November 4, 2008

engagement peektures

of all the millions of things that need be arranged for a wedding, the top priority on my list was photography. if i'm going to spend all the time and money to plan a big blowout, have all my friends and family come in town, labor over flowers and dresses and cake etc and so forth, you bet imma capture those memories in beautiful photographs to keep and treasure forever and always. i am an artsy type. i appreciate a good photograph. i cannot take a good photograph to save my life, but boy i do love pretty wedding pictures. so immediately after we got engaged, i began my quest. many hours of trolling the internet and setting up meetings and picking my jaw up off the floor after reading price lists later, captain fantastic and i met our wedding photography match: j.malahy photography. exactly the kind of pictures i'd been dreaming of, exactly the package i wanted, exactly the nice, comfortable kind of photographer i envisioned. jackpot.

bonus: engagement pictures. i'd never thought about engagement pictures before. just like i'd never thought about a lot of wedding-related things before...because i was never getting married before...but anyway, i thought about engagement pictures after i saw a bunch of them all over the internet. before anyone (ie mom) faints at the prospect of opening the morning paper to find a picture of me and my betrothed leaning against a tree in a warm embrace, never fear: we plan to go the traditional southern route with our announcement (me, alone, plain backdrop, b/w). however, i think it'll be pretty neato to have a fancy photo shoot in regular clothes, probably frolicking in the outdoors somewhere with the dogs. oh yes, the dogs will be making an appearance. they're absolutely verboten to participate in any part of the wedding or reception, but we have to involve them somehow! so finally, the point of this post: to end up with engagement pictures, we have to physically go somewhere on some day and have some pictures taken. the question: when? where? what on earth to wear?

do we have them sometime soon in the lovely fall weather with cute sweaters and colorful leaves and comfy socks? the wedding is in june, so it could be cool to have pictures in a different season, which just happens to be our favorite season (ie fall). then there's captain fantastic's Seasonal Beard to consider: some people don't like beards or think they're too scruffy and casual for professional photography, but i happen to love his fall/winter beard. and he does have it for half the year, so it's just as much "him" as his summertime babyface, which he'll be sporting at the wedding. plus these are engagement pictures and our engagement happened quasi-recently, so shouldn't the pictures be made close to the event for which they are named?

here's where the only myers-briggs personality trait this INFJ doesn't possess rears it's ugly head: gotta make a decision...having trouble...please help...

ps sorry no pretty pictures in this post. go look at josh-the-photographer's blog for your pretty picture fix :)

7 comments:

Kate said...

i'm envisioning a chariots of fire-themed shoot based on your first meeting at the chug and run. beer and sweatbands are naturally involved. oh and sweat. lots of sweat. which would probably look even better when drenching a seasonably appropriate beard.

catherine said...

i am an INFJ too so no decision making skills here either. sweaters are always good! (and sweatbands.)

BamaT12 said...

since y'all are both outdoorsy, how about shelby farms or mem botanic garden or somewhere down by the river? i like fall, but you'd need to do it before t-giving or the leaves will be gone & it will be gross, rainy pre-winter. i think adding the dogs is adorable & sweet. who cares about the beard? if you love it, that's all that matters.

josh@jmalahy.com said...

I like Kate's idea...I'm thinking Michael Cera in Juno, headbands and short shorts. Thoughts?

Thanks for the love, right back at ya!

LeslieJerkins said...

in ref to your previous post: http://lovejenna.blogspot.com/

Louise said...

like the dogs/fall/outdoorsy ideas. i think about portraits like i think about tatoos. there are a lot of good ideas, but you dont want it to be something that will be dated many years from now. i think sweat bands (ok, really the memory) are timeless, but anything that is "in" right now will be sooo 2008 in a few years. i would wear something that you could have worn in 1988, 1998, etc. BUT you know how i feel about dressing up and capturing it in a photo. i think you just must do a chug and run commemorative photo. ps the word verification thing im supposed to type is "suplebag". strange

Kate said...

totally agree with louise. also, totally kidding about the chug and run concept (i just realized that there are plenty of you reading this who don't know me and thus thought i was entirely serious, which i rarely am)