Palm Springs, California
One day as I was going about my business, an email arrived in my inbox from a gentleman from West Sussex, England. He explained how he found me using an organic Google search on weddings in Palm Springs. He was planning a honeymoon with his fiance and would be in Palm Springs. Apparently he liked the images he saw on my blog. His name was Richard Ford. And it turns out he is a wedding photographer in the United Kingdom.
In his email, he asks if I'm avaible for an engagement shoot at the Ace Hotel. I checked my calendar and as luck would have it, our schedules aligned perfectly. I know I said they were on their honeymoon, but because of their schedule they decided to do things a little backwards and go on their honeymoon first and get married after returning home to England. Although I had agreed to do their engagement session, if I'm totally honest, I was wondering if this was some kind of hoax. I'd never had a photographer from another country contact me out of the blue to schedule an e-session.
When I arrived on the day of the shoot, there were magazine photographers at the Ace Hotel shooting with a crew and a bunch of heavy duty equipmentm, complete with an array of vintage cars and models. Well, it turns out the engagement shoot was for real; I saw Richard and his beautiful fiance Karen walk up to meet me at King's Highway, the hotel's restaurant.
My assistant and I put them at ease with a drink and a little conversation. I like to get to know my clients before beginning a session. It's important they feel comfortable. Karen and Richard were a bit camera shy at first, but warmed up to being photographed quickly They are both used to not being in front of the camera, so they told me by being models they had a better idea how their brides and grooms felt to be photographed.
It was great working with both of them. I loved their personalities and their accents too. I have a fascination with British and Austrailian accents. I could sit there all day and listen to them just talk about anything. Many thanks to Karen and Richard. It was a delight to meet and photograph you. I wish you many years of happiness together. Hopefully, our paths will cross again. Please promise to contact me whenever you return to Southern California. It woould be great to meet and catch up on your lives.
Thank you so much for choosing me and entrusting me to document your engagement. I will remember this session fondly always.