It seemed like the photography gods were against us (yes, there are photography gods), every time we zigged, they zagged to catch us in our tracks, mind you we are nimble on our feet, but these guys were faster. The gods were playing with everything they could, the weather, our time lines and our allergies. I guess before I get into my 300 (greatest movie ever) speech a little background is in order.
Aman and Gurdeep are the most organized people I know. I personally think they both share a Google calendar synchronized on their PDAs, personal assistants and email. In this calendar they have the next three years of their lives planned out in fifteen minute increments (I only have the next six months planned out in ten minute increments). My case and point would be their initial consultation, we met on a Saturday morning at 8:00 AM, in the same day they were meeting with seven other wedding vendors with their last appointment at 10:00 PM! Aman walked into our meeting with what looked to be a twelve inch wedding planning binder with every detail categorized by color, design and what magazine it was found in. She had what looked to be her own rating system, with backup copies of everything. To say they were prepared was an understatement, as we talked about their wedding, laughed at their stories and got a better sense of each other, I could see Aman taking mental notes to be transferred to the binder later (I wonder how thick the binder is now).
We hit it off wonderfully, connected and were honored to become their wedding photographers. The next piece in the puzzle was to find a location that spoke to both of them and had true place in their hearts. They decided upon having an engagement shoot in Hoboken, NJ. After countless dates in and around Hoboken, Aman and Gurdeep wanted to ensure that their spectacular DC wedding included their native New Jersey roots (Who wouldn’t? I suggested the famous Rutgers Grease Trucks but my idea got shot down).
Right before their engagement session, Neeva and I were traveling from DC to Las Vegas to New Jersey and what seemed across the world. Two days before their scheduled engagement session we got a call from Gurdeep asking what the contingency plan is if it ‘drizzles.’ What I found out later was that ‘drizzle’ was a code word for class seven thunderstorm with tornadoes, flash floods, and even a state of emergency (I may be exaggerating a little). Unfortunately we were not able to shoot while it was ‘drizzling’ and had to reschedule, this time in Washington, DC. I am curious what Gurdeep and Aman consider a thunderstorm or for that matter a ‘problem.’
Luckily we were able to take full advantage of the cherry blossom festival, we hung out at the Tidal Basin, walked along the river, rode a carousel and ended up around the Smithsonian. I was able to learn a lot about our couple like; Aman normally punches when getting tickled, Gurdeep doesn’t like holding purses (neither do I) and these two ALWAYS schedule in time for fun.
Aman and Gurdeep I hope you love your engagement pictures, and we can’t wait for your wedding.
The picture below, Aman gave Gurdeep five seconds to stop tickling her before she started hitting, he made sure to milk all five seconds 🙂
Aman looks simply stunning below…