Ariel, Adam and I met at a popular indoor/outdoor coffee house in Ithaca called Collegetown Bagels. Actually, not much happens outside right now as we approach our annual stretch of single digit numbers in temperature. It is so strange meeting people like this for the first time. It is kind of like a blind date (not that I have been on a lot of blind dates) but you instantly recognize each other with the first eye contact. I mentioned this before in a post http://frankdimeo.blogs.com/frank_dimeo_blog/2007/05/nora_and_eric_i.html and I think it is interesting to talk about. It is something that fascinates me, and I thought it would be nice to share it again. This time I even left my bag in the car so the 40-pound anchor around my neck couldn’t identify me. Maybe Ariel and Adam recognized me from my photo? Or maybe I just look like a lost photographer looking for an engagement couple, I don’t know. Could also be that everyone else doesn’t look like they are looking for someone.
Their first date was at Rulloff’s (I have actually photographed his brain) so we went there next. Edward Rulloff’s unusually large brain is preserved for public viewing in the Psychology Department at Cornell University. It is a crazy story about a local Cornell establishment so click on the links if you are interested. Of course we also took advantage of Cornell’s beautiful campus for a bunch of photos too.
We discovered some new places (even for me) and that is always exciting.
They said, and my couples say this quite often, “We had a great time and really enjoyed you showing us some unique locations that we didn’t even know existed in our old stomping grounds. It is obvious that you love what you do and your energy and enthusiasm is amazing.” This was my 3rd engagement shoot in six days (all over the state). I also did 2 days of weddings, a workshop and trade show in NYC, and photographed Sandra Day O’Connor for the Cornell Law School, all in the past 11 days. That works out to 10 major shoots in 23 days, and gives me barely enough time to back the images up properly before I shoot again. The post-production, blog posts, and everything else pile up really fast though. So yes, energy and enthusiasm are prerequisites, but determination, hard work, and resiliency are also essential ingredients. Isn’t that the case with everything worthwhile in life?
It was a pleasure meeting/photographing you Ariel and Adam. I’m looking forward to doing your wedding together.