While spending time with family over the Holidays, I did squeeze in a little work. Shannon grew up across the street from me and last year I photographed her sisters wedding. So when she approached me to photograph their engagement session in Downtown Philadelphia, I was 100% in!
We started along the bike path which passes Boat Road and leads you directly to the Philadelphia Art Museum. We managed to fight through tourists taking their picture next to the Rocky statue and headed up the steps, yes, those steps. The sun was just starting to set and cast a gorgeous light on the stone pillars.
As we traveled around the city, we talked about their relationship and how they arrived at this point. Shannon and Mike spent much of their early relationship splitting time between Philadelphia, where Mike worked, and New York, where Shannon worked at the time. Many of their hello’s and goodbye’s were spent at 30th Street Station, so naturally that had to be one of our backdrops for the session. Parking was tough, Mike pulled up curbside, we all jumped out and ran into the station. We figured we had 10 minutes before the car would look suspicious, so we worked quickly and got some fantastic shots!
Afterwards we headed just down the street for a few night shots with the city as our backdrop. It was very windy and very cold, but the sky was just perfect!
It was a little darker than I had hoped by the time we arrived back at Boat Row, but the illumination from the houses still made a great backdrop.