They have travelled the world together, and are now dairy farming down in Clinton. Laura kept telling me they were both the most unphotogenic people in the world, so they wanted an engagement shoot to practise in front of the camera, and to get nice photos for their wedding invitations. I find it very hard to take anyone seriously when they tell me they are unphotogenic - just about every couple assures me I will have my work cut out for me... but I am yet to find a couple who challenge me in this way. Either nobody is actually unphotogenic, or some people are veeeery good at hiding their lack of photogenic-ness in front of the camera ;)
James is a pilot - he flies those awesome yellow planes that look like they have come out of the olden days. I really wanted to capture the essense of Laura and James - who they are, what their interests are, the fun they have together, the things that are meaningful in their relationship, and they way they interact. Paper planes? Yes please! Laura had spotted my latest wedding photos in front of the yellow Briscoes wall, and was super keen to go there too... especially since yellow would tie in nicely with their wedding.
OK, perhaps this isn't your regular engagement shoot shot, and I hope Laura and James don't mind me sharing this... but it was very, very funny. Like any dog would, Gus needed a toilet stop...so he ran off into the bushes to do his deed. He came back wimpering and hanging around James like a bad smell (literally), looking up at him with the biggest puppy eyes that just screamed "Help me, Dad".
James' face says it all. Yup, never has this happened before, but just when there is a camera around and everything is meant to be beautiful and romantic... little Gus needs his bum wiped with a stick.
Good luck with training Gus. Perhaps train him to wipe before the wedding too...! :)