Sometimes your wedding doesn't pan out the way you want it to and sometimes the weather that day doesn't cooperate AND THATS OKAY. If there was ever a shoot that demonstrated this in the best way... its this one!
DNA Photography wasn't lucky enough to photograph Nicole & Grants actual wedding but we were fortunate to photograph their re-shoot. If you're a bride who didn't love your photos from your wedding day, for whatever reason, don't panic! Say you have curly hair and it was humid AF on your wedding day and you hated your hair or your wedding day was behind schedule and you couldn't get the epic pictures you wanted, or, god forbid you just didn't like how they came out.
Doing a shoot dedicated to JUST your wedding portraits has so many benefits. Not only can you chose a different location than your wedding venue but you can choose an epic location and make an adventure out of it. You also get the opportunity to dress up in your wedding dress/suit again. You probably spent a pretty penny on them so take advantage!
Remember the epic locations I mentioed earlier? Well, we decided Kaaterskill falls during the peak of autumn would be just as perfect as it would be spectacular. If you've never been - we highly recommend, Kaaterskill is the largest two tier waterfall in New York but watch for the crowds! Spots like this are no longer secrets and people flock here to escape the city life. Dan and I try to go above and beyond to make sure our couples are not affected but the influx of "adventure enthusiasts" that has boomed in the last couple years.
So, after that series of photos I want to shed some light on what it takes to do an adventure shoot like this.
First and most important thing is to get yourself a photographer that knows what they're doing and are fully equipped to take you on a shoot like this. Your dress is going to get dirty and you'll probably have to use your car as a dressing room but even more than that - its our responsibility to make sure you guys are safe and bring the right gear. You can't those mountain top shots if you're not willing to give a little, which might mean some hiking. At the end of the day it's these pictures that will stand the test of time and be handed down from generation to generation, your dress can be dry cleaned (you'd be surprised what they can get out) and hiking is good for the soul so don't be afraid to get out there! Nicole had mud dripping down her calfs and I had to wring out mud from the bottom of her dress and it was worth every second.
Two wedding dresses and a ton of mantle/National Geographic worthy photos later we had still had sunset on the mind so we headed to the top of the falls and (with caution) got some ballsy cliff shots. After heading back to the car we decided we wanted to get some shots of Nicoles special keepsakes like her grandmother ring and shawl.
And if you're wondering where in the world Nicole got such gorgeous wedding dresses check out Kleinfeld Bridal.