I have to start this story from the beginning, but I'll keep it short and sweet!
Diana is my very dear and long time friend who happens to be a manager at Paper Place. She talked about how talented this planner named Gina was for years. It only seemed fitting that I finally meet and do a shoot with her!
About a year ago I did contact Gina Whittington to organize a personal project shoot, a collaboration of sorts. She was in charge of securing all of the outlying vendors including location, hair and makeup for the shoot. My project was called "Americana" and at the very last minute, a few days before our shoot, Gina's husband who owns a vintage bus rental company called Vintage Innovations, purchased one of Willie Nelson's old tour buses. Serendipitously we were able to shoot with the tour bus and I made some great connections that day, one of them being the hairdresser who just so happened to already be following me on IG.
She does phenomenal work and in fact I have used her in shoots since! Her name is Jean Barton.
Fast forward to about a month ago. I decided I should switch things up a bit with my hair and think "Who do I know who is a great hair dresser??" and Jean flashed in my head. She had only done work for my clients and models on shoots we worked, never my own. I called her up immediately and she was in such high demand she couldn't schedule my appt until a month out but she promised to fit me in if there was a cancellation.
Not by chance, the very next day there was a cancellation and guess who was in the chair next to me? A newly engaged lovely that didn't yet have a photographer! Her name was Darcy. She was currently living in between London and NYC and was absolutely charming.
Thankfully for me she booked Johnny and I as her wedding photographers for her Austin event. Woohoo!
It was all a little too coincidental that Darcy and Jarrett booked us just a few weeks before I booked a commercial campaign that would fly me to NYC.
They've lived in NYC for some time as I mentioned.
"What about if you shot our engagements while you're in town?!" Darcy emailed me. My heart skipped a beat. When my lovely assistant/friend Ali Meyer walked by one of the brownstones while we traipsed around NYC prior to my commercial campaign, it was followed up by "If only we could actually go INSIDE of one now."
Surely the Universe heard because Darcy and Jarrett live in a cute Brooklyn brownstone! Cute might be too cozy of a word. It was the largest home I've ever seen in NYC, including a back yard! I'm so ecstatic we were able to shoot there and the grass was green and the weather was splendid!
We followed up shooting at their home with a drive down to DUMBO.
What light that night! We couldn't have conjured up a more glorious scenario with two more beautiful people.
Thank you Jarrett and Darcy for trusting me with your memories. Thank you for the incredible night on the town including tapas and homemade Brooklyn ice cream! You sure know how to make your guests feel at home! I am so looking forward to your wedding at Barr Mansion next year!!!!