I could tell when I met them that Audrey and Pete were REAL Seattleites. For one, they love their coffee. And, they have an authentic Pacific-NW vibe… something I can only describe as “laid-back, hip, funky, and crunchy.” But their true puddle-duck badge of honor is that they posed through one of the most disgusting, cold, dark, and rainy days in recent weeks with as much energy and affection as if the sun were shining bright.
Audrey and Pete were married seven months ago, and they’re still so into each other that their shoot resembled an engagement session. Their wedding photographers (Rylee and Kelly of KCB Photography) were members of last week’s Fast Track Photographer Workshop, which is how Audrey and Pete came to be models for our workshop shoot-out. What we hoped would be an exquisite October afternoon was instead dark and drizzly. We started the shoot late, in fading light, and while the first few locations were dry, we were soon caught in sprinkles, then an increasingly heavy downpour.
There were twenty-three of us, twenty students, Dane, and Audrey and Pete. For an hour, we ran around downtown Edmonds, each taking a turn directing Audrey and Pete in a three-minute micro-shoot. It was cold, wet and crazy! I can’t say any of us were happy with the weather. It was a very tough shoot. Between attempts to frame the perfect shot, we were searching for cover, trying to protect very expensive equipment from death-by-moisture, and struggling to get wet lenses to focus as it got darker and darker. If I sound like wet blanket, it’s because I felt like a wet blanket. Maybe I’m not a true Seattlite, because it was hard to keep smiling like Audrey and Pete were!
But! Rather than being a frolic through the flowers, this shoot was a challenge, and I like challenges. While I completely over-shot (500 images in an hour is a little over the top), I caught quite a few fun moments amidst the chaotic motion and water-blurred, light starved Edmonds afternoon. Here are some of my favorites…
One of the first shots of the day, and already cozy. These guys are naturals!
David Trotter of 8 Track Photography brought the casing from a vintage camera as a prop. Cheater, I say!
As the rains started, we found temporary shelter on the porch of an old Victorian-style home. But 20 photographers couldn’t stay put for long…
So, it was off into the street with us. Braving the rain and sheltering our cameras while they got to use umbrellas. 😉
Of course, the umbrellas were just props. Real Seattlites (at least it’s rumored) can’t stand the things.
Isn’t Audrey striking? How she maintained her glow in that weather, I’ll never know… but I can guess Pete is a special guy by the way she looks at him.
They braved the rain AND the middle of the street. I toldya they’re rock stars! Isn’t that a sweet car in the background? (I wish the drivers had been as sweet… they threw a water bottle at us.)
I was able to sneak up on them sitting on the steps of the Victorian porch. They really love each other. 🙂
They’re also the best-looking husband and wife. I can’t get enough of Audrey’s hair! (Side note: This really is two portraits, not one image cropped in half. I was just able to line em up this way.)
We used porches, we used trees, whatever we could find for a little romantic shelter from the rain.
I’ll be honest, I’ve never been to Edmonds before (gasp!) but the downtown area is very chic and has really great locations for a shoot like this. I’ll keep it in mind for future shoots!
A pensive Audrey and Pete wait for their instructions from the next photog to direct…
We did some sneaking around in side yards. (Shh! Don’t tell!) Well, as much sneaking as 20 people can do… These two were being cute under someone’s rose trellis. I love those shots… they make me squee. 🙂
I swear that the rain was pouring down. I have NO idea how Audrey and Pete managed to look so dry!
Some smart photog put them up on this great fire escape with our yellow umbrella. Whoever you are, kudos for this setup. It made for great pictures!
Audrey and Pete weren’t just good sports, they were also ideal models. They could go from sexy and serious (above) to cute and cuddly (below) at the drop of a hat. They were so comfortable, it’s hard to believe they aren’t pros.
I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anyone look so serene on a fire escape in the rain. It’s poetic…
Audrey’s laughing because she just was told to grab Pete’s butt…
So, of course, she did! I feel like we were seriously, seriously lucky to have such awesome, spirited models give the yucky weather.
As luck would have it, the rain slowed down and stopped just as we were finishing up. We took to the streets to disrupt the downtown Edmonds traffic (roughly six cars) with our pack of paparazzi. Note to self: do not kneel in wet street with clean jeans.
These two were soaked to the bone, but they gave us this last wonderful, intimate picture. You two were so great… thank you so much! All of us were truly blessed to have such resilient models. I can’t believe how much fun we had despite the cold and the rain. I will admit that I did have to soak in the tub to raise my core temperature, but I wouldn’t give up the experience of shooting with Audrey & Pete, or the Fast Track crew for anything. It was a night to remember.