I hired Skylar in January 2015 with a vague vision as to what I really wanted her to capture. I had recently gotten engaged and suggested to her that we take just a couple of shots of my fiancé and I before our engagement party, as we would be all dressed up anyways, and these could serve as impromptu engagement photos. (My fiancé had asked me to marry him while we were on vacation abroad and while the proposal was astounding and amazing in every way, I felt we didn't have high quality photos of the two of us to reflect such a momentous occasion.)
However, as I went on to explain what I thought could be a casual photo session, I also explained the setup of the situation - this would be the first time in which both sets of parents would meet, and the first time our families would see us since we got engaged (talk about expectations, right?!) Skylar immediately heard my voice and understood my vision. She calmly suggested we give ourselves ample enough time alone in the beginning so we could work together in the space (a private room in a restaurant in the West Village which was rented by my fiancé as another element of surprise of the proposal so both Skylar and I were flying blind in regards to the setup and décor!). As we sipped our cocktails, Skylar simply told us to casually chat and interact together as we normally would. She artfully captured very touching and affectionate moments within the first minutes. It turned out that the room was gorgeously decorated with tons of candles and glass vases that beautifully reflected the warm ambiance. Skylars photos captured the lighting in the most perfect way. She was able to craftily suggest non-posey poses (an adamant request of mine to not end up with prom pictures!) and we were awarded with a range of standing, sitting, embracing photos that very much felt like us.
As our families arrived, Skylar effortlessly transitioned to capturing all of the excitement. She was able to catch all of the different groups chatting and physical details of each conversation as if there were seven of her in the room. Theres a photo of my father holding my hand and admiring my ring in such an affectionate way that still makes me tear up when I see it and we had zero idea we were being photographed! After much hubbub, my father announced that he wanted to do a toast. Skylar intuitively moved to a staircase to capture the entire room in all of its emotional essence while somehow also being able to highlight my fiancés beaming face. When we sat down to eat, she gracefully packed up her gear and graciously thanked me for asking her to be a part of the evening.
All in all, Skylars personality is so serene and sincere, she makes everyone feel at ease. She has a way about being so discreet, resulting in candids that truly capture the essence of the moment. She was able to edit the photographs and turn them around quickly, even offering to convert selected ones into black and white. She provided me with an easy link and when I sent it out to our family, their reactions were priceless! Our mothers, his sister, my brothers girlfriend, all poured over the images and had so many compliments about all of the little details of each one. Since sharing a select few photos on social media, Ive gotten rave reviews - being told that we look like models and should be on the cover of Vanity Fair probably was the greatest! I think my stepmother put it best when she said goodness gracious, these are stunning and man, Skylar is an AMAZING photographer.