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Nicole & Matt’s Engagement

Our engagement session with Nicole & Matthew was one to remember for a number of reasons. First of all, they arrived completely ready for a session that would show off their affection and good looks, and at the same time they were casual enough to try anything we asked of them, including “lying down on the job.” They quickly realized that they could just relax into one another and enjoy the session without worrying about us or passersby. Together we produced some uniquely beautiful images. 🙂

I’m smiling as I type all of this, because this entry was almost titled “Nicole and Matt – Behind Bars!” I’m just kidding, of course. But let me explain: Towards the end of our session, we were approached by two of the park’s uniformed employees and told that we would need to stop taking pictures there and move to a different location. We did so, and we were photographing in another out-of-the-way area (where we initially told to go by a ranger) when we were approached again a ranger and sternly told to leave! We later laughed about it. Can you imagine the four of us being put behind bars for simply enjoying a amazing day of photography? 😀

This little joke was the inspiration for the photo below. And that’s what I loved about this session. We had the chance to shoot everything that we actually wanted, but then were put into a position where we needed to be inspired and creative during a situation in which some photographers might have called it quits. But that’s not us, and it wasn’t Nicole and Matt either. They were totally game for it all, and this bodes well for photography on their wedding day!

Enjoy these previews. Feel free to leave a comment by clicking on the “Comments” link below.

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  • Christina Egner - This post has to make me laugh and breath a sigh of relief in a weird sort of way.

    I went to some remote railroad tracks earlier in June….and after about 30 minutes of taking some of my girls 8th grade dance pics….was approached by a police officer and asked to leave the tracks. I was shocked at the time! Hasn’t anybody seen the movie Stand by Me? [they walked on those tracks ALL day]

    Recently, I found some old abandoned railroad cars [i have a thing for railroads i guess]. There were 2 guys roaming around, they seemed to be working in the area. I asked them if they minded that I took some pictures of my girls on their tracks. They said ok as long as we didn’t touch the equipment. I swear, no more than 3 minutes later the one man says to me: ma’am, you have to get off the tracks.

    Er what? You just said I could take pictures and these tracks aren’t even being used for real. I graciously left…and like you….got exactly what I wanted in the few moments I was there.

    I told my husband…..sheeeeesh, it’s kinda frustrating when you find a nice photo location and get kicked out. HE reminded me, that was kinda the thrill of it. Gosh, I love him~

    So thanks for sharing this story………….it totally made my day.December 3, 2010 – 3:26 PM

  • Kind Words From Nicole & Matt at Ulysses Photography Blog - […] More from Nicole & Matt’s engagement session […]November 13, 2008 – 12:48 AM

  • Ulysses - Bob & Corrine, thank you so much for the kind words. I know Nicole & Matt will enjoy them just as much as we do. We had a fabulous time with them at the wedding. Getting to know their families and hear comments like these is always so appreciated.

    What a beautiful couple. We can only imagine how proud you must be of them.August 1, 2008 – 11:11 AM

  • grandpa bob and corinne - Ulysses, Nichole and Matthew: The wedding was the best we ever went to. you did a great job of the pictures.

    Corinne and Bob (the groom’s grandfather)

    Good picturesJuly 29, 2008 – 12:30 PM

  • Nicole & Matthew’s Wedding! at Ulysses Photography Blog - […] Nicole & Matt’s Engagement Session […]July 28, 2008 – 9:14 PM

  • Angela Zurlo - ohh I love the infrared photo! Looks awesome 🙂June 12, 2007 – 3:18 PM

  • Ulysses - Nicole & Matt, we had a fantastic time, as well! I’ve already said plenty in the blog about you guys. But as you can tell, I don’t at all mind going on for a bit more. 🙂

    I really liked the way you’d do something that was just natural for the two of you, either in positioning or in expression, and the way that this made the photos so unique. We love seeing that during a session. It’s not about thinking of what you’ve seen in other photos, but just enjoying yourselves and allowing your loving feelings to be put on display for two enthused individuals who are doing their best to get you to ignore them (yeah, right!). You each did a wonderful job. And we enjoyed it so much.

    Can’t wait for the next time! Think about ways to spend little pockets of time on the wedding day, so we can create even more incredible images. I know you’ll absolutely love the results. 🙂June 11, 2007 – 11:33 PM

  • Ulysses - Thank you very much, Dotun. I’m thinking you’re referring to the infrared photo in the blog entry? I enjoyed this one so much. Some of the other infrared photos in their gallery are among our very favorites. When care is given to it both at shot time and in post, they can be very powerful images. The look definitely suited Nicole & Matt, in our opinion. They gave us plenty of chances to play. 🙂June 11, 2007 – 11:28 PM

  • nicole & matt - we had an absolute blast on saturday and LOVE the infraredJune 11, 2007 – 4:15 PM

  • Dotun - lovely shot, I like the framing.June 11, 2007 – 3:19 PM

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