As soon as I found out that my friend, Leeann had been the one who told Brenna and Nate about Radiant, I was ready to shoot their wedding! Anyone who’s friends with Leeann has to be cool!
Then when Brenna and Nate told us they wanted to ride around on their beach cruisers for the engagement session, our suspicions about their coolness were confirmed!
So we went over to Tempe Town Lake for a nice cloudy morning bike ride/photo session.
It seriously was the perfect day for that kind of session. It felt more like San Diego rather that Phoenix, so we all just relaxed and pretended that we were on vacation (or at least I did… maybe everyone else likes to live in reality more than I do)!
(I call this the “yay, we’re on a pretend vacation!!” pose).
It didn’t take us very long to figure out that these 2 were very much at ease in front of the camera.
Nate’s had enough band pictures taken to know how to do the tough guy stance (not quite angry, and just enough cool) and Brenna has done her fill of acting/modeling to know how to do things like stare off into the distance without looking like she’s gone into a trance.
All I had to say to Brenna were things like “do that one thing where you look like a super tall runway model who just threw her back out” or “look like you’re day dreaming in a world where dogs can talk” and BAM she’d pop into position!
OK, maybe I didn’t say those things exactly, but I did feel like they were that random and she still knew what I meant right away!
(By the way, check out Nate’s band, Seconds to Breathe… they’re good enough to share a stage with Incubus so they’re good enough for me!).
Once they got on a roll, we pretty much stopped even attempting to pose them!
(This pose is a Brenna and Nate original)!
It was around that time that we realized that we were just beginning to see the REAL Nate and Brenna coming out!
We loved it so much, that we decided to keep on shooting even once we had plenty of pictures because we didn’t want to miss a minute of their craziness!
Seriously, I felt like I couldn’t even take my finger off the trigger for an instant or I’d miss something like this!
Brenna and Nate, thank you SO much for planning a fun engagement session and for being willing to be yourselves and have fun throughout it! We really did feel like we were on vacation instead of working! We can’t wait to come enjoy ourselves (with our cameras ready at all times of course) at your wedding!
Click here to see the rest of Brenna and Nate’s super fun engagement session!