Initially we weren’t going to do engagement photos.
I thought they were silly and a bit self-indulgent. The outfit changes, the poses, the props… it was all just a little much for me. Like Amy Poehler says, “good for you, not for me.” Some people are really into all of that and that’s cool, I just wasn’t.
My high school senior photos were stressful enough. I think I brought 23 outfit changes and laid on at least seven docks near a lake while propped up on my elbows gazing out in the horizon. Also, thank you mom for paying a million dollars for those photos. I think we both know it was obviously worth it.
But back to the engagement photos we weren’t going to take.
Simply put, I caved because I wanted a good photo for our Save-The-Dates. I also happened to stumble across a great photographer by the name of Elias. We have mutual friends in common because Elias is a very talented comedian who performs regularly at The Second City with some of my pals. Do you know what’s even better than having a great photographer? Having a great photographer who is also super chill and funny and can make awkward camera-people like Chris and I feel just a little less awkward.
Right from the start I told Elias we had 45 minutes tops to get these done. At the 46 minute mark Chris was going to call off the engagement (jk! But seriously, he was less than happy about the shoot because Chris is a typical man and blah blah blah.) So I said no outfit changes, no picnics, no going to a railroad crossing to pose on the tracks. Simple was our goal.
Harlow, however, had another plan. He’s a total diva and turns into an absolute maniac when we go downtown. He wants to sniff everything and say hi to everyone. Not only that, he threw a tantrum every time he wasn’t in a photo. My mom would hold him off to the side, but he would bark and jump, trying his best to get back into the shot.
Harlow got “recognized” at the dog park a few weeks ago and he’s never forgotten it. It went straight to his head and he’s been an asshole ever since. But that’s a tale for another time.
Anyway, ready to see way too many photos that probably look exactly alike to you but seem totally different to me? Cool. Here it comes. One more thing, we had been drinking all day… So we’re giggling a lot.
And that’s all folks.
Would you just look at that tail swing? So much damn sass it kills me.
Do I still think engagement photos are silly and self-indulgent? Absolutely. But sometimes it’s fun to self indulge. Moral of the story, do what works for you. And if you’re in the Chicago area and ever need a killer photographer, hire Elias.
See you tomorrow. It’s ALMOST FRIDAY!!!