There are only two things you need to know about Erika and Moses. The first is that they love dogs as much as I do (they have four adopted fur-babies and frequently foster), and the second is that Moe really, really loves Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The only reason that counts as something about “Erika and Moe” is because they’re basically that couple that is so perfect together, such a great fit, that they’ve together become one person in everyone’s mind. Their idea of a fun Friday night is staying in their house with their dog children. Their fun Sunday is volunteering at an A Doggie 4 You adoption event. Their fun weekday evenings are drinks with friends. They’re always together and it’s not weird, or creepy, or controlling like with some couples. Simply put - they’re just perfect together.
It’s been a while since we first started tossing around the idea of doing a portrait shoot, back when they only had two dogs (and yes, that is how I keep track of time). I knew we’d either be including the dogs or Moe’s bike in the portraits, and as much as I love dogs I’m so glad we went with the bike because it listens so much better. The hardest part of planning this session was choosing a location. My first thoughts were “motorcycle on country highway with leaves changing colors”, because what is a more perfect shoot with a bike, and the session ended up being not too far from that initial idea!
This is where the pure magic of photography comes in, because these images were taken in the middle of San Antonio. Photography is all about what you don’t include in the frame, what you exclude from the image, and with the right lens we turned an alley into a different place entirely.
After we wrapped up shooting at the alley, we headed down to the Pearl to capture a completely different vibe - a more urban feel. The images from this shoot really do a great job of capturing what I feel about San Antonio - it’s a big city, that is for sure, but it doesn’t always feel like one. San Antonio very much has a “small town” feel but I wasn’t feeling the “small town” vibe when we were shooting at the Pearl.
Saturday at the Pearl means tons and tons of people (even on weekdays it’s busy there, lets be honest) and being a portrait photographer means waiting, and waiting, and quickly snapping images between the passing people and cars that get between my camera and my subject - but sometimes that is what it takes to get great images!
We took just a few different images at the Pearl starting at my favorite spot - the dumpster behind the ivy walls and red sliding door. Yes, a dumpster. Thankfully it doesn’t smell too bad, and I am just obsessed with the architecture of that small area. Great photography opportunities.
Lastly, we took the image at the top of the blog post, of Erika and Moe riding past the green hedge. It was the one photo that I specifically wanted from the session, a really cool motion shot. I went all out on my Instagram post of that image explaining the technique behind the image (and showing two of the many failed attempts at capturing the image).
It was a portrait session that was 100% them, and I’m so glad I got to capture just a slice of their life here in San Antonio.