Nick and Mary in Poughkeepsie, NY

Last Sunday I got together with fellow photographer, Nick, and his gorgeous (and gracious) bride-to-be, Mary, for an engagement shoot.  We lucked out on some bright blue skies and a nice, strong sun to keep us warm (not to mention the super-heat in Nick’s nearby car!) and had a lot of fun playing down by the bridges in Poughkeepsie and at the train station.

Falling instantly in love with this cool display of urban decay, we quickly decided that the message was an optimistic one for newlyweds:

Don’t let go of your love, your archor.

Nick and Mary had just told me that they met a year and a half ago, and Nick added, “When you know, you know.”  Then I took this.

I woke up on the morning of the shoot thinking about how great it would be if Nick and Mary wanted to do some shots at the train station, since we’d be right down the block.  When we got there, we discovered that they were renovating and the whole thing was covered in scaffolding inside and out.  But I’d hoped the old, wooden benches inside the train station would give their engagement pictures a classic look.  And I knew that it would be a good chance for me to make some pictures of them without their outside clothes on.  We found a lot of great spots, and by then Mary was just glowing in front of the camera.  It was hard to pick just one or two shots to share here.

The scaffolding on the outside of the building really worked.  It reminded me of a Christo.

After our shoot, we went back to the church where their wedding will be held for a quick site viewing.  When I saw the way the natural light was hitting this funky, colorful wall behind the altar, I asked them to do one last portrait.

Thanks, guys!  I can’t wait for your wedding!

Hillary

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