by the juxtaposition of symmetrical shotgun houses painted in bold hues, the cracked and well-used sidewalks, and the verdant, tropical beauty of the trees and bushes. Each new day was a surprise, some new combination of those three pieces to see. The Marigny is a magical place, and we three set out to explore it.
For the most part, I don’t pose people when I take their photo. The idea of complete freedom in front of the camera may sound scary at first, but I prefer it for a few reasons. My couples routinely tell me after sessions that even though they were nervous at first, by the end of the session they really felt comfortable in front of the camera. I love hearing this, since it means they will be more at ease with the camera on their wedding day. Allowing creativity and freedom from poses produces more personal, unique images. Nowhere in my photography--whether it’s an engagement or family session or a wedding--will you find an image that was produced from a cut-and-dry formula. No two couple’s photographs should look the same, or feel the same, because every couple is different.
This couple's connection flowed naturally from giggly to dramatically poised to dancing every which way. These poignant moments captured in-camera would not have happened had I posed them from head to toe. From this set of images, you can get a great idea of what Mary and Gerald's love looks like--how they act together, and how their displays of affection differ from any other couple's. My goal as their photographer is to capture their personal connection with stunning images that reflect the delicate details of their interaction.
Even during moments of more posed photography, like wedding-day portraits, I encourage my couples to interact with each other in ways that feel natural. Each pair holds each other uniquely, and I aim to build an inspiring photo around those organic poses. Those are so much more engaging and emotional than any pose I could put them into.
So as you look at the photographs that follow, keep in mind that other than a little direction here and there from me, Mary and Gerald made this session their own.