This was a last minute engagement session (squeezed into the early morning hours) that had me belly aching laughing the whole way through. Nicole & Rich are getting married in Punta Cana this Fall and they needed pictures for their passport invitations. When I met up with them at a diner before the shoot, Nicole started to pull out of her “Mary-Poppins bag”, props after props…. including what she called a Casita which means little home in spanish. It was a flat little ceramic house that is a wall decoration. I burst out laughing at this point as there were so many random things that she loved. I love Nicole’s quirkiness and teased her about some of these things being random & creepy hence “random creepy” was the word for the day.
Unlike the random Casita (which I just had to include in the slideshow below), Rich bought a pair of antique license plates (most likely belonging to diplomats) that he found at a flea market while traveling through South America. He gifted these to Nicole as the plates were from each of their respective countries. I totally loved these particular props since there’s a personal connection to them for the couple.
Nicole & Rich met down by the shore of Ocean City, Maryland. Rich came down from New York with mutual friends of Nicole for a weekend getaway. Because of the group size and with varying schedules, Nicole & Rich didn’t really get a chance to notice each other till the dinner on the last night. Since then, it has been sweetness and laughs all the way through. Speaking of laughs, I felt so comfortable with them that I started poking fun of all things “Ocean City” like the Periscope pictures. Some may know what I’m talking about. There are these boardwalk vendors who solicit you to take pictures in “cheesy poses” like the human stacked triangle and the cupped hand & elbow in the sand poses… (ringing a bell, shore folks?). Then the pictures are inserted into these tiny Key Chain Periscopes as a keepsake. Well, because Nicole & Rich were so carefree, they inspired me to not take my photography too seriously. I broke my rule of cheesy poses and made them re-enact a Periscope moment. But the moments were so real & funny, I actually ended up loving the series of images from these cheesy poses (below). I love that their spirit of joy & sweetness completely radiates from these images that it makes me chuckle out loud with a big grin whenever I look at them.
The best part is that, Nicole & Rich are on a tight budget with every intention of using the photographer provided by the resort where they will be getting married in the Dominican Republic. But after this shoot, they decided to stretch their budget a bit to have me be their official photographer. My heart is still soaring as I count down to their amazing day. If this shoot is any indication of what their wedding day will be like, it’s definitely going to involve non-stop laughing for sure!
See more images in the slideshow below: