An engagement session is special enough, but one couple was treated to an exceptionally memorable time with the camera when comedian Dave Chappelle decided to crash the party this week.
Tommy Saunders and Emily Eldridge adorably posing for the camera at a brewery in Ohio with a flight of beers in hand when Chappelle suddenly ducked into the frame. Photographer Jaycee Brammer of Jaycee Marie Photography was there to witness the entire sequence from behind the lens starting with the comic entering the frame in a puffy black coat.
“We had no idea Dave would be there,” Brammer tells The Knot. “We actually started our shoot at a nature preserve closeby… Emily [eventually] suggested the brewery.” While at the Yellow Springs Brewery, the group realized that they had to take the shoot outside due to capacity.
“The weather was so cold that day. Around 30 degrees Fahrenheit,” Brammer adds. “I was wearing leggings under my jeans and a heavy winter coat. Tommy and Emily were champs.” Hence, the reason why Chappelle showed up in an oversize puffer coat.
“Once we began shooting, Dave walked out and stood several feet away,” she continues. Saunders then asked Chappelle, 45, for a photo, but the comedian initially politely declined.
“He really was there to relax. They talked for a minute and we went on with our shoot,” she says. “Then Dave spoke up and said, ‘Okay, let me just photobomb one.’ …Then, he walked away again to the area where he was standing before. He laughed a little, and then went back to relaxing.”
For Brammer, it was a first. The photographer had only recently launched her business after leaving her physical therapy job of almost three years this spring. “I was pretty speechless, which is rare for me. As soon as he stepped in to do the photos, my first thought was ‘Jaycee, you cannot mess this up,’” she laughs. “My style of photography is playful, and the goal is to capture real emotion and connection between people.”
The Chappelle photos, therefore, were a win. “I think the most memorable and amazing thing was just how interested he was,” she concludes. “He didn’t talk to us like annoying fans. He talked to us like normal people and was genuinely interested in where we were from and our story. He was seriously so kind.”
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