Two is Always Better Than One....Terald and Tamara....@ Two Urban Licks

Sunday, November 4, 2007



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It was so much fun to shoot the engagement of Terald and Tamara. Terald (whom I refer to as Mr. Real Estate) and Tamara (Ms. Nutrition Awareness) got engaged at Two Urban Licks on October 19th. For Tamara, this was all a grand surprise! The restaurant was the location of the couple's first date.

When Terald first contacted me I could hear the excitement in his voice. He wanted to do something special and had the plan already in motion. I knew that I could bring that vision to reality and add a few special touches of my own.

Two weeks before the shoot, I did about 3 hours of research to get the lighting on this job just right. I was metering and positioning tables (restaurants are used to me completely changing the layout of their space by now), questioning management, making friends with the bar tenders, and even giving the valets an extra tips so that they would remember me come two weeks later (this paid off on the date of the shoot big time). Its always nice to be able to pick where your subjects will be positioned, so I made sure to reserve a two-seater right under a light. The table was a bit secluded from the general restaurant crowd but still open enough to cause no suspicion from Tamara.

Problem: The night of the shoot timing was a bit off and because of the chance for rain the restaurant management decided to close the sky lights...?? O.K.

Solution: So I had to improvise. I asked for a few extra candles, moved the table once again before T & T arrived, and downed two glasses of water to hydrate after running in and outside about 122 times. Yes 122.

All this for nothing. No flash....no light...no problem....the extra light that I needed came directly from Terald and Tamara. They were both beaming from the moment they walked through the restaurant door. Tamara had no idea I was there of course and my assistant (Brandi) posed as she was shooting a birthday party (shout out to Kacie - 18 at last!). In the end, the proposal went just as planned and Tamara was really caught by surprise. Her smile and his sincerity made this occasion one to remember.

Behind the scenes info: Since Tamara happens to know me, I had on a worn Polo cap for disguise! Once I even had my camera shooting remotely from on top of the bar. Now how's that? It was a hoot shooting since most people in the restaurant figured something special was about to happen and kept ordering appetizers while watching me plan the shoot two hours before T & T arrived. Once Terald got down on bended knee half the place held their breath and then started clapping uncontrollably!

Congratulations to Terald and Tamara! I can't wait for the wedding.

- KNIGHT
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27 comments:

Anonymous said...

what song is playing and who is it by?

A.Hope Smith said...

Bravo! Bravo!

~Hope

A.Hope Smith said...

Fan-Tabulous!!

~Hope

Anonymous said...

I love this story! Well do anything to get the shot, Right?
Well at least you took a few lbs off- 122 time, LOL.

~H.

Keven Digital said...

Tight work! As usual. Congrats to Terald and Tamara!!!

Ross Knight said...

The sing is "When Its Cold Outside" by John Legend. If you click the arrow at the bottom right of the slide show, there is a link to purchase his album.

- KNIGHT

Mary said...

You really capture the magic!

Latrice Furlow said...

That was awesome. Congrats to the new couple and many blessing to come. I loved the angles and the lighting. Continue on.......

Kaj said...

Beautiful story, it's great to hear the behind the scenes work that went into such a beautiful shoot, Bravo :)

Cathy said...

Beautiful pics!!

Anonymous said...

Epitome of the essence of Beauty. Marvelous captivative work! Its like you can feel the serenity of the event, breathtaking!!!

Anonymous said...

Excellent job! I love your work. You really brought their story to live by the images you captured. Congrats to the beautiful couple!

Anonymous said...

Real love always supplies its own lighting. That was incredible!

Clo from Chicago ;-) said...

Ross, again....FANTASTIC! I only hope that I will be able to someday capture an audience and tell a story the way you do through pictures. I thank God for your vision!

MysTery said...

Nice.

Verna Arnold said...

Ross Ross Ross, you are the man. You continue to amazed us with your wonderful creative work. I'm enjoying the stories, and the beautiful scenery which you create with your magic camera, just make you wanna cry. I hope you do anniversary because I will be calling on you. Keep doing you. We love it. Verna your Georgia Power buddy.

Deitra said...

Once again, Mr. Knight, your work and your work ethic take my breath away! You and your team supremely orchestrated this warm and wonderful shoot! I'm in awe!

Mike said...

Great job on this one - loved the slideshow!

Anonymous said...

Brother,
Your work seems to be a blessing to the beginning of beautiful marriages to be...I WISH I could afford you as my 05/26/08 wedding photographer. Much prosperity to you and your work. God Bless
-Colleen Cohen SI,NY

CeeCee said...

Mr. Ross Wright,
Truly inspiring! U make LOVE look so effortless...God has BLESSED you with an eye for Beauty and how to make that speak through film, Brother. Work it!

chantal shepherd said...

Ross Knight you are a breathtaking photographer this is my 1st time hearing of you. You are so amazing. The way you capture the subjects are just i can't even put it in to words. Your pictures speaks more than a thousand words.

Stephanie said...

Ross
I found this through an email that was sent to me. You are truly blessed! I wish you had been able to capture my truly amazing proposal also. Who knew? I am officially a fan of your photography! God is doing an awesome work through your vision. (the ability to see what is not there) I look forward to seeing more of your vision.

Attorneymom said...

Beautiful. I love it. You are an awesome photographer.

Congrats to Terald & Tamara!!!

Muriel said...

Loved it!

Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!!!!! I'm in tears this is the first I've heard of you and I am a fan as of today, maybe one day I'll use you Congrats to all the couples

Anonymous said...

To document something like this is always a wonderful thing ,its simply beautiful.

TheSaga said...

Wow. almost makes me wish i was in love again... almost, lol.