Being a photographer teaches to you rush into situations that most people would rather be rushing out of. Big events going on? Gotta go take pictures. It's nighttime in run down areas? Gotta go take pictures. It's been raining all day and you have an engagement session you might need to reschedule? Nah, gotta go take pictures. Holly and Greg got engaged at the St. Louis Hotel (now Hotel Mazarin), so they wanted to come back and do some of their engagement pictures there. The fact that it had been raining all day and suddenly cleared up only minutes before I met with them meant that the entire hotel courtyard was empty, the chairs tilted to prevent water from pooling, and... water everywhere. But did I mention it was empty? Having the whole courtyard to ourselves was a rare luxury and let us all relax and take some great pictures. By the time we ventured out for a few shots in the quarter it had turned into a genuinely nice night.
One of the only picture requests they had was a shot in front of Preservation Hall. But, as tends to happen, there was a big line in front totally blocking the view of the exterior. It was also completely dark by the time we got there. Luck smiled on us again when the girl working the door saw that we were struggling to shoot around the people and actually invited us into the courtyard to take whatever pictures we wanted. Great end to a great session.