A few weeks ago, I was able to photograph my amazing friends Marie & James outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia. I have known Marie ever since high school when we were both enrolled in photojournalism classes & it was so great to catch up & see that she found the love of her life in James. We started our session off by meeting at Eastern Mennonite University’s planetarium & observatory, where Marie & James shared their first kiss. It was a gorgeous spot that overlooked Harrisonburg & the Shenandoah Valley. Unfortunately I have determined that Virginia has the most unpredictable weather as we experienced clouds, rain, beautiful sun, thunderstorms, and then amazing light again in about an hour and a half. After we explored & survived the weather at the observatory, we drove down to the corner of Franklin St. and Mason St in downtown Harrisonburg, where they both lived. They dressed up into more of a formal look, which I personally think was killer (gotta love the hat & dress). The neighborhood was so nice and it reminded me a little of Charleston with the beautifully decorated porches. After we took over the street & were chased by neighbor kids giggling about all the kissing, we drove out on 33 West in search of a field. With the meter barely at 1/30th and 1/15, we found an amazing spot and shot until the sun dipped behind the mountains. I am so excited to be capturing Marie & James on their big day this September and I am thrilled to share their engagement session with you below. Enjoy!
P.S – This entire blog post is on medium format film with my new Contax 645. So thrilled with this combination. :] Scans by Photovision in Oregon.