Monday, Dec 17, 2012 - 4 comments

Tyson and Mia – Engaged!

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.





Published by: Bethany in Engagement, Wedding

  • amy grace

    bethany, these are incredible. the moodiness and the closeness creep into your heart. those animals, the softness and richness of the colors, and the connection that you put under a spotlight. wonderful.

  • Eve Freitas-Shrum

    Correction, Mia and Tyson have been dating for six years. The month they plan to get married is when it will be seven years!

    Bethany, you did a wonderful job capturing my beautiful daughter. These pictures are very nice. I knew my cow and donkey would get involved at some point in the pictures. I love how you captured their interaction with Tyson and Mia, how gentle and sweet they are, you captured that beautifully.

    • Bethany Petrik

      I knew I had to be off! Wow. 7 years. Amazing! Thank you so much! I enjoyed my time with them immensely, they are both such sweet and wonderful people.

  • Tracey

    I could relate so much to your articulation of how you post process B. It is very much the same for me. When I am shooting I kind of lose all sense of where I am and forget much of what I am doing. When I come home an upload photos it’s like I get to experience it in slow motion. I am often surprised I don’t remember taking some of the photos.
    These are beautiful and timeless.