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The Grand (Central) Kiss

February 9, 2011

It was back on June 29th, 2008, a particularly hot and humid summer day in New York City. It was after a short weekend shadowing Ryan Brenizer at a wedding – a sort of mentoring session where I picked his brain and watched him shoot. To know that today, people pay to be at his workshops, I realize how lucky I was to learn from him personally long before. But I digress.

While waiting for a friend at Grand Central Station, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a couple standing out in the midst of the busy station. They were holding each other. Saying words so lovely that typing them would be a disgrace. Longing to be right there, where they were now, in the moment.

It was clear that one of them was leaving on a trip, but I couldn’t tell which, and both looked equally distressed at the thought of time without one another. I knew a last kiss was coming. Even from quite some distance away, its approach was heavy in the air.

I pulled my camera from my bag as quickly as possible, not realizing what I was doing. Steady. Glance. Click. It was instinct, not any sort of plan, that resulted in one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken.

I’d love to know who this couple are, and I’ve since tried using Twitter and Facebook to find them, but to no avail. I am not giving up though. I truly believe with everyone’s help, I can find them. So please help me. Tweet about it, Facebook post it, anything you can do to help.

The photo might mean nothing to them compared to the memory they share, but they should know how much it means to me.

For a larger version, click here.  I also found a photo of this couple that I took right before the kiss where you can somewhat see the guy’s face.

Hannah and Trent – Tulsa, OK

November 24, 2010

When Hannah asked me if I would have time to shoot her engagement session during my (extremely) short stay in Tulsa a few weeks ago, I did not hesitate to say yes.

Let’s see, Hannah and I go way back – her oldest brother, Matt, was my roommate, one of my best friends, and the best man at my wedding (as I was the best man at his wedding).  His beautiful and generous family pretty much “adopted” me; I spent most of Spring break, Fall break, Thanksgiving and/or Christmas with them during my college years and more.  Hannah, to say the least, is a sister to me – there was no way I would’ve said no to her request.

The session went as expected and more – the weather was beautiful and the set was gorgeous.  Hopefully these photos will do them justice.

Hannah and Trent, congratulations on your upcoming wedding.

Happy Thanksgiving all!

We can’t believe that the first time we talked to Tristine about shooting her wedding was in August 2009. Time has definitely flown by very quickly! At that time, we thought, “Wow, she is way on top of things.  She’s already looking for a photographer for her end of July 2010 wedding!”.  After meeting with her, we knew that it would be a lot of fun to be a part of her wedding day.

So, Tristine’s wedding is happening this weekend, July 31st and we did this engagement shoot last Friday, July 23rd.  The reason for it is because Tristine’s fiance, Tim, has been away for work in Afghanistan.  He had just returned, I believe, a few weeks ago.  They picked Cathedral Park for the shoot location because their first date was the Portland Bridge Pedal.  Pretty sweet, right?!

Anyways, it was so much fun getting to know Tim and Tristine during their engagement session. From the way they interacted, we could tell that they were so madly in love with each other. They are both witty, funny, and very intelligent.  Tristine told us that they’d need some time to warm up to the “paparazzis”, but boy, was she joking  :-)  They looked absolutely comfortable in front of the camera.

Tim and Tristine, we can’t wait for this Saturday.  Until then, hope you enjoy these photos as much as we do.

P.S. View more of their photos on Facebook by clicking here.

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