This engagement session in Beacon Hill, Boston was a perfect example of why it’s important to have a professional on your side. Michelle and Mitch had their session planned out beautifully. We planned to meet at the commons in Boston so we could shoot at Frog Pond. For those of you who dont know what that is, it’s an ice skating rink centrally located in the heart of Boston. When we arrived we quickly noticed the ice skating rink was under construction and they had cut the size in half. Because of this, the rink was jam packed and there was a line that extended outside of the park. There was absolutely no way we were going to shoot there and the look on Michell’s face said it all — she was completely let down. Her vision of holding hands and gracefully skating around a rink with her soon-to-be husband was no longer an option. Not only was the couple let down but I was as well. I had already started envisioning the photos I was going to capture and now I was in the middle of a busy, cold city without a plan.
I quickly came up with the suggestion of taking a walk through beacon hill ensuring Michelle and Mitch that there will be plenty of opportunities to capture unique images. We started shooting as we exited the commons and crossed the busy streets of Boston to make out way over to the historic Beacon Hill. I’m a sucker for brownstones so we had to make a few stops to capture the neutral colors of these buildings that meshed perfectly with their sandy-colored outfits. We eventually made our way to Rouvalis Florals where we captured the two playing in the streets. Moving forward, we ended the session with walk down Newbury Street which is a strip of high-end shopping retailers such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Tiffany and much more. As we walked passed the Tiffany store I couldn’t help but be drawn into the marquee lighting that hovered above head. It must of been our day because the security guard that protected the Tiffany fortress saids to us “if anyone ask, you’re getting married here” and proceeded to allow us to shoot on their front steps. At this point, we’ve wandered the streets of Boston for a couple of hours and I think we were all tired. But before we could end this epic session we had to make one last stop — Restoration Hardware. Yes, you see that first image on this post? That was the last shot of the night.
The moral of the story is to not only persevere when plan A fails but hire someone who knows how to pivot when a things dont go as planned. Because on your wedding day, you wont get a second chance.