It was pouring rain and hailing when Stacy, Noel and I first met for their engagement shoot. It wasn’t like there was a chance of rain, or we better hurry because it might rain, it was already raining and hard. They are into the outdoors so we planned the shoot in beautiful Ithaca but suddenly we had to start considering some indoor locations. We decided to get them checked into their hotel and see if the weather would break a little. The Ithaca Festival was also in full swing on the same street as their hotel, so they were able to experience Ithaca’s driving patterns, and traffic. The rain did clear a little by the time we drove the half hour (five blocks) and checked in. We insisted on not giving up, and our persistence paid off handsomely with some incredible light, a rainbow, and a fabulous sunset.
Everything we did was done with perfect timing. We weren’t a minute too early or a minute too late, we were there at exactly the right time. We even got to watch steam come off of hot trees after a nice rain. This only happens for a few seconds, but it happened right before our eyes. The whole shoot went like this, and we were never discouraged by the weather (even shooting reflections in puddles along the way). I always tell my families to embrace the rain, but this time we actually got to embrace Mother Nature and her splendor. It was truly an incredible experience that has left me yearning to photograph more stormy weather, and the beauty that follows it. The challenges are greater, but the rewards are greater too.
Stacy and Noel are getting married in Lake Placid this September. I’m looking forward to making the trip and shooting the wedding even more now after meeting them and spending some time together.
Thank you Stacy and Noel. I hope you had as much fun as I did, and that you, your families, and friends enjoy the images.