after the first blog post went up, anthony wrote me a very touching email thanking us for capturing the stories that make them them.
i thought it might be nice for them to contribute a blog post and share their perspective:
From the moment we first met Patrick, Amina, Justin, and Jessica, they made an effort to make us feel like a part of the SM family. Emily and I’s experience with Amina and Justin that day was not a meeting of clients and photographers, but more like that of a couple getting a photo shoot from friends. Even though it wasn’t our first time meeting Amina, it was our first time in front of the camera with both Justin and Amina.
The day went by fast and it felt natural, like friends hanging out and catching up. There was my ridiculously feeble attempt at trying to use my hands to manipulate Emily’s jacket in a way that shows what makes me happiest about her (it made for an awesome image!). Justin and Amina shot till their hands froze, literally. After deciding to take refuge in a coffee shop for a break and some hot lattes, I noticed that Amina’s hands had turned a deep red from being exposed to the cold for too long. It was that moment that I felt that both Justin and Amina were going the distance for us not because we hired them to, but because they cared enough to bare the elements just a bit longer so that they could get those wonderful shots they got.
And speaking of shots. The story told by Amina and Justin totally resonates with Emily and I. What never came up in our conversations that day with them is that Emily likes to touch my nose for no apparent reason. And when she does, I’ll always try to do it back to her. The shot taken by Justin of me apparently pointing at Emily is actually me trying to touch Emily’s nose. Also, Amina’s image of us sitting on the park bench brings back memories for us of the day I proposed to Emily at a winery in northern California – of us relaxing in the glow of the mid-afternoon sun over a bottle of wine.
Emily and I can’t wait to see the rest of the images. Apparently, they are under lock and key until we visit the studio the next time we’re in town. I think the one thing that sums up our day with Amina and Justin is a neat little gem I noticed our contract with Still Motion – “Welcome to the Still Motion family”. Because we sure feel like a part of the family after that day.
an in-between shots shot. never ceasing to amuse each other…
you know that they make each other tick when they look at each other like that. and the fact that they stood in EXACTLY the same way… they’re so in tune.
can’t stand still can ya guys? we asked them to stand together, but didn’t say anything else. they’re so dynamic together – always doing something. it almost looks like they’re dancing.