These two deserve a medal for everything they went through to make their engagement session result in the images you see above. Annie and I spent the entire morning on the phone trying to decide what to do given the weather forecast. The original plan was to shoot this session in the blue mountains, but the forecast was cold, windy and rainy (possibly even a little snow) so we thought that driving hours for that might not be the best use of our time. “A place in Sydney then”, Annie suggested, only to check the forecast and see that rain was even more likely to occur in the city. What now? A little known place called the Mt Annan Botanic Gardens in the south west of Sydney. Yes unknown and relatively unassuming, yet the day before I had accidentally missed a turn off and had used the entrance to make a u-turn. In doing so I had seen a roundabout filled with flowers. At the time I thought nothing of it and yet, 24 hours later, I would be tentatively suggesting it to Annie and Greg as the new location for their beloved session. It was, after all, meant to be a sunny afternoon in the south west of Sydney.
I arrived at the gardens about 20 minutes ahead of Annie and Greg. It rained and stopped twice in that time and certainly kept my emotions in a state of flux. When Annie and Greg arrived the rain was holding so we started without delay. Within about 10 minutes though the rains came down and did not let up on us for more than a few minutes over the next two hours. In almost every shot above I can tell you where the umbrella is secretly hiding, just out of frame. We huddled under one umbrella, my camera hidden in my coat as we talked about each shot and then made a run for it to shoot it as fast as we could before huddling under again. It was certainly an experience that brought us all very close, very quickly.
Today the sun is shining and appears slightly mocking, but yet we have these images and an experience none of us will ever forget. I wouldn’t trade that for all the sunshine in the world. Well, maybe just a glimmer