Let me start from the end. I’m feeling a bit Pulp Fiction-ish. As Rachel, Jay, and I were driving back from their engagement session, we were caught in normal LA traffic. The whole day we were getting to know each other better; talking, telling stories, discovering each other’s interests and histories. But driving back at the end of the day, we all discovered one more thing we had in common. Before they moved to their current residence, Rachel and Jay were my neighbors. We literally lived about 50 feet away from each other. We never met before our consult, but we probably crossed each other paths a few times as neighbors. Out of all the engaged couples and all the wedding photographers in LA, we still found each other in a roundabout way. It’s crazy to think how small the world really is.
Jay grew up in LA and the couple wanted to have an urban feel to their session. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to shoot around the LA River and this was the perfect chance. It’s always great to have an engagement session in an area that means something to the couple. I also took them to Melrose, where I’ve shot before, and have been wanting to go back. I knew by Rachel’s stunning model looks she would look great in any setting, especially with some high fashion poses. I can already imagine how awesome they’ll both look on their wedding day.
Our original shoot date was set for Jan 2nd. They wanted some images for their Save the Dates, but the weather at the beginning of the year was not helpful. Rain was forecasted for the first two weekends of the year. But in the end it worked out great and we got a perfect day. Lot’s of wispy clouds and a calming breeze. Rachel and Jay’s engagement session was an exceptional way to start 2011. The Beginning.