I love sessions like this. What do I mean? I mean I love sessions that are the best of both worlds. When Melissa and David were deciding where they wanted to shoot we ended up choosing two locations. This allowed us to get the best of both worlds shoot. This is something new I’m offering since its become quite popular in 2010. Its great because its like two engagement sessions in one! Anyway, I’m stoked to share these with you all. I just love everything about these images. The cool thing about this engagement session is the lighting kept changing which made the color change constantly as well. It was kind of like that horse in the Wizard of Oz that kept changing color. Lets just say Mother nature was hooking these guys up. Lets hope July 23, 2011 is like this too!  Melissa and Dave are a fun, fashionable and photogenic couple. We’re glad to be also spending wedding day with them too! So without further ado lets get into this one..


Oh hey there… Blog world, meet Melissa and Dave

My cobblestone spot in downtown Albany never disappoints.

Not going to lie, I did have a little challenge on this shoot….

it was hard keeping Dave in the frame sometimes 😉 I kid!

The color in her dress was awesome. I love the way it reflected the light.

I love these two side by side. Melissa is working it out here.

The sun was doing fun stuff on this shoot. It was sort of behind some clouds which made me end up with some warm skin tones. Aside from the techie stuff its just a fun shot.

I love it.. soft golden backlight is a gift from Mama Nature!

I love how they’re always smiling and laughing…. ok, off to location #2

One our way there I watched the clouds burry the sun. Another gift because the color in the next 3-4 images was just sweet!

We were planning venturing a little deeper into my favorite field but I head something running around and it scared me a little.

Just awesome. All the color is simply beautiful.

By the time I changed my lens the warm light came back out. Crazy right? Forehead kisses.

Here’s my facebook teaser. My favorite thing about the facebook teaser shots are all the brides (and sometimes grooms) always end up making it their profile picture. It always makes me smile when I get the email telling me they did so.

You can’t beat the character on this barn.

It especially looks good in b&w. Is that “posted” sign suppose to scare me?

Oh yeah!

And now Melissa kills it with the eyes.

look at these too, they’re models disguised as people who happen to be getting married next year.

we’ll end it of course with the one and only “bling shot” how bout that rock?

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  1. Hey movie stars Great Pitures can’t wait to see you guys again. now you know the e-mail give it try. Lov Ya Aunt Terri Uncle Dave

  2. I knew dave and melissa when their romance began, back in high school. They make a very handsome couple and i wish them a long beautiful life together. They look very much in loe and i am very proud of them both. love, roseanne

  3. This is one of my favorites!!! She looked stunning in that blue dress, but the 3rd from top black and white was my favorite! Way to go Elarios!

  4. Ok seriously???!!! I just had to hop off of Google Reader and come to your blog to leave a comment. Wow. Wow. Wow. What a GORGEOUS couple!!!! Simply outstanding photography!!! And the story along the way…well that just made my night. You heard something in the field and didn’t go as far as you liked because you were scared???!!! Priceless!!! I swear I laughed for a few seconds there. And am chuckling just thinking about it again. Gorgeous colors and location. Congrats to the cutest couple ever!!!! I love how Dave’s hand just grips Melissa like a perfect fit!!!! So flippin cute!!!

  5. Hey Joe, Great shots. I was wondering if you could tell us a little about your strobe set up. Looks like you had to have some fill light or a reflector on the backlit sun one. Thanks for any tips 🙂

  6. Thank You . . Melissa & Dave , for going with us , we do assure you of great photo memories from your big day, love what JP done here.
    Mona , “engage-iversary” – wow.

  7. Yay!! 🙂 I’ve been keeping my eye for this blog post, since Dale and I know Dave and Melissa from way back! They have always been a beautiful couple, and Jp definitely captured it in these pictures! I love them all, as always, but I think my favorites are in the county setting (the forehead kisses one is so adorable!) Congrats you guys! 🙂

  8. WoooWeee! 😉 haha the pictures came out absolutely incredible! They all look very natural, like Melissa and Dave were truly having a lot of fun during the shoot. Love the two locations since they were so different from each other. Not to mention, that striking blue dress was gorgeous! I’m sure the wedding pictures are going to come out just as amazing!

  9. Thanks so much!! Jessica and Mona, Dave’s 6’3″ and I’m barely 5′, so yeah my heels are always 4-5″ tall!! lol

  10. I love them!!!!! I can’t believe how awesome they came out! How do you do it JP?!! I can’t wait to show Dave!!

  11. A-MA-ZING as always. you were so right… models disguised as people getting married next year, They are gorgeous!… what height difference???

  12. These are just great!!! I recognize one location 😉 for sure… 🙂

    First of all – you’re getting married on a very special date. July 23rd happens to me our “engage-iversary”. That’s right. I said it. 🙂 So it’s sure to be a great day.
    Ok back to you guys, I have to ask, Dave how tall are you??? Melissa is working some awesome shoes there and you’re still tall. My guess – 6’6″?

    I really love the country shots. Ok I love the city shots too. The light, you’re right JP, is just peeking in everywhere in different ways. It just hints at some warmth, some light, some blue here and there, some bright, a few golden tones. Real nice.

    Melissa – AWESOME shoes. Way to work it. Super cute outfits, you two look great together 🙂
    Dave – Nice bling you’ve outfitted her with there!! Woot!

    Seriously though, the field shots are amazing with your outfits. You guys are beautiful together. 🙂 Melissa, I love the underlayer of your hair, with the darker red/burgundy color. Very very cool.

    Ok I’m blabbing now. These are wonderful. Congratulations guys!!!!!! 🙂 Can’t wait to see next year. 🙂

  13. love love love the feel to this post! love and laughter!!! they are a beautiful couple… very hip and chic!!!! much love!!!