July 19, 2010

Engagement Shoot with Karla & Paul

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The weekend before we left Orlando, Betty had found us a friend of a friend that wanted new photos taken of them even though they had been married for a few years already. Apparently Karla was not satisfied with the way her wedding photos turned out; when her photographer promised her “relaxed and casual” they turned out rather stiff and formal. After our brief introductory chat Betty and I knew our mission: get these two lovebirds to open up and relax!

Paul & Karla at Rollins College
Paul & Karla at Rollins College

Our first couple of shots were admittedly not the best; Paul had his tie on and had a tough time getting in the mood for photos. This is Central Florida (Winter Park) after all, so 5pm it was still in the 90s with 100% humidity. I really felt his pain wearing a tie, long sleeved shirt, and slacks!

Sharing a Moment Together...
Sharing a Moment Together...

Betty had the great idea to loosen the tie and pretend he had just come home from a long day at work. Rather funny because Paul is anything BUT a traditional 9-to-5er! Paul is an accomplished Motivational Speaker http://www.paulfdavis.com/ in addition to a published author on a variety of subjects http://www.paulfdavis.com/books-audio-video.

Paparazzi shot while they pose for the other photographer
Paparazzi shot while they pose for the other photographer

The entire shoot was done at Rollins College in Winter Park in the greater Metro Orlando area. This is a lovely campus with great old buildings that have stunning architecture and plenty of trees for shade. Everywhere we went we found some great light place our models in.

Paul & Karla Davis
Paul & Karla Davis

Did I mention that Karla has done modeling before? Her experience definitely shone through during the shoot. She knew exactly how to pose herself for the cameras and helped Paul loosen up as well. Another great benefit to us was that since she has a modeling background, she browsed a lot of photos beforehand and had a couple of fun ideas she wanted to try out.

Wide Angle Shot on the Grass at Rollins College
Wide Angle Shot on the Grass at Rollins College

Of course Betty and I were more than happy to oblige and make Karla’s vision a reality as well as make a few suggestions of our own to take advantage of the beautiful landscape around Rollins College. We made the suggestion to head down to the lake and really had a great time grabbing some stunning images. To help things out it was much cooler down by the water which made everyone relax just a little bit more.

Down by the lake at Rollins College
Down by the lake at Rollins College

As the sun began to set we knew we needed to try a couple final shots in a different location. After some quick deliberation we knew we couldn’t make it to Park Avenue in time before the sun set, so we started walking towards Fiddler’s Green where the train tracks cross. Paul and Karla also used this opportunity to quickly changed clothes into something a little more casual.

Paul & Karla within the frame
Paul & Karla within the frame

The change of clothes helped these two continue to open up and relax. Even after a couple of years of marriage they are still clearly in love, just look at these photos!

Paul giving Karla a piggyback ride
Paul giving Karla a piggyback ride

And another for good measure! I can’t stop posting photos of these two!

Oops!
Oops!

What this photo doesn’t tell is that Paul actually hurt his leg so this was a sort of “stunt shot” along with giving Karla a piggyback ride which put him in a bit of pain. Thanks Paul for being such a great sport! Until next time, enjoy one last shot of this crazy couple, I hope you two got exactly the photos you were looking for!

Hand in Hand...
Hand in Hand...
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