When Andy and Lori decided they wanted to do their engagement photos in Athens where they originally met, I was all for it. I like it when couple incorporate the special places that fill the timeline of their relationship. Coming toward the big day, Athens was having some pretty stormy weather, so we nearly called the trip off and settled for a less-sentimental Cleveland setting. However, the day we had schedule saw a turn in the weather. There was only a slight chance of stormy weather and it wasn't until our shoot would be over. During the first few hours of drive everything looked great. Then it started getting prematurely dark. It actually got really dark and by the time we stepped out of the car in Athens one drop of rain landed on my head. Here's my favorite from the evening...
I think we took about five shots before the wind started blowing fiercely and the rain started pouring. We had branches being blown down right next to us. One nearly landed on Andy. So with drenching equipment and a fear of tornado's we decided to find refuge to hunker down for a bit... I'm sure in the beginning it may have seemed like a nightmare for Andy and Lori, but Nelli and I have shot rainy weddings and we've learned that it's about perspective, so we tried to make the best of 4 foot by 10 foot doorway while it stormed.
As you can see here, Andy and Lori were great about it. Together we decided to make it fun.
These are the windy trees.
Calm amidst the storm...
Eventually, we were able to sneak out of our hideaway and the rain began to go away.
Nobody ever schedules a rainy engagement shoot. Something like this would have to happen. Usually an engagement shoot is something you just reschedule. So this is actually the first rainy engagement shoot I've shot. And I'm glad I did. Look at the reflections on the walkways and in the street.
Just when we were getting a little worried about our wet and sizzling equipment, Andy and Lori took us to these cool graffiti walls under a cover bridge.
We had a blast at this rainy day engagment shoot and got so many images that we love. A big part of it was Andy and Lori and them being able to just roll with it. What a great quality to have when you are about to get married. Thanks for the adventure and we'll be looking forward to the big day.