After shooting in Piedmont Park this past Friday, looking back on this engagement shoot from February you can really see how the seasons change quickly. We were in similar locations, and the leaf-less trees are now full again and bursting with colors. To say it was a bit chilly on this February evening was a bit of an understatement, even with an unseasonably warm Winter, the three of us happen to choose the one Saturday that it was extra cold! Normally this wouldn’t be that big of a deal, however this engagement session has a bit of a twist to it. Justin and Nnete were in town from Washington, DC and not engaged YET. Justin and I set up a little trap for Nnete that we would meet up at Piedmont Park so that we could just do some practice photo portraits of these two… little did she know that Justin had the ring in his pocket and we were waiting for just the right moment so that he could drop to one knee. To say that Justin was a bit nervous might have been an understatement, but we tried to make everything as “natural” as we could be for the “portrait session.” I wouldn’t be lying if I said it was difficult to fake a portrait session… and not have Nnete notice the ring box in Justin’s back pocket!
Can you tell from the photos that Justin is a little nervous? Once we got to the top of the hill overlooking Midtown, I proceeded to “play with my lights and adjust settings” to give them a bit of space to be alone. Secretly of course I was ready to start snapping away. Once Justin got mentally prepared… he dropped to one knee and asked Nnete for her hand in marriage =)
The immediate reactions afterwards, completely unposed and unscripted. Raw emotion.
Once Nnete calmed down a bit they put their coats back on… yes it was freezing! We took a few more candids as they both reveled in the emotion of what just transpired.
Congratulations you two and way to go Justin! The plan came together perfectly and I’m wishing these two all of the best as they start their next chapter in life and start planning a wedding together!
I guess it’s only fitting that I’m writing this blog post about an engagement shoot in Piedmont Park on a day that I’ll be doing another photo shoot in you guessed it… Piedmont Park! On Friday, Lindsay and I will be trying some more “creative portraits” so not a wedding or engagement shoot, just a chance to try some ideas that we brainstormed up together. It’ll be a nice change of pace before Saturday’s wedding!
I know I blogged about these two briefly with some teaser shots, but this was really a fun shoot since it was an actual engagement proposal right before my very eyes! Tons of fun with these two and I wish them all the best! Check back Monday for more photos from this proposal/engagement shoot on a freezing February evening in Piedmont Park!
The countdown is on, I see Ashley’s status updates on Facebook often enough counting down the days to our next destination wedding in Sedona, Arizona. While the wedding itself at the Poco Diablo Resort is going to be amazing from the Mehndi party in Phoenix to the Hindu ceremony at the resort, we’re still trying to figure out a game plan for what happens afterwards! We will be staying over to explore (and photograph of course) the greater Sedona/Phoenix area, namely the Grand Canyon and nearby sights.
So, the reason for this blog post then, is HELP PLAN OUR ITINERARY! Here is the rough draft, the help is needed on the Sunday after the wedding when we become “free” to explore:
May 18th – Arrive in Phoenix at 10:00 AM, Mehndi/Henna Party in Phoenix, AZ then drive to Sedona
May 19th – Hindu Wedding at Poco Diablo Resort in Sedona, AZ
May 20th – Morning after photo shoot with bride & groom, then travel begins!
May 20th – Depart Sedona, AZ for Grand Canyon area
Sunday May 20th also happens to be the annual solar eclipse… at sunset… WHAT!!! Yes I know that’s an amazing coincidence that we are finally in a location that will see this amazing astronomical event, as much of the Grand Canyon and surrounding areas will be in direct path of the eclipse. If you look at the path on the above link to the NASA site you will see this map showing the path:
Sedona is only about 2 hours from the Grand Canyon, not bad at all, and sunset is around 7:30 PM. So if we leave Sedona around Noon we still have about 5 hours give or take to explore the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Is that enough time? Too much time? A lot of websites mention that you can explore the Grand Canyon all day, but with Miles in tow I’m not sure how much hiking we will be doing on this trip.
