What better way to start off 2015 than photographing our first engagement session of the season? So it was our privilege to spend a very chilly January evening in downtown Rochester, New York with Julian and Priscilla, as we ventured all over town capturing this intimate, romantic urban-chic session.
For these two Western New York natives currently living in Rochester, this city has special meaning for them. So it meant a lot to them to incorporate places special to them where they spent much time during their dating and engagement, and which will no doubt continue to mean so much as they start their new life together.
We started our shoot at Apogee Wine Bar, just before official opening hours, so we had this trendy scene all to ourselves. What a great place to cozy up and keep warm with a favorite glass of wine!
Julian and Priscilla grew up in the same circle and have known each other for years. As Julian tells it, “We've known of each other. Now we've gotten a chance to KNOW each other. After changes in each of our lives, our orbits connected…We realized it was a beautiful thing.” He continues, “She’s fabulous, spiritual, beautiful, smart, witty, funny, and we have unbelievable compatibility.”
Priscilla loves that Julian is a spiritual, fun-loving, stand-up solid man. “He has become my best friend.”
Next, we took a quick drive over to Prince Street & University Avenue, to spend a little time curbside with a few artistic characters just outside of Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery. The Art Gallery has special meaning because it brings them back to their proposal. That’s where Julian invited Priscilla to put together a picture collage puzzle of the two of them. He asked her to help put the puzzle together. “The edges are easy; the center might require more work. Will you work with me?” It was a proposal within a proposal—and she said yes. How beautiful!
Just as the sun was setting, we took a quick run over to Capron Street to capture this beautiful light and color.
Julian & Priscilla – we are truly happy that your friendship has blossomed into a special love for each other! We look forward to celebrating the continuation of your story at your wedding this May!