What a challenge!
Sammy and Dan inquired about engagement photos and when it came to pick a location we decided on a session for their engagement in Cold Spring, NY. Cold Spring is a beautiful town situated about an hour north of New York City right on the Hudson River. It offers many great landscapes nearby, and has that quaint small town feel with stunning views of the river.
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Sammy conveyed to me that Dan had come down with a case of bell’s palsy.[/pullquote]
The day before the shoot, Sammy conveyed to me that Dan had come down with a case of bell’s palsy. This condition causes temporary paralysis in the face, similar to someone who may have had a stroke! In Dan’s case, it lasted
a few weeks and he’s now right back to normal. Due to scheduling issues, Sammy could not reschedule and insisted we move forward despite Dan’s drooping face and my encouragement to find a later date.
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Only take pictures showing the good half of his face![/pullquote]
Sammy’s response to the situation was “only take pictures showing the good half of his face”. We laughed together at first, but then it set in that was the reality of the situation.
We walked around different parts of Cold Spring looking for places we could get a sense of the scenery while somehow obscuring half of Dan’s face.
We had great weather, and as seen in the photos, Sammy certainly wasn’t letting Dan’s temporary facial paralysis get in the way of the day!
Cold Spring turned out to be a great destination, we had tried some photos under the gazebo in the middle of the park, and found a tree that overlooked the river, got some good shots on the park benches along the main street.
All in all Sammy and Dan were happy with the photos of their engagement in Cold Spring. A good number of them hang about their home know, with only few showing hints of the facial paralysis.
Part of the fun of photography is tackling the challenges as they come!