Rebekah and Lee are the ones that got away… just kidding! When I initially started talking with Rebekah about her wedding she was planning an amazing New Year’s Eve wedding that sounded like the bee’s knees, or at least it sounded ridiculously awesome to be celebrating the best day of your life on New Year’s Eve. Once they started planning the logistics of it I could see their reservations, parking, traffic, etc etc since their planned location was Underground Atlanta and it seems to me the city of Atlanta has something going on that same night on New Year’s Eve (not so subtle sarcasm).
So more level heads won the day and Rebekah and Lee moved their wedding date forward to a date we were already booked for! Not to fear, since they are an amazing couple, we went ahead and still shot their engagement session in Downtown Atlanta and had an absolute blast planning it and being free to experiment as much as we wanted to.
Of course you probably wouldn’t know it from their pictures but neither of them have ever done modeling. Maybe I just amaze myself but I’m consistently surprised with just how amazing our clients are, I swear I don’t give that much direction on posing! Or do I… =)
Making normal people look amazing, all in a day’s (or night’s) work as a wedding photographer! The best thing about this engagement session was the freedom to experiment. Rebekah said that Lee and herself are not your traditional couple so they wanted non-traditional engagement photos. No green parks and super lovy-dovy images of this self-described “bad ass” couple. Did I mention that Lee could probably break my arm by just looking at me funny? He’s a black belt and no joke!
After taking the above images on our rooftop to take in a sunset that cooperated BEAUTIFULLY with our shoot, we headed downstairs to explore Downtown Atlanta proper and get some urban images in the style that Rebekah wanted for this shoot.
Thanks to some location scouting with the always awesome Nina, we had a good general idea of some things to shoot within a few block radius so that we were not trampling through Downtown late at night for too long. After taking the shots above we moved over to the famous Peachtree Street! Which one you might ask? Atlanta has it’s fair share of roads/streets with the name “Peachtree” but of course we mean the main thoroughfare in Downtown that is pretty empty luckily on Sunday’s.
One of my favorite images is this next one that I just had to get, I’ve wanted to photograph at this location for so long so I was ecstatic that we were able to make my concept work and that the resulting photo was so awesome! Some of the other angles not as much but these two, love love love! Perfect representations of the passion between Rebekah and Lee, and a perfectly captured “stolen moment.”
Getting a bit more “urban” with some chain link fences.
Ok and after an outfit change we headed BACK up to the roof for some city skyline views against a completely black sky instead of that gorgeous sunset from earlier.
Rounding out the evening with some more stuff back downstairs!
Thank you Rebekah and Lee for allowing me to experiment with some different locations and poses, I absolutely loved everything that we got from this session and from the feedback on your Facebook wall I think everyone else is happy too =). Best of luck on your wedding and I am so sorry that Betty and I will not be able to be your photographers… but I can’t wait for your Trash the Dress or bridal portrait session after the wedding!!
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Zachary Long is a wedding photographer based out of Downtown Atlanta and this shoot took place right in his back yard, literally! If any bride is getting married at 200 Peachtree or any of the other Downtown Atlanta venues like the Ellis Hotel or Ritz-Carlton Downtown Atlanta, Zac would love to literally walk right over to your wedding! Get in touch with us using the “Contact” page from http://www.FengLongPhoto.com or send Zac an email at FengLongPhoto@gmail.com