Call me reckless, but one thing I never do is “plan” my engagement sessions. There’s just something about letting creativity roam free that makes each of my shoots unique! It’s that freedom that allows everyone involved to relax and enjoy ourselves while having an amazing time shooting. Gabe and Jessica’s shoot was much the same as we arrived at the University of Charlottesville with the plan of having no plan! If you’ve never been to “UVA” you’re surely missing out. The campus is absolutely stunning! It was conceived and designed by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson and established in 1819. Every time I’m on campus it’s hard not to imagine what life must have been like almost 200 years ago. It’s that history and romance that inspires me.
We started the day by shooting in the beautiful gardens on campus. The photos were dripping with gorgeous light as we dove in deeper. I could literally spend all day there, but within an hour I knew we had to move on because storms were on the way. We wrapped up shooting there as Gabe and Jessica did a quick outfit change. Our next destination-downtown. We got out of our cars and started walking the streets looking for whatever we could find. What we found were some good spots, but I’m always looking for something special on each of my shoots. Then, there it was! An empty construction site on a Sunday, perfect!
The building was in it’s beginning stages at best, with only a concrete frame in place. But if I could say anything about my work, it’s that I love minimalism and negative space. Then, I turned to Gabe and Jessica all dressed up and asked them if they were up for anything. That they were! We started out on the main floor of this gravel filled construction site and got a few great photos. Then, I saw a wooden make shift ladder leading to the second floor and I knew we had to check it out. They probably thought I was nuts, but once we got up to the second floor, there was nothing but two open unfinished sky lights that were pouring in huge beams of light. Making way, for some incredible photos.
Jessica had mentioned that she wanted some shots in a field, so with storm clouds rolling in behind us, we hit the road. It felt like a scene from the movie twister to some extent, but after driving about 15 minutes down an old country road, we had found the perfect place! We quickly hopped a fence, found an old barn waiting for us, and started shooting at our final location. We spent about 20 amazing minutes shooting there and as I asked them to kiss for the last time, we felt the first drop of rain kiss our heads… It was eerily perfect!
We had such and amazing time shooting in the beautiful city of Charlottesville and I seriously couldn’t have asked for better company! Gabe and Jessica are two genuinely wonderful people that I would share my day with anytime, anywhere. Thank you two for allowing me to be a part of your wonderful story!