Sunday, March 11, 2012

Yesterday, was a whirlwind!  2:49am text messages from Michael of Blue Kite Photo letting us know his flight had been canceled (oh no!) and then texts with a replacement flight (sweet relief!).  A morning LAX pick-up and a drive to Glendora to familiarize Michael with the location we had in mind for our engagement photography session.  Jason and I learned that March is quite possibly the most beautiful time of year up in the mountain hills of Big Dalton Wilderness Park.  Everything was abounding in luscious greens and vibrant arrays of plant life.  Moreso than any other time we have been there! 

To say that Michael loved it would be an understatement.  He kept exclaiming about how much more amazing this landscape was than anything he had back home in Charlotte, NC.  According to Michael, the California sun is so different here- it has a brighter glow, and he could not get over the endless possibilities all around us.

From there, we went to lunch at Panera Bread, got to know each other (he is pretty fabulous and so easy to talk to), and dropped him off at his hotel around 1:30pm for him to have some down time.  At that point, the poor guy had been up since 4:00am his time (1:00am our time), which meant 12 hours and the day was only half over with a 2-hour photo shoot ahead of him.

Jason and I headed back to my place to get ready and for my part, get nervous.  I am much more at home behind the lens than in front of it and all the build up of finding the perfect photographer, Michael being available, and flying him out here just for these two days, was unintentionally building up a large amount of pressure in my mind.

At 3:30pm, we picked up Michael and headed back to Big Dalton.  Michael was great and so encouraging.  The two-hour shoot went by quickly and even with that amount of time, we didn't go to all the places we had in mind, but according to Michael, we got so much material.  He shot in digital as well as film with his Contax 645 medium format camera, which he is going to develop for us!  I am so excited as my love of real film is a forever kind of love.

At the end of the day, I received the following iPhone screen capture of one of the images Michael was really excited about and I can't wait to see the rest!

Today, we are shooting a small supplemental shoot, potentially in Sierra Madre, but we may just go back to Big Dalton and finish up some more possibilities there.  I am looking forward to it and feel more relaxed today now that the first shoot is done and seems to have went well.


screen capture of an image by © michael finster of Blue Kite Photo


Bryan Schnebelt said...

I already know they turned out amazing. Why? Because what you and Jason have is real and beautiful. There is no way that a great photographer could capture anything else. From what I have seen of his work, I know that they will be special and something to treasure for many years to come.