The first time my cousin, Brett, brought Cindy to a family holiday, I think we were all pretty universally enamored with her. She fit into the family with ease and was the kind of sunshine and playfulness that clearly worked so well with Brett, who has always been fun and loving and the easiest guy to be around. They make perfect sense.
I wanted to share this summer engagement session I photographed for my best friend, Kristen's little sister and her fiance! Gosh, I don't even know where to start on this one. My first memories of Nicole, I don't think she was even school age yet. I would arrive at her house every morning to meet her sister and walk to the bus stop together every morning. I remember Nicole bursting with energy when I entered and me being a zombie because mornings have never been my jam.
Oh my goodness, you guys. There is just something extra exciting for me in documenting a proposal. I love sneaking around so the proposee doesn't notice me. I love waiting with anticipation to see it happen and to see her reaction! It's just so different from everything else I photograph and such a special moment to witness. Brides always want emotional wedding pictures. They want to see their partner swell up with emotion when they see each other for the first time. But really? I think the proposal often has more potential for those overwhelming feelings because it's such a surprise!
Ah, you guys. I wasn't even planning to blog this engagement session today. I thought I'd wait til Thursday, you know space out my posts a little bit. But I was genuinely excited to share these. There are some couples who I book and just know it was completely, totally meant to be. I am not exaggerating! When I talked to Holly on the phone about photographing her and Bryan's wedding next Spring, I feel like we both knew this was the absolute perfect fit.
I should have known when I drove down a winding dirt road, surrounded by beautiful countryside for three miles, that I was driving toward something very special. I should have known when Savanna and Austin were patiently waiting for me on their front porch (and letting my desperate, pregnant self into their home to use the restroom! haha) that they were going to be some of the sweetest most welcoming people to work with. I should have known when they arrived with WEAPONS and other props that this was not going to be any ordinary photo shoot, but something REALLY fun.
I posted on Facebook about a week ago that Charlottesville has been treating me exceptionally well lately and that is so very true! This engagement session with Melissa and Tyler has been a long, long time coming. I think it's been about a year since we booked, but Melissa and Tyler have been very busy world traveling since then! They spent months in Chile teaching English as a second language together and it was so fascinating to hear about their experiences. What an amazing thing to do together before you get married.
Chelsea contacted me back when it was still hot outside about a wintry, Christmas-y photo shoot. There's basically nothing I love more than combining Christmas with a sweet couple's session, so I was totally jazzed. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a Christmas tree farm in Richmond that I really loved, so I asked Chelsea to do a little research to find us a good one. And man, did she! She found Belmont Christmas Tree Farm, which is technically in Spotsylvania, right near Lake Anna. It was absolutely perfect. There were rows and rows of green trees and hills and all sorts of gorgeousness.
You may remember Jordan and Chris. It was almost a year ago that these two crazy kids got engaged right before our eyes! I was lucky enough to photograph that proposal for them along with their engagement session and SOON, I'll be photographing their wedding! There is nothing more amazing for me than to be a part of such exciting events in Jordan and Chris' lives. Especially because they are two of the funnest people you will ever meet.