Have you ever been to Lewes, DE? It is one of the hidden gems of the East Coast. Growing up in Pennsylvania I barely knew that south of our large state lay the wonder of Delaware. Yes, Delaware is actually a state and not just a small town or a river. It is know as “The First State” apparently. When I arrived on the Eastern Shore all those year ago I did not know that Lewes would hold a special place in my heart and in my destiny. For in this small town I would meet and fall in love my beautiful wife, Jen. I, like so many others, mispronounced Lewes and it was a dead give-a-way that I was from out of town. I learned quickly how to pronounce what would become such a pivotal place in my life. Lewes, for those of you following along, is pronounced like Lewis, not lose. So remember that little piece and it will save your some embarrassment when you come to visit this small slice of heaven.
One of the young ladies on my Senior Team this year lives in Lewes, DE. We coordinated a shoot recently and I was super excited to head back to the town where I met and married my wife Jen, so many years ago. To get to Lewes I took the back roads that I had grown so familiar traveling when my wife and I were dating. It’s quite an enjoyable drive, through farm land, little towns, and then the bustling thoroughfare of Route 1. During the summer I will avoid Route 1 at all costs because it is packed with outlet and beach traffic. Being mid-April I expected an easy trip, yet RT 1 was jammed. I traveled down Savannah Road, past the historic Presbyterian church that Jen and I were married in. I reminisced for a few moments on the beauty and absolute “perfectness” of that May day. A few more turns through town and I pulled into the parking lot at the Canal Park and shut off the engine. I got out of my car and began to walk around a bit surveying one of the locations for our shoot that evening. Some modern elements of stone and wood contrasting with the gentle flowing water of the Lewes Canal and sprawling grass of the park. There is a life saving station situated on the grounds and an old light-ship anchored in part of the canal. I circled back towards the car with a good idea of where we would photograph, now just had to wait for Sydney to arrive. She pulled in as just I was returning to the car and we chatted for a few minutes then started to wander around photographing in the park.
I am no fashionista so I will let Sydney describe her outfit for us: “Keeping it simple! My go to, out of town outfit would be my overall dress, it’s super easy to throw on and it’s so comfortable and laid back. I paired it with a white flowy off the shoulder shirt that i recently stole(borrowed) from my moms closet! Since the shirt already brings attention to my neck I kept it simple with my bar necklace that I wear everyday. Because it was so simple up top I added a chunky bracelet to give the outfit some pop!”
She is a natural in front of the camera and needs little direction as far as posing. We shot around the concrete steps leading down into the grass expanse of the park, then headed over to the life-saving station and the light-ship. The light-ship was a mobile light house, with a large light fixture on the main mast. It is now a museum and is docked in a berth cut out of the canal. The ship was closed for the evening so we photographed a bit around the museum building that looks like a pilot house. It’s the building with the red strip running along the ship-lapped wall and has this awesome dark stained oak door. We then made our way to the edge of the canal and photographed on the rocks and among the reeds that Sydney had once played in as a small child.
Her boyfriend arrived, we chatted, and got acquainted a bit. We still had daylight and the weather was quite amazing so we took a short drive down to the beach past the Dairy Queen and parked in a somewhat deserted parking lot. The beach was mostly ours, only a few people were lingering about. In the misty distance the Cape May-Lewes Ferry was pulling in to its moorings, ready to disembark its cargo of vehicles and passengers. We climbed up on the dunes and photographed with the sun dipping behind us. One of Sydney’s good friends randomly pulled up and even jumped in a quick photo with her. As the gorgeous spring sun began to sink into the horizon I hurried back to my car to get my lighting set up that I love to use for this exact time of day. The light had such a warmth to it and Sydney looked right at home in the amber glow of the setting sun. With her toes in the sand and catching the last bit of golden light, surrounded by some good friends, we ended the evening on a great note.