I had been in Phoenix for a week and a half, but I decided to extend my stay for a few more days so I could do an engagement session with Morgan and Si.
I had met Si when he was writing for kontaktmag and spent a little time with Si and Morgan when they moved to my neighborhood shortly before I moved to NYC. A little familiarity was a good starting point. It had been a while since we had talked (even via Twitter) so some catching up was in order. We decided to go to the Downtown Phoenix Civic Park to start with. I told Morgan and Si we would get off to a slow start and then gain some momentum as everyone got comfortable. It was very prophetic.
This is my favorite shot. I love the framing, the contrast of the cool and the warm but most of all, I think the interaction is very sexy.
We tried a few spots at the park and I just wasn't feeling it so we headed over to Heritage Square. Then we found our groove. I repeatedly told Morgan she was a natural which made them both smile (that was the point). The truth is they both got very comfortable very quickly.
It was supposed to be an overcast day so we planned the shoot mid-day. Well... my trusty iPhone lied so we had to deal with the harsh Phoenix sun directly overhead with nary a cloud in the sky. We didn't really feel limited since there were plenty of places out of the direct sun to shoot. Sometimes constraints are just what I need to keep me focused.
Guys need to understand, if it involves the wedding, the focus will be on her.
After Heritage Square we headed for some murals we found on the walls of some buildings in the Roosevelt district which made for some very colorful backdrops.
All-in-all, it was a fun afternoon. Morgan and Si are a great couple and I felt honored to be a part of this engagement shoot.
For more pictures from the shoot, check out the gallery.