Susie was the first to meet Joanna, at the Baltimore Bridal Expo, but because I live closer, the consultation fell to me. When Susie was briefing me beforehand, she made it clear that this was a wedding she *really* wanted. She said that Joanna was just our type of bride: smart, resourceful, with definite ideas, and as Susie put it, “just a real sweetheart”. Within the first 30 seconds of the consultation, as Chip and Joanna kindly explained a route home that would knock a good 20-30 minutes off the time it took me to arrive, I could see that everything Susie said about Joanna was true and that Chip was an equally great guy. Then, I liked them even more when they made me laugh out loud by explaining their litmus test for the day-of decision to hold their November wedding ceremony indoors or outdoors. I’ll share the litmus test after the wedding, when we see how it all works out :-)
But what excited me the most about working with them was the fact that they wanted their engagement shoot on the NCR trail north of Baltimore. To me, an ideal afternoon – and which John and I try to do once a week with our kids – is exploring a trail, climbing rocks, wading out in the water, and taking pictures. I was sold on the idea :-) As it turns out, Joanna came up with a completely elegant twist on the idea of a trail shoot. We were so impressed with her planning and preparation and owe so many pretty pictures to her forethought and attention to detail.
In an event defining the word “irony”, we postponed the shoot for rain, and – you guessed it – the afternoon grew more and more gorgeous as it went on. But as we pulled up to the trailhead on the reschedule date, the radio was talking about “severe thunderstorms rolling through the area”. We heard distant rumbles of thunder and Chip taught us to “read the leaves“, which definitely indicated that rain was on the way. Funny, though, there wasn’t the slightest hint of a pre-storm wind – not even a whisper of a breeze – so Chip and Joanna were out there modeling for us on a miserably hot and humid afternoon. Truly, people, I tell you – it was absolutely stifling. If Joanna’s long, lean limbs and her graceful carriage don’t indicate to you that she was a dancer for 10 years, than please know that *only* a performer could have looked so cool and graceful in that oppressive humidity!
Joanna and Chip, you did *great* and we had SO much fun! We cannot wait for your wedding!!
This shoot happened while Susie’s sister, Irina, was in town, and she came along and worked with us, which made this shoot all the more fun and successful – thank you, Irina!!! :-) Irina is an amazing photographer based in Virginia Beach – see more of her work here: http://www.expressionsva.com/