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Katherine & Mitali

WASIO Photography

December 14, 2013

The weather is no joke in Chicago. And this past winter provides a case in point. Just ask Katherine Lambrose and Mitali Vyas who scheduled an engagement session with WASIO photography. They expected to do indoor and outdoor photos, but severe weather added an unexpected twist to their time together.
 
We asked the couple and the photographers to tell us a bit about what they planned for the engagement session…and what really happened. Not surprisingly, advance planning, friendly bystanders, good natural lighting, and a willingness to adapt in the moment made engagement session lemonade out of what could have been a lemon.
When you first booked your engagement session, what were you most hoping for and planning for?
 
Mitali: When we first booked, we were planning for some fun winter pictures outdoors, and then some more intimate ones indoors. We didn’t want overly dramatic or staged pictures, but rather something that reflected us as a couple – something low-key and natural. Everything turned out perfectly!
 
Will you be using any of your pictures for a formal announcement (invite, newspaper announcement, holiday card, etc)?
 
Mitali: We used one of the pictures for our Save the Dates, and Yaneck and Sasha have used a selection for our wedding website as well.
 
How did the inclement weather impact your working relationship? 
 
Mitali: At first, Kathy and I were stressed out about the severe weather and the last-minute change in plans, but both Sasha and Yaneck (the photographers) seemed confident that we would still have a great session. Sitting down in a familiar place and chatting for a few minutes was very helpful.
 
Yaneck: I think the snow storm made the session so much more fun. Instead photographing by the lake, we decide to go to a coffee place where Katherine & Mitali go often. We first sat down and simply had some coffee. Then we started to photograph while the girls continues to enjoy their morning brew. Luckily we got to the shop pretty early (around sunrise) so the place was not busy yet. Also, people working there were super friendly and allowed us to photograph everywhere.
We know that getting comfortable with a new photographer can be a self-conscious experience for some and then harder when the session doesn’t go as expected. How did you guys work out your solution? Mitali: Having met with Yaneck and Sasha before, we already felt comfortable around them. With regard to being photographed, having them explain the reason for certain poses and angles made us feel less staged. Yaneck was keeping an eye on the weather, and he knew how much we wanted outdoor pictures so he waited for breaks in the weather so we could run outside and get a few shots. Ultimately, I think we lucked out because all the pictures were taken in our neighborhood, which we now realize makes the pictures even more special to us. Yaneck: Instead photographing by the lake, we decide to go to a coffee place where Katherine & Mitali go often. We first sat down and simply had some coffee. Then we started to photograph while the girls continued to enjoy their morning brew. Luckily, we got to the shop pretty early (around sunrise) so the place was not busy yet. Also, people working there were super friendly and allowed us to photograph everywhere. What is your favorite photo from the session? Mitali: Our favorite photo is also the one in which we’re walking down the street together! It was cold and snowing, but we were having so much fun we didn’t even notice the weather! The combination of the falling snow and the lighting makes the photo somewhat surreal, and looking at it always makes us smile. Yaneck and Sasha agree with Kathy and Mitali. Said Yaneck, “Our favorite photo is definitely the one of Katherine & Mitali walking outside in the snow. We love the lighting, the fresh snow, and the spring outfits!”

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Photographer:  WASIO photography  //  Other Location: Metropolis Coffee Company

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Wedding innovator Kathryn Hamm (@madebykathryn) is co-author of The New Art of Capturing Love: The Essential Guide to Lesbian & Gay Wedding Photography (Amphoto Books, 2014), an Education Expert for WeddingWire and Publisher of GayWeddings.com

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