Here are some of my favorites from my session with Laura and Kyle. I absolutely loved them! Laura was adorable and so sweet, and Kyle was totally smitten. They couldn’t stop smiling and making each other laugh! So cute! We found this amazing, magical area to take photos in, but really, their chemistry is the most beautiful thing about these! It’s so neat to photograph awesome people like this. Their magnetism transcends and takes over the image and makes you fall in love with them, too.
Jen and Zane took me off-roading for the first time during our engagement shoot. I may have let out some really embarrassing shrieks from fear that their giant truck was about to tip over. Or not. No one is telling! I can't wait to see these two amazing people get married! They are so much fun and absolutely hilarious to listen to.
There are many reasons why I am not a nature photographer. For one, I'm not a big fan of wild animals. Being in the perfect place at the perfect time (usually the crack of Dawn) just isn't my thing. Mostly though, it just doesn't call to me. Sure, I can admire my nature photography friends work, and really appreciate the work they put into capturing the majesty of the wild in one frame. But for me, people are what I love. Finding a person's story and getting a snap shot, showing the world a bit about them is my passion. Relationships between people; couples, families, friends... Creating a visual story of that bond that fully captures that connection in just a moment... That is my bliss. To be honest, Olivia and Ben made that easy for me! We met at Cline Cellars, a winery in Sonoma, and Ben and Olivia got to share a bottle of wine together while they showed me around and we got to know each other! Seriously, I think all my engagement shoots should involve a bottle of wine from now on!
I am so excited about Erin and Ty getting married! They are such amazing people! To see them together, on the brink of all their future adventures together is something really, truly special. Together we walked around the land in the country that Erin grew up on, met her adorable pet pig, and saw the place in their front lawn that she and Ty will be exchanging vows this fall!
I want to tell you all something. There are many photographers who will tell you how much they love taking pictures but hate editing. I totally get that, but I am not one of them. It's not because I do a bunch of fancy stuff to my photos because I don't really do that anyway. I like them to be as pure as possible, so that the image can speak for itself! The reason I love the time I spend at the computer, just as much as behind the lens, is because I have this amazing experience while I watch my images come to life. In the moment that I'm shooting, I'm vaguely aware of what is going on outside of my bubble. (That's why I didn't notice when Mia's cow tried to get in my camera bag on my hip.) I get in the zone, and shoot from the heart. It's a sensational experience in it's own right, but the time I spend pouring over the images at home with my head phones in, I get to fall in love with my subjects in a whole new way. I get to dwell in the image of the love they share with each other, without thinking about the next shot, or the light, or the dialog. I simply re-expiriance the session without any of the distractions, just the two of them and their story, and it's the most rewarding part of what I do. It's exactly why I do what I do.
So who are "they"? Well, for this session, it's Tyson and Mia. I shot them in Mia's back yard, with her pet donkey and cow visiting for a bit in the beginning. I have know Tyson, well... just about all my life. I met Mia in High School and she was quiet and sweet and much more mature than any other 15 year old I knew. Tyson is not quiet, at all, and crazy and animated, and boy can he make Mia laugh! That's basically all we did, I showed up with my camera and as Tyson and Mia caught up on their day Tyson made her laugh constantly. Here's the amazing part; Tyson and Mia have been dating for FIVE YEARS. They've done it all, high school sweet hearts, long distance relationship, the whole nine yards. They have waited for this for so long. I don't know if I have ever been so happy for two people to finally come together. Their love story is just simply amazing.
Caitlin and Brian are getting married this summer, and I can not be more excited. This couple is so beautiful and down to earth and so much fun! Sophia and Tyler, their kids, are such a riot! Tyler was making me laugh the whole time, and Sophia was so stinking cute! I could photograph the way her hair glimmers in the sun all day long. The best part of this family, though, is how they love each other so, so much. I'm so glad I got to spend an evening with them and my camera, and I can not wait to see what they plan for their big day!