We are staying the night of the 20th in Tusayan, Arizona just outside the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. This means a great opportunity to catch the sunrise at the South Rim. Monday night we have a room booked in Page, Arizona which is only about a 3 hour drive from the South Rim/Tusayan area. After sunrise at 5:20 AM (Ugh!), we’ll probably head North to the Page, AZ area to see the other sights, which is where we need help. What is worth seeing and able to be seen in one day? Slot Canyon? Horseshoe Bend? Lake Powell? Rainbow Arch? So many sights to see and only about a day and a half to see them all in! Also to consider is where will we watch to catch sunset at? Inside the Slot or Antelope Canyons seems like maybe not the best idea so maybe we end at Horseshoe Bend or the Rainbow Arch? Further research needed here :). Tentatively we will catch Horseshoe Bend and one other sight this day, to do the canyons in the morning on the following day…
After waking up and catching the sunrise somewhere, we have another “free” day to either explore Page more or just start making our way back to Phoenix and trying to hit up sights on the way. Ideally, we’ll jump on one of the afternoon tours in Antelope Canyon for some images of the warm oranges and purples before taking off South in the afternoon. Tuesday night we will stay in Phoenix to catch our morning flight back to Atlanta on Wednesday. We could either swing by the Grand Canyon again, stop in Sedona or Flagstaff… or anywhere along the way. Choices choices… Most likely we will explore a bit of Sedona and the Red Rock area on the way back with maybe a stop on the way.
Back to Atlanta! We head home early on Wednesday to recover for a day or two before an action packed Memorial Day Weekend filled with weddings again!
Since we will be traveling here for the wedding first and foremost, we will have our standard destination wedding gear with us, which is a bit of a pared down of what we sometimes end up lugging around locally here in the greater Atlanta area. Since we are flying weight is unfortunately a consideration, though we will be bringing a tad extra on this trip like a second tripod just for the post-wedding photo trip. As of right now, if I only had to bring minimalist gear, I would reach for a few extra zoom lenses instead of my beloved prime lenses, and probably grab a 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, 16-35mm f/2.8L II, 50mm f/1.2L, and 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II and call it a day. However for this trip I might grab the 24mm f/1.4L II and possibly the Tilt-Shift 24mm 3.5L II but yeah that is a bit overlapping in focal lengths, though I think I want the f/1.4 for night shots of the stars if we get clear skies. We’ll see! That’s a whole other blog post right there!
Any must-see things I missed? Tips for traveling to the Grand Canyon and maximizing the experience? Let me know in the comments or send me a Facebook message at http://www.facebook.com/FengLongPhoto
I think this will be our last wedding of the year for 2012, and I just photographed their engagement session a few weeks ago. December 21st and 22nd is pretty far away, but hey we did have a New Year’s Eve wedding last year! Back to these two awesome people, I know I say it a lot here on the blog, but I had so much fun with Pallavi and Arvind!!! If you can’t tell from the photos, Arvind makes Pallavi bust out with the biggest smiles I have ever seen, just looking through these photos in the editing process I was grinning ear to ear myself looking at their expressions. I’m sad that I’ll have to wait so long to see them again but I know their December Hindu Indian wedding is going to be amazing, and here in Atlanta! Enjoy a few teasers, full blog post coming right up in a few weeks!
I feel a bit disconnected after such a busy weekend, but it’s good to be back in front of the computer! Plus, my back, legs, and waistline are all thanking me to get back to our normal routine after lugging around gear all weekend and eating some amazing food at these weddings! I’m also really thankful that the weather cooperated with us each day, some parts of Atlanta got rain with this cold front blowing through but both my Friday wedding at Primrose Cottage and then Saturday up at the Wheeler House were cloudy but dry! Sunday I had a bridal shoot and while it was super windy (and still is today), down where we were we had trees on all sides to shield us from the worst of the wind. Why talk so much about the weather though? It does have a connection with today’s blog post, LaTasha and Gabriel’s engagement session! This took place back in February when we still had a bit of icky Winter weather, so after brainstorming with LaTasha on locations we ended up at the Georgia Aquarium for the majority of the session to be able to stay indoors, but we did venture to a few other spots, most notably our first stop which was Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport!
