ohhhh this session was SO FUN for me. 1. Because Nicole was my childhood best friend. Our parents actually went to college together years ago and we were destined to be friends. 2. Because we photographed at the local ice cream shop of our childhood up at the lake. 3. Because Nicole and Brian were sooooo fun and easy to photograph. Not everyone is comfortable in front of the camera… but these two were naturals. I think it speaks a lot to their comfortability in their relationship.
Nicole and Brian met in Denver. They went on a causal date the day after Nicoles birthday in December. They clicked INSTANTLY and knew it was meant to be. They soon have developed this amazing deep connected friendship and romance. Cannot wait to photograph their wedding in New York!!
Lydia and Paige met in class while studying in Seattle. “It was an instant connection” they both said as we walked through the forest to find that sunset light coming through the trees. They are so sweet with each other, the way I want someone to be sweet on me. There is a gentleness and humility between their relationship I am in awe of. They both work together as Engineers in town. And they recently bought a house together on a whim just down the hill from where we were photographing. We all laughed a lot. I really cherish clients like these who turn into friends by the end of our session.
Shelby and Gabriel are high school sweethearts. They are so in love it’s beautiful. They wanted spring flowers and that we photographed!!! At the beautiful Wigwam Resort in Phoenix, I had them dance in the sun and kiss so much till it went down! Of course we all got Mexican food after!
Cool wind blows the red dirt up in a swarm as we walk through it to the start of the trail. Another beautiful Sunday, another beautiful engagement session with new friends. We eagerly start the hike in search of two things, the sun and the perfect location to watch it set. I get to explore this created world with once strangers and now two new friends for my job. We laugh as I get to know their relationship and stopping every so often to snap a couple photos in the surprisingly green and lush brush of the desert. They met in San Diego over pizza. “It’s always pizza isn’t it?”, they joked as Coreen gives Nigel a kiss on the cheek. We walk and walk and walk through the painted desert afar while the wind sweeps through the canyon and along the trees as if you could actually see the path it was taking. We were in its line of fire. They hold tight to each other at the top of a look out, while the wind almost knocks all of us off our feet.
Love is kind like wild wind if you think about it. All of a sudden life as you knowis taken up in arms, without warning. Love whips you around with a mixture of shock, laughter, and numbness. Sometimes it’s only in the wake of love do you realize the intensity of it all. But for me, I get to be caught up in hundreds of wind storms. For only a minute I step in a tunnel and photograph the wild love two people experience normally in the secret of their heart.
We get there to the end. Where the sun is kissing the golden red rocks and we cannot help but climb down to be kissed as well. They lay out a blanket, pour some wine into mason jars, and cheers to the next season of their life together. A simple, pure moment shared between two and also a bystander getting to be caught up in it. He tells me his favorite thing about her is how smart she is while he pushes her wind blown hair out of her face. She smiles at him with eyes full of being known. She tells me her favorite thing about him is how positive he makes every situation. They finish their glasses full of white Italian wine as the sun sets below the horizon and we all wish silently for another hike like this one. The forest is full of the sounds of wind whipping it’s way in and out of the majestic rocks and we make our way back in the dark, thanking the earth for it’s beauty and whirlwind.