Sometimes, when you find yourself outside of your comfort zone, you remember 'WHY' you do things the way you do.
The day I showed up to photograph Annie's wedding, I had never met her before. We were two strangers in a small cramped dressing room, an hour from her wedding ceremony. If that sounds awkward... it is.
I've had some couples tell me that they aren't interested in an engagement session. That's disappointing. The engagement session is good for the couple, and good for me. One of the many reasons to have an engagement session is so that you get to know your photographer, and he gets to know you and your fiancee'.
Annie has a personality bigger than her smile. Working with her sort of reminds me of a TV star from when I was a kid. One of my favorite shows was the Carol Burnett.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_Burnett
There are a lot of adjectives to describe Carol Burnett, and they all apply to Annie. Wacky, hilarious, off-beat, expressive, tall, pretty. At one point, while taking pictures of her bridal prep, I think I said, "Okay... be serious now" That was her cue to give me a face that would make me laugh so hard, I couldn't hold my camera.
During the group pictures, I found out that her hubby doesn't like serious portraits either. I have never laughed so hard in my life. I didn't care that it was raining all day... The smiles made up for the lack of sunshine!