Like A Royal Engagement Portrait, But Better
I have loved every second of this wedding planning stuff so far. Ok, maybe not the super stressful moments, of which there have been quite a few, but the process of deciding exactly what I want and how I want it has been oddly liberating.
Because I'm a big ol' ham, I have been eagerly anticipating the day that we would take our engagment photos. Mostly because it would be the closest I would ever get to being a model, and also because while Morgan and I have lots of photos together, most of them look something like this:
Needless to say, as much as we love our iPhones, I was super excited to have a few photos that a) weren't taken with said phones and b) weren't grainy self portraits where we look like we've spent too long spray tanning at the Jersey Shore.
Of course, I'm a bit of a primadonna when it comes to photos (fine, I'm a bit of a primadonna when it comes to everything, but I hear admitting that you have a problem is the first step to recovery), so I searched high and low for a photographer that I could "mesh" with. As I'm sure you know, wedding photography is no small investment so I wanted our photos to look amazing, and I wanted them to be unique.
Do you know how hard it is to find a wedding photographer who does something unique? Really, most all of their shots are the same. It drives me bananas. So I googled, and I yelped, and I read tons of reviews. I wanted good photos, and I wanted someone fun that could put my fiance' and I at ease (and make us look hot, if I'm being honest). I called like a bazillion photographers (this is LA after all, there are no shortage of people with cameras around these parts) before I happened upon Rob Greer while I was browsing yet another wedding website. His photos were fun and different, so I called him up right then and there. We chatted for almost an hour like old friends, laughing, talking about photography and brainstorming ideas for the wedding. Then when I complemented some photos of a bride and groom on his site that were taken in New Orleans (my hometown), he revealed that he is a native Louisianaian like me.
I took it as a sign and signed us up for an engagement session so that we could give him a "test drive" before I wrote a check for the wedding. Needless to say, the check has since been written - we are so excited and relieved to have chosen a photographer that we are happy with for our wedding day. And, well, we finally have a few photos for our Save the Date Cards that we didn't take with our iPhones of ourselves. I think he did a great job of capturing us - fun, a bit geeky, classic, and so in love. What do you think?
This shot was one that Morgan and I were adamant about having. It's now my Facebook "cover art". I love it. If you have ever spent any time with us, chances are we were looking at our phones most of the time. Sorry about that. At the very least, we "get" each other, right?
Rawr! This photo is smokin' hot (if I do say so myself)! This was another shot that we specifically asked Rob for - us in a street, kissing. I love the way it turned out - this is the one I will hang in my house. It looks easy but poor Rob was dodging cars the entire time - it was 10 am on a Sunday!
This is one of Rob's signature shots - the "jumpy" shot. It was so much fun to see Morgan loosen up and do these - I dare you not to crack even a small smile at this photo. We are a really silly, laid back couple - so these photos really let our personalities shine through. Plus, Morgan nailed the air guitar in this one!
And then, of course, here is the traditional engagement photo that we used on the Save The Date cards that we ordered from Wedding Paper Divas. I love this photo because, well, it's us. And we're happy. And oh, hey look - there's a rock on my finger! And ok fine, I'm not gonna lie, the fact that my hair looks like it belongs in a Pantene commercial in this one definitely upped my affinity level for it.
Now that our engagment photos are done, my mind is racing - what shots should I be sure and get on our wedding day? Are there any photos you are glad that you took or wish that you had? Please share your ideas in the comments so that I'll have something additional to bug Rob about in the lead up to our wedding day!
Huge thanks to Rob Greer who gave me permission to use these photos here on Lifetime Moms, and who put up with no less than 5 phone calls and 10 emails in the week surrounding our engagement session.
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