We re-created the official proposal at the airport, and of course to the many travelers that day, no one knew if it was real or a re-enactment so we had a big round of applause =). After airport security got a little too close for comfort we took off for Downtown Atlanta and made our way to the Georgia Aquarium.
I think we hit up just about every exhibit at the Aquarium, and had a lot of fun trying to find the perfect light with the multitude of blue water and fluorescent lights around the Aquarium. I really enjoyed the challenge though of dodging all of the people at the Aquarium on a fairly busy Sunday, I think their was either a cheerleader or volleyball convention happening next door at the Georgia World Congress Center.
After finishing up our tour of the Georgia Aquarium, we took a few more engagement photos outside in Centennial Olympic Park and around Downtown Atlanta.
For the final photos around Sidebar, they changed back into their casual outfits and had a bit of fun showing off their “Team Sanderfur” t-shirts with “Coach” and “Assistant Coach” on them!
Twitter love =)
And that wraps up another fun engagement session! Three weeks to go until the wedding day at the Defoor Centre! See you guys again soon!!!
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Ahhhh the memories… I had a GREAT time running all over Atlanta with these two! And even though our bride-to-be Social Media Queen has been relatively silent on Facebook in preparation for the wedding in a few weeks, I’m still super pumped for the big day at the Defoor Centre! We did a site visit a few weeks ago and the venue is really amazing inside, nice high ceilings and artwork everywhere. We originally planned to do the engagement shoot right there at the Defoor Centre to get a preview for the wedding day, but with some scheduling and weather conflicts we ended up with what was an even more amazing location at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Georgia Aquarium, and Downtown Atlanta! Enjoy this quick preview on a Friday as I myself head into a busy weekend with a Friday and Saturday wedding! Friday I’ll be at the Primrose Cottage in Roswell, Georgia and then Saturday up at The Wheeler House in Ball Ground, Georgia. Good thing I wrapped up the last wedding and engagement session, now just one more wedding in the queue to knock out and then start working on these two new weddings! Have a great busy weekend everyone!
Shipping photos to the bride and groom? That means it’s time for a Recent Work post before the wedding goes into the weekly backlog for a full feature! It’s been two whole weeks since Esther and Jonathan’s wedding on March 31st and with a busy weekend on the horizon with a wedding on Friday at Primrose Cottage and a Saturday wedding at The Wheeler House in Ball Ground, GA – I need to wrap up things! As I finish exporting these wedding photos that just reminds me that my next project is to wrap up an engagement session from about two weeks ago as well, ack! Busy busy around here but I love it! Enjoy these previews from Esther and Jonathan’s wedding at Zion Korean United Methodist Church in Duluth, Georgia. The reception was held at another cool venue right around the corner called The Tea Garden. A great time was had by all and I worked on my Korean a bit besides watching the K-Dramas on Netflix – Annyeonghaseyo! 안녕하세요!
Check back for their full blog post coming up in a few weeks!
A little late on this week’s featured shoot post… which is supposed to be published on a Monday I know :(. You know, the normal excuses of rocking out a wedding on Saturday and then doing a walkthrough of Country Club of the South on Sunday with one or our fabulous June brides… oh, and watching an episode or two of Boys Over Flowers with Betty when I should be editing photos =). I had so much fun at this engagement ceremony, and since their wedding is not until 2013 (my first 2013 wedding on the books!) I know we’ll be chatting and seeing each other many times through 2012! On to the ceremony, the day started out at the bride’s house with a flurry of activity from food being prepared, the bride getting more beautiful, the groom getting into his engagement attire, and guests and family arriving for the celebration.
As the time drew near Rosanna put on her traditional Cambodian Khmer Sampot dress. The dress was gorgeous and of course it doesn’t hurt when you have a gorgeous bride to wear it!
Doug also wore a traditional Cambodian Khmer men’s shirt as well for the ceremony. Once the final details were set, Doug’s family lined up for a grand processional to formally enter the house and state their case why Doug was a worthy man to marry Rosanna.
Doug’s entourage was greeted by Rosanna’s parents at the door.
The groom, Doug, made a formal offering at the door to the ancestors before entering the house with everyone in the party bearing gifts to celebrate the union of Doug and Rosanna.
