“We’re so sorry but we have to reschudule our engagement session, Rhys has been sick. We really want to reschedule and Rhys had this this crazy idea of us meeting Andrew at Bunnings for the engagement shoot… Is that ok?”
Linda as always and happy to please says, “Yes for sure, no problem Coralie. Wow, can’t wait to see these photos!”
Driving to the hardware at 7am, it’s raining solid, it’s dark and I’m thinking really? Bunnings!?
It’s going to be dark in there.
The lighting is going to be shit.
Have Rhys and Coralie organised permission?
This is going to be great or a total nightmare.
What do they want… photos holding shovels and rakes?
To wear hard hats while flying down the aisles in a shopping trolley?
If nothing else… it’ll be fun. An experience for sure. A challenge too with the lighting.
I grab my rain jacket, step over the puddles as Coralie winds down her car window in the Bunnings carpark.
The place looks miserable but Coralie has a big smile and an enthusiastic “morning.”
“So, what are the plans, what were you guys hoping to get from this shoot?” I asked after our hello’s. “BTW, the store doesn’t open for another 20 minutes, there’s no rush.”
Coralie just grinned at first, then laughed… “oh, we don’t want to shoot inside Bunnings, we just thought this would be a good place to meet. There’s this cool alley a couple blocks over and a cofffee shop, that’s where we want to do the photos.”
Now Rhys was leaning over in the drivers seat so I could see him. Yep, he was grinning too. Bastards. Taking the piss!
They were playing me the whole time and knew it!
I’m thinking, one thing is for sure… these guys will be spending time in the rain after this!
The big lesson (which I should know well after having photographed and worked with couples for so long) never expect the unexpected. Don’t over plan anything. Be prepared to adapt.
Oh, and know when a couple has the better of me. LOL