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Rebecca and Tyler

Deep down I really wanted to reschedule this engagement. It was hot and muggy and the skies were flirting with the idea of spilling all of its contents on us below. But rescheduling wasn’t an option. Tyler was up from Atlanta, so this was our one single window to fit in engagement pictures. On my drive there I was freaking out over my camera and lenses getting damaged by the light drizzle, but as I walked across the lawn of the Raleigh Rose garden and saw Tyler and Rebecca walking around hand in hand, some of my worries dissipated.

Posing is difficult, especially when you’re trying not look stiff, cheesy or…well… “posed”. I can spot a natural stance, posture and embrace in my clients, but as soon as I’m on the other side I completely forget everything I tell my clients and fall into awkwardness. Literally. Every time I see a picture of myself I remember why I stay on the other side of the camera. But with Tyler and Rebecca there was no awkwardness, no explaining, just clicking and capturing what they moved into. When you come across natural grace you eat it up, and that’s what I did. Rebecca slid in between Tyler’s arms easily, and Tyler brought out the most subtle and sweet laughs and smiles out his girl.

On top of that, the very weather that I complained about gave the most moody and romantic light I could ask for. Of course golden hour is the idealized time, but this hazy and dimmed light was so much fun to work with. I was once again confronted with my propensity to complain rather than stretch my creativity. I was refreshed by a couple full of anticipation and natural affection. I was challenged to utilize rain light rather than begrudge it. I learned a lot in the short time on this shoot, and what is more, I got to know a little bit about Tyler and Rebecca’s story.  You’ll have to forgive me to posting the silly-faced pictures. I can’t help but love them, and I can’t wait for February, you guys.


  • Robin F Leigh - Thanks Joanna for capturing these two crazy kids and their love for each other.ReplyCancel

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