As the formal ceremony began, lead by Rosanna’s Aunt, Doug’s family had to plead their case as to why he was worthy to marry.
After Doug had made his case and was accepted, Rosanna made her formal entrance to join the family that had gathered in the living room.
Doug and Rosanna together performed a small ritual and lit an incense offering.
The ceremony came to a conclusion and Rosanna and Doug were officially engaged to be married!!
We took a few family photos together in the living room as the banquet was being prepared in another part of the house.
Once these photos were done, I took a few individual photos of the new couple together and we even snuck them out of the house for a quick trip outside where we got one of my favorite photos ever! They are such a photogenic couple, and yes this photo is probably super familiar with any who reads this blog because it is one of our rotating banners at the top of the page and is also on the main home page as well! I just love these two =)
We could only sneak out for a short while and took maybe 4 or 5 quick poses in the same location, but it’s that final pose and composition that just does it for me! Thanks you two for being troopers and running away for 10 minutes for my ideas, and also thanks to Cristallina for her assisting by holding some equipment!!
Mmmmm traditional Cambodian food… and lasagna for the less adventurous =)
And of course some Sakiri for good measure!
Lastly, a few details of Rosanna’s traditional Cambodian Khmer wedding dress that she wore for the engagement ceremony.
Congratulations Rosanna and Doug! And also, happy New Year! This past weekend was the New Year celebration for Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand. I know from the Facebook posts from friends that it was a great time at the various temples around the Atlanta metro area. And from the photo that Rosanna shared from Wat Khmer Georgia that the newly engaged couple had a great time as well with family and friends! Stay tuned to this blog for an upcoming “Western” engagement session that is a bit more casual for these two and then their wedding ceremony next year in 2013! Congrats you two, thanks for having me be a part of your special day!
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Sometimes, you write a blog post for the Google SEO, but lately it’s for the PINS! I try to stay pretty active on Pinterest, you know, that little website that is now the Number Three Social Network (according to Mashable)? Last night I had the honor of being the photographer for Misty and Jonathan’s wedding at my new favorite wedding venue, Tryphena’s Garden in Fort Valley, Georgia (near Perry, Macon, and Warner Robins down South of Atlanta). Every detail of this brand new venue is designed specifically for weddings and to allow for not just a beautiful wedding, but beautiful photos as well. Highly recommended! Now, on to the photos which I am just too super excited to share a “Recent Work” post even though the wedding was literally last night. Misty was a super fun bride and had a ton of great ideas that she had gathered from Pinterest from wedding details to some great posing ideas that would work at her venue. I of course had to slightly reinterpret her inspirational photos to fit our unique circumstances and my style of shooting but I was really pleased with the results since she carved out a large slice of time during the wedding day just for photos, and in a venue like this? A wedding photographer’s dream day!
I can’t wait to share this entire wedding in a few weeks so check back to the blog later! I can’t believe this was only yesterday lol! I always post previews the same night or next morning after a wedding to our Facebook page – so that’s always a great place to see new photos (and click LIKE when you’re there!) http://www.facebook.com/FengLongPhoto. And, of course, follow me on Pinterest! http://www.pinterest.com/zacharylong
“So, you specialize in multicultural weddings?” After chatting with a few brides-to-be this week over emails and in person bridal consultations, all of them came to similar conclusions. Reviewing our work from last year and the weddings we have coming up this year I can see why though, and it really happened by accident I think, like, it’s not something you really tell yourself when you set out on this journey to be a wedding photographer. Monday’s forthcoming blog post for Rosanna and Doug, previewed here, is a perfect example =). This was a traditional Cambodian engagement ceremony held in Rosanna’s family home, and was a very unique experience and one I was proud to be a part of. It felt almost like a mini-wedding rather than what we consider a “typical” American engagement session!
Check back on Monday for more awesome photos from my favorite 2013 wedding couple! I’ve got a wedding down South at Tryphena’s Gardens in Fort Valley, Georgia (near Perry, GA… which is near Macon… yeah I had to Google Maps it too) on Saturday, so look for some more weddings to hit the blog soon as the 2012 wedding season gets in full swing!