Monday, August 30, 2010

Engagement Shoot Sneak Peek

Engagement shoot overview: I managed to blowdry my hair just fine (investing in the right hairspray didn't hurt). The makeup was photo-ready, but not quite pro-perfect (oh well). I hoped against hope that I could succeed in my fake eyelash application attempts (no, I couldn't). It turns out that folks use props in engagement shoots for a reason (the cupcakes were an amazing distraction that helped a lot). When we got home - with our raw file photos in hand - I spent a good hour simultaneously freaking out about my crows feet (when the eff did THAT happen, and why are they apparent in nearly every smiley picture - which was most of them) and reliving the fun and of a great afternoon with Jason via tons of joy-filled, beautiful photos. We had some fun being schmoopy, we had some fun being artsy, and we had some fun being goofy. Although we haven't had a chance to edit them, here's an untouched sneak peak.

All photos by Rachel Chapman Art

See? Crows feet and joy. That's a tradeoff I can make. And these are some pictures I can love.

37 comments:

  1. Crows feet are no big when they appear because you're so happy. The emotion is all you can see.

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  2. Love them, Becca! We also had engagement photos last week (I left a comment, but I think the internet must have eaten it), and I'm so jealous that you can see yours already. You look beautiful and, most important, HAPPY!

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  3. This made me laugh because I recently had a similar crow's feet wake-up call.

    I had thought that kind of stuff appears little by little but I was wrong - they appear all at once, usually after a combination of a night of too much wine and too little sleep, and an encounter with department store dressing room lighting. Sigh.

    (you look so effing happy)

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  4. You guys both look amazingly happy. I love your purple top & necklace... hope we get to see more soon.

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  5. oh man, don't EVEN say anything about the crow's feet. You look happy and that's all that matters. I'm so glad to hear you had fun and got to be all lovey. That's really what it's about. Can't wait to see more!

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  6. Gorgeous!! (and I maintain that crows-feet-when-laughing are totally different from always-there-crows-feet... though soon mine may be there for good ;))

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  7. @Katy - we got them back because our friend took the photos for free and we're doing the editing on the raw files. These are entirely untouched/not color corrected. That stuff takes a bit more time!

    @Kerry - oh, so that's it? Hmm, yes, I've been doing the work hard/play hard thing a bit lately and it shows. All at once, and without mercy. Oh well.

    @all - give us a few weeks to edit and we'll display our full goofball ridiculousness and love. Promise.

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  8. Aww! :) I don't call them crow's feet when they come from smiling.

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  9. @Margaret - the crows feet from laughing certainly become permanent crows feet at some point, but I maintain that they're much better than the the frown line option. My laugh lines are proof of a life well-lived and well-loved. (At least, that's what I'm going to keep telling myself. Egads.)

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  10. I think they're gorgeous! And I love the necklace you have on =)

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  11. @Vee - Thanks! The necklace was a present from my amazing future mother in law, who obviously has great taste and has nailed my style. It seemed fitting to wear it yesterday.

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  12. yes yes and more YES! You guys look so happy! and crow's feet, shmow's feet! i call them lines you get from smiling too much. i've got 'em too -- and cheek lines. big ones. you look beautiful. =)

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  13. These photos are amazing, you both look so happy.

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  14. Becca! They're gorgeous! I'm so happy, your happy with them.

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  15. a. dor. a. ble.

    and crows feet are total among those things that people don't notice, but you always notice in yourself. just sayin.

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  16. You all know I'm just making a point about the crows feet, right? Like, they're obvious, and I don't care because the photo is awesome. And we should all get over our issues and embrace the big smiles? (Except for the double chin photos. We both got DO NOT SHARE veto power about the sudden double chin photos. Except for the ones we liked enough to keep anyhow.)

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  17. First of all, you look really familiar.

    Second of all, I'm going to make you officially shut up about ever saying anything bad about your looks ever again. CROWS FEET? Whatareyoueventalkingabout? That's face scrunching. ALL THAT OTHER STUFF YOU SAY ABOUT YOUR LOOKS? WHAT? Have you looked at yourself in the mirror lately? Sof*ckingprettytheend.

    I mean, objectively. Even without all the joy and good person-ness.

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  18. YOU.

    Look GORGEOUS.

    *happies*

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  19. @Meg - we did both grow up in SoCal, so who knows...

    As for the rest of it, it's why I'm not anti-engagement or boudoir shoot anymore. Having the chance to take pictures with someone who sees you differently and who has the technical skill to capture it well is a true present to myself. Good photos from a good photographer can really help a person (me) learn to see past the sh*t so many women needlessly carry around.

    And I think I shall have to include some of the DELETE DELETE DELETE photos in my recap. Just to show that it's all about self-editing and selectively choosing to believe I look like these photos and not the others. I simply refuse to believe I look like some of those other photos (or pretty much any photo on Facebook). No no no.

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  20. Y'all look beautiful! Can't wait to see more. :)

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  21. @Becca
    I grew up in the GHETTO. It's near Southern California on the map, but only on the map.

    Pleaze. Bad pictures are bad pictures. Beautiful is beautiful.

    And noooo you're not successfully tempting me to say anything nice about boudoir pictures. Nice try though ;) Though god knows I'm all about NUDES. Post or pre coital, obviously.

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  22. pssh! no editing needed! you have a beautiful smile and you two look happy in love!

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  23. You look wonderful, and the two of you look so happy.

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  24. All I see is happiness and love. You had to point out the crows feet to make me notice them. Seriously darling, please don't obsess. These photos make me so happy because they are radiate giddiness and joy.

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  25. Beautiful! I can't wait to see more!

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  26. Honestly, i wouldn't have even noticed the crow's feet if you hadn't pointed it out. All I saw was a big smile! We have our engagement shoot in two weeks, and now I have visions of botox injections. Seriously, I've never done that, but it's a thought.... one that will likely not materialize, but something to think about. However, I am getting a facial a few days before the shoot (never had one of those either). I told the aestheticism I'm 40 and wanted a facial that addresses my "fine lines" LOL

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  27. SO lovely - you guys look really happy. No jubilant.

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  28. Becca - You are GORGEOUS! And fiance is a hottie...love, love, love these. The joy is obvious.

    I will tell you that I was horrified over my crow's feet. While I don't mind them in my every day life and photos, I definitely did not want them in my wedding pictures for the rest of my life. Though I would never 'normally' do so, I did in fact invest in a little Botox around the eyes just for the wedding day. I had it done about 3 weeks before the day and it lasts about 3 to 4 months. Only a few hundred dollars and totally worth it. No reason to feel bad about it. (Although I must say that I did test it out once about 9 months before the big day just to make sure it took okay with no problems. E-mail me if you want more info :)

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  29. All I see is that amazing smile and I can almost hear you laughing!

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  30. @Cindysue - Oh no, I pointed them out because they don't matter one whit to me. I freaked out because I'd never noticed them before EVER, but then, all of a sudden, they didn't matter at all. They were just a reflection of the extreme joy and fun we were having. Really and truly. (Although I am now very relieved I quit smoking and began religiously using SPF a few years back.) And I have another post planned about all the looks-related things that went wrong and that I didn't end up caring about at all. I had a few legitimate panics leading up to the shoot, and the freakouts couldn't have been more misplaced.

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  31. Hello gorgeous! I do hope there is a picture of you with your rubber lips too?!

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  32. LOVING the sneak peak. You are a beautiful girl.

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  33. I love these pics, you look so beautiful and happy! That is an amazing color on you =)

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