They were the ones who got away, at first. Every photographer has this happen to them – you meet a couple, and completely hit it off, and then…they don’t book you. There are so many reasons why this can happen, and you have to learn pretty quickly to toughen up, because these are things that cannot and should not be taken personally. I was so sad to have lost this particular couple but I knew that in the end it had come down to price.
Except, as I’d find out months later, it wasn’t the end. About five months after our initial consult, I got a voicemail from Danielle. “Hi Laura, I’m not sure if you remember me, but we met back in March and I was wondering if you are still free on our date?” And of course I did remember her, and I was so excited to hear from her (more excited than I even let on, LOL)!!
Long, long story short, Danielle and Melson had initially booked with another photographer, and then upon realizing it wasn’t the right fit for them, reached back out to me. And so, here we are. We did their engagement shoot in the fall (and I decided then to save the mushiness for now) and two weeks ago, they were married at the Mediterranean Manor in Patchogue on Long Island.
Danielle and Melson opted to do a “first look,” which helped make the day flow very smoothly, and was so sweet to witness! The first look, as well as formals and portraits, was done at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River.
Second shooting with me that day was the fabulous Amanda Saldarelli, who was an absolute freaking champion. What other second shooter would give the bride her own shoes so that she could walk on the soft ground and not worry about her heels? Seriously. Amazing.
Danielle and Melson, thank you so much for coming back. I’m proud to call you both friends, and I know not only that we will see each other again very soon, but that you’ll be back on my blog soon too!