I had the honor of photographing Siena College couple Brett Bisping and Dana Sauer as they celebrated their engagement last fall. I encouraged Brett, now a basketball alum, and Dana, a cheerleading alum, to be themselves during our session, and I would do the rest.
For the first phase of the photo shoot, Dana put on her old Cheerleading uniform and Brett threw on his Saints #31 jersey, and off we went in search of the perfect basketball/cheerleader couple photographs inside Siena’s brand spanking new practice facility! I was wearing Sperry duck boots, so all I could think/worry about was scuffing up the new hardwood floor… until the happy couple requested an above-the-rim shot, which involved climbing and holding my heavy camera down through the middle of the net. I hadn’t really hung out with Brett up to that point, so it was one Hell of a way for us to get acquainted! “I will not drop this camera on your face,” I assured the star athlete. In my mind, I was totally convinced I’d be bloodying the entire face of #31 before the shot was done.
It worked out, thankfully.
I really admire this couple because of their ambition and devotion to one another, and because they’re just genuinely great people. Dana helped raise my son from age one to three while she attended grad school in Albany, and Brett was one of my husband’s students. Siena College is known for its’ close-knit community, and that’s exactly what happened in terms of my family’s connection to Brett & Dana – close-knit, fam-bam vibes. Plus, anyone who plays or has played a role in molding my youngin’ into a fine young gentleman is a star in my eyes, but I digress. Brett wanted to pursue a basketball career after college, and that’s exactly what he did this summer. After graduating from Siena this spring, he and Dana married in June and prepared to move abroad for basketball. The Bispings recently relocated to Sweden to start their new, married life! Cheers to the newlyweds on living abroad (I question whether I would’ve survived a move like that in my early 20’s), and cheers to capturing some of their sweetest moments last October. I’m lucky!