July in Charlottesville is one thing: hot. No, actually, I take that back. It’s two: hot and humid. Every once in a while you get lucky and land a day with highs in the 80s, but for the most part, it’s best to expect temperatures in the 90s or triple digits. As a photographer working with lots of couples well into the summer months (shout out to all my summer brides and grooms!!!), I’ve learned a few things:
1) If you are planning on being outside for more than the 10 seconds it takes to grab your mail and then run back into the AC, then try to be out before 9am or after 9pm. Now this isn’t always possible (i.e. a wedding), but in the case of an engagement session, this is key.
2) Keep powder on hand to take away the shine, drink lots of water, dress in light weight fabrics, try to move as slowly and as little as possible, and just smile because you know deep down that if you weren’t sweating out of your eyeballs then you wouldn’t be getting the true Virginia summer experience!
All that to say, I did meet up with this fabulous couple, Carrie and Alex, on a warm July morning for their engagement session and they ROCKED it! They were so wonderful to work with – positive, sweet, caring – I almost forgot about the heat.
Although Alex graduated from UVa, Carrie graduated from Northwestern, so it wasn’t super important that their session scream UVa. In fact, the main reason why we decided to shoot on Grounds was to take advantage of the beautiful gardens that line the Lawn. (Sorry, TJ, no offense). I was so excited when I walked into this first garden and saw that there were still some flowers in bloom.
What did I tell you? Aren’t they the cutest together!?
I love the cool, blue of Alex’s shirt paired with Carrie’s fiery red dress.
One of my favorites…
Carrie and Alex: Thank you for spending the morning with me in Charlottesville! You both were such troopers in that heat – just think how good October is going to feel! I had a great time getting to know you both a little better, and I’m really looking forward to the wedding!
Un abrazo fuerte,