“What we really enjoyed about working with Chris is his eagerness to take something from our personal like and put it into our own photo. That drive-in photo was such a hit because of the lighting and that movie you put in afterwards. Most people don’t know there was no movie playing on the big screen and you added it later in photoshop. The drive-in photo got so many good reviews from friends and family.”
Josephine Huhs, Overland Park, KS
Josephine and Aaron are a young married couple dearly in love. Aside from a session at Sears, they had never had any professional portraits made of the two of them together by a Kansas City photographer. They had a close friend do a pretty good job at their wedding but Josephine wanted something unique, fun and romantic that would celebrate their relationship. She didn’t have a real definite idea of how she wanted to do that. She came across our studio during a silent auction event she and a group of coworkers attended and from there things started to click.
Couples often want portraits done but are turned off by photographers that don’t tell the story of their relationship and who they are as people. They are searching for someone to make a portrait that not only looks like them but feels like them too. This was true for Josephine and Aaron. Josephine also wanted a photographer that was going to be open to her ideas and creativity and a photographer not too caught up in his/her restrictions and rules.
- We had our planning chat (this is step one of our Stress Free 1-2-3 Portrait experience.) Josephine and Aaron shared with me how Aaron had proposed to Josephine at Kauffman Memorial Gardens a few years earlier. This meant we pretty much HAD to do something at Kauffman with these two.
- Aaron shared with me how one of his passions was motorcycles and working in the garage. This sent our creativity into overdrive. We talked about ideas of how to incorporate the motorcycle into a second location for a portrait of the two of them.
- Aaron had a real retro kind of quality about him. Half way through the planning chat the idea dawned on us to try and make the session more of a 1950’s rebel with the gorgeous girl feeling and mood to it. So we left the session with a plan for jeans and t-shirt for Aaron and something elegant but simple for Jospehine to wear. We wanted to start the session at Kauffman Gardens and head over to a local drive-in on a Saturday night to do the rebel and the beauty images.
- The day of the session we were surprised by a couple of things. First, Aaron’s motorcycle wouldn’t start the day before the session. Despite his best efforts we just couldn’t get that bike to work. Second, the Saturday session had to be postponed a day because of some thunderstorms that washed us out. This wasn’t a problem and was an easy fix for us! Sometimes it isn’t because of our other commitments.
- The drive-in was closed on Sunday evening but we had made arrangements with the owner earlier in the week and he volunteered to come unlock the gates for us that night to let us do our portraits. Major thank you to The Boulevard Drive-In in Merriam, KS!
The Images and Client’s Words:
- “A memory in our lives we will always be able to cherish is Aaron proposing to me right at the exact spot this photograph was taken at Kauffman Gardens. Just to know we are sitting at the spot where our footsteps were made this one our automatic favorite. Seeing this for the first time made us so excited.” Josephine Huhs, Overland Park